Real Estate Boom in Aiken County

By: Meredith Taylor
By: Meredith Taylor

September 22, 2005
Seen a new home being built lately? A for sale sign? If you’re saying no, take a drive in Aiken County. News 12 shows you that contractors are breaking ground all over and one group is taking note.

You’re at a class full of wanna-be realtors at Aiken Technical College.

“The last two classes I taught I had eight students. This class I have 20 students,” said Steve Ranzer, Real Estate Professor.

It’s a sign of the real estate business becoming more competitive; these students want to make money.

“And the potential if I manage to succeed and do well and develop a good clientele, the potential seems to be unlimited,” said John Mead.

“I think that now is probably the best time to do it, with the building going on,” said Teresa Johnson.

Thousands of houses are going up in Aiken County, 48 here, 800 expected here and a town home community in the works here. But seems just as many realtors are right behind them.

“Some of them think you can work it part-time, you can’t do that. It has to be a 24/7 job,” said Bob Bolton, Meybohm Realtors.

After 29 years in the business, you could call Bob Bolton a home selling veteran, a man not worried about the competition.

“We have our clientele, the ones that have been around for a long time, but with the amount of people coming in, I don’t think you’ll ever have a shortage of houses,” Bolton said.

Back in the classroom, these students know that.

“Like mushrooms, they seem to go up overnight,” Mead said.

And it’s just why they’re in it for the long haul.

Professor Ranzer says many people are coming to the area from up north to retire. He isn’t sure what affect, if any, people re-locating from the Gulf Coast will have on the housing boom.

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