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K. Hovanian Builders Creates Land-Matching Program

Land-Matching Program Begins in Pittsburgh

Home builders continue to get more aggressive in this market where there isn’t enough homes for sale and they can’t build fast enough to meet demand. The latest proof is the Land-Matching Program at K. Hovnanian Homes.

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Home-builder K. Hovnanian to begin lot-matching program matching available lots for sale with home buyers.

“Everyone wants to build the home they’ve always wanted, but not everyone has a piece of land to build it on,” said Joel Lazar, director of sales and marketing at K. Hovnanian Homes’ Build On Your Lot division in a recent press release. “To help bridge that gap, we developed this innovative new program to match homeowners with a home site. This is a complimentary service that we offer with no strings attached. Whether you are looking for a peaceful countryside setting or a bustling cityscape, there is an ideal piece of land that’s just right for you. Let’s match you to it, then let’s build on it together.”

My favorite part is this exact process was essentially outlined to me by a K. Hovanian associate at the Delaware model-center about five years ago when we were discussing options for a mutual customer. K. Hovanian is in the business of building homes and this marketing effort is a nice tool to assist in the purchase of the land and building the house together in a single-mortgage (I assume).

“From selections and financing all the way to move-in day and beyond, we promise to be by your side every step of the way,” said Lazar. “K. Hovnanian® Homes is committed to quality and takes great pride in delivering a 100 percent complete, inspected and move-in ready home. We also provide thorough New Home Orientations by knowledgeable New Home Professionals once the process is complete.”

If this is interesting to you, then call C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. at 740-990-9748 and we’ll visit the design studios in Sunbury or Wooster with you to help you be represented in this transaction.

Builder Launches Women-Centric Model

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A murphy bed highlights an office in the women-centric Windsor model. (art from Virginia Homes)

Virginia Homes will open its first “women centric” model home on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at its location in Dublin.

The home is located in the Wedgewood Glen subdivision. The grand opening will run from 1-4 p.m. at the model. The Reid Barth Jazz Ensemble will provide live music, refreshments, and some great prizes — including a dinner for two at award-winning Mitchell’s Steakhouse!

The model is located at 8127 Conine Drive in Dublin off Summitt View Boulevard and State Route 257.

Parade of Homes Back in Central Ohio

First floor of the award-winning Kevin Kinght and Company home in this year's Parade of Homes.
First floor of the award-winning Kevin Knight and Company home in this year's Parade of Homes.

The Builder’s Industry Association of Central Ohio held its annual Parade of Homes REALTOR Day this morning and I had the chance to tour all 11 homes on the tour.

The tour runs from now through July 26 and is located off Jerome Road, about five minutes south of U.S. 42, in southeastern Union County with Dublin Schools.

The majority of people attend this to simply dream, especially when you figure the mortgage payments would range from $2763.09 to $4,377.58 per month (based on a 5.64 jumbo-loan from Third Federal) with 20 percend down.

The homes on this years tour include:

Builder Price Beds Baths Sq.Foot Price/Foot
Compass Homes $599,000 4 3.2 3,516 $170.36
Kevin Knight & Co. $949,000 4 5.2 5,000 $189.80
Lakewood Builders $765,000 4 4.1 5,100 $150.00
Stafford Group $895,000 4 5.2 5,381 $166.33
Duffy Homes $789,000 4 4.1 4,849 $162.90
M/I Homes $799,000 4 4.2 4,700 $170.00
Romanelli & Hughes $917,000 4-5 5.1 5,700 $160.88
New England Homes $850,000 4 4.1 5,566 $152.71
Gossing Construction $769,000 4-6 4.1 4,400 $174.77
Coppertree Homes $644,000 4 3.1 3,780 $170.37
Dani Homes $849,230 4 4.1 4,454 $190.67

My personal favorite this year was split among two homes.

The first is the Kevin Knight and Company home for sheer beauty. I loved the flow of this home and the studio/office that has its own personal “garden” atop the main portion of the house was lovely. The floors throughout the house were very natural with distressed wood used throughout the main portion and rock in bathroom, it really gave a feel of a modern-day farmhouse. Was it practical? Not really. How do you clean those amazing floors? I guess if I could afford the $949,000 price tag it wouldn’t be an issue.

The second home that grabbed my fancy was also the cheapest in this year’s parade — the Compass Homes model. While it lacked a lot of the “designer” flair that the other homes had this was a great “living” house. It had the features and elegance of the $800,000 houses without the unneeded bells and whistles tossed in to keep the price more modest.

If you are interested in attending this year’s event tickets are $12 plus $2 for parking and the parade is open Monday through Saturday from Noon until 9 p.m. and Sunday Noon until 6 p.m.

Custom Home Building Camp Offered for Adults

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Building a home can be a daunting task.

“I never expected adding a single room to be such a challenge,” Amanda Smith recently said of adding an addition on to their house. “You have such a blank slate that it becomes difficult to keep a consistent theme in mind. I can’t imagine doing that for an entire house.”

Amanda is right on the point, when you have a blank slate the opportunities can — and often will — overwhelm the decision maker. Amanda’s point was for a simple-room addition, could you imagine the pressure for a new house?

Custom Home Building is hoping to help alleviate this by creating the Custom Home Buildng Camp. Camp sessions have been very popular with three full classes over the next couple of weeks. The first open session in on Feb. 16 when the camp covers Remodeling 101, check out the entire course schedule. Classes are held at The Decor Boulevard in Columbus and run from 7 – 9 p.m.

If you are interested in attending give a call to 614.496.0589 and tell them that Toby & Shelley sent you!

Decor Boulevard is located at 3436 Millennium Court in eastern Columbus (Map it).