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housing start

noun
1.
an instance of beginning the construction of a dwelling.
2.
housing starts, the nationwide number of such instances per period used especially in the U.S. as an indication of economic growth or decline:
Housing starts were up 600,000 in April.
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  • Multi-family housing construction in particular is showing signs of strength, according to the latest housing start data.
  • Offers data about building permits, housing start-up projects and housing completions.
  • The smaller builders showed a larger average value of construction work per housing start.

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