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Location is key
Location, Location, Location   I’m sure you have heard real estate professionals say how important location is.  As you are considering a building lot there are a few things I believe are essential to keep in mind.  When I build a home on the east bench, I can expect to make a considerable amount more than anywhere else.  However, the covenants are generally very high, so speculating too many on the east bench, ties up a lot of construction financing.  It is also difficult to find a home plan to fit a sloped lot.  However, living on a hill comes with many advantages, like incredible views and nice homes, but there are also disadvantages to consider.  For example, the cost of the lot is significan Read more
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Published On : 07-09-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Things I like to consider when choosing a building lot
             Things I like to consider when choosing a lot.             Traffic.  Are the roads safe enough for a family with children?             Shopping.  Are there grocery stores etc. in close proximity?             Churches:  Are the churches close to the neighborhood? If you attend church regularly, I would recommend that you attend a few church services in that church. Parks and Golf course should be nearby. Views:  Every lot is a view lot, but a view of what?  Is it overlooking Read more
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Published On : 07-09-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Check Your Setback Requirements Before You Choose a House Plan
As you are searching for a great home plan, make sure you check to see if it is appropriate for your building lot.  Some cities and neighborhoods require ridiculous setbacks.  This means your home must not be placed any closer than 30 feet to the front property line. In most instances, 30 feet is far too much.  It ruins the size of the back yard and simply adds to the cost, because you have a longer driveway.  One quick reminder as you measure your setback.  Generally the property line is not the sidewalk or the back of the curb.  It can be anywhere from 5-15 feet or more from the back of the curb.  Look for the property corner stakes.  There are also side and back setback requirements.  We would Read more
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Published On : 07-21-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Know this before buying a a building lot
Buying a building lot can be an educational experience.  You have heard the term, “Location, location, location.”  Usually you will have to pay more to live in a nice area.  However, the value of your home will be much greater.  Skimping on lot is generally not a good deal.  Another aspect to buying a lot is to know that if the lot requires much retaining then you are in for a shock.  Retaining and transporting soil is very expensive.  There is a home in my neighborhood that is being built.  I talked with the general contractor about how much money he must have spent to retain and haul material.  He said, “well over $100,000.”  Ouch, I'll bet the people never exp Read more
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Published On : 08-07-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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The hole is finally dug.
Well, we finally dug the hole for our new home today. We'll have to see how the construction process goes this time. It's always interesting to see how a new homeplan works each time I see one built that I have designed. Hopefully, this one will work out well, because I'll have to live in it regardless. I just thought of something people often don't think about when building a home. My lot slopes a bit to the back so we are having to excavate into the hill to make room for the home. What most people forget is what happens to all that soil? You can't keep it all on the lot, and you can't just go put it somewhere. Most of the time, you have to pay someone to haul it off, and hope that someone else will be willing to take it. If you're really Read more
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Published On : 09-09-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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How To Spot a Good Buy
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, particularly when it comes to buying a home. Features that attract one home-buyer may repel another. However, the one feature of interest to every home-buyer is price. Getting the most home for your money is paramount. The real problem is figuring out whether that fixer-upper on one street is a better buy than the home in next-to-new condition two blocks away. That’s why knowing what to look for before you buy can save you time, energy and money down the line. The first step is figuring out what kind of house you need. A good buy is only a good buy if it meets your current and future living requirements. Before shopping for a home, decide how much space you and your family require. How man Read more
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Published On : 04-30-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
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House Plans Designed For Sloping Lots
Home Plan #M2520A Slopes From Side to Side: Plans similar to home plan #M2520A are built to accommodate a lot that slopes from side to side. Home Plan #M2675A Slopes From Back to Front: Plans similar to home plan #M2675A are designed to accommodate a lot that slopes from back to front. House Plan #DE056 Slopes From Front to Back: Plans similar to home plan #DE056 are designed to accommodate a lot that slopes from front to back. This requires a walkout basement or in other words a daylight basement. If the plan you like comes with a standard in-ground basement you can modify the plans locally to be a walkout basement. To do this they will just need to know the slope of your lot and where you Read more
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Published On : 01-03-2006
Author : Steve Donegan
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