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Ala. Housing Starts Increase For June

Birmingham, AL – A new report from the Alabama Center for Real Estate at the University of Alabama provides hopeful signs for home construction in Alabama.

The center reports that 938 building permits for single-family homes were issued in Alabama in June. That's a 31 percent increase from May.

The center's executive director, Grayson Glaze, said Alabama has experienced growth in five out of the last six months. He said that's encouraging, but Alabama has a long way to go before it's back to the level of housing starts in 2008.

Alabama's housing starts in June were down 16.8 percent from June 2008.

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