February Housing Starts Cool Down

Following the warmest January on record that helped spur a 16 percent jump in new-home construction, the housing market showed signs of cooling in February, with total housing starts down 7.9 percent for the month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.12 million.

Single-family home construction dipped 2.3 percent to 1.8 million units. Multifamily starts fell 30.4 percent to 320,000 units after posting an unsustainably high level of 460,000 units in January.

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