It is much cheaper to buy an existing home at about half of what it would cost to build and you avoid the "build a house...lose your spouse" scenario.
I have built many homes and used to be a contractor but got out of it when the construction defect scams appeared. Give me a hollar if any questions.
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1320 Hwy 395
Gardnerville, NV 89410