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VOL. 127 | NO. 76 | Wednesday, April 18, 2012

March Permits Improve 47 Pct.

By Sarah Baker

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Last month proved to be a positive one for local homebuilding activity, with a 47 percent increase year over year in new home permits.

Shelby County homebuilders in March filed 75 permits averaging 3,224 square feet and $243,143, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

That compares to 51 permits filed in March 2010, which averaged 3,062 square feet and $221,174.

Regency Homebuilders LLC filed the most permits of any other builder in March by far, with 22 averaging 2,886 square feet and $210,719. Charles Morgan of Vintage Homes LLC filed the second highest amount of permits, with eight averaging 2,652 square feet and $183,714.

Just as in the first quarter, the ZIP code with the most activity was Collierville’s 38107, with 21 permits averaging 3,440 square feet and $305,905. It was trailed by Arlington’s 38002 ZIP code, which had 19 permits averaging 3,560 square feet and $243,780.

Meanwhile, the highest performing subdivision last month was again Rolling Meadow, with seven permits averaging 2,787 square feet and $248,143.

Builders sold just 50 homes in March, averaging $275,237 and totaling $13.8 million in sales volume. That compares to 68 homes sold by builders in March 2011, averaging $238,114 and totaling $16 million; and 106 sold in March 2010, averaging $211,367 and totaling $22 million.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 35 250 5,016
MORTGAGES 60 382 6,608
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 17 55 1,534
BUILDING PERMITS 179 720 11,979
BANKRUPTCIES 54 257 5,216
BUSINESS LICENSES 24 89 2,025
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 92 443 6,907
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 81 1,422

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