May 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Housing starts dropped 16.5% in April to the lowest level since November, but permits for future construction rose to a nearly five-year high, providing mixed signals for the red-hot real estate market. Construction on privately owned homes, condominiums and apartments started at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 853,000 units in April, down from the revised rate of 1.02 million the previous month, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Analysts had expected a more modest falloff to an annual rate of about 970,000 units.
April 16, 2013 |
New residential construction rose significantly in March as builders started more multi-unit dwellings. Housing starts rose 7% from upwardly revised February figures to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,036,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The rate was 46.7% higher than March 2012. Housing starts jumped higher than economists polled by Bloomberg News expected, after the Commerce Department said builders started many more units in February than previously thought. The department revised February starts to an annual rate of 968,000 from 917,000.
March 19, 2013 |
New residential construction increased in February, while builders look to put up more homes in the near future to meet rising demand for housing--a positive trend for the broader economic recovery. Housing starts jumped 0.8% from revised January figures to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 917,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The rate of new construction was slightly higher than economists polled by Bloomberg News expected as both single-family construction and apartment and condo building climbed.
August 16, 2012 |
U.S. home builders scaled back new construction in July from a four-year high reached the previous month, but applications for building permits jumped to their highest level since August 2008. Housing starts for single-family homes and apartments slid 1.1% last month from June, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 746,000. June's construction pace had been the fastest since October 2008. Only the Midwest enjoyed an increase, with housing starts picking up 17%. Every other region fell, with new building efforts in the West declining 5.3%.
June 19, 2012 |
Builders broke ground on fewer homes in May, due mostly to plummeting apartment construction, but requested the most permits since September 2008. Overall housing starts last month dropped 4.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 708,000, but that's compared with April's 744,000 figure, which was revised up. Compared with May 2011, new construction is up 28.5%, according to the Commerce Department report . Initial work on multi-family housing, an erratic gauge which plunged 21.3% last month, was a drag on the overall measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2012 |
Four weeks after Wal-Mart announced plans to open a grocery store in Chinatown, Los Angeles City Council members have proposed a law that would block an array of chain businesses from opening in the neighborhood. A temporary ordinance sought by Councilman Ed Reyes would prohibit building permits from being issued for new "formula retail" stores - those that have standardized facades, color schemes, decor, employee uniforms and merchandise. Wal-Mart is seeking to open a 33,000-square-foot market and pharmacy in a vacant ground-floor commercial space at Cesar Chavez and Grand avenues.