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    Questions to Ask the Banker Providing Your Construction Loan

    Finding the right banker to do the construction loan for a custom home on your land is one of the most difficult and intimidating pieces of the build-on-your-land puzzle. Shopping for a bank is difficult because it's tough to know what to shop for.
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    Questions You Should Be Asking Your Home Builder

    If you're thinking about building a custom home on your land, there are lots of things to figure out: how to find the right builder, how to get a construction loan, how to find land, how to determine if your land is suitable for building, how much is it going to cost, etc.
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    Types of Home Builders: Production, Semi-Custom, or Custom?

    When it comes to building a new home, there are different kinds of builders. And the builder you need depends on what you're looking for in the finished product and what you're looking for in the process.
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    3 Tips for Keeping The Cost of Change Orders Down

    There's a photo that every homebuilder has seen and chuckled at. The photos shows two boats, a small dinghy and an enormous yacht, side by side. The name of the small boat is "building contract" and the name of the yacht is "change order."
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    3 Tips for Building on Your Land & Staying on Budget

    Everyone has a limited budget. Everyone. When you dream about your forever home built on your land, it's easy to get discouraged if you start thinking about budget limitations.
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    Build on your land: The builder's job

    There are two basic approaches to building a home on your land: the first is the DIY approach, and the second is to hire a professional homebuilder. Whether you do the job of the builder or hire someone who does it for a living, there are many elements to the builder's job that you need to be aware of. 
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    The Emotional Roller Coaster of Building on Your Land

    Building a custom home is an emotional roller coaster. We've talked in detail about each of the stages in prior posts, but let's recap the whole emotional process again.
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    Build on Your Land: The Warranty

    Let's get one thing out in the open: In general, the home building industry has a horrible reputation when it comes to warranty. We've all heard stories about the builder who never comes back to fix anything, who won't return phone calls, or who finds a way to say any problem isn't covered.
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    Build On Your Land: Repairs and Touch-Ups

    Your house is almost finished! Now it's time for repairs and touch-ups, which are part of any custom home project. We've discussed before how little things get damaged along the way during construction. It's simply part of the process.
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    Build on Your Land: Trim, Paint, Flooring, Countertops, and Fixtures

    Things like trim, paint, flooring, countertops, and fixtures are all called "finishes," but they're far from finished. It's not really a new home until the builder hands you the keys. Until then, it's a work in progress.
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