Housebuilding in the West Midlands has risen over the past quarter reflecting an upward trend nationally.
New figures released by the National House-building Council (NHBC) showed that new home registrations in July to September were 3,848, up from 2,551 in the same quarter in 2013 - leading in some case to a shortage of bricks.
Nationally, the NHBC said new home registrations had hit their highest level since 2007 in the UK with 36,343 registered with NHBC between July and September this year, comprising 28,468 from the private sector and 7,875 from the public sector.
This was up from 24,984 (private) and 8,589 (public) between July and September 2013.
It was a mixed picture across the English regions with Merseyside, East Midlands, South West and South East all posting falls in the number of registrations.
The NHBC said it anticipated that public sector registrations would begin to grow again as the next phase of the Government's Affordable Housing Programme was recently been allocated.
These figures represented the highest year to date figures and the highest Q3 figures since 2007, the NHBC said.
Chief executive Mike Quinton said: "We are very encouraged to see that house building is again beginning to show signs of accelerated growth across the UK.
"Following the dramatic growth in 2013, we saw a period of consolidation in the first half of this year, but our latest data would suggest that the pace of growth is picking up again.
"Our figures show that the sharp housing upturn we have seen over the last couple of years is a genuine broad-based recovery across the whole of the country, with pockets of strong growth in the North East, Yorkshire & Humberside and West Midlands."