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Local builder joins ‘Tiny House Movement’

GROWING RIGHT HERE IN WISCONSIN.

>> ALLOW ME TO WELCOME YOU TO WHAT MAY BE THE TINIEST HOUSE YOU HAVE EVER SEEN IN WISCONSIN.

WHETHER YOU ARE A YOUNG MOM WITH A YOUNG KID OR A GRANDMOM LOOKING TO DOWNSIZE.

IT IS A GOOD OPTION FOR SAY PEOPLE IN THEIR 60'S, BABY BOOMER TYPE PEOPLE, A NICE PLACE FOR GRANDKIDS.

>> UTOPIAN VILLAS OF OAK CREEK ROLLED IT OUT TUESDAY TO SHOW IT OFF.

REALTORS WHO HAVE STUDIED THE TINY HOUSE MOVEMENT SAY PEOPLE ARE JOINING IT BECAUSE OF FINANCIAL CONCERNS, ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, AND IT WORKS BETTER THAN TAKING ON A 30 YEAR MORTGAGE.

>> 400 SQUARE FEET , THIS IS CONSIDERED A PARK MODEL.

WE CAN ALL SAY 400 SQUARE FEET IS TINY, BUT OUR PARK MODEL CAN VERY ANYWHERE FROM 60,000 TO 150,000.

>> YOU CAN PARK IT ANYWHERE YOU WANT.

IT IS DIFFERENT FROM A TRAILER HOME.

>> IT IS A STICK BUILT STRUCTURE , INSTEAD OF CLASSIFYING IT AS A DOUBLE WIDE TRAILER.

>> SHE GIVES IT A THUMBS UP.

>> THE ONE THING WE ARE MISSING IS A CLOSET AND A MASTER BEDROOM.

WHERE WOULD YOU PUT YOUR CLOTHING? >> THE MAKERS SAY THEY ARE CUSTOM-BUILT, SO YOU CAN ADD THAT ON.

>> IF YOU ORDER IT TODAY, YOU COULD HAVE IT IN THREE WEEKS.

TOYA: I HAVE A FEELING THAT MIKE MIGHT HAVE ORDERED ONE.

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Selecting A Builder for Your New Home

Hi, and welcome back to the Envision.

Home At Last.

video series.

Today, I’m going to talk to you about selectingyour builder.

And to start out with, what you’ll want to do is think about the size, style, and the price range of the house you intend to build.

What this will do.

it's going to allow you to narrow down your selection of builders.

After you narrowed your search a littlebit, now what I recommend is, attending home shows, parade of homes, or open houses soyou can not only meet the builder but take a home that they’ve built.

Another step is to talk to friends and relativeswho’ve already built.

They’ll be happy to refer a builder ontoyou if they had a good experience.

That being said, if they didn’t have a goodexperience they’re going to let you know about that too.

So keep in mind, a builder’s reputationis built by word of mouth.

If they do a good job, you will know aboutit.

Now your next will be to contact the buildersthat you’d like to talk with and set up an interview.

And there’s certain things that you’regonna want to ask.

First and foremost, you’ll want to knowhow long has the contractor been in business and how many homes have they built? You’ll wanna ask…how they operate theirbusiness? Do they build or do they design build? And we’ve talked about the importance of design build in the past, I’m a big fan of design build because what that does is it allows you to build yourhome…within budget and you’re always going to start off on the right foot with the builder.

Does the builder build custom homes or dothey only build out of a certain library of plans? What types of projects tend to be in theirwheelhouse? What sets them apart from their competitors? During construction you’ll want to knowwho you’ll need to talk to as your point of contact.

Is it the builder that you’re interviewingor is there a project manager? What if you have questions or you make certaindecisions or you want to change something? How is that process handled? How are change orders handled and when willpricing be completed and is that number guaranteed? You’ll also want to know how long it willtake to build your house.

By giving the contractor an idea of what it is you intend to build, they should be able to tell you, approximately, how long it will taketo construct.

And in the end, who will be involved in thepunch list process? What that is, is before you move in, the buildersare going to go through the home and make sure all the little details are taken careof.

Another concern will be regarding warrantyissues.

After you move in, you’re going to findcertain things that are gonna need to be either fixed or tweaked to your liking.

You want to work with a builder that you knowyou can count on to come back to help you out.

The final piece of the puzzle? Ask that builder for three references.

You’ll want to contact homeowners that thiscontractor has built for in the past.

Now when you contact these homeowners, askthem about their overall satisfaction.

Are they happy with the construction? Were they happy with the builder before, during,and after the build? Ask them if they’d refer this contractoronto a friend or relative? Also, ask them if you can see the home.

That allows you to get in and take a look at the quality and craftsmanship that was put into the house.

So, you’re now at the point where you’vedone your research, you’ve gathered your information, you’ve talked to homeowners, and it’s time to make a decision.

The one question to ask yourself is, who doyou trust most to build your home? And what I will tell you is this, trust yourgut.

Keep in mind, you’re about to enter intoa relationship and what you want to decide is, who do you trust to build your home? Well, I hope you found this information helpful.

If you need any additional information, orhave any questions, contact us through our website, www.

Envisionhomeatlast.

Com.

We’ll see you next time.

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Good Question: What’s The Best Time Of Year To Sell A Home?

MOST WATCHED STATION.

THIS IS WCCO4 NEWS.

WELL, EXPERTS SAY THE SPRING HOUSING SEASON IS OFF TO A SLOW START.

THE NUMBER OF HOMES FOR SALE IS DOWN IN THE TWIN CITIES AND OTHER MARKETS AS WELL.

AND THAT GOT US WONDERING IS THERE AN IDEAL TIME TO SELL YOUR HOME? YEAH, THERE IS.

TYPICALLY PEOPLE THINKING ABOUT SELLING THEIR HOMES ARE ALSO THINKING ABOUT THOSE WARM WEATHER MONTHS WHEN THEY WANT TO DO IT BUT EVEN THEN THERE'S A 2 WEEK PERIOD WHERE PEOPLE FEEL YOU GET THE BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.

THE THEORY IS THE WARM WEATHER MEANS MORE PEOPLE OUT AND ABOUT, WHICH IN TURN MEANS MORE HOME SALES.

THE SUN IS THE BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT YOU CAN FIND.

BUT THE NUMBER OF HOMES BUILT IS WAY DOWN.

WE ARE DOWN IN THE 12,000 AREA RIGHT NOW, ABOUT HALF OF WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT TO SEE.

WITH FEWER OPTIONS IT'S A SELLER'S MARKET.

BUT THE VERY BEST TIME TO SELL YOUR HOME IS BETWEEN MAY 1 AND MAY 15.

THEIR STUDY SHOWS THAT ON AVERAGE ACROSS THE COUNTRY HOMES SOLD DURING THAT 2 WEEK PERIOD SOLD ABOUT 18 DAYS FASTER THAN HOMES OUTSIDE THAT PERIOD AND THEY ALSO SOLD ABOUT 1% MORE THAN THE AVERAGELISTING.

THIS IS THE TIME WHEN THINGS START TO PICK UP.

THE HEAD OF REAL ESTATE PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY.

HE SAID SPRING IS A GOOD TIME TO SELL BUT IN MINNESOTA JUNE SALES HAVE BEEN BETTER.

JUNE SEEMS TO BE WHEN WE HAVE THE MOST HOMES THAT GET SOLD.

SAID JUNE IS ALSO WHEN MINNESOTA HOMES SPEND THE FEWEST DAYS ON THE MARKET.

YOU CAN'T GO WRONG IN JUNE, NO.

IT'S A GOOD TIME TO BE ASELLER.

OF COURSE THIS VARIES BASED ON WHERE YOU LIVE.

IN THE SOUTH WITH WARMER WEATHER SALES REALLY HEAT UP IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH.

BOTTOM LINE, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SELL YOUR HOME OR BUY, YOU CAN MAKE ANY TIME OF THE YEAR WORK IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT.

WE JUST WANT TO SEE A FEW MORE FOR SALE SIGNS.

THE SNOW IS ALMOST ALWAYS GONE BY JUNE.

USUALLY.

YOU CAN MOVE AND GET IT DONE BY LABOR DAY.

THANKS, JOHN.

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A day in the life of a Builder

I'm Christian ——-.

I'm a builder for UrbanEmpire Construction.

I work on residential building sites.

So new homes and renovations.

My dad was a builder and I grew up on building sites with him.

So a typical day is openingup the site and organising the trades and apprentices of what work needs to be completed that day.

They can include installing windows, doing framing, demolition works and keeping thesite clean.

Things I enjoy about the job are working with my hands, working outdoors andit keeps you fit and healthy.

A good builder is someone who's good at problem solving,good with people and well organised.

One of the biggest challenges is just learning allthe different trades that are involved in the process of building a house and howlong things take and how long they should take.

When the job's going well one tradewill follow the other trades.

There's no waiting around for things to be done.

It all flows.

Usually, on a weekly basis, you interact with the client.

You'll walk through the job, showthe client what's been done, and what is going to be done in the coming weeks.

It's veryimportant to keep them in the loop and knowing what's being done on their site.

It's a satisfyingjob because your transforming someone's house into something that they've always dreamedof doing and in a new space that they can enjoy in the future.

It's a great feeling.

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Good Question Review: When Should You Sell Your Home?

THE WARMER MONTHS ARE BUSY FOR THE HOUSING MARKET.

THE SPRING HOUSING MARKET IS OFF TO A SLOW START ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OFREALTORS.

THE NUMBER OF HOMES FOR SALE IS IS DOWN IN THE TWIN CITIES.

IT'S DOWN IN OTHER MARKETS ASWELL.

THAT GOT US WONDERING, IS THERE AN IDEAL TIME OF YEAR TO SELL YOUR HOME? JOHN IS HELPING ANSWER THATQUESTION.

WHILE HEATHER IS ON MATERNITY LEAVE.

TALKING ABOUT HOUSING, MOST OF US WHEN WE THINK OF A BAD TIME TO SELL YOUR HOUSE, IT WOULDN'T BE IDEAL TO DO IT IN THEWINTER.

I THINK THE THEORY IS MOST OF THE TIME, AT LEAST IN MINNESOTA, IT'S THE SPRING, PEOPLE ARE GETTING OUT AND ABOUT WHEN THE WEATHER FINALLY WARMS UP.

WE'LL SEE PEOPLE OUTLOOKING FOR HOMES.

AND THE DATA BACKS THAT UP.

IN MINNESOTA, ACCORDING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SAINT THOMAS, JUNE IS ACTUALLY A BIG MONTH.

ACCORDING TO ZILO WHO'S DONE RESEARCH ON THIS.

IF YOU GO ACROSS THE U.

S.

IT AVERAGES TO MAY 1st THROUGH MAY15th.

YOU GET THE BIGGEST GANG FOR YOUR BUCK WHEN SELLING A HOME.

I'VE HAD REALTORS TELL ME WE'RE DOING WELL IN APRIL, MARCH, SOMETIMES IN MINNESOTA.

IT DEPENDS.

IF YOU WANT TO SELL, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW, WHEN INVENTORY'S AS LOW AS IT IS IN MINNESOTA.

IN THE TWIN CITIES, IT'S 25,000 ALL READY BUILT HOMES ON THE MARKET AROUND AVERAGE.

RIGHT NOW WE'RE DOWN TO 10,000TO 12,000.

THAT'S A BIG DROP.

YOU PUT YOUR HOUSE ON THE MARKET, YOU'LL GET A LOT OFOFFERS.

IF IT'S AN ADEQUATE HOME.

I THINK TIMING MAKES SENSE.

I MOVED AROUND A LOT AS A KID.

SOMETIMES WIDESPREAD JOSE ALTUVE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

BUT OFTENTIMES IT WAS OKAY, LET'S MOVE IN JUNE, GET A COUPLE OF MONTHS SUMMER IN THIS NEW PLACE, THAT TIMING MAKES A LOT OF SENSE TO ME.

WE TALKED TO A REALTOR A FEW MONTHS AGO WHO SAID SHE WAS DOING WELL AT THAT POINT.

BECAUSE THIS IS BACK IN FEBRUARY WHERE SHE HAD A COUPLE HOMES ON THE MARKET.

AND SHE WAS GETTING MULTIPLE OFFERS RIGHT AWAY.

YOU JUST DID A HOUSING SEARCH.

WE BOUGHT OUR HOUSE IN AUGUST.

BUT WE STARTED LOOKING INMARCH.

AND AS THAT SEARCH WENT ON, WE FOUND THAT THE PRICES FOR THE HOUSES WE WERE LOOKING AT KEPT INCREASING BECAUSE INVENTORY WAS GOING DOWN.

BY THE TIME WE GOT A HOUSE THERE WERE 10 OR 12 OTHER PEOPLE BIDDING ON THE SAME HOUSE THE FIRST DAY IT CAME ON THE MARKET.

IT GETS HYPER COMPETITIVE.

AND THE HOUSES ARE GOING 30,000 OVER LIST.

MAY 1st TO MAY 15thTH, THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE SELLING AND BUYING.

THE HOUSING SITUATION IS DIFFERENT THAN MOST PRODUCTS WHERE YOU WOULD THINK IF A LOT OF PEOPLE AREN'T SELLING, MAYBE NOW IS THE TIME.

YOU NEED TO SELL WHEN THERE AREBUYERS LOOKING.

IT HAS TO MATCHUP JUSTRIGHT.

IN MINNESOTA, ACCORDING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SAINT THOMAS, YES, BUT I'VE HAD REALTORS TELL.

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Operation Finally Home: Tell us about the Dallas Builder Association

– [Freeman] Welcome to Texas Top Homes, where home buying, selling, and financing are all simplified.

I'm your host, Freeman Sawyer,and with me as usual is the queen of closing costs, Nancy Currie.

Today we have Phil Crone with the Dallas Builders Association, Ronnie Laos with Operation Finally Home, and Donny Evans with Altura Homes.

Gentlemen, thanks for coming here.

– Great to be here.

– Thank you for having us.

– Bill, tell us who theDBA is, to start off.

– Sure.

The Dallas Builders Association, we're a nonprofit organization that represents homebuilders and developers and then all the contractors and suppliers that support the residentialhome building industry.

Essential, we're a chamber of commerce for the residentialhome building industry, so we do a lot ofeducation, a lot of events, some advocacy, and great charity work through our charity of choice,Operation Finally Home.

– [Freeman] Ronnie, how can folks find out a little more informationabout Operation Finally Home? Do you have a website? – [Ronnie] We do,OperationFinallyHome.

Org.

They can go on that, they can find out what projects we currently have underway.

If somebody wants toapply to receive a home, there's an applicationform online as well.

– [Freeman] What about the listeners, what if they want to donate some of that money that Donny was talking about? – [Ronnie] If they go toour website, they can– they can click on "Help A Hero Now" and it will go into the general fund, or they can specify toa particular project where they want the money to go.

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I’m Trying to Sell a Home – What are the Essentials in a For Rent Deal?

Hey, it's Joe.

Another question.

This is abouthow to talk to sellers and how to get your deals together.

This question is, "What mustyou have in a for rent deal in order for you to be able to sell the home?" Those thingsare the monthly payment must be at or below market rent.

If you don't, if you get themonthly payment wrong, it's not going to sell.

I guarantee it.

It won't sell.

Don't evenwaste your time.

If the monthly payment is not at or below market rent on a lease optionit will not sell.

B, You need a sign in the yard.

Sign in theyard will bring you in 25% of your buyers.

It's really important to have that sign inthe yard.

You can sell it with just a Craigslist ad or just a Postlets ad, but having thatsign in the yard will speed up the process dramatically and also make it easy for peopleto be able to find the property when they go out and look for it.

You know, if they'redriving out to look for it and there's no sign in the yard it's hard for you, hard forthem to find it.

Another is C, third way, is you don't allowyour seller to rent it while you're trying to rent it.

Now, the lease option memo, thefirst one that I'm giving you if you're using the Automarketer, is one that says they can,they have the right to go out and rent it themselves or sell it themselves, and youknow, cut us out of the deal.

They have the right to do that as long as they don't takeour leads.

What I would suggest as you get better at this is if they're trying to rentthe property to ask them would you give me 30 days to try to do this before you try torent it.

Let me get a buyer tenant in there instead of a regular tenant.

They're goingto be better tenants, you know, you don't wash a rental car.

You take better care ofthe things that you own, or at least you think you're going to own.

So let's sell it to alease option person.

Give me a little bit of time to that.

Will you allow me to do that?And most of the time they'll say yes.

Because if they don't, it's sometimes a little biteasier to rent a property than to lease option it and so they might be faster at it.

Plus,if they're pricing it at a different price than you are, that screws you up as well becausethey may have an ad in Craigslist right next to yours that has a lower price or a lowermonthly payment on it and that's not going to be effective.

The other thing that you need is a Craigslist ad.

The Craigslist ad is where you're goingget most of your buyers total.

So you've got to make sure that Craigslist ad is ghostedand by ghosting, that means that you post that ad and it sends you back an email sayinghey, your ad is posted.

And you click on that link and there it is, there's your ad andit looks great.

But then if you go into Craigslist through the front door and you look for thatad it's not there.

That's ghosting your ad.

And they do that for different reasons.

Ifthey think you're spam or if they think that you're using, if you're posting it from outsidetheir area, and usually I find that if you're within a state normally you can get your adto be posted.

If you're out two, three or four states away,you know, if I try to, if I'm in Indiana and I try to post in California, my ad gets flaggedalmost immediately or it gets ghosted immediately just because of the IP address of where I'mat and posting, it can recognize that and it won't allow me to post in California.

SoI have to have somebody in California to post that for me in order to make that ad work.

That's why you need boots on the ground sometimes in an area that you're not working in becauseyou need them to post your Craigslist ad for you as well.

So those are the vital things that you need in order to sell a property once you've gotan lease option memo on it.

If you screw up any of those things you probably won't getit sold.

The other thing that screws up a lot of propertydeals is that you lose faith from your seller.

They lose faith in you.

Or they don't thinkyou're competent, or they think you know, you're just not doing a good job and so theygo off and do something else and they say, no, I'm not really interested, or they don'ttake your calls anymore, or they take your sign out of the yard.

And that happens usuallybecause they've lost faith in you.

So do a good job, do a good job for them, you know,make sure you're trying to help them and learn to be competent.

Learn to speak competently.

All right.

Hope that helps.

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Education vs Experience: How To Become A Home Builder | Vancouver Luxury Home Builders

[Gary] Yes, Bai.

[Bai] So just to expand on that answer, soif you are in a month like so you've got a one-year term and you take the box to actuallyin the term.

She go months and months, you can only gosee a 2.

9 as per the increase but if you said fix contract 1 year, you got to renegotiatethat point, then you can bump it up to it whatever.

[Audience member] it's just a very specificthing on the rental agreement.

It's not a residential tenancy agreement.

So it does not have it in and so you havea very good contract.

[Gary] You know I always say — I encouragemy clients to write addendums to their contract and then after writing that contract likesend a copy to residential tenancy branch and then get them to provide approval in writing,so that if ever arbitration comes like oh that's not legal, it's not allowed, will Igot the email from residential tenancy branch thing that's okay.

Right?.

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Should I sell my home before buying a new one?

this is jason simard with the sims realestate group your vancouver island real estate experts bringing you anothervaluable video so the question today is I own homeshould I sell it before buying another home and this is actually a reallycommon problem right now that a lot of people are having so we're working witha lot of out-of-town buyers who have homes with equity that they're planningon selling so that they can buy a home here the challenge is, they don't want to selltheir home until they've found a home but then again to find the home you mayneed to sell your home first so it puts you in an awkward position and so our team is of this mindsetnumber one if you can buy a home without having put your home on the market first great that could be an option for youbut you have to be willing to consider that maybe you'll have to carry ashort-term mortgage so you may need to consider some interim financing solutionwhich for some people may put them out of their comfort zone the ideal scenario though is you haveyour home sold or at least you have a home that is subject free and that saleis going to be happening and then you start looking because if you start looking before yourhome is for sale we might find the perfect property but the reality of itis is it's probably not going to sit on the market now there is the option youcan always put an offer subject to the sale of your home however in a challenging market like theone that we're in currently that often may not put you in the strongestbargaining position or in the strongest negotiation position however for the right property we may beable to make that work and we have made that work many times so what I'm trying to get at is this isa conversation you need to have with somebody that you trust a real estateexpert that can really help you understand what your options are andhelp you now navigate this crazy market that we're in right now so if you havequestions my team and I are here to answer thosequestions for you our contact information is below we'd be honored tohelp stay tuned in a couple weeks we'll haveanother valuable video for you.

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A Day in the Life of A Luxury Home Builder | Vancouver Luxury Home Builders

[Gary] And then another question I've alwaysbeen curious about is, what's the day in the life of a builder like? [Sandro] What's the day in the life of a builderlike? [Gary] Yeah, what does a builder typicallydo on a regular basis? [Sandro] Get up and drink coffee.

[Gary] Yeah.

[Sandro] Well I mean typically, you know,is getting up and going out looking at, you know, looking at what's going on for the nextday, right? You know all typically have you know, be organizedas far as I'll have my day kind of planned out already that week planned out, and lookingat you know, what aspects of the build that we are on right now, and you know thinkingahead okay who do I need to know, what day do I need this next trades person in, whereare the materials coming from ordering materials, making sure that they are there for the peoplethat are working on the side, and it all just basically almost like a conduct or , orchestratingthat process is making, you know trying to make sure that everybody's kind of lined upproperly and on the job and that's going smoothly.

Making you know, obviously going to the site,and checking it out, and you know I don't mind picking up the hammer once in a whilemyself and doing some, you know some work if I need to do that.

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