How to Choose a Builder

When you decide to purchase a new home, you have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to selecting a homebuilder. You can buy a home that is completed and in the builder’s inventory (speculative homes) or you can custom build a home. Even with the fallout of builders in the last few years, there are still a number of very good builders in the Des Moines area. In the current financial environment it seems only the larger builders are carrying inventory. Most of the builders that are doing 5 -10 homes a Continue Reading

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    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

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    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

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$278,500

See more pictures here:

http://www.obeo.com/u.aspx?ID=925451

    Posted By Rick Bratrud, Realtor, Iowa Realty

    August 20, 2014

    25 likes 1 comment
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      August 21st

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