Home construction shows signs of life after long downturn


From new luxury homes in Saddle River to town houses in Garfield to rentals in Fort Lee, Elmwood Park, Hackensack and Wood-Ridge, North Jersey is seeing small signs of life in the deeply troubled housing construction industry.


After bumping along at near 40-year lows for several years, homebuilding is nowhere near a real recovery yet. But builders are feeling, if not exactly optimistic, a little less pessimistic. While national housing indicators — housing starts, new home sales and builders’ outlook — remain below the levels seen in a healthy market, they’ve risen from their recent lows. And the Standard & Poor’s home builders stock index is up about 70 percent from last fall.

“It’s the first time in four or five years that we’re generating job growth, which is always a driver of housing,” said Carl Goldberg of Roseland Property in Short Hills, which is building the Estuary, a 583-unit luxury rental building in Weehawken, among other projects.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE >>>


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