We hear so often about how new construction has basically stopped in the Sacramento area. Instead of just listening to a blanket statement though, let’s take a look at the actual trend of building permits in Sacramento County from 1994 through 2010. The information below is based on data from the United States Census Bureau for the number of permits pulled for new construction of single family residential properties in Sacramento County.
What do you see? Does anything surprise you? What happened between 2004 and 2005 to chop the level of permits in half? Do you think more or less permits will be issued in 2011? Do you pay attention to the number of permits pulled as an economic indicator?