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Winter weather slows area housing construction

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about the housing market this month, reflecting strong growth in new-home sales and prices.
U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about the housing market this month, reflecting strong growth in new-home sales and prices. kmyers@kcstar.com

Winter weather hampered residential construction plans throughout the Kansas City area in January, the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City reported.

Single-family housing permits in the eight-county area fell 17 percent last month to 235 filings, compared with 283 permits issued for the first month of 2014, the association said. The January results were also down from 323 permits in December 2014.

Despite the slower start, builders are confident that “after the snow and cold weather retreat, spring will bring the most active housing market in years to the Kansas City area,” Sara Corless, vice president of the association, said in the report.

Kansas City issued the most single-family permits, 46 in January, followed by Olathe, Overland Park, Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit.

Johnson County had the most activity, followed by Clay and Jackson counties.

The association also said 214 construction permits were issued for multifamily housing in January.

To reach Steve Rosen, call 816-234-4879 or send email to srosen@kcstar.com.

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