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Housing Starts  
Released On 2/16/2018 8:30:00 AM For Jan, 2018
PriorPrior RevisedConsensusConsensus RangeActual
Starts - Level - SAAR1.192 M1.209 M1.232 M1.210 M to 1.305 M1.326 M
Permits - Level - SAAR1.302 M1.300 M1.300 M1.260 M to 1.320 M1.396 M

Housing finished last year on the uptrend and is starting the new year very strong. Housing starts surged in January to the second highest rate of the expansion, at 1.326 million annualized vs an upward revised 1.209 million in December. The strength is centered in multi-units, which had been lagging, but also includes a strong monthly rise in the dominant single-family category.

Permits, in confirmation of optimism for housing demand, have been outperforming starts and continue to do so, also surging in January to a 1.396 million rate from 1.300 million for the best showing of the expansion. Once again multi-units are catching up, rising very sharply to one of the highest readings of the expansion and offsetting a small decline for single-family units where permits are, nevertheless, just off at their expansion high.

A negative in the report is a 1.9 percent decline in completions to a 1.166 million rate that won't be adding immediate supply to a new-home market that is depleted. But the jump in starts points to supply relief over the next half year with permits pointing to relief through the second half. After the setback in yesterday's retail sales report, housing once again is clearly a key driver of the economy.

Consensus Outlook
A sharp fall in single-family starts drove total housing starts down sharply in a December report that otherwise showed strength for multi-family starts and especially for single-family permits. The consensus for January housing starts is for a strong snap back to a 1.232 million annualized rate vs 1.192 million in December with housing permits seen at a 1.300 million rate which would be unchanged from December's revised result (1.302 million initially reported).

A housing start is registered at the start of construction of a new building intended primarily as a residential building. The start of construction is defined as the beginning of excavation of the foundation for the building.  Why Investors Care
Monthly figures are often volatile housing starts fluctuate more than many indicators. It takes several months for total housing starts to establish a trend. Consequently, we have depicted total starts relative to a five month moving average.
Data Source: Haver Analytics

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