Southeast's '09 Residential Starts Revised Downward Again
McGraw-Hill Construction recently updated its forecast for residential construction starts in the four-state region.
The volume of new residential construction project starts in the four-state Southeast Construction is likely to measure only $18.9 billion by the end of 2009, according to the latest information from McGraw-Hill Construction, the magazine’s publisher.
If that forecast proves accurate, that would be the lowest dollar volume in more than 15 years. In that time period, the previous low was $24.7 billion, recorded in 1995. It would also be well below the region’s annual average for the 2004-2008 period, of roughly $68.6 billion.
The latest estimate is also considerably below what McGraw-Hill Construction had predicted in the January Outlook that Southeast Construction published earlier this year. At that time, the company had predicted that residential construction would tally slightly above $31 billion.
The state-by-state forecasts for residential project starts are as follows: Florida - $7.3 billion; Georgia - $4 billion; North Carolina - $4.8 billion; and South Carolina - $2.8 billion.
All of those state forecast totals are well below the average volume experienced by each during the preceding five-year period. For instance, for the period between 2004 and 2008, Florida had experienced an average annual total of about $34 billion in new residential projects.
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