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What is a Construction Loan?

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Finding the answer to the question “what is a construction loan?” can be a complex process unless you understand that construction loans vary, and are sometimes quite dissimilar from each other. Below I’ll answer many questions associated with construction loans. …

Choosing a Lot to Build a House

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When choosing a lot to build a house, a builder must consider soil, underground water, and land features in order to make a wise choice. For this reason it is important to be well informed and to get an expert …

Building a House Checklist: Key Items to Include

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Building a house checklist is a good idea for anyone deciding to have their own home built. It helps keep you informed of what is happening, and when it needs to happen. Building a house checklist is just important for …

Home Building Process For New Home

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The home building process for a new home will require you to make many decisions. The biggest decision you will need to make will be do I hire a home builder or contractor or do I try to act as …

Construction Loan Process

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There will be many people involved in your construction loan process. Knowing the responsibilities of each party is essential to navigating the process. The loan process can vary considerably from one state and county to another, but this is a …

Creating a New Home Building Budget

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The first step in creating a new home building budget is to consider your resources, your goals and your priorities. It is crucial to consider everything you have, not just your money, but also your skills, creativity and spirit of …

New Home Building Process Checklist

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Use this new home building process checklist to plan your home. It is important to build the house in your mind before you hire a contractor to physically build it. Reinforce your ideas with pictures and diagrams. Have a clear …

What to Look for in a Home Building Contract

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When you are planning on hiring a home builder or contractor to build a home for you then there are a few things that you will want to keep in mind about the home building contract. The home building contract …

Ideas for Planning Your New Home Tips

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So you are thinking about building a new home and looking for ideas for planning your new home. The best designed new homes are homes that couples spent more time designing, learning and planning than builders spent building. There are …

Finishing Steps in the Home Building Process

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When buying a shell you will need to consider all the finishing steps in the home building process that the contractor will not be doing. The first step is to read the literature carefully and discuss with the contractor what …

Quality Home Construction

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Quality Home Construction isn’t always about marble hot tubs and fantastic archways. The most important part of quality home construction starts with the structure itself. It is the things that remain unseen that are most important. Lumber grade and quality …

Average Custom Home Building Costs

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The average custom home building costs for custom homes built in the United States is right around $83 per square foot. The median price however was $78 per square foot. Avergages don’t tell the whole story though, because homes built …

Built on Your Lot

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Having a home built on your lot has many advantages, especially if you have a great lot. Every one is different though, in what they want in a home location. Sometimes people want to get into a certain development that …

Custom Home Building Schedule

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Each month of the custom home building schedule includes more decisions for the home owner. As work is done, there are more and more choices for the home owner. Keeping a journal of selections becomes important so that you can …

Construction Loans How they Work

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Understanding construction loans and how they work, is important when going to apply for a loan. A construction loan is a very simple loan, similar to a balloon note. It only charges interest during the construction process, and the entire …

Construction Loan Financing

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Many find construction loan financing confusing. This is because there are two loans required in order to build a home. Both a construction loan and a mortgage loan will be necessary. We will compare the two loans in order to …

Common New Home Upgrades

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Homebuilders often price homes with bare bones features knowing that buyers will want to upgrade most everything. If you select many upgrades it can significantly increase the final price of your home. Deciding which upgrades to take is not just …

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