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Kap, Home Buyer in 30349

What new home builders do you recommend in the Metro Atlanta area?

Asked by Kap, 30349 Sat Mar 15, 2008

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Dwell Atlanta’s answer
When deciding to hire a builder for one of the biggest financial investments of your lifetime, do your due diligence and check with the state contractors board and the Better Business Bureau. I would also knock on a few doors of the development or ask for at least 5 references. Ask them important questions, such as how did the builder respond to any issues that you may have had? Did he/she repair issues quickly?

There are some great builders out there, but there are also some bad ones!
Web Reference: http://www.dwellatlanta.com
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 27, 2008
John Willis is an excellent home builder. He is a Certified Professional Home Builder (CPHB). I live in a John Willis home and wouldn't hesitate to buy another one from him. Excellent service and follow up after the sale is critical. Look for a Builder that has the certification, CPHB. In GA, builders do not have to be licensed yet. A CPHB has higher standards to adhere to. You can check out http://www.cphb.org for more info. There are lots of good builders that are Certified. John Wieland and Gary and Olsen are others I like. Your agent can also search for homes built by a CPHB in the FMLS.

Here is some info from CPHb.org

Certified Professional Home Builder Requirements:

Have a minimum of three years homebuilding experience.

Derive their main source of income from home building.
Build to the standards set forth in the Homeowner Handbook or equivalent.

Have an approved Limited Warranty.

Offer mandatory binding arbitration.

Maintain appropriate insurance coverages, including builder's risk, general liability and other insurances required by law, i.e., workers' compensation.

Provide written references from a financial institution, home owners, trade contractors, material suppliers and other builders.

Pass an approved building codes exam.

Offer customer service warranty procedures.

Allow for home inspections.

Complete 16 hours of continuing education.

Be members of their local homebuilders association.

Adhere to Customer Service Standards

I hope that helps. If you need additional assistance please let me know.

Jennifer Bowman
Success Realty
Web Reference: http://JenBowman.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 11, 2008
What is your price range?

What particular area of Metro Atlanta do you want to invest in?

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being amazingly successful, what does this builder need to do to make your purchasing experience a 10+++ ?

Have you interviewed experienced Buyer's agents yet? (when you do, ask about their new construction negotiation expertise) Ask about:

1. price negotiation
2. terms negotiation
3. references for past successes

Your question is very general - if you write back with some deeper insight, many of us will be glad to help you narrow down the best builders for your particular submarket and criteria.

I wrote the attached article at the link back in December - it's a message to Atlanta's builders...

Get your real estate on, Kap!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 18, 2008
Kap, there are some great homebuilders in Metro Atlanta, Intown and all around. You might want to be more specific.

Also, word on the street is that several well-know / top-notch builders are supposed to having some financial problems on the horizon.... so, if you're looking, there just might be a big motivational factor.
Web Reference: http://www.DweLLintown.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 27, 2008
The only way we know what a builder is up to on a recent basis, meaning many builders are in financial trouble, is to ask the neighbors. As part of buyer representation in our buyer cash bonus program, we have a list of questions for you to ask the neighbors and a list for us to ask as we seek neighbors before writing a contract.

So, bottom line, the list and recommendations are changing as we speak.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 30, 2008
With builders undergoing financial pressure, I'd choose one that is an active community; is listed on the NYSE (for the purposes of checking their current financial situation and any news re. the builder) and has completed any and all amenities promised. Just an opinion, in Atlanta or anywhere else.
Web Reference: http://optionsrealty.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 18, 2008
Pulte Homes is the nation's largest builder since it bought out Centex. I worked for them as a new homes consultant in their Del Webb division, which is active adult and they are a great company. They have been around since 1954 and have won the JD Power award for their outstanding customer service. Our daughter bought a house in a Pulte communitiy in Marietta and was very statisfied. I live in Del Webb Orlando and it is twenty minutes from Disney. We just love Pulte Homes.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 8, 2010
Our company Southland Custom Homes might be ideal for you.We offer over 100 homeplans or we will build your plan. Our own design staff will work with to customize your plan or if you want we will create a new plan just for you.If you build with us there is no charge for our architecural services.We have 4 model home design centers in Georgia(2 in metro Atlanta) and build throughout Georgia.Since 1980 we have built thousands of custom homes and have a huge referral of satisfied homeowners.If you want a top quality home from a builder with exemplary service at a fair price check us out.Our site is southlandcustomhomes.com and contains plans,prices and specs.Thank you and good luck,Steve Beagle,president
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 8, 2010
I am a builder and would be very happy to meet with you, and discuss what your needs and desires are too see if we can accomodate you. Please feel free to email me if you like.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 1, 2009
Are planning to have a custom home built or work with a builder who has their own subdivisions? What area of town are you looking to purchase the home? Are you currently working with a Realtor?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 13, 2008
Hello there, what area are you looking in? What is your price range? Are you working with a REALTOR?
Web Reference: http://www.torilawson.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 11, 2008

Good question, unfortunately, just like many of the Trulia questions and answers, there is key information missing.

1. What price range are you wanting to stay in?
2. Where EXACTLY are you looking, what neighborhoods, school districts.. ect?
3. Depending on those two answers, you might have additional questions, like what architectural style do you prefer?

My answer will be completely different if you are building a 3 Million dollar home vs a $300K home. Like any other profession, builders specialize in areas, styles, price ranges and finishes. It's good to have a good neighborhood Realtor that actually knows what builders are building.

Last but almost most importantly, WHAT TYPE OF HOME IS SELLING IN THE AREA? It's good to know for resale, so that if you build you will have something that is marketable!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 11, 2008
Joshua Jarvis, Real Estate Pro in Duluth, GA
You are so right to ask that question.
I work mainly with builders and have worked with many in the surrounding subburbs of Atlanta.
Besides looking for the obvious as named by other realtors you now also have to know how they are doing in this difficult market for new homes. Many builders have gone under or are getting ready to and when you purchase a home just before you do, your warranties you thought you had are out the window!
So very important to try and find out how they stand in this market as well on how they do their warranty work. Working with a Certified proffessional home-builder also helps, since the home-builder association keeps track of their builders.
Let me know if you need help with this, I would love to advice you further. Pauline Moore
Visit my web-site for some info as well @ http://www.morerealestatellc.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 12, 2008
Brunning & Stang. They are true professionals and a pleasure to work with. They will custom contract build a home for you.

The Housing Group. They are building EastSide Walk and Parkside Walk and are developing plans to build a green community in DeKalb which will back up to the DeKalb Nature Park featuring horse trails and walking paths.

If you are referring to big box new home builders that may depend on personal taste for design & quality standards.

Please note that membership in the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association does mean anything. It is not like the Better Business Bureau. There are no rankings, no educational requirements, no mediation of disputes, etc. It is simply an assoc builders pay to be a member of.
Web Reference: http://www.IntownFocus.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 27, 2008
Also, your Realtor can provide a list of certified home builders. Ask them for the list.

Steven & Tascha Katz- Associate Brokers
"Your Purrfect Real Estate Partners"
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta
Office- 770-238-0100
Efax- 678-301-3630
Web Reference: http://www.purrfecthome.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008
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