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Housing building permit numbers on pace with 2013

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 Despite a long winter, construction of homes and buildings in and around the Fargo-Moorhead area are picking up.  The report, released Wednesday, shows housing construction projects are off to a strong start, on pace with 2013. Compared to an extremely strong start two years ago, 2014's report paints an average beginning to the year because of a harsh winter and late spring. 

The Home Builders Association (HBA) says the first quarter value total is a new record. The building permit report for Moorhead, Dilworth, Fargo, and West Fargo increased from $55.9 million to more than $93 million. This year, area housing starts (single-family homes, row houses, twin homes and duplexes) had a small bump from last year increasing from 55 to 56, which is valued at $13.5 million.

Fargo's housing starts went up from 22 to 27, which is a 23% increase. Dilworth hasn't had any housing construction activity, which is typical for first quarter. Moorhead's total housing starts increased to eight single-family permits compared to just one in first quarter 2013. West Fargo's total decreased from 32 housing starts in 2013 to 21 this year. Last year's starts in West Fargo were all single family, while this year shows a mix of single family (15 units) and twin homes (six units).

HBA officials say this should be another successful year for builders.

"So we are seeing lots of activity across all the sectors, very exciting to see those new commercial buildings going up, that's a great sign for our lovely economy," HBA President Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc. says.

Dietz says with no flood this spring, builders are in high spirits for a strong second quarter. 

The HBA of F-M kicks off its 54th Annual Spring Parade of Homes tomorrow showcasing 70 homes by 35 Builder members. The event runs April 24-27 and May 1-4. Hours are 4-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and noon- 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. General admission is free. Cost is $5 to tour four luxurious featured homes with proceeds donated to Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation.
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