February 8, 2006
One hundred and ten thousand dollars, that's about as cheap as houses get in Columbia County. Compare that to Richmond County, with the cheapest price being twenty thousand.
News 12 finds housing prices in both counties could be on the rise. Columbia County is encouraging nicer houses to come to the area. Some say houses in both Richmond and Columbia Counties are getting more expensive. But Columbia County has more room to grow, and houses on average cost more.
He builds houses in Richmond County for a living. But Joey May is running out of space as the county fills up.
"I guess it's because of all the economic boost that's going on. There's more buildings, more people coming out, and more people wanting money for it," May said.
He's lived here all his life, and is paying several hundred more dollars a month to live than he used to.
"It's not as cheap as it used to be," May said.
More demand and less space can drive up prices. That's why realtor Vickie Law says she is selling more houses in Columbia County than she used to.
"If there's not space to build new stuff, you gotta go to what's available," Law said.
These houses are near a hundred thousand, and that's a steal of a deal in Columbia County. Tax assessor Debbie Robertson says that's hard to find.
"It's a growing trend toward larger houses and nicer subdivisions," Robertson said.
Columbia County's growth management plan encourages upscale neighborhoods with houses that are at least fifteen hundred square feet, meaning it could be difficult for smaller homes and apartment complexes to be built.
"People are willing to pay more for property in Columbia County because of the area, the schools," Robertson said.
"Now days it's getting higher and higher," May said.
Whether you live in Richmond or Columbia Counties, prices aren't getting any lower.
You can expect to see even more developments like this coming out to Columbia County. Realtors say now there is a high demand, and they're selling more now than they have in past years.
Both counties have houses in the millions. On average, Columbia County homes cost about a hundred and fifty thousand. Richmond is slightly lower than that.