The housing market has been rebounding since the recession of 2008, and more people are starting to delve back into buying/building rather than renting.
It boosts the overall health of the economy, and, as job growth continues, the housing market will as well.
And while everyone has his or her own preferences on what kind of home to have, options are available throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley to suit everyone's needs.
One local company that's a big player in the homebuilding community is Tuskes Homes in Bethlehem. Here to answer this week's “Behind the List” questions is Mike Tuskes, owner of Tuskes Homes.
Lehigh Valley Business: How long has Tuskes Homes been operating in the Greater Lehigh Valley and what are its primary services?
Mike Tuskes: Tuskes Homes is a privately owned family business. Three generations of the Tuskes family have been in the homebuilding and masonry services business in the Lehigh Valley for over 60 years.
LVB: What have been some of the biggest hardships and opportunities Tuskes has encountered throughout its years in business?
Tuskes: The ups and downs of the real estate market have affected Tuskes Homes just like any other local Lehigh Valley business. Being a privately-owned, family business, we have been able to adjust to the marketplace and prosper by building new homes that the Lehigh Valley market wants at current pricing they can afford.
LVB: With the housing market rebounding, have you seen growth in homebuilding in the region?
Tuskes: The Lehigh Valley has been challenged, but has remained resilient. As a result, Tuskes Homes has been able to grow in the recent economic downturn by just paying everyday attention to our business of building new homes and selling well in our new-home communities like Eagles Landing in Upper Nazareth and our brand new community, Maple Shade in Bethlehem Township and Palmer Township.
LVB: How does Tuskes Homes directly stimulate the local economy?
Tuskes: I wish we could stimulate the local Lehigh Valley economy more than we do! … We hire all local Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania trades and purchase all of our materials locally. We buy our trucks, machines and company vehicles locally, as well as all of our supplies.
The National Home Builders Association estimates that the construction of an average single family home generates about three jobs. With our new-home construction, jobs are created in banking, real estate, manufacturing, construction and shipping, to name a few.
LVB: What does the future look like for Tuskes? Does it have plans for growth in the region and beyond?
Tuskes: The future looks very bright for Tuskes Homes. My dad [Charles Tuskes] and I are very excited about many new things we have in the pipeline and other things we are currently working on. We love the Lehigh Valley and will continue to grow here.
We also have a great golf course and a golf course community of more than 650 homes — called Sand Springs — that we are building in Luzerne County, about an hour away.
Compiled by christopher holland