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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

New home construction jumped 9.3% in November, spurred by apartment projects.

The rise in permits provides hope for the housing market, though 2011 is still shaping up as one of the worst years in history for homebuilders.
The Commerce Department says builders broke ground on a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000 homes last month, a 9.3 percent jump from October. It's the highest level since April 2010. Still, the rate is far below the 1.2 million homes that economists say would be built each year in a healthy housing market.
Analysts say the homebuilding industry is improving, albeit modestly, after two of the worst years in history.
"While beginning to improve, a strong, sustained recovery in the housing market, especially the important single-family sector, is still a ways off," said Steven Wood, chief economist at Insight Economics.

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