Actually First Texas Homes is one of my favorite builders in DFW. They use quality material and have energy efficient homes and they use standard items that other builders consider an upgrade in their spec homes.
My only complaint is that they don't have too many floorplans. They have about 20 and they found them to be very popular among the consumers so they are sticking to the formula.
They also use 3rd party companies for their walk through which is a big deal IMO. Wood is a natural product. If there are excess holes in some cabinets doors, ask them to replace them before you close.
I hope this helps.
PS The holes in the wood might be the type of wood used and are there for the beauty oif the wood. Knotty Alder is probaly what it is. If you dont like Knotty Alder and prefer the smoother look of a low grain wood then ask for Maple or some simular wood.
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First Texas Homes builds exceptional quality homes, and uses only top quality products. I'm certain that 'Hud' from Keller, TX is correct in his assessment of your concerns. Much to the contrary of your perception, First Texas Homes uses the highest quality cabinetry their homes. All FTH cabinetry is custom built job-specifically from top-quality hardwoods. Features include dovetail joints, heavy-duty quick-release hidden hinges, and solid raised-panel doors and drawer fronts. First Texas Homes offers many wood species including Ash, Beech, clear alder, and knotty alder to name a few.
PS if you get a loop carpet installed, ensure the vacuum has no roller or it will eat up the carpet. Was not told how to care for carpet and it messed up on day one and FTH will not repair it
They are the most flexible in their floor plans at reasonable price. For example Toll bros would charge 25K to add a media room -vs- 6K in the media room.
Let me tell you about quality :- First construction wise - All builders use the same CREW. Those are the people who actually build your house. Now as far as material is concerned NO BUILDER IS Making any of the building materials, they all SHOP from the same shop _ Similar 2X4 used for framing, Same Concrete standards, E;lectrical, Plumbing. Toll Bros and FT both use PVC pipes for plumbing . No one use metallic electrical conduits . So what is Extra with those High proced builders - Its probably their Floor Plan that you like , Their Cosmetic Stuff ( Samsung Appliance - vs - Amana) , Expensive looking lights ( you need to upgrade and pay extra) and may be better carpet etc. Those are all replaceable things. THE REAL STRUCTURE ISNT THAT DIFFERENT .
SAVE your money from going to expensive builders and getting ripped off, if you like floor plans of first texas. THEY will modify the floor plans that no other builder could do . - For me they made my bedrooms bigger , drive way bigger , added balconies, etc etc etc at MUCH REASONABLE PRICE..
Go FIRST TEXAS !!!!!!!
Cracked walls and driveways.
Moldings pulling loose or cracking.
Corner tape and bed loose and cracking
Prewire system that doesn't work
Cabinets are trash inside and out.
Cabinet finish is gone.
Yard and landscaping impossible to maintain.
Water line freezes in winter (Texas?)
I purchased a new First Texas home in May 2010 and I am satisfied with the home, but there are builders out there that build with higher quality.
Remember, it is very wise to use a REALTOR even when buying new construction, because the onsite builder rep does not represent you, nor do you get a discount by not using a REALTOR.
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I have a First Texas home and was able to include many normally expensive upgrades at a fraction of the cost (8 ft. doors, double mantle cast stone fireplace, hardwood, Electrolux induction cooktop, pot filler, 24x24 inch tile in my kitchen, tankless water heater, and lots more!) Also, scored a corner lot! Most other builders overcharge for upgrades. Just price crown molding and you'll agree.
Some builders charge for everything and include their profit margin. Others sell by volume. First Texas is owned by a very wealthy man who sells by volume. This is why we got more than $100k in upgrades for about $10k.
Hope this helps!
Lisa Montes"Your Home Retriever"
Well I know several home owner's have filed law suits because the homes were built on expansion soil at dense levels...so when it rains the soil expands raising the foundation... First Texas Homes are aware of this problem... It is documented in the surveyor's notes before construction began... Every home built on expansion clay should be elevated to where the water can drain and have gutters all the way around the house with a 10' diversion.... So go look at First Texas Homes...and any home built on expansion clay... They have lots of structural problems. Do an inspection x 2 prior to moving in.... Make sure they are independent and are not associated with the builders...
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Nick Walton RealtorÂ®
Keller Williams Realty Frisco Star
Hope that helps you out !
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Hope you found the home you wanted!
Keep in mind the more expensive the home higher qualify of material is used for finish outs and etc.
Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
Cabinets are a simple thing to fix. Builders typically have no problem with repairing cosmetic items to sell a home.
A thorough home inspection will go way beyond cosmetic items to show you what else needs repaired in the home. You can use the results of the home inspection to negotiate repairs or negotiate the price of the home.
I sold three First Texas Homes last year and all of my clients are very satisfied. In my opinion you get allot for your money with them. I have a good relationship with the salesteam there and if you would like, I can get one of my past clients to speak with you.
We will do a punch list before closing as well as a home inspection. Not to mention if anything comes up with the home after you close in the first 12 months the builder will cover it under warranty. Its what we often call it a bumper-to-bumper warranty for the first year.
As far as quality of the cabinets - if it was as standing inventory it could be the buyer just chose a low quality material. If the standard cabinets are not of the quality you expect you can always get a higher grade from the builder. I can help you negotiate upgrades in the sales price of the home.
Talk to you soon,
BROKER | REALTOR | ALHS
Exit Advantage Realty
Regardless of when the home was built or who it was built by, if you enter into a contract on ANY home you should definitely have a home inspection done. This can help to uncover some of the less-than-stellar construction shortcuts that can be taken sometimes.
If you would like any more information, please feel free to contact me.
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Keller Williams Elite Dallas Park Cities