A new report from the Portland Cement Association (PCA) projects total housing starts to reach 954,000 units in 2013, reflecting further improvement on nearly 30 percent growth in 2012.
“The possibility of one million starts in 2013 should not be dismissed,” PCA chief economist Ed Sullivan said. “Although the first half 2013 will be mired in a fiscal cliff hangover, we are decidedly optimistic about second half economic growth, job creation and consumer sentiment – all of which translate into a stronger home sales and starts activity.”
Even stronger growth in homebuilding is predicted to materialize in 2014, with starts surpassing 1.1 million.
PCA expects the recovery to be broad-based and is projecting all 50 states will see increases in single-family housing this year.
The emergence of accelerating construction growth has begun to appear in some states hit hardest during the housing bubble burst. These regions are now likely to lead growth in coming years as the long-depressed markets begin to return to housing construction rates consistent with their demographics.
PCA expects multifamily construction to continue to grow at a strong pace as favorable fundamentals fuel the sector. Multifamily starts recorded a 55 percent gain in 2011 and 36 percent growth in 2012. PCA expects an additional growth of 15 percent in 2013 to 277,000 units.