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Real Estate builders gear up for surge in sales for BRAC

by Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The crews are hard at work, hanging sheetrock, building homes in Magnolia Place in Columbus, but most are not Columbus sub-contractors.  "A lot of subs are migrating here from Atlanta. Those guys have basically nothing to do up there," says Chris Philips from Keystone Builders.

It's not just sub-contractors coming from Atlanta to find work here. The styles of homes in Columbus are also changing to fit more in line with the popular 2-story homes that you see in Atlanta. "The bottom floor matches the top floor. The only wasted space is in one area, that's what people are going for," adds Philips.

The plans are ready for Chris Philips and Chris Eagle at Keystone Builders to build the Atlanta-style homes which are different than the semi-custom homes Keystone is accustom to building in Magnolia Place in north Columbus.

"A lot of military families are migrating to that product because square footage is very important to them," says Philips.

The changes are coming in the nick of time; when 10,000 families are preparing to move to the area because of BRAC or Base Realignment and Closures.

"BRAC has a ripple type affect, a lot of people who come in might not buy our particular product, but the business of real estate production in Georgia is as that fuels itself; it allows other people to buy new homes they are looking for.

Keystone Builders say they're looking for other pieces of property to develop in Harris County. It's a move they say wouldn't have even considered four months ago.

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