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Home Building is on the Rise

May 3, 2017
David L. Suggs - CDJ STAFF

The home building industry “has turned brisk and is gaining momentum as consumers of various ages, motivated by high consumer confidence, seek new places to live,” ABC News reported.

This March single-family homes sales increased by 15.6 percent over March of last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Furthermore, “the median national price paid for new homes has been rising steeply, ascending from about $230,000 in 2012 to about $311,000 currently."

Since 2007, the U.S. has been underbilling, ABC News stated: “[T]he nation needs an estimated 1.5 million new homes of various types annually to meet the demand, but there haven’t been that many since 2007. Since then, the scenario has been one of pronounced under-building. After the housing bubble popped in 2008, home sales plummeted, bottoming out in 2013-14. But it started picking up markedly in late 2015/early 2016.”

Aberdeen Investment Management projects that "pent-up demand" for homes "will propel industry growth well into the 2020s."


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