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Custom Homes – Buy vs. Build

If you are in the market for a custom home, you may explore the options of buying a home or building one from the ground up. Generally, it is less expensive to build rather than to buy. However, that is not always the case. In today’s market, there are often distressed homes that are offered less than the cost to build. Additionally, at some clubs that are mostly built out and have very little lot selection and higher lot prices, it may not be cheaper to build.

There are many factors to consider when contemplating building. Do you have the time to spend designing a home? Can you wait the extra one to two years until construction is finished? We have found that many people enter into the building process without realizing how time consuming construction will be.

We can answer the following important questions.

How long will it take to build?
How long will it take to get a permit?
How much will it cost per sq. ft. for construction?
How much for architecture and engineering?

We can refer you to well qualified architects, engineers and builders. We can give you realistic timelines and average costs to build. Quite often we hear realtors give inaccurate construction cost averages. They don’t understand the design requirements at the various clubs. We feel we can give our clients the information they need to make an educated decision.

Expert Advice from a Builder

Bill’s background as a general contractor is a key asset to our real estate sales business. He can give you advice on remodeling, buying a lot and building a custom home. He really knows how much it will cost to build custom homes at the clubs in La Quinta. Many times buyers are misinformed by their realtor on the costs to build. This can be a very terrible experience for a buyer. They buy a lot and then later realize after speaking with architects and builders that they have gotten in over their heads. As builders, we have seen this happen many times from the general contractor side. Bill is very familiar with the design guidelines for custom homes at the clubs. He has built custom homes at Tradition, Hideaway, PGA West & Bighorn, as well as remodels at The Vintage Club and La Quinta Polo Estates. Bill is a member of The Design Review Committee at Hideaway Golf Club. Bill also has a keen eye for figuring out the best lot for clients. He can show buyers where the property line and setbacks lie, so that buyers can really understand what they are buying.

Below are a few of our past construction projects.