Market Update: Housing Starts Plunge in August September 20, 2016 Housing starts dropped 5.8 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.14 million units. Quicken Loans Vice President Bill Banfield offers the following comments on the report. “As we’ve seen in the past, this data can be very volatile regionally. A bright spot in today’s report was a steady rise in permits for single-family homes in the south. That coupled with a recent surge in homebuilder sentiment could set up for strengthening momentum heading into the fall months.” If you would like to speak to Bill about this or any other topic, please contact us.