In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, photo, construction worker Elabert Salazar works 

In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, photo, construction worker Elabert Salazar works on a house frame for a new home in Chula Vista, Calif.  U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in November after starting work in October at the fastest pace in four years. Superstorm Sandy likely slowed starts in the Northeast. The Commerce Department said Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, that builders began construction of houses and apartments at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 861,000. That was 3 percent less than October's annual rate of 888,000, the fastest since July 2008. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, photo, construction worker Elabert Salazar works on a house frame for a new home in Chula Vista, Calif. U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in November after starting work in October at the fastest pace in four years. Superstorm Sandy likely slowed starts in the Northeast. The Commerce Department said Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, that builders began construction of houses and apartments at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 861,000. That was 3 percent less than October's annual rate of 888,000, the fastest since July 2008. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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