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Why Should You Work With Ann?

Ann has over a decade of experience with new construction and as a Realtor. With the two combined, rest assured you will have a positive experience with buying a spec home or building a new home. Ann’s expertise is unsurpassed in the industry, with hands-on experience working with custom builders and with her knowledge of real estate she is an expert when it comes to negotiating and protecting your best interest. Let Ann help you through the process so you can get the best price, a great lot and quality workmanship! She works closely with the builder to ensure a smooth process.

Why Should You Consider A New Home?

There are many things to consider when choosing what type of home is the right home for you and your family. “New” means exactly that: brand new homes that have never been lived in before, or homes purchased in the pre-construction phase also known as an inventory or spec home.

Some people prefer new and some prefer existing homes. There are obviously pros and cons to each. While it may seem like new construction is a perfect choice, there are lots of lifestyle factors to consider.  After all, you’re not just buying a house – you’re buying a home and a neighborhood!

ENERGY EFFICIENT

Newly constructed homes are more energy efficient including insulation, windows, doors, and appliances. They have a tighter-sealed building envelope that helps prevent air from escaping from the inside and keeps air out.

HOME WARRANTIES

The thought of a home where “everything” is covered for 1, 5, even 20 years for items such as structural or the roofing is definitely appealing. Most warranties are transferable which makes your home favorable for resale.

LATEST TECHNOLOGY

Homes are equipped with the latest technology built in. Smart Home features, alarm/monitoring system, speaker/surround sound, Internet wiring, and cable. Programmable thermostats and lighting from your smart phone!

What Is The Process For Building?

The new build process can be stressful and confusing, you shouldn’t do this alone if you are not familiar with the process. Each builder will have a different process, most of the time it will depend on if they have an in-house architect or if you need to bring your own custom designed plans. Another thing to consider is if the builder has an in-house design center or an in-house interior designer, which definitely saves you time, and money. Building a new home should be fun and exciting, let Ann guide you so you can have a pleasurable experience while she is looking out for your best interest and making sure you stay informed.

F.A.Q

Frequently asked questions

Often builders will have their own agent or employee at the model home to answer questions and ultimately help with the purchase of a spec home or building a new home. Builder reps provide information such as:  the differences between models and floor plans, what is standard or considered an upgrade and can usually share information about financing options. However, it’s important to remember that builder representative really only represent the builder, as they are obligated to do. As your Realtor, I look out for your best interest, negotiate the terms and make sure you get the best of everything for your new home!

Building a new home can be a long and confusing process. Although we have great builders in Central Ohio, it’s in your best interest to have Realtor representation, someone that is working only for you.  Ann understands the construction process, the differences between standard and upgraded materials and will help to manage the overall project by staying in touch with your builder, the architect, and the site superintendent. If you can’t visit the homesite as the home is being built or make meetings with the construction superintendent, Ann is there to make sure everything stays on schedule and is what you expected it to be. She may also suggest a final inspection from an engineer to make sure your home is built solid to avoid any future problems.

If you are wanting to build a new home, every custom builder will ask if you have been pre-qualified for a construction loan. I work with several reputable lenders that specialize in new construction loans that can help you with the loan process. It’s always a good idea to shop around to compare closing cost and interest rates.

It’s always a good idea to research the builder for quality and reputation. There are a few ways to check for your peace of mind. Of course, you can Google search the builder but that may not always have accurate information. The Better Business Bureau is a great place to check for any complaints and how they were handled but the BIA/The Building Industry Association is a great place to start the research.

If you run into problems during the building process, I will be there to help you through the process to make sure you are treated fairly and that we can quickly resolve any concerns. If you cannot come to term with the builder, we will contact the BIA and the BBB. If that doesn’t get the issues resolved, I will help you to take it a step further to get quick action. You can also ask the lender to withhold payments on the draw schedule until things are taken care of properly.