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Jone, Renter in Sacramento, CA

I would like to know overall ratings on centex builders

Asked by Jone, Sacramento, CA Sun Jan 23, 2011

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Unlike most of the other respondents I am an actual homeowner. Therefore I have no "Skin" in the game. You should consider buying an older home that was not built by the likes of Centex or Pulte or Davis etc... These homes are built to bare minimum standards. That's to say they are the cheapest possible materials found and the cheepest labor (illegal immigrants). The designs for the HVAC and Windows should be criminal. The windows melt the siding on your neighbors homes and visa versa.

Forget receiving satisfaction on repair orders. They will cost you a fortune and will never be done right.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 7, 2012
Hi Jone,

I live in a Centex community in Fishers, and I must say that I have been pleased with the quality and construction of my house. In speaking with my neighbors, I have not heard too many complaints, and when construction issues have arisen, Centex (now Pulte) has been responsive.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 21, 2011
I have sold several Centex and Pulte homes to customer over the years without a complaint ... that is pretty good. I have sold new construction for other builders and can only make the same claim with one of them. Several of the builders I have dealt with in the past have done their own bailouts and bailed out of the market, some even taking deposits and earnest money with them. Your number one concern is that you work with an experienced Realtor who actually knows how to represent you in the construction and purchase of a new home. And, we offer cash rebates back to you. My 38 years of experience offers you a lot of expertise.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 24, 2011

Great question. By all measures, Centex is as decent a builder of homes in their category as any other builder. If I were considering a brand new home, I would not necessarily rule out Centex.

But that's really only part of the story. The bigger concern I have about new suburban construction in Fishers is that values are extremely flat over the last several years. People who have built new homes in the last few years and find themselves either wanting or needing to move are getting hammered in the marketplace. They're often not able to sell at the price they paid just a few short years ago.

My opinion is this: if you're planning on staying in the home for a long time, then perhaps it might make sense to purchase a new home. If, however, you're not expecting to stay for that length of time, you might plan on taking a hit when you sell. If you're willing to bear the cost and the house makes sense for you at this time, then by all means go forward. Just go forward with your eyes open.

I recorded a podcast a while back related to new home construction. I think it's pertinent to your question. Here's the link:

Good luck in your process!

Joe Shoemaker
Principal Broker, REALTOR®
MacDuff Realty Group
317 413.8501
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 23, 2011
Centex has some very nice homes and build in some of the most popular areas in the Indianapolis metro area. If you have specific questions about available homes or neighborhoods, I'd be happy to provide what info I can. I can't speak to Centex - now Pulte - neighborhoods outside of the Indy area, but certainly have had positive experiences with Centex in Hamilton and Boone county communities.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 23, 2011
Centex was recently bought by Pulte Homes, but prior to that my experiences as a REALTOR were very favorable. I would rank them high on pricing, floor plans, client service, and customer satisfaction both during and after the process. Pulte is one of my favorite builders for the very same reasons and their neighborhoods typically sell very well in the Indianapolis area; I am most familiar with Carmel and Fishers. They build in very popular areas and have many choices on floor plans. They include many things as standard keeping your cost closer to the billboard pricing you see outside of all new construction. They are also very energy efficient in their build process. My most recent contract was with Pulte and we were able to get an excellent price on a spec home on nearly a 1/2 acre which is tough in new construction. Let me know if you have questions about a neighborhood in particular or feel free to read my blogs for Fishers and Carmel http://( and to learn more about our area.
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