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The chief economist for the California Building Industry Association trade group expects housing starts for single-family homes, condominiums and apartments to range from 155,000-170,000 units this year, which could be about the same or slightly lower than in 2006, the group announced this week. Single-family housing starts in 2007 should range from 110,000-120,000 units, Nevin also stated, compared with about 110,000 single-family housing starts in 2006, and multifamily construction starts are expected to range from 45,000-55,000 units, compared with 58,000 in 2006. "Keep this year's forecast in perspective -- we are returning to a normal market," Nevin stated. "Producing 155,000 to 170,000 units will be more than any year from 1991 to 2001 and could exceed production levels from 1990...