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, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 • Posted March 28, 2013
Just recently during a real estate inspection, my client asked me why the house had a aerobic system versus a conventional, so thought this might be something to talk about. Some subdivisions require an aerobic system, whereas in rural areas conventionals are more common. Since I was a city person initially, I knew nothing about septic systems.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 22, 2013
With the first day of spring (March 20) upon us, it’s time for Spring cleaning. A lot of people just wait until they are ready to sell their home to really spruce them up. However, a home is just like a car. If you maintain them, they last longer. Let’s talk about a few things that can help your home last longer.
, A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 • Posted March 14, 2013
Don’t be overwhelmed by just starting your real estate, construction, and lending search. It’s like the chicken and egg story, which comes first? If you talk to any one of the companies, they should be able to walk you through the process. Really, the best place to start is with a lender to know what you can qualify for.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 • Posted March 8, 2013
Why are you contacting a custom builder? Are you looking for quality? Shopping local? Based on a referral? Whatever the reason might be, you might want to know some things up front. Most custom builders are smaller than a tract builder. Therefore they operate a bit differently and the cost could vary.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
So many times, we get a call and the first thing we are asked “How much per square foot to build a 2000 SF home?” If people only knew, this is a loaded question. As a custom builder, we have a standard rate, but it varies. As a tract builder, they too, normally have standard rates.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 21, 2013
Big homes are out and small homes are in. Yes, more people are opting to build smaller homes these days. There are people building large too, but the majority of people want to downsize or build a guest house. When I say smaller homes, these are roughly 2,400 square feet and below.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 • Posted February 15, 2013
Everyone wants to be a General Contractor. Why? Well, there are several reasons for this. They think they can save money, lost their job and need work, have worked in one aspect of the field, or been watching too much TV and think they can do it. We are in some tough times and everyone is looking for work.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 • Posted February 7, 2013
It’s a tough business in real estate and construction. You have good and you have bad. You have honest and you have those who can sell ice to Eskimos. You have to know when to follow and when to run. So let’s determine when you should follow and when you should run. Sometimes it is hard to know when to follow and when to run.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 • Posted January 31, 2013
Prices…Prices…Prices…What’s in a Price? So many times, we get a call to ask about square footage pricing. There is not a standard answer. It all depends on what you want that makes up a price. Ranges can be given, but that is all. Prices from a track builder and a customer builder can be like night and day.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
I know I am usually saying compare - compare, but there are some things you should not compare at all. You cannot compare pricing from the last time you built a home or remodeled. You cannot compare pricing from building your home in a large city to building in the hill country.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Lately, I keep getting asked “What is a Barndominium?” So before I give you my take on it, I will tell you what Wikipedia says (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia): “The barndominium, a combination of the words barn and condominium, is a new type of building growing in popularity, especially in rural areas of the United States.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 • Posted January 10, 2013
Is the remodel project for you or to sell your place? If the remodel is for you, it is a different ball game. But if the remodel is to help you sell your place, there are lots of things to keep in mind. Let’s talk about what you really need to do for both regardless.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 • Posted January 4, 2013
With the cold weather upon us, I always look forward to building a fire in the fireplace. It can be a full custom fireplace or just a freestanding stove. Personally, I’ve had them both and will settle for either one, just as long as I have one of them. Not only do they provide the heat, but the ambiance they add to a room is awesome.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I hear, I can get this job done cheaper. It can be on a new home, remodel, or a simple outdoor fireplace that we hear this on. So I have some things I like to throw back to see if people are comparing apples to apples.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
So many times we meet folks who just don’t know where to start on their home designs, or even where to put their home on their land. No worries! We are here to help walk you through those steps. If you are going with a custom builder, they can provide you with the step by step process that fits their operations.