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Housing Starts Dip, Permits Still Gain

Following two months of uptick, U.S. housing starts declined 7% in July from June 2021, showing a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.534 million, which was 2.5% above July 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development monthly new residential construction report.

Single-family starts were at an annual rate of 1.11 million, down 4.5% from June, but up 11.7% over a year ago. Multi-family (five units or more) came in at 412,000, down 13.6% from the previous month and down 16.3% from a year ago.

Housing building permits were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.635 million in July, 2.6% above the previous month, and 6% over a year ago. Single-family permits came in at 1.048 million, down 1.7% from June and up 5.5% from the same period last year. Multi-family reached 532,000 in July, up 11.1% over the previous month and ahead of last year by 6.4%.

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