Home sales are up, and local home builders are predicting a strong year ahead, too.
First quarter results are out from the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors and the Rochester Home Builders Association.
GRAR president Toni Connors says the mild winter helped and closed sales are up nearly 16 percent.
Trends include more empty-nesters downsizing, and more renters looking to become first time buyers.
Connors says interest rates remain low, and that's good for buyers.