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It’s winter! Over yonder, they’re building.

We’ve all seen the bulldozers lying dormant next to piles of lumber as building season stalls during winter. But head out towards rural markets, and the air is thick with sawdust.

Often, small builders, farmers that built, and others will start homes in rural areas during winter months because these months are a slow time of year for other building projects, and it is beneficial to have a spec home ready for the spring months when buyers are ready to look around.

In smaller markets, the winter months may be the only time new homes are started. Click on the image to enlarge to see end-of-year 2014 permits for southwest Missouri.