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Atlanta Area Home Builders

New York, NY
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Atlanta Area Home Builders

My wife and I will be relocating to Atlanta sometime around the end of the year. We will begin house shopping within the next couple of months and will obviously be looking at key factors such as location, schools, price, taxes, etc.

What we need help with is to narrow down the infinite list of home builders (pulte, williamscraft, mccar, homelife, beazer, dr horton, centex, ryland, sharp, paul thomas, on and on and on).

We are looking for a quality home which I'm sure all of these companies can provide but what sets them apart in terms of customer service, standard and custom items, warranties, reliability, resourcefulness, etc?

I appreciate any and all responses. Thanks.

Atlanta, GA
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1. Re: Atlanta Area Home Builders

In Atlanta and around the southeast one builder who has established a reputation for quality homes over the last 35 years is John Wieland. Excellent customer service, w/custom building.

Check out http://www.jwhomes.com/

You will be pleasantly surprised (maybe shocked) at how much more home you can get for the money here, as opposed to New York. I've been in $1 million-plus homes in New York and California that aren't as nice as the $300,000 home we had built here (60 miles north of downtown) on acreage. Of course it depends on where you want to build. A new home in the Buckhead, Brookhaven, Vinings, Dunwoody, or Midtown/Virginia Highland areas could approach prices comparable to New York, as could any home built along the Chattohooche river. Better value for your money can be outside of I-285 (the highway that encircles Atlanta) in Forsyth, Cherokee, Barrow, Jackson, and Fayette counties, amongst others.

Atlanta, GA
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That would be 'Chattahooche' river.

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Hi, raboogie. I'm only going to impart one piece of wisdom I attained in our recent first-time home purchase. We are buying an older home (1965) so I can't help with the list of new home builders you've listed.

Regardless of who you go with, please get a qualified home inspector to look over your house from top to bottom. You can go to the American Society of Home Inspectors Web site (www.ASHI.com) for a list of inspectors in your area. It can literally help you dodge a potential bullet. We almost bought a true money pit but our home inspector saved us from a costly mistake. No home is perfect but a home inspector can definitely steer you away from major problems.

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Thanks nuke. I just went to the site you recommended and was pretty impressed. A little more pricey for the custom stuff as compared to others but still nice.

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5. Re: Atlanta Area Home Builders

More important than the builder is getting into the right subdivision or neighborhood. Visit one weekend and drive through many different neighborhoods. Some have great social activities with swim and tennis clubs. Some have lots and lots of kids and some are for empty nesters. Enjoy house hunting.