Teardowns Account for More New Homes

More than 10 percent of new single-family homes that began construction in 2016 were part of a teardown project, according to new data from the National Association of Home Builders. That’s up from 7.7 percent in 2015. NAHB defines a teardown as a home that is built on a site where a previous structure existed. Nationwide, there were 79,300 single-family teardowns started in 2016, up from 55,200 in 2015, NAHB estimates.

Builders continue to cite lot shortages as a major setback to new-home construction. Home shoppers and builders are now eyeing teardowns because many of the properties are in prime locations. Take a look at the chart below to see the breakdown of teardown starts by region.

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