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    Build on your land: Budgeting for land-related items

    Building on your land sometimes comes with a few surprises. Let's say you have a budget of $250,000 to build your house, and you're already dreaming of what type of house you can build for that amount of money.
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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 compromises to be made, but first you and your builder need to know what your budget actually is.
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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 house they wanted.
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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 most house for your money.
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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 between builders.
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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 cost to build a house. Everything from global commodities to the cost of local labor has an impact on the house you build.
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    Cost to build a house on your land: How to get the most bang for the buck

    Thinking about building a custom home? If so, you may be dreaming of all the big and little things you want to have in the house. But then you're also probably thinking about your budget and wondering how to get the most bang for your buck.
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    Cost to build a house: budget vs. quality

    Many people associate high quality with high cost, but it's not always true. In fact, sometimes the opposite is true.
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    Cost to build a house: avoiding costly change orders

    Building a custom home requires making a lot of choices about the layout and size of rooms, the exterior look of the home, the materials used inside and out, and the colors for everything in the house from paint to tile to flooring. It's a lot of choices—often more choices than people realize when they first dream of building a custom home.
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