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Valley Homebuilder Permits Up 16% As New Homes Sell At Rapid Rate

Valley Homebuilder Permits Up 16% As New Homes Sell At Rapid Rate

Homebuilding permits are up 16% in metro Phoenix, showing strong growth this year and showing no signs of being affected by the pandemic.

Year to date through November, homebuilders secured 26,374 permits across the Valley, up from 22,650 during the same period in 2019, according to the most recent data from the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona.

The city of Avondale had the biggest growth so far this year, with a 336% spike in single-family homebuilding permits issued. That’s most likely a result of the ramped up activity at Alamar, a 1,130-acre master-planned community being developed by Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. that will¬†include 3,695 homes.

Despite the effects of Covid-19 that have hampered some industries, the 2020 housing industry has been nothing short of booming, said Jim Belfiore, founder of Belfiore Real Estate Consulting in Phoenix.

More new homes sold this year than in any year since Belfiore began tracking the housing industry 15 years ago.

“Twenty-two percent more new home contracts were signed this year than last year through mid-November, while sales have tapered off 7% over the last three months from the highest single 30-day period of sales since at least early 2006,” he said. “Buyers purchased 46% more homes from mid-October to mid-November than during the same period a year ago.”

Here’s a look at the top five Valley cities with the most growth this year through November 2020:


YTD growth: 336%

YTD 2020 permits: 449


YTD growth: 167%

YTD 2020 permits: 427

Casa Grande

YTD growth: 93%

YTD 2020 permits: 1,034


YTD growth: 81%

YTD 2020 permits: 428


YTD growth: 49%

YTD 2020 permits: 2,295

Source: Home Builders Association of Central Arizona

The List

Largest Phoenix-Area Homebuilders

Ranked by # of housing starts, 2019
Rank Builder # Of Housing Starts, 2019
1 Lennar Homes 2,223
2 D.R. Horton Inc. 1,810
3 PulteGroup 1,641

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