The greater Knoxville Home Show, which is aimed at helping home buyers and builders, is shedding light on some positive economic trends in East Tennessee.
Analysts say home building permits were up 31 percent last year in East Tennessee, and they expect growth to continue but at a slower rate this year.
Two years ago, home building permits in Chattanooga started outpacing Knoxville. That trend turned around last year; in 2013, Knoxville saw more home building than Chattanooga.
The Knoxville market also showed a unique feature. Home building is up, but the jobs market is down.
It's something analysts say they're only seeing in Knoxville as the economy recovers.
"We've not recovered. We've not gone back to the levels that were pre-bust July of 2007. We probably shouldn't be there anyway. The real housing market in Knoxville is around 22 or 23 hundred building permits. We're getting back to those levels now. The market is returning but it's not what it was," said Dale Akins with The Market Edge.
The home show continues all weekend. It features plenty of ideas for home buyers or owners looking to remodel. You can find more information at the Home Builder's Convention website.