DECEMBER 2004 HOUSING STARTS SURGE 10.9 PERCENT — 
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that December 2004 privately owned housing starts jumped 10.9 percent at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2,004,000 units. Some industry analysts were expecting housing starts to total around 1.9 million.
Single-family housing starts performed even better as a category, climbing 13.1 percent with 1,678,000 units.

Single family building permits issued in December also registered an increase of 0.6 percent over November numbers. Overall building permits, however, declined 0.3 percent for the same period.

The report also found that housing completions for December totaled 1,946,000 units, a 12.5 increase above November. Single family completions jumped 15.7 percent to 1,673,000.

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