New Home Construction, Buyer Traffic Rise in North America

National Association of Home Builders | November 20, 2019

According to new data from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department, total housing starts increased 3.8 percent in October 2019 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.31 million units. The October reading of 1.31 million starts is the number of housing units builders would begin if they kept this pace for the next 12 months. Within this overall number, single-family starts increased 2.0 percent to 936,000 units. The multifamily sector, which includes apartment buildings and condos, increased 8.6 percent to a 378,000 pace. "Home builders are seeing more building opportunities as market conditions remain solid," said Greg Ugalde, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). "Builder sentiment remains strong, and we are seeing an uptick in buyer traffic."

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The Realty Partners (RP) are a dynamic real estate sales group with Royal LePage Atlantic. The group provides real estate services to the general public in HRM. With buyer and seller support staff, RP has the structure to best manage your real estate needs. The truth about real estate is that clients aren't loyal to you – they're loyal to the standards you represent. The group molds their philosophy around this concept with a strategic plan to offer a superior real estate service to all its clientele.

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