This story was originally published in The Star-Herald, as part of its early 2017 homegrown businesses special section.

By Joseph Brown

The real estate market in Kosciusko and Attala County has been the primary focus for Adams Realty for nearly 40 years.

The locally owned company, that started in late 70s as Kraft and Adams Realty, presents an alternative to home owners and buyers with a specialized approach geared toward determining the specific needs and preferences of its clientele.

“My dad started with Willie Craft approximately 40 years until my dad bought him out in the 80s,” current owner Trent Adams said. “It has been a continual business ever since then, until a few years ago when I came back in and took over the family business.”

Throughout the years Adams Realty has sold millions of dollars in homes with local agents looking to help family-oriented local residents, providing insight into each neighborhood, school and community.

“We’ve sold millions and millions of dollars in real estate around Kosciusko and Attala County area,” Adams added. “However, we do touch into Ethel, McCool, Lexington and Carthage.”

But just like every other realtor around the country, Adams Realty was hit hard by the 2008 housing crisis.

“The 2008 housing crisis hit us hard, but feel like banks are getting better and people are starting to buy again,” Adams said. “2016 was probably the best year in the history of this company, so that is something for us to look forward to. Don’t think it is going to be an easy thing to repeat but it is a sign of brighter things ahead.”

“One of the good things about this little town there is not that much going on so there is enough to go around and its cheap to do business here,” Adams added.

Adams Realty operates with five other realtors, besides Adams, including Lori Kyle, Mike Horn, Dorothy Patrick, Mike Daniels and Dwain Atwood.