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October 18, 2013

Buying a Home? Read This First

Hi Folks,
   I hope all of you have been well, and thanks for all of your correspondence.

   The reason we are all meeting here together in this Blog is for one purpose; Real Estate. Albeit a broad industry composed of multiple niche subdivisions, it all comes down to buying and selling properties. Today, we will turn our attention to buying properties, and we'll focus on some essential things that homebuyers should be aware of before making a purchase.

   Let's step back for a moment and look at all of the moving parts here in the most common of scenarios: A buyer will utilize the services of a Real Estate agent to find a home, make an offer, and if the offer is accepted, the buyer will then utilize the services of a mortgage broker/banker to gain access to funds. Are you with me so far?

   From another angle, you are buying a house, and borrowing money (paying interest, points, etc). To be more specific, as John Maxfield of the Motley Fool wrote in a recent article, when you buy a home, you're making two purchases, and says that, "the loan itself may be the most significant piece of the transaction".

   Some other points that Maxfield touched upon was that you should look at your Real Estate agent as a partner, and additionally, that you need to keep resale in mind from the beginning. A good suggestion is to start doing your homework on agents and ask around. Check their reviews online, if you can do so locally. Speak with neighbors in the area you are looking to buy a home, and start gathering names and suggestions for you to investigate further. Once you have narrowed down your options and decided on an agent, start building a relationship with them. Only then will you be able to confidently discuss the eventual or possible re-sale of your home while looking to purchase it in the first place.

   Maxfield says that most of us "delude ourselves into thinking that we actually know something about real estate", but says that the truth is that "few of us have any idea what we're talking about". I think this statement is especially true for those that are won over by a home and fall in love before the inspection. Maxfield says that, "Homes are like people -- they all have problems", and that the "shock generally comes when prospective buyers get their inspection reports back". That's when some tough decisions need to be made and some negotiations have to take place (regarding who makes repairs, who pays for them, and so forth). Not the most exciting time of the homebuying process...take my word for it!

   Look, the truth is that the right home is out there for you. If you educate yourself, learn the market, know what you will be facing as far as home price, mortgage "price", possible resale value, and whatever else might be necessary in your state, you will prevail.

   Remember, if you want to take a softer approach to buying a home, the answer is quite simple; look into Rent to Own. You're certainly on the right website for that option !

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Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes - Rent to Own Homes, since 2002
"Located at the Corner of Technology and Real Estate"
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July 21, 2010

Examining the Home Building Process, Part 1

Good Morning,

   At the request of our readers, we are beginning a 3-part series on the Home-Building process. We always receive a lot of questions about how the process actually works, and we have made contact with some solid resources to bring you some pretty good information that should be incredibly useful to you.

   David Spetrino of Plantation Building Corp (in Wilmington, North Carolina), uses a 10-step process that brings buyers from start to finish. The first step involves meeting their potential customer to identify their wants and needs (this is where you describe your custom dream home and the ideal “move in date,”). They need to know, for example, if you enjoy entertaining in your home, if this is a primary home or a vacation home, and if you would you describe your ideal home as formal, casual, or a hybrid of both styles. They will also ask you if you have any “green” requirements (environmentally-friendly)

   Next, they will discuss where the home will be located. If you have a lot ("home site") already, that's fine, and if you provide them with the address or community of choice, they will do the research regarding setbacks, zoning, architectural standards, etc. After this, they move on to the professional service agreement, estimate preparation (where they collect bids from their trade contractors and vendors), and ultimately, the construction contract (which involves the construction schedule and your financing). Spetrino makes it a point to note that, "the bank that provides the construction financing may not always be the bank that retains your long term mortgage. You have likely provided your lender with tax returns and related financials. Your bank will want us to supply them with a copy of the construction contract, set of construction drawings, specifications and the budget."

   During this process, the General Contractor comes into play, and there are some pointers provided by Arlene Battishill, a licensed general contractor in Los Angeles. Battishill notes that any proposed home site must be zoned for residential use, and you will need an accurate legal description of the parcel, soil testing, and a structural engineer’s review of the architectural plans to determine if any special reinforcement will be required. Once a licensed general contractor (“GC”) is hired, cost estimates can be made, and once acceptable, the architect or general contractor will submit the architectural plans to the local government building department for evaluation. Once all changes are made and the building permit fees are paid, construction can begin.

   From this point on, Spetrino's company works out the full details, and then begins construction. They provide, "regular updates, photos, and twice monthly, a ‘cost report’ that tracks budget and schedule." Over the course of construction, sometimes changes need to be done, and these requests go into a written format, officially known as the ‘change order.’ Once the "Big Day" arrives, a thorough "inspection and orientation of your new home" is completed. After one month, they schedule a follow up walk through to make sure that you are completely happy, and they also schedule a one year walk through.

   Battishill notes some of the costs of the process, for example, purchasing the land, the fees paid to all of the required consultants, fees to the local government and then the cost of construction. She notes that financing should be obtained well in advance of construction, and to assume that you will need 25-50% more money than the budget calls for to ensure successful completion, as cost tends to overrun in the construction of new homes.

   Please join us on Friday for part two in this series, where we have some additional pointers and points of view from a Property Manager and an Interior Designer.

   Have a Great Day, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !