New-home construction in the Indianapolis area rebounded last month from a poor April to post a big year-over-year increase.
Single-family building permits filed in the nine-county area in May totaled 431, a 20-percent spike from the same month of 2011, according to the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis. The increase was the strongest year-over-year percentage increase in May in 11 years.
That follows an April in which permit filings fell 2 percent over the previous year.
Hamilton County in May recorded 193 permits, the most of the metro-area counties, for a 31-percent increase over May 2011.
In Marion County, builders filed 66 permits, a 14-percent increase.
Hendricks County saw 63 permits filed last month, a 43-percent increase from May 2011. Activity was flat in Johnson County.
BAGI CEO Steve Lains said he was encouraged by May’s results.
“In the last decade, May has not been a particularly strong month in terms of an increase in permits from the previous year,” he said in a written statement. “With permits trailing sales by 30 to 45 days, the numbers are an indication of a strong spring selling season that we hope continues into the summer.”
The stronger May helped push year-to-date building activity higher. The number of area permits filed so far through May totaled 1,655, an 11-percent increase from the first five months last year.
Still, building activity is slow compared to pre-recession levels. Nearly 780 permits were filed in May 2007 and 946 were filed in May 2006.