Albuquerque Journal (January 27, 2015)

Home construction continued to improve in the Albuquerque metro area in 2014, with building permits issued for single-family homes reaching the highest level in five years, according to the latest report from DataTraq.

Permits were issued for 1,576 houses throughout the metro area, an 8 percent increase from 2013, and the most since 1,669 permits in 2009. A high point came in May when 193 permits were issued, the most for any month since 196 in August 2008.

“We’re happy with that,” said John Garcia of the HBA, the metro area’s homebuilders group. “There was nothing to make it better. We need an economic driver for sustained momentum.”

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