LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It has been a busy month showing houses for realtor Courtney Gould. New numbers from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M Univerisy tell the same story across Lufkin.
"I showed some out of town buyers, out of state buyers, homes this weekend and they couldn't believe what you can get here in Lufkin versus what you can get in the state where they came from," said Gould.
The number of homes sold in December was the highest since August of last year. Number are up 34 percent from December, 2007. "People that weren't even planning to buy are wanting to take advantage of that and it has our housing market booming here in Lufkin," said Gould.
Gould thinks the surge in sales can be attributed to low interest rates paired with a dip in housing prices. However, that alone won't guarantee a sell. Gould said, "That means [being] competitive with price, putting it at correct market value when you list it, and making sure it's in the perfect condition."
Some home sellers are getting creative when it comes to setting their house a part, even doing some fixing up before moving out.
Interior designers like Samie Montes often work with home sellers help potential buyers picture themselves in a new home. "People are trying their hardest to make sure their property is attractive to buyers," she said.
Montes often suggests fresh paint and updating appliances. Her best advice won't cost sellers a dime. "De-clutter. People love clutter. I really think that is the easiest thing to do."
It can be hard to consider buying or selling during difficult economic times. Gould said,"What is so important to know is that when so many other markets have been impacted greatly, our market has continued to be strong."
Gould said she won't be slowing down anytime soon, as showing are up 15 percent.
However, in Nacogdoches, just 6 fewer homes were sold in December than in November.
To view the housing numbers for where you live, visit the Texas A&M University Real Estate Center: http://recenter.tamu.edu/data/datahs.html