Author: Zach Merchant, 13WMAZ

Published: 5:42 PM EDT August 31, 2018

According to the Development Authority of Houston County, home sales over the past five years have increased roughly fifty percent over the previous five years.

Two weeks ago, Robins Air Force Base leaders announced a plan to hire 1,200 new employees within 12 months.

The announcement got immediate–and massive–attention. So many job seekers went to the base’s hiring website that they briefly overloaded and crashed it.

When the positions are ultimately filled, the people who get hired will have to live somewhere. Some will likely move into the area from out of town. Many more will likely already live in or near Houston County. But housing experts say either way, it’s the latest in a long string of good news for the county’s real estate market.

Jim Taylor is the business development director for Warner Robins building supply. He’s been working in the construction industry in Houston County for decades and says business is booming.

“We’ve never seen it as good as we’re seeing it right now and we don’t see it slowing down any time soon,” said Taylor.

Taylor gives some of the credit to a surging national real estate market and says local factors like high performing schools and a relatively low millage rate are attracting developers.

Lately though, he says one announcement is drawing the biggest buzz.

“What’s exciting is the latest news on Robins Air Force Base,” said Taylor.

And the news is good. On August 15th, Brigadier General John Kubinec with the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex announced a plan to hire 1,200 new employees within twelve months.

Typically, according to Middle Georgia Regional Commission director of public administration Greg Boike, the majority of those employees will live right in Houston County.

Jim Taylor says many of the houses his company is helping to build are for people living in the county who want to upgrade.

It’s news that has builders excited to house them and realtors excited to sell to them.

Coldwell Banker SSK realtor Lisa Mora says people started looking for new homes almost as soon as Kubinec made the announcement.

“I picked up three new buyers…(within days of the announcement,” said Mora.

Mora notes that interest has come from both local buyers and people from out of town.

She says it’s just one example of a Houston County real estate market that is red hot.

According to the Development Authority of Houston County, home sales over the past five years have increased roughly fifty percent over the previous five years.