New housing starts for the first half of 2015 are up considerably. A total of 560 new home construction permits were issued from January 1st – June 30th of this year, up from 467 during the first six months of 2014. That represents a 20 percent increase, according to data from the Johnston County Inspections Department.
The average value of a new single family home being built was $179,765, down slightly from $181,459 last year.
The number of singlewide mobile home permits are up 8 percent during the first half of 2015, while doublewide permits are down by 8 percent.
More commercial buildings are also going up. Thirty-five commercial construction permits, with a combined value of $17.8 million, have been issued this year, up from 23 during the first six months of 2014, that were valued at $10.3 million.