Today’s HousingWire Daily continues Houses in Motion, a miniseries looking at U.S. real estate, hosted by Senior Real Estate Reporter Matthew Blake. In this episode, Blake is joined by Kenny Cravens, vice president of training sales at Coldwell Banker Legacy Real Estate Group in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and president of the Southern Kentucky Association of Realtors.
During the episode, Blake talked with Cravens about the distinctive aspects of the Bowling Green housing market and the city’s struggles to get more inventory.
Here is a small preview of the interview, which has been lightly edited for length and clarity:
Matthew Blake: What is the political climate like in Bowling Green right now? Are they amenable to new development and new builders or are they more like, “We don’t need to change the local character right now?”
Kenny Cravens: Yeah, I won’t get into politics because I try to stay neutral, but I think one of the issues is that we had at one point what would be considered a very rural — is now an urban community. Sometimes people on the coasts will see a city or an area of 130,000 people, and think, “Oh, that’s so cute, that’s so small.” But to us it’s big and for the last 10 years it has continued to grow. Some of the people locally — the ones that have been here for years, all their lives, it’s hard for them to accept that.
As far as development goes, when there’s a new development that wants to come in, typically you have a lot of opposition to that. The community will show up in droves. And so if 100 people come out in opposition to a project, you have a developer kind of there by themselves saying, “This is why I think we need it.”
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