To find land, look for the right community

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If building your family’s forever home on your own land is something you’ve been hoping to do, it’s crucial to find the right plot of land. But finding just the right piece of land is often the most difficult part of building your family’s dream home! Sure, sometimes land is for sale and listed with a real estate agent, and…

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Financing your custom home doesn’t have to be scary

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Have you ever wondered how, specifically, you’re going to finance the construction of the new home you’ve been dreaming about building on your land? It can seem like a scary process—applying for a construction loan, filling out a ton of paperwork, talking to different bankers—not to mention, everything they’re talking about sounds like gibberish. How do you know you aren’t…

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How long has your builder been a builder?

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Here’s one of the secrets of the home building industry in Oklahoma: the barriers to entry are very low. It’s not very difficult to get into the home building business here. Just about all you need is a pickup and a tape measure—and I don’t even have a pickup! When you’re talking with builders about building a home on your…

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What does “custom” really mean?

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When you’re searching for a builder to help you build your family’s forever home, you’ll probably see the word “custom” thrown out a lot. It’s easy to think that everyone means the same thing when they talk about custom homes, but I’ve found there are couple of very different ways that term is used. Many builders will consider a home…

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The key to building your home on time and within your budget

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If you’ve spent any time thinking about building your family’s home on your own land, you probably already know that building a home is a complex logistical process. There are a lot of moving parts, and all the work is done by individual contractors. Weather will create some issues. Terrain may pose a challenge. Government rules always have an impact….

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Beware of the bid

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Many families who are considering building a custom home have price as a main concern. In fact, it’s the top concern for most families until they get a little further into the process. When you’re planning to build a custom home on land you own, it makes sense to get bids from a few builders, right? You want them competing…

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Don’t let hurdles get in the way of your dream

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Over the course of a week or a month, I meet a lot of people who dream of living out on their own piece of land. They want a life without other people telling them how to live, what kind of house to live in, what color to paint it, or what they can do in their own backyard. Unfortunately,…

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Finding land for your custom home

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So you know you’d like to build a custom home on rural land. But what if you don’t own the land yet? A lot of builders feel like finding your land should be your job—you can talk to them once you’ve found it. That’s not our philosophy, because we know it can be intimidating to try to identify potential issues…

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Get a builder from the school of hard knocks

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It’s an awful lot easier for a builder to say that they can build on your land than it is for them to actually do it. But I’ll bet that when it comes to your own home, you want a builder who has already faced the types of challenges they’ll encounter on your land—and knows how to address them for…

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Frustrated by builders with a minimum square footage?

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Usually, when I’m in a conversation with someone who wants to build a custom home on their land, I can tell whether or not they’ve been shopping around for builders. How? It’s in the questions they ask. If they’ve been interviewing several builders, people will ask very good questions that strike to the heart of the matter. One of the…

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