From the New York website: Permits filed in January for private homes across the U.S. soared to the highest level seen in 14 months, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The number of permits rose 4.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.285 million, the Wall Street Journal reported. Permits for multi-unit homes climbed 19.8 percent, while single-family permits dropped 2.7 percent.
Meanwhile, housing starts declined 2.6 percent nationwide. In the Northeast, the number of permits issued last month for privately-owned units rose 71.3 percent year-over-over.