In his mid-year 2015 report on the local real estate and business climate Frank Norton Jr. described the market as “spotty,” but said Hall County was in better shape than areas north of here.
As CEO and chairman of the Norton Agency, a Gainesville-based real estate firm, Norton has been providing the mid-year forecast for several years now, offering his take on the state of the housing market. This week, he released the most recent findings.
Among his observations: “Hall County is doing better than the counties north of us ... we’ve had a surge of retirement home development — much of it related to Cresswind (at Lake Lanier) and the Village at Deaton Creek.”
He said other factors keeping the local market healthy include the continued success of major food processing industries located in Hall County as well as “a good, strong labor force...and a great quality of life.”
In addition to the mid-year market commentary, Norton also gives an annual Native Intelligence Report that monitors trends in economic development based on his company’s research.