PUBLISHER’S LETTER: Excitement “building” all around us

Cover-STYLE_0215It is so refreshing to see all the movement and excitement within our local housing industry.

About a year ago, I remember feeling overwhelmed with happiness — and a bit of relief — as I drove through a residential neighborhood and saw a site being prepared for construction.

It wasn’t my home being built, but I was thrilled anyway. I was excited because the activity at the construction site confirmed that things were improving in Lake and Sumter counties.

I wasn’t sure the housing industry would ever recover from the hit it took a few years past.

But it is recovering. Just look around.

In fact, I have first-hand knowledge that the housing market is on the rebound — in a major way. In August, Doug and I sold our home just 45 days after listing it. Since we sold it more quickly than we had anticipated, we purchased a condo to live in until we decided what we wanted to do. We hadn’t decided if we wanted to build our forever home or try to find one that already existed.

After a few months, we ended up finding our perfect home. So we decided to sell the condo rather than rent it out. Once we put it on the market we were flooded with calls from our Realtor asking to show the condo. We received an offer within three weeks, and I believe it would have sold even faster if we listed it any time other than the holiday season.

I still can’t believe how fast everything happened. Our experience felt like the good old days when property listings didn’t last for more than 30 days and new construction was plentiful.

We’ve tried to capture this renewed energy and excitement in this month’s issue by focusing on the Parade of Homes, Top Realtors, and the Best Places to Live in Lake and Sumter counties.

Take a look; there’s evidence all around that things are looking up.

So whether you are selling, buying or building, or you are just curious like I was, we have what you need to know about housing in this edition of Style Magazine.

Things are great here in our community, so the next time you see a housing professional, give them a high five, thank them for staying the course. And tell them, “Job well done!”

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