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Old 03-31-2009, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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Okay, I tried to post a few minutes ago, but the server wouldn't let me, so I'm not risking as long a post again!

So, short but sweet -- what is the homebuilding industry doing in the Winston-Salem area? My husband works for a local homebuilder in our area, and is interested in looking for something similar if/when the economy starts to return to "normal", whatever that is. We really like everything we've seen of the area so far, but the jobs still remain the biggest issue, regardless of how much we like the area!!

So -- I know builders are still building, but are they hiring yet, or still letting people go, or just remaining "as is" for now? (My husband is in the estimating/purchasing/management end of building, not the contractor/laborer side, if that helps any...) We've seen job listings, but would like to hear from people local to the area what the "word on the streets" is in this field right now.

Thanks -- and I hope I finally get to post this!
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:50 AM
 
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Building still remains slow in the Triad area. Most builders are trying to move inventory before starting any "spec" homes and pre-sales are down in most areas. Buyers now are looking for the best deals and until we have decreased standing inventory, I don't see builders looking to add additional staff at this point. From what I am hearing in the industry for this area 2009 will continue to be slow (although the tax credit is helping for homes under $200k) but indicators point to 2010 or later before we start healthy construction again.
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Old 04-04-2009, 07:24 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Building still remains slow in the Triad area. Most builders are trying to move inventory before starting any "spec" homes and pre-sales are down in most areas.
Ditto on that. Driving through Clemmons and the western side of W-S, I notice that builders aren't putting in whole subdivisions but are constructing a few houses toward the front of the development. I guess they are waiting to get bites on them before filling in the rest of the area.
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Old 04-06-2009, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail near S. Charlotte
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Okay, I tried to post a few minutes ago, but the server wouldn't let me, so I'm not risking as long a post again!

So, short but sweet -- what is the homebuilding industry doing in the Winston-Salem area? My husband works for a local homebuilder in our area, and is interested in looking for something similar if/when the economy starts to return to "normal", whatever that is. We really like everything we've seen of the area so far, but the jobs still remain the biggest issue, regardless of how much we like the area!!

So -- I know builders are still building, but are they hiring yet, or still letting people go, or just remaining "as is" for now? (My husband is in the estimating/purchasing/management end of building, not the contractor/laborer side, if that helps any...) We've seen job listings, but would like to hear from people local to the area what the "word on the streets" is in this field right now.

Thanks -- and I hope I finally get to post this!
Most building now is to spec or people who have decided to build what they want. Many of the builders in our area are actually just sitting it out, because they took a beating on the houses they sold last year. It is a time to move only if you have a guaranteed job.

This area is great, but without a job, it is very difficult, because there isn't much of a variety.
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