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Business Improving For Builders

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As the economy tries to bounce back some families stay home over spring break saving up money for a staycation and working on some much needed home improvement. Today was the last day for the Southern Minnesota Home and Builders Show. Construction manager Bryan Bargen says from 2008 to 2011 the company saw a near 40 percent drop in business. However last year business started to pick back up and he says this year is looking pretty promising. Bargen says, "Markets are going to return. Not heat up like they were but I think its going to be pretty good the next few years."

Bargen says during the three–year slump, home renovations actually increased slightly, which he says is likely due to people choosing to save money by renovating their home instead of buying a new one. But now he says there is a strong need for more housing, especially in big cities.