Housing Starts Bounce Along Bottom, Hit 598K, Beat Expectation Of 550K As Housing Inventory Surges

August Housing Starts come at 598K, on expectations of 550K, as the bounce along the bottom is now nothing but noise. None of this is relevant as the most recent (July) existing home inventory number hit 12.5 months from 8.9 months prior, and even with that in mind, the starts number is the largest since April 2010. Which merely means that even more spare capacity will be added. Of course, with the GMAC Mortgage scandal front and center, this whole statistic may soon be quite irrelevant should foreclosures grind to a halt. Oh, and this being a US Census number, the prior number was obviously revised lower, from 546K to 541K. No surprise there.