So ummmm, what’s next?

The driveway is being built and your mailbox is already installed.  You are now officially a part of your new community!  How exciting is that??!!  As you wander around and beam with pride, have any of your neighbors stopped in to say hi and wish you well?  Don’t be shy, if you see them in their yard doing something stop in and introduce yourselves.  The fun and exciting part is all unfolding and Vermont Modular Homes will help you throughout!

After the bank; what comes next?

So far we have talked about Buyers’ and Sellers’ markets, high cost of Real Estate in general and specifically land, how baby boomers and millennials are driving up costs, and then yesterday we recommended you go see the bank for a pre-qualification conversation.

One last thought about The Bank.  We suggest you talk with one or two banks but, not many banks, it simply makes your process that more complicated.  Choose wisely and then talk with two banks or other lending institutions.

How do we proceed in a Sellers’ Market?

For a couple days now, we have been talking about how difficult it is to buy and build a new home.  The Supply (people looking to sell) is much smaller than The Demand (people looking to buy)  So, what is the best way to move forward?  As all Renters in Vermont know it is silly to continue renting!  Since there is such a big demand it is very easy for Landlords to constantly raise their rent.  Monthly rents are often more than a monthly mortgage payment would be for a comparable home.

Building materials cost more!

As we all know the past month or two has seen a record breaking number of huge natural disasters.  Several hurricanes have hammered US Territories in The Caribbean along with Florida and Texas.  The scope and magnitude of these disasters have shocked all of us.  Most recently it seems as though Puerto Rico is reeling from storm damage and now wild fires in California are destroying thousands of homes and killing dozens of Americans. 

Heat Loss, the real enemy!

As everyone knows we have been talking a lot about Heat Loss, the process where heat escapes from your home out into the cold.  There are many ways that a well-built home loses heat but one of them is seldom thought about.

Lumber, the material that every home is built with, is an excellent conductor of heat.  Look at your kitchen pots and pans, I’ll bet 90% of them are aluminum.  The really good pots and pans also have a copper bottom.

Lumber quality is changing!

Last week we talked about how many local builders are swamped with the huge amount of knowledge needed to keep up with the plethora of Building Codes.  Modular homes are constantly inspected and are guaranteed to be 100% Compliant with all building codes!  Included in our building process are Professional Engineers and Professional Architects.  Do local builders have that depth of resources on their staff?  I doubt it.

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