GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT)- According to The Greenville-Pitt Association of Realtors, people are settling into more new homes this year compared to last. Greenville homeowner, Pat Hoynacki, describes the growth as progress. He says his neighborhood has seen the growth as well. He told WNCT when he moved to Mill Creek two years ago, there were only five houses on his street, now there’s a block full.
Builder Brent Roberson credits the demand in houses to Vidant expanding. Roberson says as more people move into the area, more houses are needed and people have to build those houses.
“In may of the first of the year I think the hospital did some hiring also again in November, builder Brent Roberson said. “We always have a big showing during that time and this past May I think we sold three or four at one time.”
To keep up with the demand Roberson is building more houses, and has around 100 people helping him do it. East Carolina professor James Kleckley says this trend is what the county’s been waiting for.
“We’re starting to see more sales in construction starting to pick up in a way that we’ve been hoping would happen for a long period of time,” Kleckley said.
Kleckey says an increase in the housing market is good for the economy.
“That’s jobs too, its not just people buying the houses, but hopefully the builders will get more active that’s construction jobs,” Kleckley said.
Bertha Pyne with The Greenville-Pitt Association of Realtors told WNCT, 175 more homes were sold compared to this time last year.