Fortune ranks Greenville one of the five best places to retire

Fortune Magazine recently rated Greenville one of the five best places to retire. The article cited affordable housing, a moderate climate, a great downtown, and proximity to Charlotte and Atlanta as qualities that make Greenville a great place to retire.

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The other four places are Napa, California, Ann Arbor, Michigan, San Antonio, Texas, and Palm Coast, Florida.

Builder Magazine ranks Top 100 Builders

Builder Magazine ranked the top 200 builders in its May issue. These are the builders active in the Upstate who made the list, followed by their 2009 closings, and their rank nationally:

D.R. Horton, 18,164 closings, 1
Lennar, 11478 closings, 3
NVR, 9,042 closings, 4
KB Home, 8,488 closings, 5
Habitat for Humanity, 5,294 closings, 8
The Mungo Companies, 716 closings, 35
Eastwood Homes, 560 closings, 48
Lazarus-Shouse Communities, 65 closings, 190

Builder Magazine Ranks Greenville 19th Healthiest Housing Market

Builder Magazine has rated Greenville the 19th healthiest housing market in the country for 2010.

The report states that job growth in the area is expect to be 1.1 percent in 2010, and that permits will increase by 13 percent in 2010 over 2009. Add that housing is very affordable, population growth remains strong, and the area is midway between Atlanta and Charlotte on the I-85 corridor, and Builder Magazine says that Greenville has a lot going for it.

The list ranks the 20 healthiest housing markets in the country. Of the top 20 markets, seven are in the Carolinas:

  • Greenville, SC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Charleston, SC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Raleigh, NC

Of the top 20 markets, 14 are in the Southeast according to Builder Magazine. Other factors that the magazine considered are places where house prices never got out of hand, cities where a diverse and progressive employment base drives job creation, and communities that continue to draw population despite the economic recession.

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