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Housing Economy Trends

Answering the Current Building Products Challenge

How to keep your new home on track amid COVID-related price spikes and shortages If you’re ready to start a new custom home, you may need to deal with the ongoing fallout from the coronavirus-related economic shutdown. That means working with your builder to mitigate its impact. The problem, as we all know, started in

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The Super Kitchen

Recent research shows what homeowners want in this crucial room.  Although the design of a custom home is a personal statement, most people give at least some thought to market appeal. For this, the most important aspect is the kitchen. A great kitchen adds real value. A November 2016 article on Realtor.com reported that 69

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What Makes a Project a Success?

It’s as much about the experience as the result. Some homeowners have asked: How does a builder know when a project has been a success? Well, there’s good news—the answer to this question is one of the things that defines a great builder. To a pro, every successful project crosses the finish line with three outcomes.

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Building Capital: Your Home as Asset

There are a lot of reasons people buy houses. It might be a combination of location, the home’s feel, or floor plan. Or perhaps it’s to accommodate a certain lifestyle or household dynamic, such as children or multiple generations living under one roof.

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What is Customer Satisfaction When Building a New Home?

Research shows that good processes are key to a great building experience. The best builders know which experiences homeowners find most frustrating, and they work tirelessly to avoid them. Industry studies show that homeowners’ biggest complaints are about their builder’s processes, especially around scheduling, budget, work habits and customer service. Smart builders use data from

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Why The Time To Build Is NOW

New homes won’t be any more affordable in a year or two. Potential homebuyers who are waiting for costs to come down before building might want to reconsider. The fact is that the past year’s rise in new home prices will most likely continue. While higher interest rates and a weak dollar could play a

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Where’s the Value? New Homes, Existing Homes, Short Sales or Foreclosures

In the current housing economy, it’s tempting to buy a “short sale” or recently foreclosed home, especially one that was built during the recent housing boom and is being offered at a bargain-basement price. But that strategy is full of pitfalls and potholes. It’s well-documented that owners of homes in foreclosure tend to neglect their

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Greater Value through New Home Construction Cost Control

In today’s recovering economy, everyone is price conscious. New-home construction is certainly no exception. As a professional builder, we understand how critical it is to establish and maintain a budget that everyone can both agree and rely upon from ground breaking to the final walk-through. When it comes to money, no one likes cost overruns

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The Best Time to Build a New Home?

Whether it’s saving two cents on a gallon of gas or building your dream home, everybody wants a bargain. Everyone loves a deal. No one likes paying retail. If you are considering building a new home, now or over the next year or two, you face a number of difficult questions… •    Can I do

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Defining Home Value

In the current economy, it has become fashionable to define “value” as simply the lowest price among new homes. But doing so discounts the value of providing a high level of construction quality, as well as service, before, during, and after your new home is built. This may not be in your family’s best interest.

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Staying in Style in the “New Economy” with Castle Homes

Economic hard times or not, new homes are still being built across the country and in our community. But housing industry and new-home style ‘experts’ have noted a change in how people are approaching those projects. The trend seems to be toward more conservative and value-oriented choices. We’ve been paying attention to those trends. We

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Answering the Current Building Products Challenge

How to keep your new home on track amid COVID-related price spikes and shortages If you’re ready to start a new custom home, you may need to deal with the ongoing fallout from the coronavirus-related economic shutdown. That means working with your builder to mitigate its impact. The problem, as we all know, started in

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Why Budget Poker Is a Bad Bet

Transparency about what you can afford is the only way to get the most house for your money. Your new custom home is likely one of your biggest-ever investments, so you obviously need a builder you can trust. Ways to confirm trustworthiness include reading online reviews, calling references and noting the builder’s professional certifications. As

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The Perfect Kitchen

This imaginative and fun exercise will get you a space that’s just right for your needs One of the many benefits of a new custom home is that the kitchen can be perfectly tailored to support how you cook and entertain. A first step to getting that result is to think through the space in

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Considering the ‘New’ Home Office

Societal trends are making the home office a must-have for many homeowners. Careful planning is the key to getting a space where you can be truly productive. Remote work arrangements have been on the upswing for a long time. Research firm Global Workplace Analytics figured in 2019 that there were 4.3 million telecommuters in the

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Dreamy Backyard Getaways to Inspire Your Home by StyleBlueprint

by Brianna Goebel, StyleBlueprint As many of us start to dream about summer days and much-anticipated vacations (perhaps more so than usual), we often look outside our home’s four walls for some peace and relaxation. However, you don’t need to travel far away for the getaway of your dreams. Local builders, architects and interior designers

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