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Oct. U. S. home construction slumps on fewer apartment buildings

7 years 4 months 1 day ago Wednesday, November 18 2015 Nov 18, 2015 November 18, 2015 7:49 AM November 18, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Apartment construction plunged sharply in October, as the pace of homebuilding slipped amid a broader cooling of the real estate market.

The Commerce Department says housing starts - both houses and apartments- fell last month 11 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.06 million homes.

Single-family house construction declined, but last month's drop mostly stemmed from a 25.5 percent slide in the volatile multi-family category that includes apartments.

Home construction has climbed a solid 10 percent year-to-date. But the market's upward trajectory appears to have stalled as rising prices, tight inventories and economic uncertainty have sidelined many would-be buyers.

Still, building permits increased 4.1 percent in October to an annual rate of 1.15 million. That's a sign that apartment construction could soon rebound.

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