TYLER, TX (KLTV) - If you're building a house in East Texas you're not alone.
Home building figures just released show that construction in Tyler and other East Texas metropolitan areas is on the rise despite a national dip in building.
Looking around East Texas and one will notice a rising number construction sites for future homes, and
that translates into a positive economic outlook for cities and even businesses in the region.
Tom Mullins of the Tyler Economic Council said Tyler and other parts of East Texas are going against some national trends which have limited home building growth.
He adds for example, Smith county has experienced steady percentage increases of home construction since recovery from the 2008 economic recession.
"We have a lot of ways to stimulate a growing economy and when you have that you don't experience the extreme peaks and valleys that other parts of the world or other parts of the U.S. might," Mullins said.
Builder john McKinney said he's watched areas south of Tyler grow significantly over the last few years, and that outskirt areas of several east Texas cities are experiencing the same. McKinney points to D
epartment of Commerce data which shows that in 2014, Texas recorded several hundred thousand more building permits issued than other large states such as California and Florida.