Housing starts jump as local builders play catchup 

The increase in housing starts around the country has put the pressure on local home builders to keep up with the demand.  United States housing numbers jumped 12.3 percent last month, the highest level since June of 2007, according to  Craig Vandenhouten, co-owner of Van’s Lumber & Custom Builders in Dyckesville and Egg Harbor, says the building industry is busy but Mother Nature could cooperate better this fall.



Vandenhouten is hopeful the weather turns drier so his 12 construction crews can get back on schedule.  Year-on-year, housing starts increased 6.6 percent nationally while building permits advanced 12 percent, according to


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