Housing Demand Is Growing

local home builders say tight market makes new construction more attractive

Chippewa Valley Homebuilders Association

Wurzer Builders Is Constructing This Home in Chippewa Falls
Wurzer Builders Is Constructing this home in Chippewa Falls

With the local job market continuing to improve, demand among homebuyers has continued to grow steadily despite rising mortgage rates. This demand has created record-low inventory in the Chippewa Valley. This limited inventory has many potential buyers considering the benefits of building their own home. New construction starts are up 6.3 percent compared to this time last year. New research from the National Association of Home Builders shows the extended benefits of building new construction. 

Houses in the Chippewa Valley are spending an average of only 65 days on the market compared to 90 days nationally. With so few options, buyers are struggling to find housing that matches their wish list. Choosing to build a new home gives buyers control over the design and functionality of the home, as well as providing some protection from expenses related to purchasing an older home such as repairs, maintenance, and upgrades. Maintenance and repair costs are up to 56 percent less in new construction homes, according to the Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey.

The benefits of building a new home extends beyond the homeowner. New estimates show that building an average single-family home generates 2.97 jobs and an average of $36,603 in state and local fees and taxes.
“Buyers recognize the outstanding value that new homes deliver and the sound investment they provide for their family’s future,” said Christina Thrun, executive officer of the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association. “And today’s new homes offer the type of amenities that buyers are seeking, including the latest technologies to reduce energy consumption.”

“Whether you are looking to buy your first home or upgrade to your dream home, newly constructed homes cater to your family’s busy lifestyle and changing needs,” Thrun said. “New homes offer features such as open space floor plans, walk-in closets and pantries, creative storage solutions and conveniently-located laundry facilities.”

The Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association (CVHBA) is a non-profit trade association representing the area’s home building industry. Established in 1972, its mission is to build a better Chippewa Valley housing industry through promotion, advocacy and education. Representing about 350 members throughout Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, and Clark counties, the CVHBA is a powerful voice for the home building community.

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