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Mr. Brian M. Brunhofer

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Meritus Homes
1650 Lake Cook Road, Ste 135
Deerfield , Illinois 60015
United States

Company Description: Meritus Homes was founded by homebuilding veterans Brian and Karen Brunhofer. The couple has more than 30 years of combined homebuilding experience, during which...   more

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Many customers mistakenly assume if they ..., 30 Sept 2015 [cached]
Many customers mistakenly assume if they buy in the fall they won't see much progress on their home before cold and snowy weather conditions potentially impact construction, so they decide to hold off on their purchase until spring, says Brian Brunhofer, president of Deerfield, Ill.-based Meritus Homes. Meritus sales associates work to dispel this myth.
Meritus is selling single-family homes at The Reserve of St. Charles in St. Charles and Greenbrook at Highland Woods in Elgin. Meritus is selling single-family homes at The Reserve of St. Charles in St. Charles and Greenbrook at Highland Woods in Elgin.
"In fact, fall and winter are a great time to start working with a builder and do much of the upfront planning and legwork that goes into a new-construction home," Brunhofer says.
Plenty of Time for the Upfront: According to Brunhofer, buyers often don't anticipate the permitting and approval process that must take place before work can begin on a new-construction home. "The reality is that after a buyer signs a contract with us, it takes anywhere from 60 to 90 days to get architectural plans submitted and permits approved before we actually start construction," he says. "Buyers who begin that process in the fall or winter can relax knowing they have plenty of time to get all those details taken care of and be 100% ready to roll when the early spring construction season starts. And if we have a mild enough winter, we might be able to get a jump on construction for them even earlier in the year."
Brunhofer noted that extra cushion of time to get through the upfront process is especially appealing to buyers who plan to make significant design enhancements or don't want to feel rushed in making their finish selections.
"Buyers should expect anywhere from five to six months of actual construction time," notes Brunhofer. "That means if we get all the upfront approvals and permitting taken care of during the fall and early winter, we'll start work the minute the ground thaws and we'll be wrapped up in time for a summer move-in date."
Hitting the Spring Resale Market: For buyers with an existing home to sell, timing their new-construction home purchase so they are ready to put their current home on the market at an optimum time can be tricky. But by starting the new-construction process in the fall or winter, these buyers will be well-positioned to list their current home for sale when the spring resale market kicks off.
"The resale market typically starts in February and really heats up in March and April, which is perfect timing for those who want to sell their home in the spring so they're ready to move into their new-construction home by summer," says Brunhofer.
"We're extremely excited to now have ..., 26 May 2015 [cached]
"We're extremely excited to now have this beautifully decorated model home at Greenbrook, showcasing one of the best-selling floor plans in our entire portfolio," said Brian Brunhofer, president of Meritus Homes.
"Prospective buyers who walk through this model will understand right away why the Dunberry is so popular at all of our Chicago-area communities," said Brunhofer. "The first floor has a very open flow between the living and dining room at the front of the home and the family room and kitchen to the rear. To see it fully furnished not only helps buyers envision themselves living in this home, but also demonstrates just how much living space this home really has."
Brunhofer noted the model highlights just some of the ways buyers can personalize the Dunberry. For example, the model features a partially finished basement to create flexible extra living space, as well as a customized mudroom with built-in lockers, cubbies and a bench.
"The mudroom is always a real workhorse in any home, and the model shows the space in this plan as a very functional drop zone that will keep a family organized and limit clutter in the rest of the home," said Brunhofer.
Another customized feature in the model is a butler's pantry, which is designed for entertaining with an expanse of counter space, plentiful cabinetry for storing extra dishes and glassware, and a built-in beverage center. Adjacent to the butler's pantry is the gourmet kitchen, which features 42-inch white-finished maple cabinetry and an oversized island in a walnut stain. Granite countertops, featuring white stone with veined patterns of gray quartz, black mica and burgundy garnet, run throughout the kitchen and the butler's pantry, and are complemented by a glass mosaic backsplash in tones of gray.
"Today's buyers see the kitchen as a prime opportunity to express their own personal style, and the model is just one example of how they can use a range of available color palettes and finishes to create the aesthetic they want," said Brunhofer.
Meritus Homes was founded by homebuilding veterans Brian and Karen Brunhofer.
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Brian Brunhofer, president of Deerfield-based Meritus Homes, believes that the development moving forward is an indication that the areas housing market is on the upswing.
Im definitely optimistic that the market will grow stronger, Brunhofer said. [But] we are still well below where an average market would be.
Todays home buyers are doing more homework than home buyers in the past, he said.
They want to make sure they are in the right school district, Brunhofer said.
Chicago Homebuilder News | Meritus Home Builders in the News | Chicago Tribune Real Estate News, 31 Jan 2014 [cached]
The Short List: Brian Brunhofer on Helping Clients Choose a New-Construction Home Site
Expert opinion - Brian Brunhofer
The Short List: Brian Brunhofer on Ways to Develop a Good Relationship with Homebuilders
This week, we talked with Brian Brunhofer, the president/co-founder of Meritus Homes, for his ways to develop a good relationship with homebuilders.
Sales of New Homes Rise, but Market Still a ‘Quagmire’ « My Website, 5 Nov 2013 [cached]
Buyers are ready to make decisions and have financing in hand, but they're focused on locations closer to the city, said Brian Brunhofer, president of Deerfield-based Meritus Homes.
Meritus is developing homes in Inverness, St. Charles and Long Grove and buys existing homes in suburbs like Park Ridge, tearing down the structures to build new.
The firm expects to sell 35 homes this year and about the same number next year.
Mr. Brunhofer is optimistic about development prospects, as speculators starting buying land, hoping to resell the sites to homebuilders.
In the northwest suburbs, speculators are looking to buy sites in a broad swath between Schaumburg on the east and State Route 47, which cuts through Huntley, on the west, he said.
"You're starting to see some of those deals start to percolate right now," he said.
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