HOUSTON-While the housing market has cooled in major metropolitan areas in third quarter 2000, Houston single-family permits are up 5%, according to the Flash Report of US Housing Markets, published by the Meyers Group. Dallas is up 6%.

The slowdown in single-family construction is relatively uniform across the country, with eight of the 15 largest housing states – all with 20,000 or more permits so far this year – down 5% to 10% in comparison to last year.

But Texas, with 83,134 permits is one of only two states with more year-to-date this year than last year while Florida has issued 81,680 permits. Multifamily construction declines are occurring in Texas, down 3% or 22,283 permits. The same is true for Florida, which had 33,860 permits, down 22%, and North Carolina with 14,728 is down 10%. The Houston CMSA is down 28% while Dallas has dipped 55%.

With 921,494 permits pulled thus far this year, the year 2000′s national single-family housing market is running 4% behind last year’s record pace. The slowdown is accelerating, as evidenced by third quarter permits that are 7% less than for the same period in 1999 and 5% less than 1998. But the US is still on pace to have the third best year for single-family housing in the past 20 years.

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