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AUTHOR: Tim Turner

    Tim Turner

    Tim Turner

    A home builder for 18 years, Tim is the "son" in Turner & Son Homes. He is the CEO of the company and partners with his dad, Ben, who has been building since 1964.

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    Build on Your Land: Nobody is on the Job Today! Get that Builder on the Phone!

    You're in the middle of having a custom home built, and it's exciting to see your dream being built right before your eyes. But you visit the job site, and it's the third day in a row nothing is happening. You think your builder, or his contractors, must be dragging their feet!
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    Build on Your Land: Home Building 101, or Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

    You're watching your brand-new home appear before your eyes, and it's exciting! But remember this one key idea: There's only one consumer product that's manufactured outside in the heat, cold, wind, rain, and bugs. It's also manufactured by human hands with natural materials. That one product is your custom home.
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    Build on Your Land: Loan is Closed, Permit Bought. What's Next?

    You've managed all the details required for designing your home, contracting with a builder, obtaining the construction loan, and getting the necessary permits. Now it's time to build! So, what happens now?
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    Build on Your Land: Contract is Signed, So We Start Building Tomorrow, right?

    You've done all the emotional, difficult work of planning, tweaking, compromising, and creating the plan for your home. Your builder has been right there beside you, guiding the way. You've agreed on the plans, the details, and the dollar investment, so now it's time to start building.
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    Build on Your Land: Going Back and Forth to Get the Right Plan, Right Details, Right Price

    Let's be completely honest for a minute. Building a house on your own land is hard work. It takes a lot of time and effort for you as the owner, and not everyone is ready for that. How committed are you to your dream?
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    Building on your land: Seeing your dream on paper

    Once you've invested your deposit, been honest about your budget, and discussed your wish list of features for your forever home, it's time for your builder to start creating a plan. He'll go to the drawing board and come up with a conceptual house plan, a list of features, and a price.
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    Should You Commit to a Builder Before You Know All the Details?

    When you're building on your land, you want to find the right builder for you. And in most cases, builders require a deposit before they'll even quote you a price. That's because giving you a price on a custom home requires a fair bit of work.
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    Construction loan: Revealing your private financial details to a complete stranger

    To build a custom home, you start with a construction loan. First you need to pick a bank that has experience in construction loans. You may have a favorite bank, but if they don't have a lot of experience with construction loans, we highly recommend finding one that does. It's not as straightforward as a conventional mortgage loan, and you...
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    Build on your land: Getting honest about your budget

    The budget is a really critical part of building on your land. As we've said before, most people's dream for what their forever home will look like typically exceeds their budget. So there are always compromises to be made, but first you and your builder need to know what your budget actually is.
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    How Not to Negotiate with A Home Builder

    We recently talked to a nice Oklahoma City couple who wanted to build a custom home unique to their specific needs. They gave us a budget that was probably $40,000 to $50,000 shy of what it would take to build the house they wanted.
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