Building permits in Spokane County are on the rise again after taking a big hit early in the recession, another sign the regional economy is slowly improving.
According to the Spokane Homebuilders Association, the area hit a low point in 2011 with only 664 permits issued for new home construction. That number climbed to 874 in 2012 and topped 1,100 last year.
From Kendall Yards to Liberty Lake, things seem to be looking up for Spokane County.
"Over the last couple of years there's been a really exciting time for this market let alone River District," Jeremy Nichols with Greenstone Corporation said.
Nichols handles River District developments in Liberty Lake and has experienced the housing market rollercoaster firsthand.
"Statistically over the last couple of years we have tripled our sales in the last two years. In 2011 we sold 17 homes, 2013 we handed off 48 keys to homeowners," he said.
This year alone they are going to build another 35 homes in the River District and hundreds more between Spokane and Kootenai County.
"We just plotted 225 more lots heading north towards the river," Nichols said.