My husband went with his cousin Brad the other day to look at some of the houses that Brad has been working on. See, Brad is a contractor. He builds homes and turns around and sells them for profit. The real estate market her in NC has stayed pretty healthy, I think, even as the rest of the country's market has gone down. The construction hasn't stopped or slowed down, that's for sure. New homes are still popping up all over the place and they seemed to be getting sold as fast as they are built!