Wilmington NC - One Healthiest Housing Markets for 2009

14. Wilmington, N.C.

2008 total building permits: 3,551

Wilmington has the second highest ratio of permits pulled per resident, behind only Myrtle Beach. The population here, 352,919 by Census estimates, has been growing at a 4 percent annual rate for the last five years, well above the national average. Primary residents are drawn by a four-season climate, close proximity to Atlantic beaches, and affordable housing. Median home prices, at $198,700, are just about the national average. The area gave back 1,000 jobs last year, after gaining 19,000 the previous three years. Wilmington has had a 60 percent decline in permit activity since 2005, around the national average, but its track record for population growth helps it make this list.  

In summary, the Wilmington NC coastal area has only suffered do to most of Wilmington's buyer prospects can't sell their homes in NJ, NY, FL, CA, VA and other mostly Northeastern areas.

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