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Unexpected Increase in Housing Starts and Permits in October

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Unexpected Increase in Housing Starts and Permits in October

The Midwest and West posted the strongest home building activity in October

November 20, 2023
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Overall, single‐family housing starts in October came in at a rate of 970,000, which is 0.2% above the revised September figure of 968,000. It also surpassed last year’s level, according to Bright MLS Chief Economist Lisa Sturtevant. Meanwhile, the housing starts rate for units in buildings with five units or more, dropped slightly in October to 382,000 from 383,000 in September. 

Single-family permits increased (+0.5%) to 968,000 in October, up from 963,000 in September.  Multifamily permits came in at 469,000, an encouraging uptick from September’s 459,000. Completed homes fell to seasonally adjusted annual rate 1,410,000, a 4.6% drop from the prior month but 4.6% above the October 2022 level. 

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