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Goldsboro Real Estate Market Bucks Trend

Posted March 17, 2008

— The Goldsboro real estate market is bucking the state trend in home sales.

In North Carolina, sales of existing homes fell 22 percent in January, compared with a year earlier. The drop was sharper in the Triangle – 29 percent – and sales were even worse in Pinehurst, with a 38 percent decrease.

Goldsboro, however, is experiencing a surge in existing home sales, up by 173 percent. The number of existing units sold was up to 202 in January, compared with 74 for the same month last year.

Real estate agent Julie Stone said she was surprised to see that in January, Goldsboro posted the highest year-to-date sales growth in the state – an increase of 16 percent.

Goldsboro attributes its real estate success to steady growth at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

"My husband's in the Air Force, and this is actually the third time we've been to Seymour Johnson,” homeowner Debby Naughton said.

Naughton said her family is even thinking about building another, bigger house in Goldsboro.

"Everybody here is so welcoming and I think it's that Southern charm that we find makes us really feel at home," Naughton said.

Besides Seymour Johnson, another reason many people choose to live in Goldsboro is the new Interstate 795. It makes getting to Raleigh faster.

"We do have quite a few clients, especially with Seymour Johnson," Stone said. "You'll have somebody be here in town working with Seymour Johnson and the spouse will commute to Raleigh."

The speed limit is 70 mph on I-795, as opposed to 55 mph on the traditional Raleigh route, U.S. Highway 70.


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  • NCTeacher Mar 19, 2008

    I don't know about all of the real estate figures, but Goldsboro is a wonderful place to live. I live in the Rosewood area (part of Goldsboro's zip codes) and it is a wonderful school district, all of my neighbors are friendly and a great sense of community.

  • GoldsboroWolf 98 Mar 18, 2008

    I am a real estate broker in Goldsboro. The report for Goldsboro is inaccurate. Many Triangle firms on the Johnston County side have joined our MLS in the past year. The NCAR report is broken down into areas. They looked at the entire MLS system, including Johnston county when looking at their figures. Actual Wayne County/Goldsboro Sales in '07 were 64 and '08 were 71 homes sold, an 11% increase. Hey, I'm still not arguing with that! :)

  • whatelseisnew Mar 18, 2008

    Posted speed limit 70 Actual driving 90+

  • mce Mar 18, 2008

    I have no idea where these figures come from, but based on the local Multiple Listing Service in Goldsboro, There were only 4 or 5 more sales in January 2008 Vs. January 2007?????

  • Mmaker52 Mar 18, 2008

    and people said BRAC was bad. Sure has/will help Goldsboro