Builders Celebrate Home Building Rebound at Home Show

Published 01/31 2014 06:56PM

Updated 01/31 2014 07:01PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--This weekend is the of the 2014 Home Builders Association of Springfield Home Show.
And with the construction season gearing up with home builders and potential buyers about the housing market and whether it is bouncing back.

The National Association of Realtors says existing home sales edged up in December and sales for all of 2013 were the highest since 2006.
But while home builders are interested in remodeling they need to see new home construction to survive.

"We're building a home right now." said Angela Gibbons

Angela and Jason Gibbons decided to build a home when they couldn't find what they wanted.
"We looked around and found this home and caught it where we could add some personal touches to it." said Angela

The gibbons say they're building with confidence.

"It's a little nerve wracking on the front end because things have been unstable for so long. But, if you stick to your budget, have a plan going in, stick to your plan, it's been enjoyable." said Jason
We spoke to builder dusty essick a year ago at the home show and again Friday.
"Last year we'd talked, we'd seen a lot of people choosing to remodel their current houses and now it seems like we're getting a lot of people who are saying we are ready to move forward with the building." said Essick

Essick says now the calls coming in make it better to be a builder.

"Getting a lot more phone calls and a lot more interest it seems now, especially on the bigger end homes." said Essick

Essick and his wife Jacque have weathered this housing storm.
"I've been in the construction business 18-19 years, we've had our own company since 2005." said Essick
2005, the front end of the housing bust.
Essick explained "I tell people we started when it was still pretty good and then it declined year after year from the building, the whole building business as a whole goes I tell people we didn't get to get in on the glory days back in the early 2 thousands and stuff when things were just crazy."

Essick says surviving the hard times will make these builders better down the road. Others think the bust weeded out those looking for a quick buck.
"For those of us can survive through this deal I think it's going to be a real eye opener for us and a real learning experience." said Essick
Essick says he and other builders are excited for a future when people want to build. But, as for returning to the boom of the early two thousands.

Essick said "Maybe too good to be true."

The National Association of Realtors reports for all of 2013, there were 5 million sales, which is 9 percent higher than 2012.
The NAR says it was the strongest performance since 2006 when sales reached an unsustainably high 6.48 million at the close of the housing boom.

The home show is at the Springfield Expo Center. It's going until 8 p.m. Friday and then open Saturday and Sunday.

2014 HBA Home Show Hours:
Friday, January 31 - 11 am to 8 pm
Saturday, February 1 - 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday, February 2 - 10 am to 4 pm

Admission: $7.00 Seniors Admission: $6.00 Children 12 and under: FREE

Springfield Expo Center 625 St. Louis Street

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