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A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
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Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
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Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
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The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
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Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – New home sales in southwest Georgia are following the national trend and are up. Nationwide sales were up in October by six percent.
Southwest Georgia contractors say they've been selling too, allowing them to hire more workers. Jack Daniel Garrett Construction Company is already talking with potential buyers for a house though it's far from done.
Four builders have sold six homes in the Wisteria Estates Subdivision off Lovers Lane in the last month. They say sales are up because of the extension of the tax credit.
New home sales in Lee County seem to be cutting through the red tape that brought sales to a standstill earlier this year. After renting for nearly 12 years, David Tuggle finally decided to buy because of the $8,000 tax credit for first time buyers.
"That kindly put a fire under me big time. I knew I was going to have to get out and find me a house because I couldn't continue to rent," said David Tuggle, a new homeowner.
Contractors say lower interest rates near 4.8 percent have also helped. While sales aren't what they were two years ago, the slowdown has changed the way many contractors are doing business.
"They're building one spec. home at a time instead of having five or six spec homes. When they sell that one they start another one," said Jack Daniel Garrett, Home Builders Association of Albany and Southwest Georgia President.
That's helped to control what is available and get them sold. New sales have allowed some contractors to add jobs.
"I've picked up a couple of extra guys that are really talented that were working with other construction companies and it's really helped my quality," said Garrett.
Many contractors have also cut their prices giving new home buyers a better deal a square foot on a new home. For those who have bought, they encourage others considering a purchase to take a serious look at the market.
"I'm very pleased with the house. I'm still getting settled in," said Tuggle.
Tuggle encourages others not to overlook the possibility of a new home. Jack Daniel Garrett also explained contractors are throwing in upgrades as an incentive to buy a new home and will on some occasions help with some of the closing costs to get the deal done.
The median sales price of new homes sold in Lee County in October was between $120,000 and $145,000. Nationwide existing home sales still dominate the market and were up 23.5 percent from a year earlier.