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“Always pick your yard based on your Summer lifetstyle.”


July 26, 2018 - Karl Yeh

Planning to buy a new home? How do you decide between the different home builders? What questions should you ask? In this episode, we discuss how to choose the right home builder for you, and how third party review sites can help. We also explore how your decision should also consider the different specialties and styles of each home builder.


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Karl Yeh:

Hi, everyone. I'm Karl Yeh, and welcome to another Homebuyer's School video, a channel where you get the latest strategies, tactics, and tips from home buying experts.

And remember, if this is your first time on this channel and you want to get the latest strategies from the experts, make sure [00:00:30] to hit the subscription button below. Hit the little notification bell, so you don't miss anything.

Today, I'm joined by Cory McDonald, Community Manager with Brookfield Residential, and the question we're going to answer is:

How do you choose the right home builder?

Cory, when I'm planning to buy a new home, how do I go about choosing the right home builder? There's so many to choose from.

Cory McDonald:               

There are a lot of builders out there, and there is a difference between different builders as well.

First off, we've already talked about finding the community that best fits, and the lifestyle that best fits [00:01:00] you.

But within that community, there might be different builders that offer the same product type that you're looking to buy in.

So I would say again, it comes down to doing your research.

But have a look at those third party surveyors of customer satisfaction. They'll actually speak volumes as far as how happy previous buyers have been.

They'll also be able to differentiate the better builders from maybe the ones that aren't going to give you the same quality of product. There's a difference between a [00:01:30] cheap home and an affordable home, right?

Some builders are going to be able to build it better quality and give you better customer service down the road than others, and I think that those third party surveyors, such as Avid, they would be able to give you a really good score as far as who some of the more preferred builders are.

Karl Yeh:                             

Not sponsored by Avid, by the way. But obviously, Facebook, Google reviews as well, right? Even HomeStars, [00:02:00] to find out about reviews from builders.

Cory McDonald:               

Yeah, a lot of social media channels are out there that'll be able to give you the pros and cons of buying with specific builders as well.

Different home builder specialties and styles

Karl Yeh:                             

Would you consider certain builders specializing in different types of homes? Obviously that plays into it, right?

Cory McDonald:               


Some builders will hang their hat on doing very customized estate homes, and they aren't necessarily going to be doing apartments or first-time homes, where [00:02:30] that's where maybe some other builders, their bread and butter is they're buying really great, affordable homes as well.

So, the type of builder will definitely dictate the style of home that you're looking at.

Karl Yeh:                             

Now, does the type of builder also have different styles that maybe you like over another?

One builder has one set of style versus another builder that has a different set of style, and it either ... besides the lifestyle, it could be just aesthetics that [00:03:00] could appeal to you, right?

Cory McDonald:               

Absolutely, and each community typically has their own architectural guidelines that they're following from an exterior.

  • One community might have more of a country cottage look.
  • Some of them might have more of a prairie modern look, which depending on which one best suits you, might make you sway one community versus the other.
  • But even on the inside of the home, again, based on your lifestyle, some of them have more of an open concept.
  • Some of them will have those little nooks and crannies and hidden spaces for more [00:03:30] storage or pocket offices, if that's what you're looking for.

So again, the style of the layout, the style that the builder provides will definitely be able to more suit your needs.

Again; do your research, have a look through the different show homes on the different parades, and see which one vibes best with you.

Karl Yeh:                              So it's really still generally a personal decision.

Cory McDonald:                Absolutely.

Karl Yeh:                             

You take a look at the reviews, right? Obviously, to make sure that you're selecting a builder that is going to help you throughout your journey.

But [00:04:00] at the same time, too,

even though what's great for one builder might not be great for another person. Just because it's individual tastes, types, home types, and so on.

Cory McDonald:               

Absolutely, which is why there's so many different floor plans out there to buy. There's different styles of homes.

Because there's no such thing as a cookie cutter purchaser.

Everybody wants something a little bit different, and so different builders are going to provide something unique and specific to that purchaser.

Karl Yeh:                             Perfect. Do you have anything else to add?

Cory McDonald:                Nope.

Karl Yeh:                             Well, thank you very much, Cory. The [00:04:30] question I have for you is:

How did you choose your home builder, and how did you make sure it was the right one for you?

Let us know in the comments section below. Thank you very much for joining us, and we'll catch you next time.


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About Cory McDonald:

Cory has been working for Brookfield Residential for over 5 years and has had the opportunity to sell  in several beautiful communities around Calgary and Cochrane. He has experience selling everything from starter town-homes to move-up homes within the company. Cory originally grew up in Calgary and after a short stint living in the greater Vancouver area, he returned home for a better quality of life to raise his family.

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