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The Top Eleven Mistakes Made by Homeowners

1. Purchasing a lot that is “affordable.” Solution: Remember: location, location, location. Purchase the most expensive, valuable lot you can manage, even if it means waiting on some finishes or amenities in your home. (See chapter 6 for more on this topic.) 2. Trying to build a custom home without a professional builder. Building a […]

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Top Questions To Ask a Potential Builder

1. Why should I hire you? 2. What is your fee structure? 3. How do your fees compare to other builders’ fees? 4. What are your weaknesses? 5. What makes you different from other builders in this market? 6. What type of warranty do you provide and what is your philosophy on warranty? 7. What […]

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How Much Do You Charge Per Square Foot?

Building a custom home is a bit like buying a new car, right? Not exactly. If you asked a car dealer how much he charges per pound, you’d get some very strange looks. Of course, there is some correlation between the cost of the car and its weight, but not significant enough to prompt that […]

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Excellence or Perfection?

A prospective homeowner once asked me, “Will my new home be perfect?” I told him there are two kinds of perfectionists: one who asks for perfection, but realizes life is not perfect and is very pleased with 95 to 98 percent. The other type expects perfection and is never happy, no matter how well a […]

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