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Valdosta - If you're looking for a new home in Valdosta, take your pick. Everywhere you turn, a new neighborhood is going up. "Our company has sold about 350 new homes in the last year," said Tom Call, Real Estate Developer.

Tom Call can barely keep up with the housing demand. "We have builders who will commit to buy all the lots before we even finish the project," said Call.

In 2004, the city's zoning and inspections department issued 194 home building permits. So the big question is, why are so many people choosing to make their home here? "Our climate is good, we're not far from the coast, we have a lot of services to offer and its attractive to people," said Call.

Real Estate Developers credit many of these new housing developers to Moody Air Force Base. "It's upgrading its missions, and we see a lot of military activity in the new construction areas," said Call.

More and more airmen seem to be thinking of Valdosta when it comes time for retirement. "There's a lot of people who have been at Moody, and now they're on their last assignment, and they've asked to be transferred back to Moody, so they can buy a house and live here," said Gary Minchew, Real Estate Developer.

Interstate 75 and the shopping environment are also good recruiting tools. "Granted, we don't have all the retail that Atlanta does, but its cheaper to live in Valdosta," said Minchew.

That affordability, along with warm weather and a welcoming community, is making this area the perfect place to call home.

posted by ashley.harper@walb.com