Report: Southeast Michigan Single-family Home Permits Reach New High


With nearly 485 single-family permits issued in August for Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne counties, southeast Michigan saw its best single-family permit performance in August since 2006, says a new report from the Farmington Hills-based Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan.

The HBA Southeastern Michigan Residential Building Activity Report, which is based on residential data compiled by the association, found that the single family permit total for August was 21 percent higher than July’s (400) and 24 percent higher than August 2015 (389).

“Employments levels in southeastern Michigan have reached their highest point since the Great Recession,” says Michael Stoskopf, CEO of Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan. “This is probably the single most important factor for consumers’ home buying confidence, as reflected both in the new housing permit numbers as well as record auto production totals. Add to that low oil prices remaining low, which helps increase disposable household income, creating the formula for August’s positive permit report and an optimistic forecast for, at least, the remainder of 2016.”

According to the report, existing single-family home sales velocity of 2.9 months across the region continues to indicate that new construction should also grow in the next six months.

Despite growth in other areas, with 22 permits issued in August, the report says multifamily permits have shown signs of slowing down. The year-to-date total of 910 multifamily permits represents a 2 percent decline from the same time period last year.

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