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Rochester sees continued increase in home building permits

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- If you have noticed houses popping up in Rochester lately, that is because more and more people want to build their own homes. The city of Rochester continues to issue home building permits as prosperity in that industry continues.

A total of 22 housing permits were issued in September, all part of a very busy 2012.

"Things are improving," said Terry Johnson with Majestic Homes. "We've got 16 houses going right now. 10 of the 16 are sold, pre-sold houses and the other six are models. We pulled those permits probably in the past four months."

In northeast Rochester alone, the home building is hard to miss.

"This area back here has been very popular the last year and a half," says Craig Johnson with Majestic Homes. "Last March, we bought 21 lots just farther down the street here and we've sold all but one of them now. So, it's been a very popular area up here. It's nice because it's quiet, you've got a lot of woods, a lot of wildlife and stuff like that."

It takes four months to go from the first shovel full of dirt to the hanging of the sold sign.

So will this housing boom last?

"It depends so much on the national economy," said Terry Johnson. "Rochester is pretty protected, but on the flipside, people do pay attention to the national news and if things are bad in the national news then it slows Rochester down also."

Home builders are in the midst of a busy period of business, something both they and the City of Rochester are happy to see

Northeast Rochester is growing at a quick pace as more and more people are looking to start their lives in a new home in the city.

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