When it comes to buying a newly-built home compared to buying a used one, there's a lot of information out there, but with a lot of information comes a lot of myths that simply aren’t true. We want to encourage you to consider the truth about new homes and to not be so afraid of buying new. The truth is, it can be much more beneficial in many cases.
Myth #1: “New Homes Aren’t Customizable.”
Many people believe that because new homes are often built in bulk using the same floorplans, it’s impossible to customize them to be the way you want them. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! If you are considering buying a new home, as long as it hasn’t been built yet, it’s typically very easy to ask for modifications in the plans to fit your needs. In most cases, sellers and builders are very willing to work with you to give you your dream home. In fact, at Tollberg Homes, not only do we have over a dozen different floor plans, but each of them are customizable in several ways.
Myth #2: “It’s More Expensive to Buy New.”
This depends entirely on the size of the home you want. Because new homes can be customized, you can have them built to fit your budget. With an existing home, on the other hand, you can’t simply eliminate a bedroom so that you can afford it. For this reason, buying new can often be more affordable. In the long run, buying new is almost always the best way to save money since new homes are built to be energy-efficient which saves you money on utility bills every month right from the start.
Myth #3: “You Can’t Find a New Home in a Convenient Location.”
This myth couldn’t be farther from the truth! While it is true that many new homes are built outside of the city, there are many new home communities that are within easy reach of city limits and a short distance from anything that you could need. Plus, many times, stores, restaurants, and other amenities often are built around new home communities, making everything incredibly convenient for you and your family.
Myth #4: “Buying New is Bad for the Environment.”
As mentioned before, new homes are often significantly more energy-efficient than older homes, so although the initial build may have environmental impact (as anything new does), for the rest of the life of that home, it will use up to 65% less energy than homes built even just ten years ago. Many new homes are also now being built with recycled homes, meaning that the building process will actually have a positive impact on the environment.
Myth #5: “New Homes Lack Character.”
If you define “character” as creaks in the floor or stairs and occasional leaks in the ceiling or basement, then this would be true. However, since new homes are completely customizable in everything from the floor plan to the interior paint colors and exterior siding, you can give your new home whatever character that you want it to have. It will stand out in its community and completely fit your personality and lifestyle, which we think gives it way more character than an older home.
Hopefully after reading through these common myths you’ll have a better understanding of why buying a newly-built home may be a good idea for you, and certainly isn’t as bad as some people believe. We encourage you to explore our new home construction communities in the Minneapolis, MN area, as well as Minot and Bismarck, ND. Give Tollberg Homes a call today and see how a new home could be the best choice for you!
Home Financing 101
When it comes to buying your first (or next) home, there are a lot of things that you need to know before you even start looking at homes. In this post, we’re going to help give you some of the basic information that you need to know about home financing, so you can be prepared to tackle each step in the home-buying process as it comes.
As custom home builders in Minneapolis, we know how important it is to feel comfortable with all steps of the home buying process.
Home Financing Terms
Here are a few home financing terms that you’ll encounter along the way that are important to know.
Pre-approval – This is something you get through the bank that lets you know exactly how much the bank is willing to lend you for your home, so you can keep that price range in mind while searching.
Principal – This is the amount that the lender gives you for your loan, that you will have to pay down over the course of the loan, usually 30 years.
Interest rates – This is the percentage of the loan that you have to pay to the bank. Your interest rate will depend on your credit score, which bank you go through, and when you apply for the loan. Interest rates will change over the years, so you can sometimes re-finance your home later to get a better rate for the rest of your loan.
Points – These are the fees that you will have to pay to the bank when the loan is closed. They’re based on the total amount of the loan and will vary from lender to lender, so be sure to ask about these before you begin. Some banks will offer a “no point” loan, but these often have higher interest rates.
GSE – Government Sponsored Enterprises. The most common of these private companies that are backed by the US government are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. You will likely be using one of these as your lender when buying a home.
Mortgage Bankers and Pre-Approval of Loans
Find a mortgage banker that you’re comfortable with, and then sit down with them and let them know what your budget is and find out what your best options are. They can also help you get pre-qualified for a loan. Getting pre-qualified will help give you an edge when putting in offers on homes because there’s less risk to the seller.
Extra Costs to Be Prepared For
There are quite a few costs involved with owning a home that many first-time homebuyers are not prepared for. These include the principal and interest of the loan, property taxes, home insurance, and sometimes homeowner’s association fees. Be sure to calculate the cost of each of these when planning your homebuying budget to make sure you can afford your new home.
Property taxes are paid to the government every year and based on the value of your property. You can get home insurance through a number of different companies, and the cost will vary greatly depending on where you live, what company you go through, and the type of insurance you have. Homeowner’s association fees only apply to certain people who are part of a homeowner’s association.
Once you understand the basics of home financing, you can begin to look for a mortgage banker to begin the process of buying your first home!
Feel free to contact us here at Tollberg Homes for any questions about any of the common terms or the Minneapolis home building process.
Exciting news from Tollberg Homes! We are pleased to announce that Tollberg Homes is one of the BATC Top 25 Builders for 2016! The Top 25 is based upon gross revenue out of more than 350 participating builders in the Twin Cities. All the more impressive when you realize 7 of the top 25 are publicly owned or national companies. This is a result of years of “smart growth” and the dedicated work of our staff and partners. A big thank you to all of our homeowners too as it’s your trust in Tollberg Homes that allowed us to earn this achievement. Click below for a link to the full list.
Congratulations to the Saxton Family and the Spadgenski Family on the closing of their Tollberg
Homes last week!!
Both homes are located in Bismarck, ND so unfortunately we do not have any final pictures of either
home. However, The Saxton Family customized our Triton plan and the Spadgenski Family purchased
our Pandora 50 Model. You can find sample pictures of these floor plans online at
http://www.tollberghomes.com or https://www.facebook.com/Tollberg-Homes-376827862328833/
To build your own custom home please contact us today.
If you haven’t seen our Pandora Bonus Model yet, you should!
You will fall in love with this new construction home, with all 4 bedrooms on the upper level and convenient access to laundry also on the upper level. (no more hauling laundry baskets up and down the stairs!)
The master bedroom features a private master bath w/ dual vanity sinks, a separate soaker tub and walk in shower. Not to mention the HUGE walk-in closet!!
Why do we call this the Pandora Bonus? Well, that’s easy. There is a BONUS room on the upper level that measures 17×13 and can be great entertainment room! You definitely will love this open layout with a beautiful custom kitchen, cozy gas fireplace and private study! This is a must see during the 2017 Spring Parade of Homes and we can’t wait to show it off!! The 2017 Spring Parade of Homes starts Saturday, March 4th through Sunday, April 2nd. You can find more information online at http://www.paradeofhomes.org/ or pick up your guidebook at any participating Holiday Gas Station.
This Customized Pandora floor plan is sure to knock your socks off! With 3664 finished sqft, it has
everything for everyone! The main level features a study off the front door, beautiful stone fireplace
in the living room, open kitchen with beautiful granite countertops and a walk through mudroom
(equipped with a barn door)!
The basement features another beautiful stone fireplace, wet-bar, 3/4 bathroom and extra bedroom!
Not to mention a 524 sqft sport court!
Stop by this model home during the Parade of Homes going on now until the 2nd of October!
Three homes close in Lino Lakes this last week! Congratulations to the Seraphine family, Cahlander family and the Kudlick-Valley family! It was a pleasure working with your and we truly hope that you "Love Where You Live."
Lino Lakes has been a popular area the last several months! There are still some lots left, so call us
today to find out how we can build your dream home!
We would like to welcome the following families to the Tollberg Homes family!
The Lind Family is building a beautiful Aurora floor plan in the Cul-De-Sac on Dogwood Ct in Lino
Lakes! This 4 bedroom, 2 bath, two story is underway with 2056 finished SqFt, the Lind’s are going to
“Love Where They Live.”
The Kudlik/Valley family is customizing the Aurora 2 floor plan also in the Cul-De-Sac of Dogwood Ct
in Lino Lakes! This 3 bedroom, 2 bath, two story will start in the upcoming weeks. Come back often
to check on the progress of this home and see how this family puts their personal touch on it!
The Seraphine Family are in the final stages of customizing their plans for the Aurora 3, also to be
built in Lino Lakes! Stay tuned for more updates on this custom home!