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Monroe County set an all-time record by adding 344 new homes in 2021.

The Monroe County Building Department released its year-end numbers last week and they show construction of single-family homes was up a whopping 56 percent during the year. In 2020 the county had added 221 homes, which had been a 25 percent increase from 2019.

The county’s original release of year-end stats, as reported in last week’s newspaper, seemed to show only 236 new homes in 2021. But that’s because when the county building department sends out monthly statistics, the Excel sheet opens to the August 2021 numbers. Those of course are not the total 2021 numbers.

The value of those 344 new homes, $102 million, was way up over the $61 million in new homes added in 2020.

The 2021 numbers make it the best single year for new homes since the city and county combined building permit offices in 2005. The first two recorded years, 2006 and 2007 had been the top two years for new homes with 301 and 254, respectively. After the 2008 housing crisis, the number of new homes fell all the way to as few as 47 in 2011 and 2012 before slowly rising back up to where it is now.

All told, the county issued 781 permits for construction in 2021, up from 582 permits issued in 2020. The total permits include everything from a new home to a new pool to a mobile home.  Those 2021 permits cover $132 million worth of new construction, up from $86 million in construction in 2020.