December 29th, 2016

Nurturing relationships

Posted by at 2:32 pm

It’s true that relationships of all kinds can be very delicate things. Strong, long-lasting relationships need nourishment to not only survive, but to thrive. We spend the bulk of our lives building, protecting and preserving our family and personal relationships. That effort is essential to our well-being, our growth, and our happiness. Our business relationships deserve that same degree of care. Successful working relationships are born from mutual respect, and the essence of respect is open communication. In a strong working relationship, that means asking what each party wants and then listening to what they have to say. When we share what we know, it builds a lasting legacy of success. When cooperation and teamwork are respected, each party works for the good of the whole. In turn, this strong connection leads to strong shared relationships with clients and customers...
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New construction constructs

Posted by at 10:53 am

Existing homes are a great way to add your own chapter to an ongoing story, but new construction is a way to start your own book. Whether custom-designed or built on spec in a new subdivision, you won’t have to worry about dealing with the emotional baggage of a former owner. And as the first person to live in a house, you can generally count on a lot of nice amenities – new, energy-saving appliances, efficient plumbing, lots of closet space and modern design. You don’t have to smell anyone’s old smells, see what kids scrawled on the baseboards or find any “treasures” under the house from long ago. You just have to deal with the builder. So be aware that most new home sales operations function a lot like car lots. The onsite salespeople are looking out for the...
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December 5th, 2016

New construction turns 3-Car Monty

Posted by at 12:47 pm

If home prices continue upward in 2016 and 2017, more new home buyers will be established professionals – typically in their 40s, 50s and 60s. First-time buyers, usually younger, historically made up about 30 percent of new construction purchases, but today, that number has shrunk to about 22 percent. With customers having more family members – and decidedly more stuff – builders understandably gravitate to the “bigger” home market. According to Census data, the median size of a house built in 2015 was 2,467 square feet, up from 2,169 in 2010. But apparently, that still isn’t enough. Garages are getting bigger, too! A quarter of the homes built in 2015 were equipped with three-car garages, up from 16 percent of homes in 2010, and 11 percent in 1992. Most of the three-car garage buyers either have teen driver(s) with a car, or...
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