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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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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Do I Need An Architect If I Want to Go Fully Custom?

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Nov 9, 2017 6:34:57 AM

For many people, building a custom home is completely new territory. Even if you are already a homeowner, the process is much different from buying an existing home. You have to find land, secure financing, and, of course, get a custom home design. It’s easy to assume that every new custom home must start with an architect, but this isn’t necessarily the case.

In fact, you can work with an integrated team that includes a design team, builder, estimator, and materials purchasing staff to create a beautiful new home that has the features and floor plans you want. There are multiple benefits to taking this route, including cost savings and better budget management.  

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Building a Custom Home vs. Renting

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Oct 11, 2017 10:36:47 AM

A recent analysis of apartment listing data and statistics from the Census Bureau shows that rental prices are increasing. If you are weighing your options between renting and building a custom home, consider these facts in your comparison:

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How Much Home Do You Really Need? Tips for Planning the Size of Your Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Oct 4, 2017 5:35:56 PM

There’s no denying that the average American wants plenty of space. And it shows: Today’s homes are 61 percent bigger than homes that were built just 40 years ago. In 2016, the median size of a new single-family home in the U.S. was 2,467 square feet—the largest on record.

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4 Ways to Make a Custom Home Your Dream Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Sep 8, 2017 9:43:20 AM

The average American will purchase at least three homes in their lifetime—often a starter home, a family home and, finally, an empty-nester or retirement home. In some markets, homeowners who are climbing the property ladder may own five or more homes as the decades go by. For many, this evolution of home ownership creates the perfect chance to work toward the home of their dreams.

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What's New This Month in Pacific Northwest Homebuilding

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Sep 5, 2017 8:19:52 AM

The Pacific Northwest homebuilding market is a unique and dynamic one, with a relaxed, welcoming style that feels like it suits our one-of-a-kind region. We enjoy some of the most beautiful areas of the U.S., as well as a diverse (and always-changing) climate, and many of our homes are built to mirror that. It’s no wonder that our homebuilding trends sometimes stray a bit from the rest of the nation.

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Building Sweat Equity Into Your Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 23, 2017 8:08:46 AM

Building a custom home is a smart decision for many reasons. Not only do you get the benefits of living in a home that was tailored to your lifestyle and preferences, but you also have a long-term asset that increases in value over time as you gain more equity. The more equity you can start with, the sooner your investment will be able to provide more financial options. You can increase your starting equity by making a larger down payment or paying more toward your principal, but if you want to hang on to your cash, building sweat equity is another path.

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Discover How the Custom Homebuilding Process Works

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 17, 2017 8:40:31 AM

Every year, more than a half-million single-family homes are sold in the United States, and you can bet that every sale comes with its own set of “lessons learned” for the customer. Think back to when you were buying your current home: It’s likely that you learned a lot throughout the process—even if it wasn’t your first home purchase—and you might even do things differently the next time around.

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Site Development 101: Everything You Need to Know About Starting the Custom Process

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 11, 2017 7:31:48 AM

One of the more unpredictable elements of building a custom home is the site-development process. You can design a home to fit a specific budget, and you know the price of the land, but what will it take to prepare the land for construction? The answer is, it depends on the site. Where your land is located, the conditions of the soil, and where the house will be situated on the land are just a few considerations.

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