Demand for houses in Judea and Samaria on the rise

More than 100 families attend Batei Amana housing fair to snatch up last homes in upcoming projects. 'People are voting with their feet.'

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Amana housing fair
Amana housing fair
Eliran Aharon

Demand for homes in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria is on the rise, developers say, raising the prices of homes in towns even outside of the major settlement blocs close to the Green Line.

The Batei Amana development company, a branch of the Amana settlement movement, recently held a housing fair offering young families the opportunity to snap up the last remaining homes in projects in seven towns across Samaria, including Kfar Tapuah, Maaleh Levona, Kochav Hashachar, Shilo, Eli, Talmon, and Neriya.

The housing fair focused on properties in what are known as “communal settlements” – small to mid-sized towns organized into a cooperative with the ability to approve or reject new residents and create a cohesive, tightly-knit community.

Demand for housing in communal towns like the seven featured at the fair has been increasing in recent years, says Amana Vice President Alon Farbstein.

“We at Batei Amana are convinced that the path to one million residents in Judea and Samaria runs through these wonderful, warm communal settlements,” Farbstein told Arutz Sheva.

“People understand that there is a wide selection of great towns,” said Batei Amana sales manager Nurit Mamlia. “Now they don’t have to just settle on this town or that one. Anyone who looks around will see a wide variety of great communities which offer cultural life and great education and houses at prices that are still within reach.”

“At this housing fair, we’re offering private houses [as opposed to apartments], at a time when it is obvious that these will be the last of their kind in this whole area.”