IBA: Indiana single-family building permits down 3 percent from January 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Single-family building permits in Indiana decreased 3 percent in January compared to the same time last year according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Permits decreased 21 percent in January over the previous month.

In January 2016, there were 658 single-family building permits issued compared to 681 in 2015.

“Despite the slight dip in single-family permits in January, we expect to see ongoing, steady growth in housing in 2016,” said Indiana Builders Association Chief Executive Officer Rick Wajda. “The economic outlook remains promising, as consumers regain confidence and home values increase, which will help the housing market move forward.”

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index was 58 in February, still well above the tipping point of 50 and three points above last February but down from a recent peak of 65 in October 2015. Builders reported more consumer concern over the price of new homes relative to existing homes as builders face higher costs for labor, land and materials.

“Builders are being cautious as they face some market uncertainties and a shortage of available lots and labor,” said Wajda. “We are confident that pent-up demand and an improving economy will help grow the housing market.”

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