Definition of housing start in English:

housing start

Syllabification: hous·ing start


  • 1The beginning of construction of a new house.
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    • These were orders for manufacturers, M1B money supply, housing start applications, stock prices and average monthly working hours in the manufacturing sector, the council said.
    • Out of the seven components making up the index, only housing start applications were up from the previous month.
    • With the recent pace of new-home sales running faster than that of housing starts, new home construction may yet have some potential for further gains in coming months.
  • 1.1 (housing starts) The number of new houses begun during a particular period, used as an indicator of economic conditions.
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    • For very short lead times, the monthly Census figures on building permits accurately predict housing starts, which become construction put in place over the next several months.
    • New housing starts slowed at the beginning of this year, reflecting the slowdown in blueprint sales a few months earlier.
    • This is partly because of the way that housing starts - China's proxy for floor space under construction - are reported.

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