New home construction is off to a slow start in the city of Rockford for 2011.
So far this year, there have only been four permits for new homes to be built in the city limits, according to Professional Code Inspections (PCI). The city issued one home building permit in January, one in February and two in March.
In 2009, there were 43 permits issued for the whole year.
In the Rockford Highlands, there were two new homes built last year on Highlander Drive at Glendale Drive. One of the homes was sold over the winter and the second is now sporting a "sold" on the for sale sign.
There are also new building codes that took effect across all of Michigan on March 9th that will affect the cost of building a new home. The amended building codes require higher levels of energy efficiency in new homes.