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What to Make of the Decline in Building Permits in May

Ricky Cove
What to Make of the Decline in Building Permits in May

The changes to the number of building permits issued every month give investors an idea about the trends in the housing (REM) sector. The number of building permits issued every month also acts as a forward indicator for the economy because an increase in the number of building permits in any given month is a signal for increased activity in the housing sector (DHI) in the future, as construction (ITB) activity begins after a few months of issuing the permit. As per the June report, housing units (XHB) authorized by building permits were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.30 million, a decline of 4.6% from the revised April reading of 1.36 million units.