Area builders working hard to match demand (Houston Chronicle)

Photo by Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle Staff

Photo by Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle Staff

By Nancy Sarnoff

Houston-area builders are selling houses before they can finish them and at prices close to 20 percent higher than they were two years ago, new data show.

Builders started 27,802 homes during the 12 months that ended in September, according to Metrostudy, an information and consulting firm. That’s a 24 percent increase over the same period a year earlier and the strongest 12-month period since 2008.

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