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Working with custom home builders and their buyers is a very exciting, fun part of our business. At least it is for me. I have had the privilege of working with some master builders who pride themselves in their craft and the product they build.
This week, I found out about a local builder who has left four or five buyers high and dry with unfinished homes that have multiple liens filed. How can that be? Didn't the builder sign the lien-release form each time he took a draw? Wouldn't the subs have complained to the homeowner each time they visited the property while they were working? Apparently not.
The person I talked to was completely blindsided and so were the other buyers. The builder's life situation changed dramatically for personal reasons and the money is gone! Where? Don't ask. You can imagine.
So how can you and your buyer be protected when working with an individual or small company?
1. Require that bank draws are made out to both buyer and builder's names.
2. Ask to see the paid invoices for the subcontractors on the job.
3. Call the subcontractors or talk to them on the job periodically to see if they have been paid.
4. Ask them to let you know if they hear of anyone who hasn't been paid.
5. Check with public records once every couple of weeks to see if any liens have been filed.
Custom builders build dream homes. There are many respected, responsible men and women in the industry with sterling reputations. As with any business relationship, work with your buyer to protect their interests so they can build their dream home!
About the Author: Sharon Alters works with her husband, Frank, and team member, Ann Dunsford Curley. They are in the top 5% real estate agents for production in the Jacksonville Florida area, specializing in Military and Corporate Relocation in the Fleming Island, Orange Park, St. Johns, St. Augustine and Beaches areas. Their local knowledge can help Relocating Buyers find the perfect lifestyle, whether it is a Castle on the Ocean, or a Cottage in the Country.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.