Smart Home Features to Know in the New Year

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Strong holiday sales of smart home devices such as Alexa, Echo, and Google Home are evidence that an increasing number of people are adopting these new technologies for both convenience and comfort. If you received one of these practical (and sometimes entertaining) devices or are planning to purchase one, it’s a good idea to learn all about the various smart home features available to you.

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Topics: Live Smart

What's The Difference? Custom vs. Manufactured Homes

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 9, 2018 6:45:23 AM

When it comes time to buy your next home, is it best to opt for new construction or pre-built? Custom, manufactured or “stick-built”? These days, there are so many options available to home buyers, it can be challenging to find the best path.

In our area, buyers’ preferences tend to be fairly evenly split when it comes to newly built versus pre-built homes. Recent research shows that home buyers in the western half of the United States are the most likely to consider purchasing a new home. In fact, 27 percent of all new homes sold in July 2017 were in the West, up from 24 percent a year prior. This trend holds true in and around the Pacific Northwest, where home buyers are increasingly drawn to newly built homes.

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Topics: Build a Custom Home

Featured Floorplan: 512 Studio

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Time and time again, one of the top reasons buyers give for selecting a custom home is the opportunity to customize their floor plan. And it’s no wonder: Your floor plan not only affects the overall style of your home, it also has a very real impact on its day-to-day functionality and comfort. Buyers truly want a home that will work for how they live, both today and in the coming years.

That’s why our 512 Suite has been instantly popular with homebuyers. It’s the perfect amount of flex space that can be added to the majority of our customizable floor plans. One of the best things about the 512 Suite is that it can meet a wide variety of needs—whether you’re anticipating your grown children or an aging parent coming to live with you, you need a bit more space for your large family, or you simply want to plan for the unknown.

Let’s take a closer look at the 512 Studio and the reasons behind its fast-growing popularity:

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Topics: Custom Home Floor Plan

5 Crucial Things to Look for When Choosing a Home Warranty

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 4, 2018 8:45:48 AM

A home warranty gives you the peace of mind that if your home has structural issues within a certain period of time, you will be covered financially. For example, soil settling can cause structural distress to a load-bearing element such as the foundation, floor framing, or columns. This is the type of event that is totally out of the builder’s control, but if you have a home warranty, you won’t have to pay out of pocket to cover the repair costs if something like this happens to you. A home warranty also typically covers defects in materials and systems for a certain period of time.

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Topics: Custom Home Costs, Custom Home Tips

Washington Custom Homes Trends for 2018

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM

According to PwC’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2018report, Washington remains a hot region, with Seattle ranked as the overall number one market to watch in terms of investment and development. For homebuilding prospects, Spokane is third, Seattle sits high on the list at number ten, and Tacoma remains in the middle at 44. Combined with a consistent increase in homeownership rates and demand for new homes, this makes Washington one of the most popular places to build a custom home.

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Topics: Custom Home Design

How to Look Through Reviews When Choosing a Home Builder

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 28, 2017 6:51:52 AM

Choosing a builder is a major decision. You already know this if you’ve seen the countless options when you search for a local builder. The company you select will be responsible for creating the home that you will live in for years to come. You want to be sure that you get the right balance of cost, speed, and quality so that the project is completed within budget, on time, and to the standards you expect.

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Topics: Custom Home Builder

How to Find the Best Homebuilders in Idaho

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 27, 2017 11:59:18 AM

As we head into 2018, homeowners across the country are weighing their housing options for the coming year. Should you sell, buy, stay put?

Luckily, recent analysis indicates that while the U.S. economy is steadily expanding, we don’t seem to be headed for another housing bubble. That’s great news for homebuyers across the country—including those in Idaho, where the housing market is strong and growing.

If you’re considering building a new home, 2018 will be a great year to do it. Now is the time to start the process, before interest rates go up again and while many areas in the state still have open land from which to choose.

One of your first steps should be identifying the ideal builder. Here, we explore the top ways to find the best homebuilders in Idaho.

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Topics: Custom Home Builder

5 Common Questions About Building a Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 21, 2017 6:45:58 AM

Building a new home is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many people, which is why it’s not uncommon to have a lot of questions about the process. If you’re exploring your custom home options, this list of common questions might have some of the answers you need to get you to the next step.

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Topics: Build a Custom Home

8 Feature Upgrades To Increase Your Home Resale Value

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 19, 2017 7:44:52 AM

Building a new home can be one of the most exciting times in a homeowner’s life. This is your opportunity to design the home of your dreams, with all the features and finishes you have always wanted. However, it’s also important to think beyond the home’s first residents—you and your family—and ensure its attractiveness for future buyers.

Of course, you want to build a home that you will truly love, one that will work for your lifestyle. But how do you also ensure its strong resale value in five, 10, or 20 years down the road?

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Topics: Plan Smart, Custom Home Tips

Top Benefits of Customizing Your Home with a Builder vs. DIY

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 14, 2017 7:14:42 AM

When building a new home, there are a lot of elements you can customize, and many people choose the DIY approach because they think it will save money. However, there are some significant benefits to customizing your home with a builder. Unless you are a professional contractor or have done substantial DIY work on other houses, chances are there is a strong argument for having your builder do most of the work.

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Topics: Custom Home Builder, Custom Home Design