Definition of housing start in US English:

housing start


  • 1The beginning of construction of a new house.

    • ‘Out of the seven components making up the index, only housing start applications were up from the previous month.’
    • ‘Pittsburgh's top planning official is encouraged by the number of housing starts in the city, which was higher than any other municipality in the county.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In theory, supply should now be outstripping demand, with a record 700,000 new housing starts last year - more than the combined total of France, Germany and the Benelux countries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, over two thirds of new housing starts in Japan are custom designed and presold before construction has even begun.’
    • ‘Growth was fueled by housing starts, growing nonresidential construction, growth in home renovations and record low interest rates.’
    • ‘I remember when I was Mayor of Sligo, the then Minister for the Environment Padraig Flynn coming to meet Sligo Corporation in Sligo and announcing 26 housing starts.’
    • ‘We will probably see the levels of existing home sales and single-family housing starts in 2005 become the second best levels ever, trailing only 2004.’
    • ‘The figure may come in at 38,000, but that compares unfavourably to the 44,000 housing starts in 2000.’
    1. 1.1 The number of new houses begun during a particular period, used as an indicator of economic conditions.
      • ‘For comparison, 1991 saw housing starts at 1.01 million (1990 and 1992 were about 1.2 million).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In July, housing starts beat expectations by rising 1.5%, to a 17-year high of 1.87 million, at an annual rate.’
      • ‘In just under eight years housing prices have shot up 150%, while housing starts last year exceeded 660,000-more than in Germany and France combined.’
      • ‘This is partly because of the way that housing starts - China's proxy for floor space under construction - are reported.’
      • ‘As of June 2002, total housing starts are off about 6.5% from their February 2002 high.’
      • ‘When housing starts go up in Jacksonville, our business goes up,’ Forte said.’
      • ‘Here in Ashburn, 25 miles from Washington, it seems almost inconceivable that housing starts plummeted nearly 18 percent in March, the biggest drop in 14 years.’
      • ‘Consumer spending is showing surprising resilience, based on the sharp rebounds in April retail sales and housing starts, a factor that will boost future ordering of manufactured goods.’
      • ‘In July, retail sales, industrial production, and housing starts all bounced back from their poor June showings, and manufacturers' new orders posted another advance.’
      • ‘New housing starts slowed at the beginning of this year, reflecting the slowdown in blueprint sales a few months earlier.’