I have been showing houses pretty much all day for the last 3 days to a buyer moving up from the states. We have looked at a lot of new and almost new houses.
I was reminded again that the best builders in the Mat-Su Valley are usually people that you never hear about. These are builders that build only 1–6 homes per year. They are hands-on builders. They take pride in their work and make sure that things are done right.
I did not count the houses that we saw but it must have been close to 30 or more. We drove past a lot more because he knew the type of setting that he wanted and didn’t even go into a house unless the lot was acceptable. We narrowed it down to two homes, one is built by the owner and the other was built by a small builder who has been building in the valley for decades.
We went in a house yesterday that is for sale by owner. This house was obviously just a step above all the other homes in quality. It had in-floor heat, hard wood flooring, granite counter tops, upgraded trim, a fantastic master suite, three car garage on a nice one acre lot for $290,000. Unfortunately for this buyer, the 1,680 square feet was just a little too small.
I looked at another house just tonight that is almost finished. It is built by two brothers who have experience in the construction trades but have never built a complete house before. I was very impressed. For $229,000 you get a 1,400+ sq ft ranch, granite counters, stainless appliances, vaulted ceilings, upgraded trim, tile and travertine flooring, fireplace with stone hearth, blow-you-away master suite, and quite a few more extras that I can’t mention.
So for about the same price as a production builder’s home you get thousands and thousands of dollars in upgrades. You won’t find either of these homes on the MLS, so if you are interested in an appointment to view them give me a call. I have permission to show both of these homes.
I am about to list a Fonov Electric and Construction house in Heritage Farms Estates. The top photo and bottom one are examples of his work. He does not build very many homes a year and buyers always rave about the quality.