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Meritus Homes was founded by homebuilding veterans Brian and Karen Brunhofer. The couple has more than 30 years of combined homebuilding experience, during which time they led teams that delivered more than 10,000 homes to the Chicago area. Meritus Homes has b... more.
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You should also look for ways to make your property become more attractive to buyers. An article from Chicago's Daily Herald shares the importance of first impressions among builders and home buyers alike. Often people want to focus on the kitchen and bath, but the exterior and entry should be the star of the show, said Brian Brunhofer, president and owner of Meritus Homes. “The first impression is huge, and we want it to feel comfortable and glamorous but also showcase how the rest of the home plays out.
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"People are tired of waiting around, whether buying a new home or downsizing, the buyers we're serving are ready to move on with their lives," said Brian Brunhofer, president of Deerfield-based Meritus Homes, which has sold five homes in northwest suburban Long Grove after opening a 20-home development there 90 days ago.
Meritus bought the site, as well as others it is relaunching in Naperville and St. Charles, after the housing bust wiped out prior developers. "We're not getting close to 10, 15,000 permits anytime soon, but you see people are believing it's a good time to buy right now," Mr. Brunhofer said.
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"We have the most successful relationships with agents when they take some time to get to know our product, the features we offer and what sets us apart from other builders in the area," says Brian Brunhofer, president of Meritus Homes in Deerfield, Ill.
"We appreciate it when an agent spends an hour with us at our community, without their client, talking with our sales team and learning what we have to offer," Brunhofer says. If you're not well versed in the new-construction process, Brunhofer suggests asking a builder for help. "[Realtors] should ask a builder in their area for a tutorial on the new-construction timeline, typical contract terms, their design process, product specifications and other information," he says.
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"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," says Brian Brunhofer, president of Meritus Homes.
"Plus, there are some definite advantages to beginning that process before the end of the year that buyers might not be aware of." Low interest rates: The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is still under a 4 percent average, according to Freddie Mac. But most economists are predicting that interest rates will soon be on the rise, and when rates do rise that will deflate buyers' purchasing power. Buffering in more time: Many buyers fail to take into account the length of the permitting and approval process, which has to take place before the actual construction. "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," Brunhofer says. "Buyers should expect anywhere from five to six months of actual construction time," Brunhofer says.
"Many people begin their home search at this time of year so they can move in and have most of the summer to settle into their new home," said Brian Brunhofer, president of Deerfield, Ill.-based Meritus Homes.
"That's exactly what they'll be able to do with this showcase home, since we've given them a head start on the typical new-construction timeline by getting through all the upfront permitting and planning work. Now that we've broken ground, buyers will find this home is a terrific new-construction option that will be available in the timeframe they want." Priced at $609,900, the new showcase home features the 3,716-square-foot Dunberry plan and has four bedrooms, 3½ baths, separate living and dining rooms, a first-floor den, family room, full basement with 9-foot ceilings and an attached split-bay three-car garage. Brunhofer noted the home is situated on a prime lot located along a curve on Reserve Drive, which loops through the community. "One thing buyers love about The Reserve of St. Charles is our oversized home sites, and this one measures in at nearly ½ an acre," said Brunhofer. "It's a wedge-shaped lot that grows wider as it gets deeper, which gives this home a terrific backyard. Plus, it backs up to a large parcel of protected green space, which makes the yard feel even bigger and gives homeowners plenty of privacy." In addition to a stand-out yard, the home will feature a charming exterior elevation with light gray brick and coordinating gray siding with white trim. Additionally, it has a turreted bedroom that adds exterior visual interest and creates a unique shape and ceiling feature in the home's third bedroom. "This home will have plenty of curb appeal from the day buyers move in," said Brunhofer. "Plus, the home site comes fully sodded and professionally landscaped, so buyers can enjoy their yard right away." Inside, the showcase home features many of the extra conveniences move-up buyers want in a home, such as a large mudroom with built-in lockers and garage access, a butler's pantry, and plentiful storage, including walk-in closets in three of the four bedrooms. "This home offers those modern conveniences that most busy families want, and typically won't find in a resale home in this area unless they're willing to undertake a significant renovation project," said Brunhofer. "It can be overwhelming for some people to think about selecting all the finishes for a new-construction home from top to bottom, but in this home our design team has done the heavy lifting and created a fully coordinated look," said Brunhofer. Meritus Homes was founded by homebuilding veterans Brian and Karen Brunhofer.