Millennial Home Buying Myths Exposed

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Every few months, a new high-profile news piece will declare a startling statistic about Millenials and homebuying. The message often repeats itself. “They can’t afford to own a home.” “They only want to live in the city.” “They don’t like the idea of being tied down by a mortgage.”

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Topics: Custom Home Tips

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

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

DIY Things You Can Do to Increase Your Home's Equity

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 30, 2017 8:22:35 AM

For homeowners in every price bracket and throughout all 50 states, there’s one thing that is always at the back of your mind: building equity. We all want to maximize our ownership in a home, as quickly and easily as possible. After all, the greater your equity, the better your position for selling or refinancing the home. So what is the best approach for increasing your home’s equity?

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Topics: Custom Home Tips

Landscaping Ideas for Your Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 25, 2017 7:51:06 AM

For homeowners who enjoy a bit of gardening, landscaping can be one of the most exciting parts of building a custom home.

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Topics: Custom Home Tips

Getting the Best ROI on Your Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jul 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Building a custom home isn’t just a chance for you and your family to upgrade to the house of your dreams. It’s also a solid investment. With just a bit of planning, you can ensure that your home will continue to gain value over the years. And down the road, when it comes time to sell your custom home, you’ll be in a great position to make a strong return on investment (ROI).

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Topics: Custom Home Tips

How to Build an Energy-Efficient Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jul 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

One of the many advantages of deciding to build instead of buy is that you have the opportunity to live in an energy-efficient home. Older homes come in various levels of quality, and unless it was originally designed with efficiency in mind, upgrading an existing home can be quite costly. Building science has come a long way in recent decades and many “green” building techniques are now becoming standard practices. New homes that are built with the environment in mind don’t necessarily have to cost a lot more, and they always cost less to operate because they use less energy.  

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Topics: Custom Home Tips

A Smarter Solution to Spring Cleaning

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Mar 24, 2016 9:00:45 AM

We all have that friend. You know the one. The one who never seems to have an ounce of clutter anywhere in her home. The one that doesn’t almost trip over toys, the one that doesn’t have mail and homework piling up on the counter, and the one who doesn’t even have a junk drawer. The one who makes us look at all the clutter in our own home with a deep sigh.

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Topics: Custom Home Floor Plan, Custom Home Tips