Suburban and Exubran Communities See The Fastest Home Building Activity

The pandemic has not only changed buyers’ perspectives on what they want in a home but also where they want their home to be located. More and more buyers are searching in the suburbs away from crowded urban areas. Surprisingly the multifamily sector is seeing more new home starts in the suburbs and lower-cost markets.

According to the NAHB’s current Home Building Geography Index (HBGI) multifamily construction saw double-digit percentage gains in suburban areas in the second quarter of 2021. Large metro areas saw a decline in multifamily new starts. Multifamily residential construction rose 14.3% in small metro urban cores and 25.5% in small metro suburban areas while large metro core areas saw a 0.5% decline.

“The trend of construction shifting from high-density metro areas to more affordable regions, which accelerated at the beginning of the pandemic early last year, appears to be continuing,” said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke. “Lower land and labor costs, and lower regulatory burdens in suburban and exurban markets make it more appealing to build in these communities. And workers are increasingly flocking to these areas due to expanded teleworking practices and lower housing costs.”

If you are in the market to purchase a home, now is the time. Get in touch with a Realtor in your local community who can help you with the process.

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