Archive for Friday, April 17, 1998

LAWRENCE HOME BUILDERS SAY 1998 IS OFF TO A BOOMING START.

April 17, 1998

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Warmed by El Nino and financed at interest rates near record lows, Lawrence home builders got off to the fastest start in three years this January.

It's a trend that's likely to continue into 1998, observers say.

``I have a strong feeling it's going to be better than last year,'' said Neal Ezell, president of the Lawrence Home Builders Assn.

As gauged by permits issued for single-family and duplex construction, home construction last year fell to its lowest level since 1990.

Single-family construction alone was up slightly from 1996, but still slightly below the 10-year average.

Ezell, of Ezell-Morgan Construction in

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