Dec 152016
 

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Buyers often have the impression that using a REALTOR when building a new home just drives up the price. But truth is builders typically figure in the REALTOR fees along with all the many other costs to determine their sale price / profit margin. So if you approach the builder directly they might give you a discount, but that would be one they already had figured into the sale price. And in the end you are at the mercy of the builder as you have no one representing you in what is typically a very complicated and expensive transaction. So I’ll explain what you need to consider when planning on building a home.

Let’s start with the most obvious. You usually need to sell your current home so you are going to hire a real estate agent and pay their fees to do so. It makes sense to then use that agent to represent you building your home as it costs you nothing. You have a relationship with them and you can trust that agent to continue to work hard for you, it’s how we build our business.

But let’s say you don’t have a house to sell, first time home buyer, new to area, etc. It’s even more important to have someone who knows the area and builders who are active in the area you are looking at. REALTORS have connections and you want to have that working for you during what is often a drawn-out process, depending on current new housing stock and your specific needs.

Now let’s look at some more general items that only your REALTOR is going to help you with.

You’ll want to establish your goals and what you are really looking for in your new home. Too often people get swept up with the first new home they look at and buy the trendiest options and end up spending more than they originally budgeted for. Your real estate agent can help guide you on your expectations based on your budget and help you stay ‘grounded’ on what options to consider. For example: You don’t want to build the largest home in the development, those are always more difficult to sell on down the line.

Once you’ve established your guidelines your REALTOR can help direct you to the appropriate developments in the area and your builder options. You may be leaning towards a particular development but not realize there are multiple builders working in that same area. Or you might find your best option isn’t even something you considered such as buying a lot outside a development and using a custom builder.

After you pick the area and builder your REALTOR can help you choose options that really add value based on that area and price range. For example: In a development where sheds or mini-barns are not allowed a 3-car garage is always going to make a home more marketable down the road.

Another item only your agent will be able to tell you about is area plans that would possibly affect the future growth in the area and how that would help with long term home values. This is important when you are determining the price range you are looking at. You don’t usually want to be the only high end development in an area as that can definitely effect long term home values for higher priced homes.

These are only some of the many reasons using a REALTOR to help you to build your dream home. If you even considering building don’t hesitate to call The Derrick Team to meet with you and discuss your plans, even if it’s a year or two away, it’s never too early to start planning. Call or text 317-563-1110 any time, we work 7 days a week. Let us help you build your dream home!

 

 

 

 

May 262015
 
This porch sold this house with multiple offers!

This porch sold this house with multiple offers!

A question we realtors often get is ‘What can I do to my home that will add value when I’m ready to sell?’  If you watch HGTV and read most articles on the subject you usually hear things like ‘kitchen upgrades’ and ‘adding / renovating bathrooms’. Those items do add value but usually only if you sell soon after doing it. After a few years they once again will appear outdated to current buyers and you’ll be stuck in the endless cycle of updating every time you want to sell a home. But one item we see buyers love time and time again is a really nice porch or patio area. It’s not unusual to show buyers several homes and once they see a home with a really nice covered / enclosed porch they stop and say ‘let’s write an offer on this one!’

Porch’s used to be pretty much a standard feature on all homes back before there were air conditioners. So many older homes built before the 1940’s include what was really considered the ‘outdoor room’ for sitting or even sleeping in on hot summer days. Usually covered to protect from rain but open on 3 sides to make sure and allow a breeze to flow thru, these were the gathering rooms for the family and often nearby neighbors to share the latest gossip and local news. After WW II the mass of homes built for returning vets often left off the larger porches to cut costs. In later years air-conditioning became a more standard item on new homes and porches became more of a luxury item as they really weren’t needed to deal with summer heat.

But now there is a new trend back to making a porch area more of an ‘outdoor room’ again. With all the high end outdoor furniture you see today in home improvement stores you really would feel like you’re are sitting inside with a porch furnished like that. Add to that the idea of having an ‘outdoor kitchen’ and now you can cook and eat without ever entering into the home. With so many people (myself included) loving to grill out, the whole idea of the cook ‘n eat area outside has become a very attractive item for home buyers. And with the ‘hustle & bustle’ of today’s lifestyles a nice porch is considered a retreat to go relax, read a book, or nap on a hammock. Let’s just say there are not many people who say they wouldn’t utilize a nice porch on their home.

So if there were one item that I would say adds value AND is something you can enjoy until the time you decide to sell a porch or even just a nice patio area is the way to go. Other than normal maintenance most porches never ‘go out of style’ so it’s a safe bet that it’s going to add value when it’s time to sell your home.

If you’re thinking of any updates to your home and want a REALTOR’s opinion, text or give us a call at 317-563-1110. The Derrick Team is here to help!

Oct 052014
 

This style of home comes from the basic need for shelter. National-style homes are less adorned than the European Victorian style homes. In early America, builders copied from Native American and tended to build these homes more for utilitarian needs.

The style is typically utilizes rectangular shapes with side-gabled roofs or square layouts with pyramidal roofs. The gabled-front-and-wing style this home in Danville is in the subset of the National style known as “Massed” plan styles, recognized by a layout more than one room deep, often sport side gables and shed-roofed porches.

National style homes have been around since the pre-railroad days but the style is still used as the basis for new custom built homes and can be found all over the country.

As history buffs we love to help sellers with older historic homes. But then we love to help everyone sell their home, no matter which century it was built. Call or text The Derrick Team today at 317-563-1110 with any of your real estate needs.

Sep 222014
 

1513 Forest Commons DrFrench Provincial or more commonly referred to as French Country style homes come from a style of French countryside homes originating in the 1600’s. Balance and symmetry are the ruling characteristics of this formal style. Originally the homes were often brick with detailing in copper or slate but today more modern roofing materials are used and copper will only be a minor detail if used at all. Windows and chimneys are symmetrical and perfectly balanced, at least in original versions of the style but with modern homes the balance gives way to interior layouts and attached garages. Defining features often include a steep, high, hip roof; balcony and porch balustrades; rectangle doors set in arched openings; and double French windows with shutters but again modern versions usually have only some of these features.

The truer French Provincial homes will be older homes built in America after the world wars in 1920’s & 1960s by returning soldiers. Now elements of the style are used in expensive custom homes as a way to stand out from more common modern building styles.

Whether fancy or traditional american style, we love to help everyone sell their home, no matter which century it was built. Call or text The Derrick Team today at 317-563-1110 with any of your real estate needs.

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Sold this French Provencal home in 2015

 

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