HAMMERING IT HOME
Looking for a brand-new home? With tariffs and a trade war looming and lumber, steel, and aluminum serving as weapons, the economy has a bit of uncertainty to it — but home builders have been busy so far this year. If you want brand-new construction, Texas is your state. Two of its major metro areas remain atop the list of cities with the most new homes from last year, and the state has three metro areas in the top five. Other Sun Belt cities also continue to put up big numbers. Here are the 40 areas where new home construction is hottest, based on building-permit figures from the Census Bureau. Median sale prices come mainly from the National Association of Realtors, with Zillow as a backup in two areas. First-time buyers should check out these cities that cater to new homeowners as well.