Inspections Director: New Housing Permits Should Level Off In 3rd, 4th Quarters

Permits Up 12 Percent During First 6 Months Of 2018

New housing starts during the first half of 2018 increased by just over 12 percent, according to the Johnston County Inspections Department.

From January 1 to June 30, a total of 926 permits were issued for new single family homes in Johnston County, an increase from 824 during the first six months of 2017.

The average value of a new single family home permitted this year is $182,357 up from $180,474 for the same period in 2017.

“The numbers of new housing keep tracking upward and new home sales are great,” said Dean Barbour, Director of the Johnston County Inspections Department.  ” The numbers should level off in the third and fourth quarters with interest rates moving in an upward direction. The County will face new challenges in the next couple of years with schools and roads.”  Barbour added, “We are not keeping pace with the growth.”

Manufactured housing numbers are virtually unchanged.  96 permits were issued in the first half of 2018 for singlewide and doublewide homes, down one from 97 during the first half of 2017.   21 permits have been issued for modular homes up from 16 last year.

The inspections department reported a noticeable increase in new townhomes.  61 have been permitted so far this year, up from 18 in the first half of 2017.

The Inspections Department collected $1,513,224.02 in fees during the first 6 months of 2018, compared to $1,363,542.06 during the same time period in 2017.  Inspectors have passed 25,350 inspections this year and failed 5,874.