A large chunk of the credit for our improving economy belongs to multifamily construction. Since hitting a trough of 111,000 multifamily permits in October 2009, multifamily activity has quickly recovered. This past October there were 418,000 multifamily permits pulled, an amazing 73% of the permits pulled in March 2006, the single best month since the late 1980s. If single-family were doing that well, we’d be at 1.3 million SF permits.
Elliot F. Eisenberg, Ph.D.