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Should Housing Investors Worry about Declining Building Permits?

Ricky Cove
Should Housing Investors Worry about Declining Building Permits?

Tracking changes to the number of building permits issued gives investors insight into the demand and supply conditions in the housing (REM) industry. 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 the issuance of a permit. As per the recent report, housing units (XHB) authorized by building permits were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.4 million, a minor fall of 1.8% from the revised March reading of 1.4 million units.