Single-family home construction in the area has surged in 2016, according to new data from the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City.
In the first five months this year, 2,223 building permits for single-family building were issued in the eight-county area. That was a 29 percent leap from the same months in 2015.
“The housing market is especially active heading into summer with solid new home sales numbers,” Sara Corless, executive vice president of the association, said in the report. “Buyers should be able to find what they want, and builders are finishing new homes daily after depleting inventory.”
New home construction in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties has grown steadily since 2009, when the effects of the housing market collapse were in full effect. Permitting so far this year already has surpassed the 2009 total.
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Multifamily permits also have grown compared with the same period last year, but not as markedly as for single-family units.
The area’s top location for single-family construction so far this year is Kansas City in Clay County, with 353 new permits. The leader in multifamily permits is Kansas City in Jackson County, with Kansas City in Platte County taking second place and Lenexa in Johnson County close behind.
Overall, Johnson County remains the homebuilding capital, with 1,449 new housing permits for single and multifamily construction so far this year.