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Statewide Home Building Numbers Remain Consistent; Walworth County Numbers Down

February 2, 2023 – The latest Wisconsin new home construction numbers from year-end 2022, show just a very slight decrease compared to those of 2021.

The data, submitted by all municipalities across the state, shows 11,326 permits were pulled statewide between January 1 and December 31, just three percent less than the 11,711 permits pulled during 2021.

The same data shows that Walworth County had 308 permits pulled in 2022, a decrease of 30% with the 442 permits pulled in 2021.

Referring to the statewide numbers, Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) President Mike Howe said, “We’re pleased with these year-end numbers, after a slow start the first half of the year. At the culmination of the second quarter, (Wisconsin was) down 24 percent compared to the second quarter of 2021, so to recover from that so quickly is great news for the industry.”

While down slightly compared to 2021, Wisconsin numbers are still above those nationally, with the National Association of Home Builders recently reporting single-family starts ending the year down more than 10%, its first annual decline since 2011.

“Low mortgage rates in 2021 tremendously aided the home building industry, as they helped offset high material prices,” said WBA Executive Director Brad Boycks. “The interest rates of 2022 really impacted existing home sales, along with home building. Simply put, homeowners could no longer afford mortgages on homes they may have been able to afford just a year earlier.”


About the Wisconsin Builders Association

The Wisconsin Builders Association is a professional trade association comprised of 21 local associations dedicated to helping members build communities around the state. We advocate the interests of 4,000 home building industry members to keep housing affordable and accessible for Wisconsin families, Protecting the American Dream for over 70 years.

About Lakeland Builders Association

Lakeland Builders Associations (LBA) is a part of the Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Chartered in 1979, LBA is a not-for-profit, professional trade organization serving home builders and the building industry in and around the Lake Geneva area of Walworth County, Wisconsin. LBA members are committed to their business and believe in professional development while also giving back to the industry in which they make a living and the community in which they live.

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