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Last updated on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 2:34 pm

Residential Housing Market Continues Steady Growth

The 35th edition of Arvest Bank's Skyline Report for Benton and Washington counties was released Thursday, with more evidence of steady, incremental growth in the residential real estate market. In the first six months of 2014, according to the report, the number of building permits issued increased slightly to 1,183, a 3.0 percent increase from the 1,183 building permits issued during the same period of 2013. Benton County accounted for 746 of the residential building permits, while Washington County accounted for 437. The total also represents an 8.1 percent increase from the 1,094 building permits issued in Benton and Washington counties from July through December of 2013. For the full report of residential highlights prepared by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the... [ MORE ]

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