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Looking to Custom Build? Buckle Up!

Carrie McCormick – Real Estate Broker with @Properties

Carrie is one of the leaders in the Chicago real estate industry.  On this episode she details the conversations that developers and custom home building clients must have when it comes to making decisions on their projects.

Construction Lending

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Not All Construction Loans Are Made the Same

Construction Lending

Mark Verni – Associated Bank

We know we have interviewed a lot of construction lenders, but let’s face it without the money there is no new construction custom dream home building.  Mark Verni and Associated Bank are putting their mark on Chicago by using common sense lending for construction financing.  Custom Home Building requires a lot of talent and it starts with a talented lender.

Rough Construction Costs

Plumbers, Electricians and HVAC, The Rough Costs

Rough Costs of New Construction By Ryan Siebert I’ve been told that in Real Estate times are going to get rough.  When it comes to building your house it is a fantastic time to be working on the “rough” installation of your electric, plumbing and HVAC.  The rough installation is better described as the bones […]

Framing Costs of Custom Home Building

Framing Costs for New Construction By Ryan Siebert Imagine with me for a second that you are in a freshly framed new construction house early in the am on a cool spring morning.  The ground is thawing out, the sun is high in the sky with just enough clouds to make you appreciate the blue […]

Why Start a Podcast?

Why Start a Home Building Podcast? By Ryan Siebert I was recently asked to explain why we started our “Secrets of Homebuilders” Podcast.  We recognized that inherently people do not like to read, but are constantly searching for ways to stimulate their mind through noise.  

Concrete Costs

Concrete Costs

Concrete Cost for New Construction Homes By Ryan Siebert Ozinga.com One of the most expensive parts of your new construction home will be the cost of concrete.  I often joke with my partners that we should stop building house to figure out a way to sell the concrete, but I digress.  The bid that will […]

Demo and Excavation Costs

Demo and Excavation Costs For A New Home By Ryan Siebert Before I was a home builder one of my favorite quotes was something along the lines of, “You can’t build the Sears Tower without first building a strong foundation.”  Unfortunately I was dead wrong with that idea. Before you can pour your foundation you […]

Builders Role

Role Identification

Know Your Role By Ryan Siebert I tend to make my blog posts about what is going on in my life.  When I talk about ways to keep your builder accountable, it is usually because I am having a hard time with my contractors or project managers being accountable for their actions.  When I write […]

kitchen design

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Tips from a Kitchen Designer

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Colette Rodon Hornof – Vesta of Hearth and Home

Do you know what design that you want for your kitchen?  With custom home building the kitchen is often the most important room in your entire house.  Before you make the decision for design options on your kitchen take time to listen to this podcast.  Picking out appliances is just the start of your kitchen.  Designing your kitchen involves understanding your needs, your scope of use, your entertainment value, and then you need to decide what style you prefer.  This is all before you start picking out the hardware.  Colette Rodon Hornof of Vesta of Hearth and Home brings 26 years of kitchen design knowledge to this episode.  Buckle up and get your kitchen design ready!

lender

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Your Lender is Your Advisor, NOT an ATM

Chad Lubben – Peoples Home Equity

On this episode of Secrets of Homebuilders Pat Cardoni interviews Chad Lubben from Peoples Home Equity and discusses the true role of your lender in the custom construction transaction.  It is often the lender that holds your transaction together.  However, you want a lender that can talk some sense into you vs letting you build a home that you really cannot afford.  Find someone that is your friend, but that can sit you down and talk to you like an advisor, even if that means popping your dream of the perfect house into pieces.  Custom home building may seem like the right thing to do, until you review your financials and realize you need a few more years to save up.