"Builders have popular plans for a reason. They can build them cheaper and the home functions better. Ask the builder which plans they like and then ask them 'why'?" You should always ask the builder not only what plan they like - but why they feel that way. Over time, all successful builders have found a plan (or several) with efficiencies in material use (means they … [Read more...]
Green is no longer ‘Elective’
Earthcraft Certified. LEED Certified. ‘High-Performance’ Housing ‘Energy Star’ Compliant. The incredible and powerful shift to responsible building techniques is both powerful and permanent. Building GREEN will continue to become more and more prevalent as both techniques and materials become more accepted and less expensive. It is a trend I think we all recognize as … [Read more...]
What Does it Cost to Build a Home?
Obviously, these costs vary by size, style, area, overall conditions in the marketplace and a host of other considerations, but generally speaking, most home builders follow a version of this economic model. Builder Costs (21%) Sales Commissions Closing Costs Deferred Marketing Advertising Contingency General Administration Cost Profit Income … [Read more...]
Buyer - “Look at the hardwood floors…. they are beautiful!” Seller – “Cha-ching” It is the most common refrain from almost any buyer when they see wood floors (of ANY age) that have been well maintained. Not only do they add a sense of luxury and class, they last far longer and greatly enhance air quality. A good wood floor is arguably the ultimate investment in that it is … [Read more...]
Aging in Place
"Many new homes now feature elements that will allow their owners to age in place. This is becoming more prevalent than ever." The design of homes is changing. As housing becomes progressively more expensive and a greater percentage of our population ages more quickly than ever before, our collective view of what we want to see in our homes has changed right along with … [Read more...]