Consumers and specially people that are trying to buy, rent, or refinance their homes; save their homes from foreclosure; or sell their properties might hear some different stories and feel differently about the news and how they might be affected by it. Here is an interesting article worth a few minutes of your time:
Building permits, housing starts rise in December
Building permits for single-family homes rose 1.8 percent in December to a rate of 444,000 units compared with November, according to a joint release by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Single-family housing starts rose 4.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 657,000.
An estimated 611,900 housing units were authorized by building permits in 2011. This is 1.2 percent above the 2010 figure of 604,600. Approximately 606,900 housing units were started in 2011. This is 3.4 percent above the 2010 figure of 586,900…