Building Process

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If you’re considering new construction and you’d like a portion of your property fenced, what do you do? Well, the first step is to talk with the home builder. Are fences allowed by them and/or the HOA (Homeowner’s Association)? If so, will the builder include a fence for a price, or do you need to hire a separate contractor to build your fence? If the builder will oblige you by building a fence and incorporating it into the landscaping and quote a price for the fence that works with your budget—great! If not, you’re going to need to hire someone to build your fence. 

Make sure you understand any restrictions, regulations, and requirements for your fence as determined by the HOA or city. Also, consider the purpose of your fence and select a fence

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It’s January which means it Radon Awareness Month. If you are not familiar with Radon you can get the basics on the EPA website here

Radon and radon mitigation were not very well understood until relatively recently. Given our lack of knowledge about radon, many older homes are not well equipped to handle and mitigate radon efficiently and installing mitigation systems into older homes can be a headache and costly. Luckily with our increasing knowledge about radon and mitigation techniques, installing radon mitigation systems into the blue prints for your new construction home, is becoming easier every day. There are a number of techniques that can be applied to the construction of your new home that are both effective and cost efficient. For more

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I often get asked what home warranty comes with a new home.  In Minnesota the state law (also referred to as statutory law) requires a 1,2, and 10 year warranty. The 1 year of the warranty is the time period in which the builder must warranty for general workmanship, the 2 year part of the warranty refers to mechanicals (Heating and cooling, plumbing, and electrical) and the 10 year part of the warranty covers structural deficiencies. The builder will provide thresholds by which a potential issue is deemed to be a deficiency so be sure to ask for those guidelines when purchasing a new home.  Appliances generally carry their own warranties and are covered by the manufacturer so be sure to register for the appliance warranties when you move in.  Also

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About 8 years ago I was touring an older home in Minnetonka on a large lot and I questioned the Realtor on the high price point.  His response was that the home was large enough to separate and there was a second lot behind it.  The value he had placed on the second lot was extremely high.  He mentioned that he is also an appraiser and he went back several years to find the last sold lot in Minnetonka (that would have put those sales in a time period before the Great Recession). I explained that the neighborhood did not have any lot sales at the time but there were several tear downs nearby. He responded that according to the appraiser's guide, you have to adjust $40,000 for the cost to tear down a home.  Since then I have torn down two homes and I'm not

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You have decided on your builder, location and floor plan and now you are starting to make your selections. When it comes to lighting there are endless choices, but there is a lot to consider especially if you are trying to stay within a budget.

When making your selections, your builder will inform you as to an amount that is included in your home pricing for a lighting allowance. It may seem like a generous amount, but it will be depleted pretty quickly. Exceeding that allowance will increase the final price of your home. You will need to choose fixtures for both indoors and out. 

Do you have a decorating style you have chosen for your home? This is a good place to start. Whether it is modern, traditional or industrial just to name a few, there are

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No. But you will want to have a Realtor to help you with the process. Not all lots are listed on the MLS so it is very helpful to have a Realtor and the Realtors on the New Homes of MN Team have a relationships with a local developers and builders.

Along with your Realtor a good builder has the resources to help find the perfect building site. Location Location Location are the 3 key words in selecting your lot. What type of basement do you want? Walkout, lookout or full basement. Do you want sun exposure at the front of your home or the back of your home? How much tree coverage do you want? Do you want to be in the city or out away? You will need to know the answers to these questions before selecting your lot. No worries! A member of the New Homes of

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When hosting open houses in model home across the Twin Cities, a frequently asked question was, “Can you build a home in the Winter?”  Not only can you build a home in the winter, but you SHOULD!  Here’s why…

Timing is everything when purchasing and building a new home.  Another common question is, “How long does it take to build?”  Taking a common rambler or two-story home as an example, it’s very common for the physical construction of a new home to take about 3 ½ months.  Add to that an average of 6 weeks of design time prior to beginning the physical construction you land at about 5 months to complete the process.

Now comes the “why”.  The bulk of the homes constructed in our Twin Cities market are done so by National Builders who are

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Statistically speaking the average person buys the big home in their mid 40's. So what happens when the kids are gone and those owners enter the empty nester phase?  Builders like, John Arthur Homes are offering town home living in the 2300 square foot to 2700 square foot range range in Victoria aimed at the baby boomer demographic.  The development is called, "The Reserve on the Park." 

Much of the inventory of town homes in the Twin Cities was built during the housing boom and is geared toward first time buyers.  Many empty nesters demand a higher quality home and have made the decision to move away from the maintenance of the big house and the large lot and look for association managed living.  Many also keep a second residence in warmer climates

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Most home purchases are driven by a lifestyle event when a person or a family realize that their existing living situation just doesn't make sense anymore. A growing family, an empty nest, a marriage on the horizon, or a relocation can all bring about a prospective move.

So where do you start?

Most people jump straight into the search, and that's OK, as this is the more enjoyable part of the process and understanding the type of home that meets your needs is important. It is however important to take a breather and investigate the exciting world of home financing.

Whether purchasing a new or resale home it's important to start the financing application early in the process. Too many times we have seen people inquire about building opportunities

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Well, for starters, you should know that all builders aren't created equal, and they can't all customize their designs to your specifications. There are three different types of builders (which Nathan can tell you about in the video below) -- but which one is right for you?

Find out at our free New Construction Buyers' Seminar on Wednesday, June 22 from 6 - 8pm.

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