New homes continue to be built at a faster pace than last year, which was faster than the year before that.


According to the Northeast Florida Builders Association, 5,350 building permits have been issued in the four-county area for new single-family homes through July this year.

That’s more than 400 ahead of last year’s pace and about three times the number issued at this point in 2011, which was the low point for home-building in the area. The number have increased each year since.

For the month of July, 801 permits were issued, down 32 from June but up 112 from July 2016. It was only the third month that permits topped 800 since 2007. The number for Clay and Nassau counties stayed fairly steady with June’s and last year’s.

Duval’s numbers were down 60 from June, but up from last July while St. Johns saw its second-highest monthly total since 2007.

Roger Bull: (904) 359-4296