Kansas City area home construction soared 42 percent in July

08/21/2013 12:36 PM

08/21/2013 9:33 PM

The Kansas City homebuilding industry continued to rebound in July with 410 single-family permits issued, up 42.4 percent from July 2012.

For the year to date, 2,356 single-family permits have been issued. The Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City said that’s the most for this time of year since 2007, the last year before the housing crash that accompanied the Great Recession. That seven-month figure also was 33.3 percent higher than the same period last year.

“More builders are returning to the industry, and they are on average pulling more permits,” Sara Corless, executive vice president of the association, said in a statement accompanying the July report. “The growth has been substantial in the past three years according to the numbers we see today.”

Kansas City reported the most single-family permits issued so far this year thanks to its growth in the Northland, 386.

It was followed by Olathe, 301; Overland Park, 250; Lee’s Summit, 211; Lenexa, 120; Blue Springs, 104; Platte County, 100; Shawnee, 97; Kansas City, Kan., 83; and Leawood, 80.

On a county basis, Johnson County led the metro in housing starts, reporting 968 permits issued so far this year, up 40.9 percent from last year. It was followed by Jackson County, 452 permits, up 40.8 percent, and Clay County, 377 permits, up 4.7 percent.


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