New Home Building

Thinking of building a new home? Here are some helpful articles.

Found 23 blog entries about New Home Building.

Orono Preserve

David Weekley Homes is now building in Orono Preserve! This master-planned community is the first development of its kind in the quit town of Orono, featuring 65-foot homes sites that backup to wetlands. With sidewalks leading to beautiful city trails, transportation, and nearby shopping, dining and entertainment, you'll experience the appeal of small-town charm while staying close to all the big-city amenities you love. Orono Preserve also offers:

Walking distance to Orono High School

Convenient access to US-12 West/Interstate 394 and Interstate 494

Less than 20 miles from the urban amenities of Minneapolis

Close to major employers, including United Health Group and General Mill

Contact one of the New Homes Of MN Agents to visit this

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Many families are wondering if now is the time to build a new home or if they should wait a couple years to start the process. Now more than ever, you should consider building in the near future — because the cost to build your dream home will certainly rise every year. Why?

1. The cost of land often trends upward.

As a limited resource, builders often compete with one another for the choicest locations. Then they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to ready the sites with surveys, roads, curbs, lighting, sewer, water, etc.

2. The cost of labor continues to grow.

In our area, there is a shortage of tradesmen and, with multiple disaster areas in the country, tradesmen often migrate to those areas for premium wages.

3. Material costs

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Dongal South

David Weekley Homes has a new community in Maple Grove named Donegal South. The address of the model is 8144 Central Parkway N, Maple Grove, MN 55369. David Weekley is calling this Central Living. Situated northwest of Minneapolis in Maple Grove, this vibrant community offers luxurious, single-family home, scenic views and a variety of floor plans that represent the best in Design, Choice and Service.

*Included lawn maintenance and snow removal

*City of Maple Grove Community Center with pools, ice skating and Town Green events

*Close to Maple Grove Farmers Market, shopping and dining

*Access to lakes, community parks and playground and nearby Brooklyn Park Gold Course

*Students attend Osseo Area School District 279 schools

Contact a

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Choosing to buy new construction has a lot of perks. You’ll be the first owner of the home. You get to choose the builder, the floor plan, and the finishes. The architecture and design can reflect your style and preferences and facilitate the way you live in your home. You can also choose materials, appliances, and other considerations that are better for the environment, more energy efficient (and cost effective), and healthier for you and your family. 

There’s a lot more awareness about building materials that are toxic or even carcinogenic then there once was. Even homes that were built before we knew the dangers of lead, asbestos, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), for example, are safer now due to new building codes and abatement and

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Are you thinking of building your dream home and not sure how to select a builder? Are you looking for a production, semi-custom or custom builder? Now is the perfect time to begin your search. There are 174 builders represented in the Spring Parade of Homes! Our agents on the New Homes of MN team are ready to work with you. We can provide recommendations on homes to tour that will best suit your wants and needs and on what to look for in the homes that you tour that can help you choose your builder. The Parade of Homes begins this Saturday, February 24th!

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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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I often run into people that think they can save money by going to a model home and not bringing their agent. There are no absolutes in real estate but for the most part, this is a fallacy.  Most builders budget for a high percentage of sales to come from people represented by Realtors.  Builders try not to lower pricing as it will have a negative impact on future sale prices.  Builders will sometimes negotiate a higher commission for their own sales agent working the model home if the buyer comes in without an agent.  In this scenario the buyer receives no financial incentive, only the builder and sales agent.  However the buyer now has given up the opportunity to have professional representation.  If a disagreement ensues during the construction

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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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