New construction and real estate market shows Wiregrass growth

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- If you've seen more traffic in Dothan, it's not just visitors. More people are moving here. County officials, realtors and construction experts all say the same thing, the Wiregrass is booming. If you're looking for a place to live, demand for homes is so high - that houses sell within 30 days.

PHOTO: Real Estate Sold Sign, Photo Date: 11/11/13

"We had a contract on a house in three hours from the house going on the market," said Diane Briley, Real Estate Agent.

Briley has been a real estate agent since January.

"You get to help people move, life-changing moves, from spot to another as people sell or buy a home," said Briley.

She says people are coming in from all across the country.

"The cost of living in Dothan is a lot less expensive than the northern states. The weather, people are moving based on the climate,” said Briley.

And she says others aren't moving too far from home -

"We have seen an influx of people moving from the inside of Dothan to the outskirts, they want more room," said Briley.

And education is driving up the sales -

"They want their kids to be in a specific school system," said Briley.

The Houston County Road and Bridge Department says there's been an increase in building permits this year. One new subdivision in Wicksburg has 64 new lots.

"The influx of people going in is going to require the changes for road construction, housing construction, because of the Wiregrass growth," said Briley.

Don Farris has lived in the Wiregrass his whole life.

"Two years ago, three or four houses, but now it's grown," said Briley.

And for Farris, it's a promising sign.

"It’s good for the economy, that's what it's all about right?"

Officials tell WTVY there could be another subdivision in Rehoboth coming soon.