To Build Or Not To Build....That Is The Question!

Reblogger Jon Quist

To Build Or Not To Build....That Is The Question!

Rob's post has many steps listed that will help you with building a new home. In most areas land prices are less than in the past and there are some very good established premium quality builders still out there that will build a really great home for you. For less than in the past as well.

Call an experienced local agent before you start on this endeavor, but don't let the timing dissuade you. Now is a great time to have your dream home built.

Original content by Rob Thomas TN and VA

To Build Or Not To Build....That Is The Question!

We all know it's a great time to buy an existing home....good supply, lower prices, and great interest rates! The big question is...."Is it a good time to build"?

Some people say because of all the recent storms across the country that building material has sky rocketed.....BUT...

My personal opinion is that it could be a great time to build if you follow some simple steps. With new homes being built at a slower pace than in the past you may just find a builder who is ready and willing to build your dream home at a reduced price...

Here are some important things to consider if you decide to build.....

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  • Have a great Builder lined up.....check out other homes he has built. Talk to those people....see what they did or didn't like about the process.
  • Lock in your loan....some institutions give you up to a year to build once you lock it in.
  • Take your not be in a hurry to get started.
  • Go over and over and over your house plans...make changes before you have your final plans drawn up.
  • Know your City or County building codes....Know where to go and who to ask when it comes to permits before you get started.....this will save a lot of time unless your contractor can take care of them for you!
  • Interview several building supply companies...this is a must! It is imperative that you have someone you really like and trust who will stay on top of your project so that they have the material on site when don't want any downtime waiting on they can save you a lot of money by knowing where to get certain items.
  • Go see other homes that are built with same material you are thinking about....example hardie plank vs LP board.
  • Check out those trees.....if you have doubts about certain trees on your lot being a safety issue in the future then take them out before you start. It can cost hundreds more to take them out once your home is built.
  • Try to have your lot paid for before you build....It may take a little while but, it will be a lot less stressful!
  • Try and save 20% of your estimated building cost.....Not everyone can do this but, if you can you will be way ahead of the game!


By taking the time to follow these simple steps you can possible eliminate a lot of arguments and stress during the process...

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Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Jon, That's always a very challenging question. Hopefully, the buyers will decide to seek the assistance of a real estate agent to help which every way they decide to go.

Jul 26, 2011 12:34 PM #1
Vickie Slade
Colorado Landmark, Realtors - Boulder, CO
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Jon, thanks for reblogging this list; otherwise, I may have missed it.  I agree with Jerry, hopefully when a buyer decides to build, they have the support of a good agent.

Jul 26, 2011 04:57 PM #2
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Hey Jon,

We have see that it really doesn't make a lot of sense to build new.

thanks for the re-post.

Jul 26, 2011 07:47 PM #3
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