California housing production rose sharply in May and posted the highest monthly permit total for the year on the strength of the multifamily sector, the California Building Industry Association announced today.

According to statistics compiled by the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB), permits were pulled for 4,630 total housing units in May, up 42 percent from the same month a year ago and up 28 percent from April. Permits for single-family homes totaled 1,908, down 7 percent from May 2010 and down 6 percent from the previous month, while multifamily permits totaled 2,722, up 124 percent from a year ago and up 71 percent from April.

For the first five months of the year, permits were pulled for 18,120 total units, up 6 percent when compared to the first five months of 2010 when 17,050 permits were issued. Permits for single-family homes were down 17 percent while permits for multifamily units were up 45 percent.

Mike Winn, CBIA’s President and CEO, said this was welcomed news and took note of the high number of permits issued during the month.

“Other than December of 2010, this is the highest monthly total since December of 2008 when 4,658 permits were issued,” said Winn.

via California Building Industry Association – California Housing Production Continues to Climb in May, CBIA Announces.

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