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Melissa Lynn Galland

My passion for homebuilding dates back to early childhood when my father and uncle started up a construction company in California. After nearly two decades of marketing experience, I was honored to join the Adair Homes team in 2015. I am proud to promote our message of affordable quality homes so that even more future homeowners can realize their dream. Rooted in the PNW; you are likely to find me hiking, volunteering in my daughter's theater group, or curled up with a good book when I am not when I am not coordinating our advertising efforts or dreaming up creative concepts that might make the customer experience a little more enjoyable.
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Deciding Where to Live in Central Oregon

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 15, 2021 3:05:00 PM

Topics: Central Oregon

For people who love the outdoors and appreciate a peaceful, laid-back lifestyle, Central Oregon is an area that offers something for everyone. Residents enjoy more than 160 days of sunshine every year, which gives them a chance to make the most of a beautiful landscape that includes towering mountains, serene rivers and lakes, and world-class hiking and biking trails. Even on those overcast days, the climate is desertlike, so the weather is often very favorable with crisp, clear, cool nights.

Locals to the area also love the small-town feel of most communities and the friendly, down-to-earth nature of the people. With everything Central Oregon has to offer, it’s no wonder that homebuyers from every corner of the country are starting to take notice.

Central Oregon is a wonderful place to call home, with lots of small and mid-sized towns, a steady economy, and abundant job opportunities. And if you’re in the market for a new home, the region also offers a variety of property settings, from small-town suburbs to quiet and remote country living. All you need to do is figure out which area of this gorgeous landscape you want to settle in.

To help you decide, let’s take a closer look at some of the best areas to find land within Central Oregon.

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Deciding Where to Live in Southern Oregon

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 7, 2021 8:56:00 AM

Topics: Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon is known for its world-class wines, whitewater rapids, world-famous theaters and galleries, gorgeous sweeping views that are so colorful they look like they were painted, and some of the friendliest communities in the nation. 

Whether you want to be in bustling Medford or a smaller town with more land, the southern part of the state is an ideal region for putting down some roots and building a new custom home. It has so much to offer both young families and people looking for the perfect place to retire. Most of the area has a rural feel, and even the larger cities have a small-town spirit with tight-knit communities and plenty of local character.

Does Southern Oregon sound good to you so far? Read on to learn about four counties that would be perfect locations to build a home.

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Deciding Where to Live in Mid-Columbia Valley

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 7, 2021 8:44:00 AM

Topics: Custom Home Washington, Mid Columbia Valley

Spanning counties in both Washington and Oregon, the Mid-Columbia Valley is named for the mighty Columbia River, which cuts through the valley from north to south. Connecting to both the Snake River and the Yakima River in Kennewick, the area was historically a hub for steamboats and railroads. The fertile valley gives life to orchards, vineyards, strawberry farms, and land to build a home on

Generally considered a politically conservative region, the Mid-Columbia Valley has an overall rural feel and a rich history in the agriculture and food-processing industries. As more manufacturing is coming to the area, job opportunities are increasing, and more people are moving to the small cities in the region to support this growth. There is plenty of land in eastern Washington and northeastern Oregon, so if you are considering building a new custom home, this area presents a good opportunity to find land that matches your needs.

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Deciding Where to Live in East Puget Sound

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 5, 2021 9:05:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, East Puget Sound

The Pacific Northwest has experienced a boom in population over the last several years as a growing number of people have been flocking to the region to call it their new home. The appeal is no surprise to locals—after all, this unique region offers gorgeous natural splendor, an incredible climate, friendly and laid-back people, and lively, fun-filled cities.

If you’re considering purchasing a new home in the Pacific Northwest, be sure to consider East Puget Sound. This welcoming area is popular with both Pacific Northwest locals and transplants. East Puget Sound includes everything from quaint small towns to bustling cities, all set against a backdrop of some of the country’s most beautiful scenery. To the west is the sparkling blue sound, and to the east lie towering mountain peaks and serene forests.

The two main counties located in East Puget Sound, King County and Pierce County, are both experiencing increased home prices. However, because more open property is available in the counties, many residents find success by building a custom home on property they purchase (or, in some cases, on property they already own). This option frees them up to live exactly where they want, whether in a lively suburb of Tacoma or on an idyllic country lot outside of Snoqualmie. It also allows them to customize a home to have the exact features they want.

Of course, in such a beautiful part of the world, it can be challenging to find the right property. Today, we’ll take a closer look at King and Pierce counties to see if they would be a good fit for a homebuyer like you.

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Deciding Where to Live in South Puget Sound

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Nov 15, 2021 9:03:00 AM

Topics: South Puget Sound

Year by year, the Evergreen State continues to grow in population—and for good reason. The region has incredible natural scenery, endless recreational opportunities, a growing job market, and a friendly, laid-back vibe. 

Of course, all this growth can make it challenging to find the right home to buy. Luckily, the South Puget Sound area has a wealth of opportunities for homebuyers—particularly those looking to build a custom home.

The South Puget Sound region ranges from the coast all the way to Mount Rainier National Park. It hugs the southern end of Puget Sound and includes a wide variety of cities and towns. Homebuyers have their choice of picturesque oceanfront communities in Grays Harbor County, large bustling cities in Thurston County, and quaint, tight-knit towns or peaceful country properties in the remote foothills.

If any of those options sound good to you, let’s dive deeper into the six counties that make up South Puget Sound so that you can find the area that best fits your needs:

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Buying vs. Building a Custom Home in Phoenix

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Nov 1, 2021 1:25:00 PM

Topics: North Valley

Every day, Americans wake up to work toward their version of the American Dream. For most, owning a home is a crucial part of accomplishing this goal, but having a home goes well beyond ownership. 

Your home is your home because it has everything you want in a home. Whether you build or buy, your home should reflect your tastes, values, lifestyle, and personality. As with all big decisions, you should know what external factors play a role in the homebuying process. From there, you can weigh the pros and cons.

For potential homebuyers in Phoenix, we have compiled a list of factors to consider before deciding. Ready to start taking steps toward finding your dream home?

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Building vs Buying a Home in Portland, Oregon

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Oct 18, 2021 7:29:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, North Willamette Valley

Owning your own home is part of the American dream, yet this has become increasingly difficult in today’s real estate market, especially if you want to purchase an existing home in the Portland area. With limited inventory and prices that have been on an upward trend for more than a decade, the opportunities for purchasing a home are few and far between, especially if you’re working with a limited budget.

However, buying an existing home is not the only way to achieve your dream of homeownership. Building a new custom home is not only possible, but it’s also a way for you to build equity, get more of the features you want, and finally get your dream home. 

If you are weighing your options between building versus buying, or if you haven’t even thought about new construction, consider these reasons to explore building a new home.

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Building on Your Own Land? What Idaho Homeowners Need to Know

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Sep 12, 2021 3:06:00 PM

Topics: Build a Custom Home

With beautiful national parks, stunning mountain ranges, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, Idaho is one of the best-kept secrets in the U.S. While the Gem State offers a true connection to nature that most Americans only dream of, residents also enjoy a friendly, small-town feel—even in the cities—which makes the state truly one of a kind.

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Building on Your Own Land? What Oregon Homeowners Need To Know

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Sep 6, 2021 1:51:00 PM

Topics: Central Oregon

Oregon is consistently ranked among the best states to call home.

Oregon is consistently ranked among the best states to call home. This stunning state is frequently praised for having a high quality of living with beautiful natural scenery, low crime, happy and healthy residents, and plenty to see and do. It’s no wonder that many of our customers choose to build their custom homes in the Beaver State. 

Whether you want to be near the ocean, the mountains, or in one of the lively cities, building a custom home on your own land in Oregon is a bit more involved than selecting a production home. For one thing, there is far more involvement in the customization process than selecting from a boilerplate home design. 

You’ll also need to consider the logistical side as well. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you build:

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Building On Your Own Land? What Arizona Homeowners Need to Know

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 29, 2021 1:03:00 PM

Topics: Custom Home Builder, Build a Custom Home, Finding Land

Building the home of your dreams is an exciting life decision. Of course, there’s a lot to learn if you have never done it before, but with the help of an experienced builder, the process can go quite smoothly. 

If you’re thinking of building a new home in Arizona, one of the first steps is securing land. Doing so requires: 

  1. Obtaining pre-approval for financing
  2. Performing due diligence to understand restrictions of land use
  3. Understanding lot restrictions, building restrictions, and the permitting process
  4. Getting your land surveyed and utilities connected to the site
  5. Completing site development tasks 

And if you already own a lot, there’s still some work to do, including learning what you can and cannot do on the property and planning for the costs associated with preparing the site for construction.

To help you get started on your homebuilding journey, here are some tips for securing your own land in Arizona.

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