Home building on the rise in South Georgia - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Home building on the rise in South Georgia

Source: (WALB) Source: (WALB)
Source: (WALB) Source: (WALB)
Source: (WALB) Source: (WALB)
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

The number of single-family homes being built in Georgia is increasing dramatically. And new home construction in South Georgia, especially the Albany area, is showing some of the largest gains in the state.  

Experts said that's good news for the local economy.

"I know the open floor plan is the thing. The islands, the shiplap," said Owner of the Wright Company John Wright. Wright is also the president of the Home Builders Association of Albany and Southwest Georgia 

Wright is finishing two homes now and is not slowing down.

The National Association of Home Builders reports across the nation that single-family housing starts rose by about 5 percent in its latest figures recorded by HUD and the Commerce Department.

In Georgia, NAHB said the starts of single-family homes has increased more than 13% over last year.

In the Albany area, the National Association's figures said single-family housing starts have increased 158% over the same period last year.  

In Valdosta, the starts have increased by 81 percent.

Wright said that just three years ago many businesses in the Home Builders Association of Albany and Southwest Georgia were idle.  

Today most of the builders have multiple clients under contract.

Wright said South Georgia's economic confidence seems to be the difference.

"Initially, people feel better about the economy, about their job situation. There is, they feel more stable in what's going on in the future, our leadership," explained Wright.

Wright said with interest rates creeping up, people who have been sitting on the fence are going ahead and buying.

The National Association Of Realtors this week said sales of existing homes fell last month. One reason is that there are not as many quality homes that people want to purchase, so, South Georgians seem to be building.

In the Albany area, Wright said the home building is pushing more economic growth.

"It's positive for everything. It attracts commercial development as a result of more rooftops. So, it's normally the beginning. Residential leads the way and then commercial comes afterward," said Wright.

Wright pointed out that Belmont Drive had only on home three years ago. Today, dozens are being lived in, and all around you, you see construction.

Home Builders said they are encouraged the growth will sustain.

"It's like there is traction to it. Hopefully, 2018 is a strong year for everybody," said Wright.

One of the only problems the Home Builders Association of Albany and Southwest Georgia is seeing with this growth is finding enough people to do the home building.  

Wright said there is a real need for experienced builders and more men and women willing to train.

Copyright 2018 WALB. All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Another pedestrian hit, makes 2nd in Albany in one day

    Another pedestrian hit, makes 2nd in Albany in one day

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:26 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:26:48 GMT
    A second pedestrian was struck Tuesday off Holley Drive in Albany. (Source: WALB)A second pedestrian was struck Tuesday off Holley Drive in Albany. (Source: WALB)
    A second pedestrian was struck Tuesday off Holley Drive in Albany. (Source: WALB)A second pedestrian was struck Tuesday off Holley Drive in Albany. (Source: WALB)
    Another pedestrian was hit Tuesday in Albany off Holley Drive, making this the second one today.  We were told by officials that it was a woman and she is at the Phoebe Putney Hospital for treatment.  Her condition is unknown. We are unaware if the driver stopped or will be facing charges.  We will continue to update this story as the investigation is still underway.  Copyright 2018 WALB. All rights reserved.More >>
    Another pedestrian was hit Tuesday in Albany off Holley Drive, making this the second one today.  We were told by officials that it was a woman and she is at the Phoebe Putney Hospital for treatment.  Her condition is unknown. We are unaware if the driver stopped or will be facing charges.  We will continue to update this story as the investigation is still underway.  Copyright 2018 WALB. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Juneteenth celebrates emancipated slaves from 1865

    Juneteenth celebrates emancipated slaves from 1865

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:51 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:51:20 GMT

    Tuesday marks the day of the emancipation of the remaining enslaved African Americans, also known as Juneteenth. 

    More >>

    Tuesday marks the day of the emancipation of the remaining enslaved African Americans, also known as Juneteenth. 

    More >>
  • Closing Arguments next in Hopson murder trial

    Closing Arguments next in Hopson murder trial

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:33 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:33:18 GMT
    Matthew Roy Hopson (Source: Lee Co. Sheriff)Matthew Roy Hopson (Source: Lee Co. Sheriff)
    Matthew Roy Hopson (Source: Lee Co. Sheriff)Matthew Roy Hopson (Source: Lee Co. Sheriff)

    Closing arguments are scheduled to start at 9:30 Wednesday morning at the Lee County Courthouse, in the murder trial of a man charged with gunning down his own father. 26 year old Matthew Hopson's trial started this week, charging him with malice and felony murder and aggravated assault. 

    More >>

    Closing arguments are scheduled to start at 9:30 Wednesday morning at the Lee County Courthouse, in the murder trial of a man charged with gunning down his own father. 26 year old Matthew Hopson's trial started this week, charging him with malice and felony murder and aggravated assault. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly