There are some great builders out there, but there are also some bad ones!
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.
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!
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.
So, bottom line, the list and recommendations are changing as we speak.
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!
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
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.
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