Home Builder Provides Best Tip For Buying A Homesite

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We recently helped our friends who were buying a homesite on which to build a home, and it made me think about a perfect question to ask a Tallahassee home builder.

So I reached out to Lenny Brantley, owner of Brantley Custom Homes in Tallahassee, in order to solve the great home-building-chicken-versus-the-egg question of all times.

First Question About Buying A Homesite

Question About Buying A Lot

Hey Lenny, what comes first? Choosing and buying a homesite or coming up with the house plan?

Here's what Lenny told me:

I get questions about buying a homesite from many of the people wanting to build a new home. Should their focus be on buying a homesite that can support their dream home, or rather should it be on first finding the right house plans? The easy answer is 'it depends on the situation,' which means determining whether the home design is the most important part of building or is it the location of the home?

Buying A LotGiven today’s market I have found for most clients buying a homesite is the most important first step in building a new home in Tallahassee. With the downturn of the new home construction in Tallahassee, many developers have fled to more emerging markets and have left us with fewer options on residential lots for sale.

The Tallahassee home builders that I speak with all hope to see a change in the supply of residential lots for sale, but for now, buying a good "buildable lot" in Tallahassee is getting tougher by the day.

I have one client who had very specific requirements and waited too long to make an offer and lost the chance to purchase five different lots. In this market, you snooze, you lose.

Don’t be fooled, we may not be in an environment where there is not a huge demand for new homes, but it has been growing slowly over the last year and is gaining steam. With no new developments available today, it will only get worse as time goes by.

There will always be opportunities to build the home of your dreams to “fit” the lot, but not many opportunities to purchase the lot you would like. Between thousands of plans on the internet and design assistance from architects to draftsman, it is much easier to make your home fit your lot rather than fit a lot to a home.

If you are thinking about buying a homesite or even building a home, I would suggests to contact Century 21 Manausa and Associates and set up a conference with a builder who can evaluate what you are looking for and assess the options available.

Lenny's advice about buying a homesite boils down to what we recommend all the time ... plan before you spend. A little time up-front talking to the right home builders and real estate agents will save you money and help you end up with a home that you will cherish.

If you would like to start the process of buying a homesite and building a home, just drop me a note and we can schedule a time to meet and discuss your specific needs and wants.


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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
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Joe-There's so many items to consider when purchasing a lot that buyers really need to go into it with their eyes wide open and  seek the advise of a real estate professional. 

Jun 26, 2013 12:28 AM #1
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

HA!  Simple minded folks can cut right to the chase here.


Jun 26, 2013 12:33 AM #2
Dan Hopper
Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC - Denver, CO
Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

Good info, Joe .... it only makes sense to understand the "lot", first, rather than trying to take a design and hope you find a lot to safisfy it.  I imagine that the single lot procurement is more costly there, as it is here in our areas of Denver.

Jun 26, 2013 01:09 AM #3
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