Home Sales in Monroe County Up in 2013; Brokers Optimistic for 2014

Home Sales in Monroe County Up in 2013; Brokers Optimistic for 2014

BOLINGBROKE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - If you're looking to move to Monroe County, real estate agents say now is the perfect time to buy in that area.

Vickie Smith has been working non stop.

She and her husband own and run a Re/Max in Bolingbroke.

In the past year, Smith says the phones have been ringing off of the hook with interested homebuyers.

"It's very surprising how many people I have coming through my door saying I want to live in this area, which is great for us," Smith said.

It's great news for a county that's suffered from economic hardship in real estate a few years ago. Now brokers are confident in the numbers.

In 2013, Home permits were up 26 percent, an uptick for the first time in years.

Real estate wasn't the only thing to go up in 2013. The actual size of these houses went up as well, almost 98%.

Real estate brokers say they expect the same to continue in 2014.

Monroe County Board of Commission Chair, Mike Bilderback, says the county's proximity to Atlanta and Macon are a big selling point to potential buyers.

"It means a bigger tax base, more significant tax base especially given the size of the homes. What it means is that we can deliver more services," Bilderback said.

"We've really made ourselves a good niche for people that want to have a nice estate size homes and a have good place to live, low crime," he said.

Smith says even though you can't guess what the market will look like, she's confident in real estate in 2014.

Smith is optimistic about real estate not only in Monroe County, but all of middle Georgia.

She spoke to brokers all over the area, and for the most part, they say they've had a successful 2013.

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