Residential building permits are lagging behind last year's pace.
The executive officer of the Bismarck-Mandan Homebuilders Association says builders are still playing catch-up after the long, cold winter.
She also says new demands on builders by the cities have slowed the permitting process.
In Mandan, builders now have to wait until streets are built before they can get the permits to begin building.
"As soon as we can get the streets in, the builders are ready to start digging holes, constructing homes. I think equally anxious are the home buyers. This is an exciting process for them...to get into new construction and experience home ownership," says Dot Frank/ Bis-Man Homebuilders Association.
Bismarck, Mandan and Lincoln have issued about 150 fewer permits for single family homes than at this time last year.
She says numbers have been down for the last few months but she expects things to pick up in July.
The positive building trend is evident just in the last month.
In Bismarck alone, permits doubled between May and June.
Jason Frank with Diversity Homes says despite the dip in permits ... he's working on more homes than ever.
That's because homeowners are taking steps to get contracts signed, before permits are issued...
"There are a lot more customers walking in the door. Typically, we'll put a whole lot of spec houses in the ground for the winter time. This year I don't think we'll have to do that, because we have a lot of customers coming in now, meaning we're going to have a lot of fall builds," says Jason Frank/ Diversity Homes.
Frank says he's working on almost 30 homes right now.
That's a record for his business.