Clark County housing starts climb for second month in a row

By Cami Joner, Columbian retail & real estate reporter

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Updated: November 8, 2011, 4:21 PM

 

October housing starts in unincorporated areas of Clark County improved for the second month in a row, a hopeful sign for homebuilders struggling with one of the worst years on record for new-home construction.

There were 35 permits issued to build single-family houses in October, up 84 percent from the 19 permits handed out in October 2010, the county’s Department of Community Development reported Tuesday. The value of October’s housing permits totaled approximately $11.7 million, an increase from $6.6 million in the same month last year.

From January through October, Clark County issued 298 permits for single-family home construction, down 35 percent from 458 permits in the same 10 months of 2010.