U.S. housing starts rise 3.8% in October

First American | November 19, 2019

U.S. housing starts rise 3.8% in October
Housing starts rose 3.8% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.314 million and the pace for September was revised upward, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Commerce. While household construction is on the rise, Mark Fleming, First American’s chief economist, said homebuilders are yet to construct enough homes to meet demand.

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For the second year in a row, seven eligible Tishman Speyer funds have received a Green Star in 2015. Additionally, an eighth fund, USO II, has received a Green Star after having been submitted for the first time this year. Tishman Speyer has submitted all eligible funds for the past five years.

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For the second year in a row, seven eligible Tishman Speyer funds have received a Green Star in 2015. Additionally, an eighth fund, USO II, has received a Green Star after having been submitted for the first time this year. Tishman Speyer has submitted all eligible funds for the past five years.

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