(BUHLER, Kan.) — Numbers show Wichita-area new home sales in May increased by 12-percent from April. Local builders are optimistic about the news. They say incentive packages may be helping the increase.
A block party hosted by the City of Buhler isn't child's play.
"We haven't had any (new homes) built here in the last year or so, so (we) kind of want to get more people in here," Realtor Richard Ediger said.
The Prairie Park development served as the back-drop for the city's new housing incentive that includes a tax rebate.
"The first and second year are 80-percent and then it tiers down for seven years—where you pay your taxes and then later you get a significant tax rebate for living out here," Buhler Economic Development Coordinator Janet Burr said.
Like Buhler, Wichita launched its own program a few months ago. A buyer of a new home will get a tax rebate check from the city after living a full year in the home.