Lufkin home sales

Lufkin has seen an increase in house sales so far this year, according to research from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.

According to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Lufkin’s home sales were up by close to 20 percent this January as compared to last — a trend that local Realtors say is telling of the area, and the future.

“We’re in the best possible place,” said Michael Bryan, owner of Century 21 Bryan Realty. “The state population is increasing substantially, and people are moving east of (Interstate) 35, not west, and unless they are wanting one of the metroplexes, we’re in a good spot.”