Published: Nov 29, 2012 10:23 PM EST
Updated: Nov 29, 2012 10:35 PM EST

"It is looking very good here in southwest Florida. we are very fortunate," said CEO of Land Solutions Randy Thibaut.

If you drive around town it's hard to miss all the new home construction.

Naples is where you might find most of the activity. In Collier County, single family new home permits are up nearly 33% since 2010.

"Over 8,000 lots that are new home sites are going to be developed and coming out of the ground in Naples and Fort Myers markets," said Thibaut.

Requests in Lee County have also jumped nearly 39% since 2010. With the new requests come a new kind of home. Floor plans have changed from just four years ago. Now homes are more open with fewer living rooms.
"The kitchen areas, dining areas and living areas are all combined," said Thibaut.    

New technology is also in the picture with energy efficient windows, AC systems and better insulation.

"They are looking at that because the people in this area are wanting to come here and retire," said Paul Homes builder Bob Knight.

"They are spending the money and putting in all the bells and whistles that they did back in the '05 '05 end of the rush," said Stock Development builder Bob Imig.

Druing the recession, European home buyers flocked to southwest Florida, but now builders say we are seeing more buyers moving here from within the United States.

"A lot of it is from the mid section. A lot of people from Texas and the Midwest," said Knight.

"A lot of folks who lost their home to short sales and foreclosures, they are able able 3 or 4 years to be able to be reset and get a new home loan again," said Thibaut.