July New Housing Permits Maintain Improvement Trend
In cities across the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, housing production continues to climb in 2013 with the second highest month this year, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report. July permits increased to 410 single family permits over 333 the previous month. Year to date total permits are the highest in five years with 2,356 permits compared to 2012 which were 1,767.
“More builders are returning to the industry and they are on average pulling more permits,” said Executive Vice President Sara Corless. “The growth has been substantial in the past three years according to the numbers we see today. This is being reflected in the HBA’s Fall Parade of Homes since it is the largest since 2008.”
All eight area counties show an increase over 2012 year to date with an average increase of 33 percent. Johnson County has the highest number of permits this year with 968 which is an increase of 281 over last year. Jackson County has the second highest number with 452 permits followed by Clay County with 377 then Platte County with 217 and Cass County follows with 119. Kansas City remains the highest permitting city with 386 permits in Clay, Platte and Jackson combined counties. Olathe is the second highest permitting city with 301. No permits were issued for multi-family units in July.