Choosing a Custom Home BuilderBuying a New Home

Buying or building a custom home is one of the most significant investments you will make. So choosing the right home and the right builder is paramount. The Custom Builders Council understands the importance of this decision and wants to help provide some guidance. The necessity of good research can not be understated. You are going to need reliable information so that you can reach the decision that is right for you.

This information is reprinted from the Custom Builders Council web site.  Here are additional tips on "Selling Your Existing Home" and on "Buying A New Home".

 1. Look Closely: Excellent buys are often made on homes that require a little paint and soap. Two identical homes can be priced $1000 apart when one needs $250 of work.
 2. Use Your Agent's Resources: Work closely with your agent, they can pre­screen homes that you see advertised and save you endless hours of work.
 3. Maximize Your Resources: Your parents, family or friends can contribute to the purchase of your home by way of a "Gift Note." Ask your agent for details about this simple procedure.
 4. Make a Careful Offer: If you are serious about buying a particular home, it is important to price your offer correctly, you wouldn't want to lose the home to a better offer.
 5. Be Prepared: Each contract offer that you make on a home must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of cash or check. Have the money ready.
 6. Be Patient: When your contract offer is presented to the seller he can accept it, reject it, or make a counter offer. Only when the seller accepts your offer and you accept his do you have a binding contract for sale.