New home sales have kicked off 2016 in strong form with residential construction expected to have another healthy year ahead.

Housing Industry Association data shows new home sales jumped 3.1 per cent in January, making it a second month of gains. Detached house sales surged 5.8 per cent, while those of multi-units dropped by the same amount. HIA chief economist Harley Dale said that while 2016 will be another healthy…