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Mike Thomas Associates Realtors® work with all local builders.

Our experience from Oakmont Development makes Mike Thomas Associates Realtors the best choice for Building a Home in Northeast Indiana.
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What Every Builder Should be Able to Tell You

by Mike & Jeff Thomas

Oakmont Development has created comfortable sub-developments for a full range of lifestyles in Allen County providing homeowners with good investment opportunity and attractive safe community environment for families of all ages.

We specialize in new construction and know the building industry. We create new home sites for builders and buyers in Northeast Indiana. We represent a large network of quality builders and assist our clients through all aspects of the process to build their home.

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Oakmont Development Communities
  • Deer Hollow
  • Grey Oaks
  • Talis Park
  • Whisper Rock
  • Canyon Cliffs
  • Mediterra
  • The Fountain
  • Valencia

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Reasons to Build with a Mike Thomas REALTORĀ®:

Understand Your Contract

  • You will party to a contract involving a massive amount of money when you sign on the dotted line for the construction of your new house. By so doing, you abdicate NONE of your basic legal rights; therefore, know them, and exercise them!
  • Start by reading the contract and understanding it. You are paying (or will pay over the next 25-30 years) for the knowledge of the builders -- their experience and ability. PLUS you are paying your builders a profit above their expenses. What do you expect in return? How do ensure that you get what you expect?
  • COMMUNICATE - WRITE IT DOWN - COMMUNICATE- WRITE IT DOWN - COMMUNICATE - WRITE IT DOWN. Anything you add to the house after the contract is signed, the builder will keep track of -- assiduously! Anything you delete or reduce, YOU keep track of -- assiduously!

Save on Building Costs

  • Keep costs in perspective; $10 a thousand more for brick you like better translates into only $100 more when 10,000 bricks (a typical amount) are involved.
  • The average house contains approximately 1,500 to 2,000 square feet; do you need more? Why? How much more?
  • Take care that glitz and gadgets (suggested by friends, the builder, or magazines) do not overwhelm good basic construction-- don't trade them for lesser construction. Bouncy floors (where joists are stretched to the maximum)are not remedied by a hot tub, flocked wall covering, skylights, or jazzy door hardware.
  • You pay for each and every square foot of space in your house, be it occupied, usable, or otherwise. If the cost is $50, $85, or $110 per square foot, "extra", unused, vacant and unnecessary area is provided at the very same cost.

Check Building Codes

  • Don't expect to control the number of nails used. Do expect a substantially built house, free of defects, and in accord with all applicable codes and regulations. Require proof of such compliance (many jurisdictions issueCertificates of Occupancy) at the closing of your mortgage. This indicates accord with the MINIMUM code and safety standards.
  • Realize that some things are virtually unchangeable; they should be done properly, first off. This includes a properly sized and constructed foundation system, a properly designed and installed structural system, etc. Changeable items such as finishes, coverings, etc., should not distract you from watching for and requiring good basic construction.
  • Watch for things that are not necessarily what you want and that you will not be able to change easily or cheaply. Question things that just don't look or seem right. Most of the time they are NOT right!
  • Seek some reliable outside, impartial advice -- other than your father (even if he is a builder!).

Be Flexible

  • Be ready and prepared to resolve situations and problems by compromising. Be aware, however, of what you may be giving up in this process -- examine and understand both sides. IS the situation worth what you are losing?
  • The builder is fully capable of doing anything you wish (or find someone who can); BUT, this all will come with a price -- so be careful and wary of unique, inordinate, or far-out requests, new technology, and untested materials and equipment.
  • Understand that construction is an imperfect science. This combined with natural elements (site conditions, weather, wood members, human foibles) means that things could change, must be changed, or simply exceed capabilities.
  • Flat-out errors do happen. Absolute perfection or your idea of perfection may not (and more than likely, will not) be achieved. Drastic imperfections, however, can be corrected, and they should be. It is within your rights to require this.

Keep Records

  • Things not clearly and specifically noted, written, described, or shown will be interpreted, by both sides; there must be a meeting of minds where interpretations are fully understood and resolved. When this does not happen, expect dispute,confrontation, pique, anger, frustration, and perhaps even litigation.
  • Be redundant; leave nothing to chance. Follow up verbal discussions and instructions with written verification. Keep records, receipts, record of phone call, all correspondence, samples you approve, sales slips, model/type/style numbers, and the like.
  • Don't allow yourself to be reduced to buying any aspect of "a pig in a poke."
  • The more time and effort spent up-front in programming, planning, designing, and understanding, as well as in establishing specifics of the project, the better the chance for a smoother construction period and a satisfactory result.

Be Businesslike

  • Be pragmatic, and absolutely businesslike in all of your dealings with the builders. They are working FOR you; you are not seeking them as new friends.
  • If a friend or relative performs part of the work, treat them in exactly the same manner -- have a contract, demand adherence to your schedule, etc.
  • Don't let a gift or a good price disrupt the project overall.

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