U.S. Homebuilders 'optimistic' about sales prospects

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- U.S. Homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about the housing market as they say they're seeing an increase in buyers.

Real Estate Broker Keith Kelly is among the thousands of U.S. Homebuilders who view the nation's sales conditions as good and on the rise since the recession. He says the last three years have been strong, home building and buying has been steadily growing and he's expecting it to stay that way, a big change from a few years ago.

"We have open houses every weekend and we can tell by the amount of people visiting our open houses," says Kelly. "We're seeing 20 to 30 people at open houses at this time so that tells me there's a lot of people looking. there were times where we wouldn't get anybody at an open house so this is very very encouraging."

Not everyone would say they're seeing a boom in building. A representative from the Home Builders Association of Rockford says, "Last year was better than the year before and I'm expecting this year to be better than last, but there's still a ways to go."