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CLIPBOARD : Home-Building Dollar Flow

July 06, 1991

The amount of money to be spent on home-building in the future has declined along with general economic conditions. During the first four months of the year, the value of residential building permits was $326.3 million. That was nearly 40% less than the amount for the comparable period of last year. The comparative decline took place even though April, at $199.2 million, was the biggest month for permit values since last September.

Although the overall county valuation for the first four months was down, there were gains in some cities, some of them spectacular. Among the nine cities whose January-April total this year was higher than in 1990, four of them increased more than 100%. Mission Viejo and Tustin registered the largest gains--150 and 147%, respectively. And among the 19 cities where there were declines, Stanton had the largest--90%.

Here's how the cities compare:

Jan.-April Jan.-April 1990-'91 City 1990 1991 % Difference Anaheim $31,852 $39,832 +25 Brea 4,513 685 -85 Buena Park 5,462 4,037 -26 Costa Mesa 10,429 8,899 -15 Cypress 6,302 14,630 +132 Dana Point 19,218 4,402 -77 Fountain Valley 2,286 1,941 -15 Fullerton 6,998 3,886 -44 Garden Grove 12,885 4,966 -61 Huntington Beach 11,166 14,652 +31 Irvine 37,590 5,094 -86 La Habra 1,148 1,510 +32 La Palma 502 359 -28 Laguna Beach 9,952 9,191 -8 Laguna Niguel * N/A 31,655 -- Los Alamitos 960 1,920 +100 Mission Viejo 2,370 5,920 +150 Newport Beach 19,607 11,072 -44 Orange 33,890 7,800 -77 Placentia 3,456 1,818 -47 San Clemente 21,136 6,810 -68 San Juan Capistrano 13,627 25,835 +90 Santa Ana 10,732 5,274 -51 Seal Beach 3,778 3,990 +6 Stanton 1,396 133 -90 Tustin 6,499 16,051 +147 Villa Park 3,310 926 -72 Westminster 5,256 2,341 -55 Yorba Linda 36,190 16,179 -55 Unincorporated areas 203,225 74,500 -63 COUNTY TOTAL $525,735 $326,308 -38

* New city for 1990 tabulations; 1990 data before July is included in "unincorporated areas" total.

Note: Amounts listed in thousands of dollars

Source: Construction Industry Research Board

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