Nationwide housing starts and building permits stalled in May following the expiration of the federal home buyer tax credit program, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. New-home production declined 10 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000 units, the slowest pace since December 2009, while permit issuance slowed 5.9 percent to a rate of 574,000 units, its slowest pace since May 2009.
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