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August 21, 2014

Area homebuilding fell slightly in July

The Home Builders Assocation of Greater Kansas City said 358 permits for single-family homes were issued last month in the Kansas City area, down from 409 in July 2013. Through the first seven months of 2014, however, building activity remains on track for its best year since 2007.

Permits for new home construction fell slightly in July from a year earlier, but building activity is still on track for its best year since 2007, the Home Builders Assocation of Greater Kansas City reported Thursday.

The association said 358 permits for single-family homes were issued last month in the Kansas City area. That was down from 409 in July 2013 and essentially unchanged from June’s count of 359.

Through the first seven months this year, 2,402 permits have been issued. That’s the highest level since the beginning of the recession in 2007, the association said, and is slightly higher than the 2,355 homebuilding permits issued through the first seven months of 2013.

Johnson County, as usual, had the highest number of single-family permits this year, with 939. Jackson County had the second highest number with 445 permits, followed by Clay and Platte counties. Kansas City remains the highest permitting city, with 424 in July.

The number of building permits issued for multifamily projects climbed to 2,157 for the first seven months of 2014 from 1,702 the same time last year.

| The Star

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