Jun 23, 2022 - Real Estate

Austin leads the nation in homebuilding

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Austin leads the nation in building new homes, per the latest analysis by real estate company Redfin.

What they found: Austin had 31.1 single-family building permits per 10,000 people in the first quarter of this year, the most per capita among major U.S. metros.

Data: Redfin; Table: Thomas Oide/Axios
Data: Redfin; Table: Thomas Oide/Axios

Why it matters: As the number of homes for sale remains near all-time lows and monthly mortgage payments are near record highs, building more homes is one way to ease the affordability crisis.

Zoom out: Single-family and multifamily building permits are up from pre-pandemic times in most U.S. metros., Redfin found.

  • Of note: Redfin defines "single-family" as buildings with one to four housing units and “multifamily” as buildings with five or more housing units.

Yes, but: "There still aren't enough homes to meet the pace of household creation, and we need to be more prepared when demand inevitably picks back up," said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather in the report.

The bottom line: Ramping up new home construction will help move the market toward balance, if only a little.

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