Homebuilding and new home sales soared in Orange County last year, driven by job growth, rising demand and an abundant supply of new home projects to choose from, industry reports show. And O.C. stood apart from neighboring Southern California counties, where construction and sales either grew at a more lackluster pace or declined. Orange County developers took out 12,157 building permits in 2016, the most since 2000, according to Construction Industry Research Board data.
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