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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Good news in the housing market: new homes sales were up 8.3 percent in June in the United States, which is the highest it's been in five years.
"It may be the best time in many, many years to build a new home in mid-Michigan," said Mitch Crank, the director of business development at Century 21 Looking Glass. "It is allowing people to move into a more expensive home, then others will be purchasing their home, which has a great ripple effect throughout the local economy."
Experts say this is because of pent up desire by people to buy a new home, but who lacked the confidence to pull the trigger.
"They were reluctant to do so, so they were concerned about their jobs or the local economy or the national economy. Now they are more comfortable, they're feeling a greater sense of job security," Crank adds.
Mortgage rate increases have motivated people even more to buy. They want to take advantage of the lower rates before they get any higher.
"So people are concerned. The interest rates is one of the key factors that impacts your overall monthly housing cost," says Crank.
The best part for the local economy, experts say the housing boom is a sign people are choosing to stay in Michigan.
"I think as population becomes more steady and as we start to add population, that starts to add new home development and new home building," said Scott Watkins, the director for market and industry analysis with Anderson Economic Group.
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