Building permits up 30.3% in 2012. U.S. Department of Census data shows that privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in December were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 903,000, 0.3% above the revised November rate of 900,000 and 28.8% above the Dec. 2011 estimate of 701,000. Single-family authorizations in December were at a rate of 578,000, 1.8% above the revised November figure of 568,000. An estimated 813,400 housing units were authorized by building permits ...

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