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Curius Georg…, Home Buyer in Florence, KY

I am trying o decide beween a drees home a Shaddock park versus a toll brothers home in saddle ridge- I am new to Texas- all comments welcome

Asked by Curius Georgette, Florence, KY Mon Dec 6, 2010

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Being that both neighborhoods are basically right across the street from each other, they both have excellent access to both the 121 Tollway and 75.

I really don't think you are going to find much difference between the two neighborhoods other than the houses and the neighbors.

I think Linda gave you the best advice: Take the time to walk the neighborhood (and I mean several times at different times of the day) and speak with the neighbors regarding what is going on in the neighborhood, crime, noise, builder involvement in the neighborhood, quality of the house, response of the builder to problems, and neighborhood activities such as a crime watch program, neighborhood get-togethers, national night out, etc.

Other than the neighborhood factors, it all comes down to the contract you sign on your home. Look at financing, amenities, warranty, etc, etc, etc, etc and compare apples to apples. The builder should NOT have a problem giving you a copy of the contract so that you can review it with someone else or in the comfort of your own home. If they will not provide you with a copy, this should set off alarms for you.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all.

Brian Rayl, REALTOR®, e-PRO
Keller Williams Elite Dallas Park Cities
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As everyone else has said both are great neighborhoods. It depends on where you are going to be driving to for work, what you want to be near to. Both areas would serve you well. You do want to consult a Realtor that is familiar with the area.
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If you have not yet driven from the neighborhoods you're considering to your work at the anticipated hours you would be going, then the commute might be a surprise to you.

So, in addition to the comments Brian made, which I agree with, one morning go to the neighborhood and try the drive in commuting traffic, as well as trying it going "home" in the evening.

Shopping is good around the two of them as well as other aspects, but my only concern would be the traffic. It's possible you'll re-think where you want to live if the commute is horrible.
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Both builders have great reputations in the area. Both neighborhoods have great amenities and locations. If you haven't visited the area yet, I would recommend that you plan a trip to our area and view both neighborhoods as well as any others that may suit your needs. Hiring a Realtor to represent you (and your best interests) is very important when dealing with new construction as the builders have someone looking out for their best interest (their sales rep). Generally you will fare better in the transaction when someone is on your side. Usually there is no cost to you as a buyer for a Realtor to represent you - the sellers generally pay the real estate commissions in Texas.

As for the porte cochere - I wouldn't say that it would limit a potential buyer in a general sense....however you will want to see what floorplans other neighbors have built near your lot. You wouldn't want to build the same floor plan with the same elevation next door to your neighbor.

If you would like further information on Allen, Texas real estate, or home buying in the Collin County area, please let us know. Our team of agents would love to assist you with your relocation.

Melissa Hailey
Coldwell Banker Jane Henry Realtors
North Texas Top Team, Realtors
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What will you consider the most significant challenge with Saddle Ridge. Same quesion for Drees @ Shaddock park.. Generally speaking, I wondered whether adding a porte cochere to a home may limit the potenial buyer market when it comes to re-sale time?
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In my opinion as long as all else is fairly equal these are pretty comparable and not sure one is really better than the other. Both typically great builders and both good neighborhoods and locations. I would think pricing is pretty similar as well. I would think my decision would probably end up being based on the lot, perhaps the layout, and the best pricing.
If you don't have a realtor yet, I would be happy to help you negotiate the decision. Even when dealing with a builder we always recommend you have your own Realtor representation in your corner. You will typically save money, time, and headaches down the road.

Bruce Lynn
Keller Williams Realty
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Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
Both builders are good .Drees homes builds more houses than Toll Brothers do and both the builders do not compromise on the quality at all and have their own uniqueness. But again coparing apples to apple is a good thing to do and after seeing and discussing with a Real Estate agent will give you more ideas. You can contact me at any time.
I was awarded the best Realtor of the year 2010 DFW by Hot On Homes , I work for Keller Williams in Allen TX. and my name is Rajan mathai. I will be happy to show you around and give more insight on the builders.
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As Realtors we have to be careful of recommendations. Here is a link for you to the J D Powers website, there you will find rankings of the builders by customers. It is a great resource. Also walk around each neighborhood and don't be afraid to ask the residents there how they like their home and if they are satisfied with the builder. Good luck to you.
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I believe both are good builders with very nice houses. Tour each (if you haven't already) and compare amenities with your RE agent.

I recommend getting a home inspection on whatever property you choose - especially with new construction and an investment of that size.
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Professional code of ethics would prevent a Realtor make any comment on which builder.

RECOMMEND: Excel spreadsheet compare apples to apples.

Our clients with new builds we take through the developement we point out all the differences between the builders and communites therefore easier for you make a decision.

Both are good builders with great looking homes

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
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