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The Future of Home Construction and How Technology Can Help

It’s crazy to think how quickly technology changes our lives. Now, companies are making robots to lay an enormous amount of bricks in a short time – speeding up construction… and are making ‘smart homes’ to automatically increase energy efficiency without a single hassle placed on the homeowner. Who knows where we’ll be with the housing market in 20 years? It’s an interesting start to a better, cleaner, more efficient future.

Read about SAM, the brick-laying robot, and how he is possibly molding the future of construction: https://commercialobserver.com/2017/09/robots-are-coming-online-to-change-construction-forever/

Read about the ‘smart’ neighborhood being tested to improve a home’s energy efficiency: http://www.witn.com/content/news?article=447728053

Let A Professional Contractor Tackle the Job!

Let the professionals build your dream home! We make sure that everything is done correctly and exactly the way you want. You might think it would be worth doing the work yourself, or wonder if there really is an advantage to having KitCorp build your new home… just remember: Yes… there is a difference!

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Natural Disasters and How They Affect the Housing Market

It’s interesting to think about how a hurricane, or any natural disaster, will play on the housing market. According to the news article below, “Typical hurricanes raise real home prices for years, peaking between 3 percent and 4 percent three years after the storm, 2010 Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas research found.” For more information, click:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-07/harvey-delivers-windfall-to-lucky-few-who-built-on-high-ground

As with Hurricane Harvey, our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Irma. It’s heartbreaking to see such devastation back-to-back in our country. If you’d like to help those dealing with the aftermath of Irma, please visit:

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/92311448/list/hurricane-irma-how-you-can-help

Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

Devastation continues to batter parts of Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. Houzz provided a helpful reference if you’d like to help out those in need: https://www.houzz.com/…/l…/hurricane-harvey-how-you-can-help

While you’re checking out Houzz, visit our Kit Corp profile to see our idea books & what we can do for you: https://www.houzz.com/p…/billy-russell6316395/kit-corp-homes

New Home Production is Looking Up!

“We are seeing housing production return to trend after a softer reading last month,” said National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “The gradual growth in single-family starts in 2017 is in line with our forecast, and we should see this sector continue to strengthen throughout the year as consumers show interest in the housing market.”

Things are definitely looking up for new home construction! You can get in on all of action. Contact us today to get started on your dream home!

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/a-turnaround-for-new-home-construction-071917.html

The Homebuilder/Customer Relationship

We pride ourselves in our customer relations. We are also blessed to have had some amazing clients. The key to a successful new home construction is communication!

We do our absolute best to get everything done on a desirable schedule. However, things can’t always go as smoothly as we would like. Regardless of those expected inconveniences that always pop up during a new construction, we are always in your court and make it our mission to make sure your whole building experience is as pleasant as possible!

Yes… there is a difference!

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Think Your New Home is out of Reach?

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Do you feel like this? If so, you don’t have to. We are here to help!

There truly is a difference. Give us a call so, together, we can get you headed in the right direction to building your dream home.

Construction Lending – What are the Options?

The financial end of a new construction might seem overwhelming or confusing. You shouldn’t have to feel this way if you’re working with the right contractor. The article below does a good job explaining your options and how it works.

It’s important to find a builder who helps explain everything during the WHOLE building process. We help with every step of the way… from your initial dream to the finish product.

Yes… there is a difference!

Home construction loans are complex: Here are the nuts and bolts

Assembling a Team of Professionals is the Better Approach when Building/Planning a New Home.

I found the statement below to be very interesting and very true. We are here to help the building process go smoothly.

Bud Dietrich – Tampa Bay Architect

(in regards to trying to build/plan a new home without professional help):

“While you might think you can go it alone, assembling a team of tried and true professionals is the better approach. After all, you wouldn’t represent yourself in court. So why wouldn’t you entrust your single largest investment to an experienced team that won’t be learning on your dime?”

To read Mr. Dietrich’s full article, click here.

Advantages of Buying or Building a Home

I found this article written by Brian Martucci and thought it would be a great clip to share:Advantages of Buying or Building a Home

1. Building Equity Over Time

Unlike renters, homeowners build equity over time. On most mortgages, a portion of each monthly payment goes toward the loan’s interest. The remainder pays down its principal. (Your lender’s amortization schedule shows the exact proportions, which change over time, for each month’s payment.) Every dollar you put toward your loan’s principal represents a dollar of equity – actual ownership of the property. Once you reach 20% equity, or 80% LTV, you can tap that equity through a home equity loan or refinance your mortgage to secure a lower interest rate or longer repayment window.

You can also boost your home’s value, and thus lower your LTV, through judicious investments in home improvement. For instance, the home my wife and I recently purchased has only a rutted dirt driveway with a small shed at the end. Paving the driveway and building a proper detached garage in place of the shed would substantially increase the property’s functionality and curb appeal, potentially boosting its value by an amount greater than the project’s total cost.

2. Tax Benefits

Several tax benefits cater exclusively to homeowners, though not all homeowners qualify for all benefits. These are the most notable:

Homestead Exemption. Many states exempt owner-occupied homes (homesteads) from a portion of the property tax burden that would normally accrue. For instance, Louisiana exempts the first $75,000 of a home’s value from property tax assessments, so a $200,000 home in New Orleans is taxed as if it were worth $125,000. Federal Tax Deductions. If you itemize your federal income taxes, you can deduct your property taxes and the interest paid on your mortgage, reducing your overall income tax burden (often substantially). This particularly benefits those in higher tax brackets. These benefits aren’t available to renters.

3. Potential for Rental Income

Even if you don’t initially think of your home as an investment property, you can turn it into a source of income. This can partially or totally offset your mortgage, tax, and insurance payments on it.

The easiest way to do this is by renting out part or all of the property, provided you follow all local rental property laws. You might rent out a basement bedroom to a friend, live in one unit of a duplex and rent out the other to strangers, or purchase and move into a second home, leaving your entire property free to rent. You can also plunge into the sharing economy and take in short-term renters via Airbnb, VRBO, or another house-sharing platform.

4. More Creative Freedom

As a homeowner, your decorating, DIY project, and home improvement choices answer to no one, provided they don’t break local building codes or violate homeowners’ association rules. You can paint walls, add new bathroom fixtures, update your kitchen, finish your basement, or build a patio or deck to your heart’s content.

Radically changing your living environment to suit your whims is a fun, and even cathartic aspect of homeownership – and generally, it’s not available to renters.

5. Sense of Belonging and Community

Since homeowners tend to stay in their homes for longer than renters, they’re more likely to put down roots in their communities. This manifests in many ways. You might join a local neighborhood association, sponsor block parties or National Nights Out, volunteer at a nearby community center, join a school group, or align with a business improvement district. As a renter, you might not do any of those things, particularly if you know you may be moving in a year or two.

For more information on Brian Martucci’s article, visit:

Renting vs. Buying a House – How to Make a Decision, Pros & Cons