Posted December 17, 2013 by RentJungle

Banks are increasing their construction loans for the first time since 2007, according to Chandan Economics. Banks registered a quarterly increase of 897,529 in the second quarter 2013.

Year-over-year growth in residential construction prices decelerated from 2.1 percent in July 2013 to 1.7 percent in August 2013. After a period of significant increases, prices of building materials now display slower rates of year-over-year growth or outright declines, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

As a result of higher sales and lower inventory, August's supply of existing condos and co-ops, which represents the length of time in months it would take to exhaust the condo and co-op inventory at the current sales pace, declined to 4.6. Over the past year, condo and co-op prices have risen by 17.7 percent.

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