Building trust: The steps you should take to build your dream home.
It all startS when TRUST IS BUILT…
It’s easy to buy a home that’s already finished. The reality is, you just sign some checks and fill out some paperwork. But choosing to build a new home, from concept to creation, is a whole other ballgame. J.P. DiMisa and his team of seasoned professionals have proven they have the knowledge, the reputation, and the track record, to take the process from “daunting to 100% doable.”
Q: When clients want to build new, what are the first steps you suggest they consider?
When a customer wants to build new, the first step I suggest is to pick out their location they want the most. Then, if we can find an opportunity to build in that location with the correct exposure, it is a win. I like to make sure they have the best team involved, such as the architect, builder, engineer, landscape architect, and interior designer, to give them the best service we can offer. Unlike most home builders, we never force our Clients to use a specific design professional. Part of being a good Builder is having the ability to work with anyone, after all…the process of building involves so many different folks. Why should the tail wag the dog? My Clients need to get that sense of comfort, and forcing them to use a specific architect or interior designer makes zero sense.
Q: QIs location the most important part or is the home design #1?
YES, Location, Location, Location. It will instill long-term value. That, and then timeless, future proof design comes second. A close second, at that.
Q: Is building on a empty lot a much easier task for a client to mentally deal with or do many understand the concept of buying a tear-down?
I think that most of my Clients are savvy enough to envision a home on the empty lot and a lot that is a tear down. It does help when we virtually create a digital, detailed rendering to show them exactly what it will look like. I think it also depends on the view that the property might have. That said, in our marketplace, the bulk of our jobs spring from tear-downs.
Q: Being a veteran real estate developer yourself, are you better equipped to help a Client through the process than a traditional Builder or Realtor? If so, how?
As a developer I learn new things on a daily basis. We are a boutique, concierge real estate company that is at the top of a very short list of quality developers capable of satisfying one of America’s most demanding — and hottest — markets: Boca Raton, Florida. I feel that it helps me in the world of general real estate tremendously, due to the fact that I have a distinctive eye on quality and understand program and product in a way that most “regular” Builders or GC’s do not. It takes a lot more work, but feel that it helps my customers more because I can assist them in the process of building, and then some. We offer a veritable “concept to creation“ style of business where we will assist in acquiring the home site, working with our Clients in the Real Estate capacity, all the way with them until moving day, and then even after move in and project completion, we value our warranty and customer service tremendously. It’s what keeps us in business and it’s why we have so many repeat clients, many of whom have become our friends.
Q: Are there tricks or tips to buying a new construction / spec home? If so, what are they?
There are really no tricks or tips other than to make sure it is a in a good location with good exposure, and the home is site planned correctly, and has a floor plan that is suitable for the way you live. You can’t pick up and move your “perfect” home. I would make sure that the Builder is reputable and there is a warranty on the property. This will help protect the purchaser for a little bit, because no matter how big or small, or how much money your new home cost to build, things go wrong. It’s how we respond to them is what makes us different than most.