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Tradition experiencing a major growth spurt


The Tradition community in Harrison County was born several years ago, but was slow to take off. First came Hurricane Katrina, then the recession of 2008 which put a damper on development. It appears though, times are changing at Tradition.

Builders have again discovered the charm and appeal of this community.

"We have one pre-sale going up and then three specs. We also have five others specs that are up here already," said Philip Keith with D.R. Horton Homebuilders. "Tradition is a beautiful, beautiful community and great location."

Cheryl Handy moved to Tradition three years ago and loves it.  

"Well, one of the big reasons was the sense of community feel. We kind of were looking for that. And we also enjoy the "Y".  My husband goes to the "Y" all the time and we do like Santini Market. We try and support them," Handy explained. 

Nathan Watson and his wife, Michelle, are out for a morning walk. He lives here and also happens to be the vice president of development at Tradition.  He feels the growth is just the beginning.

"Well, the more activity you have, the more people want to be out there," Watson said. "And so we have a lot of good things that are happening as more people move into houses. They have friends who have houses here and come out here more often and are happy to move into another house."  

Officials at Tradition who are involved in the marketing and selling of this community say there are several reasons why the turnaround has occurred. But they also say there is one main reason why that has happened. 

"The main thing that has changed here is that the economy has turned around. And with interest rates low and insurance low out there at Tradition, we have five homebuilders who are producing homes that are affordable at every level," explained Gerald Blessey, President of Tradition.

Because of that, new levels of success are also being reached. 

Tradition is also developing another subdivision on the east side of Highway 67 called Desoto Trails at Tradition that will have 66 home sites.

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