Latest testimonial from a well-satisfied client

We recently completed Dreambuilder 21, our latest custom home in gated Pablo Creek Reserve, we couldn’t be more happy with how happy our client Steven Starkey is.  He said:  “Shawn Starr of Dreambuilder Custom Homes did an outstanding job making my dream home a reality in Pablo Creek Reserve in 2014.  Shawn’s knowledge, understanding, and…

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Average rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.66%

— Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Jan. 16, 2015 – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, with the benchmark 30-year rate again marking its lowest level since May 2013. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, dipped below 3 percent for the first…

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End-of-year mortgage rates remain below 4%

by Paul Wiseman, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Jan. 5, 2015 – Average U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly last week, but the benchmark 30-year rate stayed near a 19-month low. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage increased to 3.87 percent last week, up from 3.83 percent one…

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Buyers have ways to reduce closing costs

NEW YORK – Dec. 19, 2014 – Closing costs can add a lot to home buyers’ final price, depending on which lender a buyer uses, which state they live in, the price of the home, and sometimes even the day of the month the closing occurs, The Wall Street Journal reports. Borrowers can reduce their…

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Buyers embrace the ‘contemporary craftsman’ look

craftsman reborn INEW YORK – Dec. 9, 2014 – Craftsman homes – generally built between 1905 and the early 1920s – were part of the Arts & Crafts movement, which valued handmade work, uniqueness and natural materials.

Craftsman architecture often included exposed rafters and beams, an abundant amount of stone and wood, and the use of porches and terraces to connect the interior and exterior of the home.

The style is currently growing in popularity again. Online blueprint seller Houseplans.com reported that the percentage of craftsman plans increased in the third quarter, growing to 25 percent, compared 19 percent a year ago.

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