Richmond Virginia Builder has an Incredible Year and Anticipates 2013 to Be Even Better!

Stephanie Sellers - Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Builders see an upturn with second and third time home buyers.  New Construction Homes are in demand.  879 permits were issued in Chesterfield County in 2012, numbers like that haven’t been seen since 2008.  

Builders such as Main Street Homes are experiencing exciting gains in the Real Estate Market.  Ranked Chesterfield Virginia’s Number 1 Local Builder Vernon McClure explains several factors contributed to his success in the less than stellar market.  Acquiring lots at low prices, reacting early and working with suppliers to reduce cost which are then passed on to his clients are some reasons attributed to his continued success and growth of his locally owned and growing business.  177 homes were started this year by his company and he expects more in 2013.

There are other reasons not mentioned in the article but I will confirm.  His dedication to his clients, neighborhoods and homes are all reasons people enjoy his homes and the building process.  Also, listening to clients needs and even incorporating new ideas into his existing plans.  You will find open floor plans, large closets and over sized bathrooms in the many plans available by this builder.

I would love to discuss this more with you and explain the building process such as the design showroom, timeline to build and financing options.

Copeland a smaller builder in the Richmond area offers speculative homes and explained that it is difficult for the smaller builder to obtain financing.  The cash proffers also add about 20,000 to the cost of a new home as the county hasn’t waived or reduced the proffers.  Copeland builds in the $200,000 range and is available in many neighborhoods in Chesterfield.

I would be happy to assist you in finding out more about Copeland and lots as well.

Source: Chesterfield Observer January 16, 2013 via Richmond Biz

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Founder of RE/MAX Trusted Advisor Speaks about 2013

Stephanie Sellers - Monday, February 11, 2013

Dave Liniger Founder of RE/MAX  Shares his predictions for 2013 and they are GREAT!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Trbvc5-2nU

Whether Buying or Selling a Home Warranty might be Right for You

Stephanie Sellers - Monday, February 11, 2013

Buyers can either purchase a home warranty for a re sale property or Sellers may choose to purchase a home warranty for ease of mind while their property is on the market and for an incentive to potential buyers.  Several home warranties are available. I would be happy to explain the various warranties, their cost and what it means for you.  Click below to see an example of a warranty offered for homes in this area.

https://homewarranty.firstam.com/Default.aspx

The Virginia Warranty and Peace of Mind it Offers You

Stephanie Sellers - Monday, February 11, 2013

Check out the Virginia Builders 5 Year Warranty for New Homes. New Construction comes with no honey do list and the peace of mind of a Virginia Home Warranty.  Although the warranty primarily pertains to structural items appliances and mechanicals are covered for up to 1 year by the manufacturer.  Many Selections carry an extended Manufacturer Warranty; we can discuss this on a case by case scenario. Click the following link to learn more about the Virginia Warranty

http://www.rwcwarranty.com/pages/va.htm


WOW Huge Increases in Chesterfield Virginia's Newest Golf Course Community in 2012

Stephanie Sellers - Sunday, February 10, 2013

Magnolia Green ranks highest in 2012 for building permits.  Magnolia Green located on Hull Street Road and Otterdale Road. This neighborhood permitted to build 87 homes in 2012 and is expected to permit to build even more in 2013

Amenities, storm drains and neighborhood improvements led to the dramatic increase in home sales in this neighborhood.  Over 3500 homes planned for this golf course community.  Several builders are offering homes in this neighborhood and attribute the Most Sold in Chesterfield title to Magnolia Green in 2012 to the new management company IStar Financial which has turned Magnolia Green around with improvements to the community. Many builders are in this community and I would love to show you what they build and discuss your options. Contact me to learn more.  Prices are from 220’s to 300’s range.

Source:  Chesterfield Observer Dec 26, 2012 Michael Buttner

Questions that Go Through a Buyers Mind and Could Stop you from Selling that House

Stephanie Sellers - Saturday, February 09, 2013

Buyers have many choices on a home and will consider the following factors when determining if the home you are offering is the right home for them.

  1. Will my Favorite piece of furniture fit here?  Correct dimensions available to buyers, de cluttered home, and large furniture removed all are good ideas to consider when staging your home to SELL.  Overcome the feeling of “there’s not enough room” that buyers may have.
  2. “What will we do with this space?”...Don’t leave odd shaped rooms or nooks left unstaged.  Show that all square footage in your property is usable and the odd shapes and nooks not only add character to the property but also give you unusual and creative spaces.
  3. “What were the Sellers thinking with these walls?”  Don’t distract buyers with over creative wall finishes such as sponging, bright colors or wall paper.  Neutral and warm are inviting to potential buyers and give them the feeling that this could be their home.
  4. “What’s in the area?” You and your Realtor should come up with a list of nearby attractions such as schools, entertainments, churches etc...So that the buyers needs are met with a glance.  Do not leave it up to a potential buyer to investigate the area; they may not have the time.
  5. “How much will my mortgage payment be?”  It is important to work with an agent who is partnered with a strong lender.  As a team they will develop a price scenario sheet for your property.  This relieves the potential buyer’s fear of a payment they cannot afford.

All of these questions and more do go through a potential buyers mind while shopping for homes.   The more prepared you are the better chances you will have to sell your home quickly and at the price you desire

Source:  Trulia 1/25/2013

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Since 2006: Builders Haven't Felt This Confident

Stephanie Sellers - Saturday, February 09, 2013

Builder confidence is at its highest point since 2006!  For 8 straight months the market has risen.  

Many factors contribute to this trend such as low interest rates, a shrinking inventory of distressed properties (Short Sales and Foreclosures).  Serious buyers are out in numbers that haven’t been seen since April 2006.

What could this mean for you?  The basic principal of economics is supply and demand.  As sales increase and inventory shrinks contractors (roofers, framers, plumbers etc) will require higher prices as well as manufacturers of building supplies.  The increase will then be passed on to buyers.  Low interest rates are expected to remain through 2013 however the increase in sales price could affect your payment.

Mortgage lenders still have tight lending practices.  It is important to speak with a qualified Real Estate Consultant to insure you are aware of current market trends and lenders who offer construction loans.

Source:  Los Angeles Times MONEY & Co

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-builder-confidence-20121218,0,725691.story