The good news: August housing starts beat expectations, rising by more than 12 percent from July. The bad news: housing permits fell just as dramatically, lending uncertainty to an already volatile 2022 housing market.
It already hasn’t been a good week for housing. On Monday, the National Association of Home Builders reported its Housing Market Index fell for the eighth straight month to two-year low. And on Tuesday, HUD and the Census Bureau reported housing starts fell in July by nearly double digits to its slowest pace since 2020.
These days, is there really a spring home buying season? Especially when every month feels like buyers are knocking down every available door? Even, so, the New Residential Construction report from HUD and the Census Bureau portends what could be an even busier period for the housing market.