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Multifamily Fuels November's Housing Starts


Build, baby, build! The Commerce Department says housing starts are up 10.5% in November to a 1.17 million annualized rate, 16.5% higher than November 2014. 

The November starts outstripped predictions, as economists told the Wall Street Journal to expect a rate of 1.14 million. Multifamily starts—up 18.1%—made up most of the November gains.

Starts were down 11% in October, but the November increase shows life in the marketThe new Fed rate hike isn’t expected to slow demand, either. A Zillow report says 70% of homebuyers won’t be deterred by mortgage rates up to 4.5%. [ConstructionDive]