If you want to build your forever home but aren't even sure where to start, you've come to the right place. We want to help you through all of the confusing and scary parts of buying land and building a home.

Construction loan: Revealing your private financial details to a complete stranger

To build a custom home, you start with a construction loan. First you need to pick a bank that has experience in construction loans. You may have a favorite bank, but if they don't have a lot of exper...

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Build on your land: Getting honest about your budget

The budget is a really critical part of building on your land. As we've said before, most people's dream for what their forever home will look like typically exceeds their budget. So there are always ...

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Cost to build a house: How NOT to negotiate with your builder

We recently talked to a nice couple who wanted to build a custom home unique to their specific needs. They gave us a budget that was probably $40,000 to $50,000 shy of what it would take to build the ...

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Cost to build a house: How to get creative to keep the cost down

Without fail, every potential client we talk to wants more house than they can afford. That's human nature, and there's nothing wrong with it. There's also nothing wrong with working hard to get the m...

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Finding the best builder: The dirty little secret of home building

Here's a secret most builders in Oklahoma won't tell you: none of the builders in our state are big enough to keep their subcontractors busy 100% of the time. Building a custom home requires a lot of ...

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Cost to build a home: Getting trapped by what you want to hear

In the custom home building process, it's easy to fall into a trap of hearing what you want to hear. We've seen it happen to unsuspecting buyers so many times.

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Building a house on your land: Which builder has the best subcontractors?

When researching builders to make your custom home dream a reality, you may be wondering which builder has the best subcontractors. The short answer: They all do. That's not what makes the difference ...

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Cost to build a house on your land: It keeps going up

If you've been thinking about building a house on your land, now is the time. Like many things in life, the cost to build a house keeps going up. Why? Because there are lots of factors involved in the...

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Building on your land: top three gotchas in covenants and restrictions

Most neighborhoods have covenants and restrictions. In most cases, it's a way for the land developer to maintain some control over what's built until they've sold all of the lots. The rules keep someo...

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Building on your land: the last available lot

For many people, part of building a custom home is finding the right place to build. Perhaps you've been searching for a while and you're getting a little frustrated with the process. But then you fin...

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