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This Fall Saw a Gain in Single-Family Permits

This September has seen a gain in single-family permits. The first nine months of 2021 reported year-to-date (YTD) got up to 864,184. This is a 21.2% increase from the 713,286 reported in September 2020.

All four regions had a very strong increase year-to-date ending in September 2021. The South saw the largest increase of 22.8% while the Midwest reported the lowest at 16.1%. The Northeast reported 20.4% and the West 20.3%. For multifamily permits, the West reported 35.3, Midwest 26.7%, the South 24.5% and the Northeast 17.7%.

Of the four regions, 49 states and the District of Columbia reported an increase of single-family permits issued. The highest growth was in the District of Columbia with a 234.7% increase! Mississippi was the only state that saw a decline of 0.5% during September 2021.

At the local level, below are the top 10 metro areas that issued the highest number of single-family permits.

Metropolitan Statistical Area Single-family Permits: (Units #YTD, NSA)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40,255
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 39,161
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 27,534
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 24,928
Austin-Round Rock, TX 19,250
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 15,444
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 14,767
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 12,725
Jacksonville, FL 12,725
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 12,625

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