Building permits for single-family homes were at a rate of 762,000 in October, according to the Census Bureau and HUD. This is 2.7 percent above the revised September figure of 742,000.  

Housing starts for single-family homes were at a rate of 869,000. This is 10.7 percent above the revised September figure of 785,000.  The October rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 445,000.

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