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New housing numbers send Maryland mixed signals

In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, photo, new home construction is underway in a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa. It’s lining up to be another strong year for investors who own homebuilding stocks as a proxy bet on the health of the U.S. housing market. Housing market trends are expected to remain favorable for builders, but those focusing on first-time buyers could be the safest bet for further gains. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Federal government figures found the number of new homes under construction increasing nationally last month while dropping in the northeast, as Maryland continues to navigate a supply-constrained single-family housing market. Nationally, seasonally adjusted privately owned housing starts in January, which ...

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