Published at: 2015-03-30 11:08 | Author: David Karch - CIJ Florida
Residential home construction in Florida is about halfway back if you go by the pre-recession numbers. Polk County builders pulled 9,000 new home building permits in 2005. The same year Orange County builders pulled 11,000.
Fast forward to 2010 and less those numbers had plummeted to just 900 permits were pulled in Polk and a mere 2,000 in Orange. In 2013, the last year for which numbers are available, Polk County builders rebounded by pulling 1,200 with Orange County builders pulling 4,300 permits.

Specifically which areas are rebounding or growing is a matter of contention. Kim Foy, President of Southern Home Traditions, a builder based in Orlando, says that urban infill is a serious growth area. “People are w...

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