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MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

We aren't exactly approaching Tucson's boom years between 2000 and 2005.

But in case you haven't noticed, there's been quite the revival in new home construction.

And nowhere is that more evident than the Town of Marana.

"We think that's pretty remarkable that we're at the top of the list," says Rodney Campbell, a Marana spokesperson.  "We're seeing a lot more consumer confidence now -- people want to go out and buy new homes."

Over the first six months of this year, one third of all the new homes in Southern Arizona were built in Marana.

The town granted 404 single-family residence permits in those six months, accounting for 33.5 percent of all permits granted across the region. 

The trend continued in July, Marana officials say, with 74 new permits that month alone.

"The most important thing is that commerce follows rooftops," Campbell said. "What we want to have here in Marana is a self-sustaining community.  The more rooftops that you have...the more and more you're going to have the commercial side of things taking notice and wanting to relocate their businesses here."

The promising housing news isn't limited to one community alone.

Home sales across the region have risen steadily over the last 18 months, with sellers now making 14 percent more on re-sale homes than they were last year.

The median price for a re-sale home in greater Tucson is currently just under $160,000, according to the Tucson Association of Realtors.

Last year at this time, the average median price for a Tucson-area home was $140,000.

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