US housing starts for October were less than expected. A 1.5% increase MoM was expected, but housing starts actually fell -0.7% MoM.
5+ unit (multifamily) starts were up 6.82% MoM. 1-unit single family detached units were down -3.89% MoM. Permits to build were up 4% MoM.
On a YoY basis, 1-unit start declined -10.6% as M2 Money growth continues to fall.
And 1-unit housing starts have fallen with the rapid decline in home buying sentiment.
1-unit starts have slowed to pre-COVID levels, thanks in part to The Federal Reserve’s money printing bonanza which may never end.
As housing sentiment crashes (due to rapid home price growth), we are seeing the demand for multi-family housing rise. 5+ unit (multifamily) starts were up 6.82% MoM in October.
It is October after all as winter sets in.