September new housing starts missed expectations, rising 0.5% to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of just 590,000 vs. an expected 610,000. Starts were strongest in the South and West, while weakest in the Mid-West.
Building permits fell 1.2% vs. August, to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 573,000.
Slightly worse than expectated data shows that the housing market could be approaching a hangover, once home-buyer tax-credits disappear on November 30th.
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