Real Estate Q & A with Lee Ann Walker President, Brunswick County Homebuilders Association
Meet Lee Ann Walker who says the Brunswick County Homebuilders Association averages 310 members with fluctuation of new and old members.
How did 2021 compare to 2020?
In 2021 we saw increased sales in homes in Brunswick County along with higher sales prices and less days on the market. It has definitely been a sellers’ market. We also saw building material prices increase drastically and much longer lead times on things like exterior windows and doors.
What do you foresee for 2022?
Delays in every aspect of the supply chain and cost of materials and labor are going to continue to be main drivers in construction costs. For 2022, I think we should be cautiously optimistic, keeping an eye on inflation. Hopefully interest rates will rise slowly rather than taking large leaps. Brunswick County is going to continue to be a hot spot for retirees and second home buyers.
How many members are part of your organization?
Brunswick County Homebuilders Association averages 310 members with fluctuation of new and old members.
What are the benefits of being a part of your organization in your opinion?
Being a part of our association means you are a member of the local, state and national associations. In local meetings we discuss what is happening in our county, have vendors share about new products and raise money and help those in need in our communities. There are quarterly meetings at the state level where you can interact with builders all over North Carolina to discuss what is happening in their region and meetings about things such as building codes. Members can also get workman’s comp and general liability insurance through Builders Mutual Insurance. There are numerous vendors that provide discounts and benefits to our members.
How has COVID affected business this year?
As with the last two years, we have seen the effects of COVID 19 on our local building projects as well as getting materials needed for those projects.
We look forward to good things in 2022.