February 5, 2013|By Mary Shanklin, Orlando Sentinel
Even in a real estate market defined by distress sales in recent years, buyers' appetite for new homes was up sharply last year, according to a report released Tuesday by Metrostudy Inc.
Builders started work on an average of 18 houses a day in the four-county Orlando metropolitan area during the fourth quarter, according the home-construction analytics firm. Those 1,643 single-family home starts constituted a 47 percent increase from a year earlier. Housing starts for the whole year were up even more sharply — 53 percent — from 2011, as work started on 6,297 houses in 2012.