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Eight Tips for Choosing a Custom Home Builder and more...

Eight Tips for Choosing a Custom Home Builder

How To Choose A Builder

If you're a baby boomer looking to relocate at retirement, you may want to purchase a new home rather than buy an existing one.  You realize this may be the last home you'll live in, and you want it to be just right.  And to get everything just the way you want it, you will want to custom build this next home, which means, purchasing a home site, then choosing a builder to build your home.

Choosing the right home builder to accommodate your needs is one of the most important decisions you'll make in the process, and finding the right one isn't always easy.

Here are eight tips to help home buyers so they can make an informed decision when choosing a reputable custom home builder:

#1:  See the builder's work. Every builder should be able to take home buyers to other homes they've previously built.  If they've cultivated good relationships with past customers, they are happy to show their home and help their builder with his business.

#2:  Check the builder's financial standing. Home buyers should ask for some relevant data that would indicate a builder they are considering is financially sound.  A quality, seasoned and experienced builder will be able to provide this information to their prospective clients upon request.

#3:  Verify the builder has a good reputation locally. Good news travels fast - and so does bad news.  If you're looking to purchase in a newer community, there is likely home construction taking place.  Ask the real estate sales agents you're working with and the residents you meet who the builders are in the area that have solid reputations.

#4:  Ask for a copy of their contract to review. Reputable builders will be able to provide a copy of their standard contract they use when signing on a new client.  A builder who has a steady flow of business is going to be able to produce this for you to review.  If they don't have a standard contract, that should be viewed as suspect.

#5:  Find out how the builder makes money building your home. It's important to find out if the builder does a cost-plus contract, a fixed-price contract, or another fee structure, and educate yourself on the differences between each type of contract - and which would work best for you.

#6:  Find out who the builder uses for subcontractors. Home buyers should find out if the builder they're considering has long-term relationships with their subcontractors that go with them from job to job site.  Good subcontractors are key to any quality home build project.

#7:  Find out which vendors a builder uses, and how much flexibility there is when making selections on your new home. Home buyers should ask if the builder offers flexibility when it comes to picking out finishes such as cabinetry, lighting, appliances, flooring, and plumbing, etc.  Are they able to choose these items wherever they want, or do they work specifically with the builders' vendors only?

#8:   Find out if the builder offers an interior designer as part of the build package. Many builders offer interior and exterior design consultation as part of the build package.  It can be a big help to have a design professional to collaborate with when choosing cabinets, flooring, paint colors and other elements, so your new home comes together in a tasteful way.

If you're relocating to the Southeast and want information on how and where to start your search, Southeast Discovery can help you streamline the process - so you can find the right area and community that's right for you.

Complete our complimentary Online Questionnaire here, and we'll send you specific links and feedback on areas and communities in line with what you are looking for, located in the Southeast region.  Feel free to also email or call us at info@southeastdiscovery.com or 877.886.8388.


Palmetto Bluff Introduces Moreland Village In South Carolina’s Lowcountry

Palmetto Bluff Moreland Village Opening

Palmetto Bluff, an award-winning 20,000-acre master-planned community situated along the May River in the South Carolina Lowcountry, recently introduced its second residential development, Moreland Village, and along with it, a host of compelling new amenities for Palmetto Bluff residents and their guests to enjoy.

Moreland, which opened on March 24, 2017, is distinctly different from the community's first village, Wilson Village.  Moreland Village features modern rustic architecture and a more casual, relaxed feel.  There are two outdoor pools, a fitness center with a spin classroom, a pottery and art studio, a casual/comfortable restaurant, a grab-and-go restaurant, and a unique, a state-of-the-art bowling alley, among other newly introduced amenities.

Located in a natural setting designed to blend into the Lowcountry landscape, Moreland Village features home sites with marsh views or adjacent to the community's pristine nature preserve, with architecture designed to create seamless transitions between the indoors and outdoors.  The Village will be a hub for outdoor exploration and learning, and home to Palmetto Bluff's Conservancy.  Trails will connect the community and lead to convenient amenities - as well as gathering spaces in the woods and along the water.

Homes will incorporate porches oriented toward the street, and a variety of lot types and sizes will help reflect the small-town informality associated with coastal living.  The generous use of windows and porches in the building design will allow homes to take advantage of sun orientation, vistas, and the adjoining streetscape.  The community will be centered on an expansive amenity complex overlooking the marsh and Lake Bales, and feature social activities and planned events throughout the year.

Other Exciting New Additions to Palmetto Bluff

Palmetto Bluff Moreland Village South Carolina The Outfitters at Moreland Village - an interactive nature center with quality outfitting and local art.  The Outfitters will be operated by Outside Palmetto Bluff, and provide programs, activities and events that celebrate the Lowcountry and the Palmetto Bluff lifestyle.  The Outfitters will be open daily from 9 am to 5 pm to Palmetto Bluff residents, Montage Inn guests, and the public.

Palmetto Bluff Conservancy - The Conservancy was founded in 2003 to protect and preserve the vision for the land Palmetto Bluff is located on.  The Conservancy Classroom will serve as the meeting place for Conservancy educational presentations and lectures, nature walks, and other outdoor experiences and adventures.

Canteen - The Canteen is the perfect spot to grab a cup of coffee or breakfast; or a sandwich, wrap, salad or snack in the afternoon.  The Canteen also offers retail beer and wine sales, and will be open daily from 9 am to 4 pm to Palmetto Bluff residents, Montage Inn guests and the public.

Cole's - Cole's restaurant will offer regionally inspired comfort food in a casual atmosphere with marsh views.  The restaurant features multiple TVs, a bar with lounge seating, and a screened porch for dining and drinks overlooking the marsh.  Cole's hours are Thursday - Sunday from 5 pm - 9 pm, with the bar serving Palmetto Bluff residents, members, and Montage Inn guests until 10 pm.

Palmetto Bluff Moreland VIllage Bowling Alley The Bowling Alley at the Boundary is a four-lane, state of the art bowling alley, available on a first-come, first serve basis.  Lanes will be available for unlimited bowling for up to six players on an hourly basis for $36 per hour.  Bowlers can enjoy food and drink from Cole's while bowling.  The Bowling Alley will be open Thursday - Sunday from 5 pm to 9 pm to Palmetto Bluff residents/members and Montage Inn guests.

The Game Room at the Boundary will offer pool, foosball, master shuffleboard, or a game of cards at one of the many tables.  It will be a great place to gather for game nights to enjoy watching on the large screen TV's and enjoy drinks on the screened porch.  The Game Room will be open Thursday - Sunday from 5 pm to 9 pm and available to residents/members and their family and guests.

The Art Loft will be located upstairs at the Boundary and will offer Palmetto Bluff residents/members and their guests a place to enjoy painting, sketching, pottery and more.  Workshops, lectures, and planned classes will be offered throughout the year.  The Art Loft will be open daily from 8 am to 6 pm to Palmetto Bluff residents/members, their family, and guests.

The Activity Room will be upstairs at the Boundary and offer a space for Palmetto Bluff Club children's programs and activities.  The Activity Room will feature mobile tables and chairs, a large screen TV and walk-out access to the new three-story Moreland Village Treehouse.  The Activity Room will be the new home for PB Explorers Camp, Friday Night Flicks, and Pajama Jam.

There will also be several pools and a new fitness facility at the Boundary, which will be the community's fourth fitness center.  The fitness center includes a cardio room with Techno Gym equipment, spin-bikes, and indoor cycling classes featuring a state of the art fitness on-demand system.  The pools and fitness facilities will be open daily from 6 am to 10 pm to Palmetto Bluff members, their family, and guests.

Masters in Residence Program - Another exciting new feature of Moreland Village is the Masters in Residence program, which launched in January 2017.  Palmetto Bluff's Masters in Residence program is a partnership between Palmetto Bluff and Garden & Gun magazine designed to celebrate the arts, foster creativity and offer hands-on education.  The inaugural program invited notable guests, including winners of Garden & Gun's Made in the South Awards, to stay in a dedicated cottage in Moreland Village, where the artists were able to relax, revitalize, and hone their craft as they created a piece of art during their stay.

Palmetto Bluff Moreland Village Bluffton SC Palmetto Bluff's developer, Crescent Communities, continues to create a one-of-a-kind place where residential development blends with a natural and beautiful setting in the Lowcountry. There is great emphasis on both the history and uniqueness of the land, and the wildlife that has enjoyed it long before development started.  This respect for conservation and preservation is what makes Palmetto Bluff a unique place to live and experience.

For more information on Palmetto Bluff, the residential real estate opportunities available - and information on the community's Welcome Package for real estate guests, call 877.886.8388 or email us at info@southeastdiscovery.com. We know the community well and would be happy to give you a hand.


10 Reasons to Consider New Bern, North Carolina’s Carolina Colours Community

Carolina Colours New Bern NC Community Entrance

If you've been searching for a desirable area and community near the North Carolina coast to call home, we'd like to share 10 reasons to take a close look at the master-planned community of Carolina Colours. This is a golf community with a coastal neighborhood feel, located on 2000 beautiful acres of former timber land, and located just 10 minutes from the vibrant and historic town of New Bern, North Carolina.

For buyers looking to live in a town that has preserved its historical significance and hasn't lost that yesteryear charm, New Bern, North Carolina is just that kind of place, with affordable real estate options, a friendly atmosphere, and a strong sense of community.  At Southeast Discovery, we think New Bern, together with the coastal golf community of Carolina Colours, make a solid and affordable choice for retirement relocation.

Ten qualities of Carolina Colours that make the community a strong choice for those seeking a Retirement or Second Home in an affordable and friendly coastal golf community

#1:  Location. Carolina Colours is located 30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and 10 minutes from the historic coastal town of New Bern, NC, which recently celebrated its 300th anniversary.   The first capital of North Carolina and birthplace of Pepsi Cola, New Bern is home to old churches, historic homes, and charming shops.

#2.  Affordability. Carolina Colours is an affordable golf and master-planned community with homes and home sites to fit most budget and lifestyle preferences.  The community offers forest, creek, golf, pond, lake and open settings.  Homes range in price from $220,000 on up.  Home sites range from $42,000 - $125,000 and Carolina Colours appeals to those who are looking for larger than average home sites for a master-planned community.  Many of Carolina Colours' home sites are a half-acre to over one acre in size, with trees.

#3:  Dependable developer with a proven track record. Preston Development Company is recognized as a premiere development team with a great reputation for planning and producing high quality development projects throughout the Southeast for over 30 years.  They've helped create 35 communities, and been involved in the development and sales of more than 10,000 homes.

Carolina Colours Homes For Sale #4:  Close to daily conveniences. The Harris Teeter Carolina Colours Towne Centre shopping area is located just outside the residential section of Carolina Colours, and the community is just 10 minutes from downtown New Bern, NC - with its churches, shops, restaurants, and other abundant conveniences.

#5:  High quality health care nearby. Geographical proximity to top-notch medical care is another desirable attribute of living in this community.  The Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern is a full care 350-bed hospital, with more than 250 doctors, 2,100 staff members and 500 volunteers, and features special care units for heart, cancer, critical care, intensive care, women, orthopedics, surgeries and other specialties.  And one of the best medical facilities in the country, Duke University Medical Center, is located a little over two hours away in Durham, NC.

#6:  A compelling mix of social activities. Carolina Colours offers a nice blend of social activities from active pursuits like yoga and other kinds of exercise, to games like bridge and Mah Jongg, to Members' Dinners and the Friday Night Social at the Pavilion.

#7:  Plentiful opportunities for world-class sailing and boating. For those who love sailing, boating and other water-oriented recreation activities, Carolina Colours location outside of New Bern is ideal.  New Bern sits at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse Rivers, which offers water adventures from swimming, to water skiing, to sailing, to paddling and/or fishing.  New Bern's aquatic location attracts both local and long-distance boaters, and few short miles downstream is the quaint town of Oriental, billed as "the sailing capital of North Carolina."

Carolina Colours New Bern NC Walking Trails#8:  Mild four-season climate. Carolina Colours location near the North Carolina coast enjoys generally mild climate year-round, without extremes between seasons, which allows for outdoor activities to be enjoyed any time of the year.

#9:  Near the beaches of North Carolina's Crystal Coast. Carolina Colours is located a little over an hour from North Carolina’s "Crystal Coast," a 30-mile stretch of coastline that begins at the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and includes the barrier island communities of Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Salter Path, Indian Beach, and Emerald Isle.

#10:  Nearby airport access. Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN) is located approximately 10 minutes away from Carolina Colours in New Bern, offering frequent flights from American Airlines and Delta to East Coast hub airports that connect to more than 300 destinations worldwide.  Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes south of New Bern, and offers numerous flights through American Airlines/US Airways and Delta Airlines.

Request an informational packet on Carolina Colours - info@southeastdiscovery.com or call 877.886.8388.

If you're considering relocating to the Southeast but don't know how or where to start your search, we can help.  We've been working with clients to find the right area and community to call home in the Southeast for over a decade.  You may find our online Questionnaire a great tool - feel free to fill it out and submit.  We'll review your feedback and send you a short list of areas and specific communities that line up with what you describe you're looking for.


Reynolds Lake Oconee and TaylorMade – Introducing Major Expansion Of Golf Training Facility

Reynolds Lake Oconee Kingdom Golf Training Center

The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade (The Kingdom), the premier golf training facility in the country, has completed a major expansion which will be unveiled in April at the Georgia golf community of Reynolds Lake Oconee.  The expansion of The Kingdom is part of the $50 million investment in ongoing renovations at Reynolds Lake Oconee by MetLife since August 2012.

Spanning 16-acres, the 7,600-square-foot training facility offers a comprehensive golf academy adaptable to all golfers.  Previously available only to PGA TOUR professionals, The Kingdom, through Reynolds Lake Oconee's exclusive partnership with TaylorMade, now offers an on-site club building along with unrivaled custom golf-club-fitting experience and golf instruction for all ages and skill levels.  It is the only TaylorMade venue in the country where recreational golfers can be fit for equipment in the same elite environment used by PGA and LPGA tour players and club professionals on staff with TaylorMade.

The Kingdom is also home to an expansive practice range; four fully enclosed and heated hitting bays; three heated and covered hitting bays; a three-hole, short-game practice area; and classroom facilities that allow for private or group instruction.

Reynolds Lake Oconee Putting Lab The impressive golf training and instruction curriculum at Reynolds Lake Oconee includes fitness training designed especially for golf and complete swing and body analysis.  The latest in technology, including TrackMan 4 and Bodi-Track force plates, as well as high-speed Ximea cameras are featured in the two fully-enclosed teaching studios.

The Kingdom, which is adjacent to the Rees Jones-designed Oconee Course and AAA Five Diamond Award-winning Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, is available to all guests of Reynolds Lake Oconee, whether staying in cottages or at The Ritz-Carlton.  Guests also enjoy access to the award-winning courses at Reynolds Lake Oconee as well as the training facility golf experience.

Located between Atlanta and Augusta along 350 miles of Lake Oconee shoreline, the master-planned golf community of Reynolds Lake Oconee is one of Golf Magazine's elite group of Platinum Medal award winners.  The Georgia lakefront community ranks among the most comprehensive golf experiences in the country, with six courses designed by architects Jack Nicklaus (Great Waters), Tom Fazio (National), Bob Cupp (Preserve, The Landing), Jim Engh (Creek Club) and Jones (Oconee), as well as the The Kingdom.

Along with its world-class golf experience, Reynolds Lake Oconee features four marinas, a wellness campus, an award-winning tennis center, walking trails and many dining options.

For more information on the real estate opportunities at Reynolds Lake Oconee, contact us at Southeast Discovery at info@southeastdiscovery.com or call 877.886.8388.


10 Reasons to Consider East Tennessee’s WindRiver Community on Lake Tellico

WindRiver Community in East Tennessee

If you've been searching for the perfect area and community in the East Tennessee mountain region to call home, here are 10 reasons to take a close look at the master-planned community of WindRiver.

WindRiver, a golf and lakefront community set along beautiful Tellico Lake in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, is located just outside the vibrant city of Knoxville.

WindRiver is being developed by the Ayres family, a prominent family with deep roots in Knoxville who want to create a legacy property for families to enjoy for generations to come.  They are making quality decisions with respect to the amenities being created, the caliber of construction expected for new homes being built, and the sense of community is evolving among the new residents moving into this Tellico Lake community.

Ten Qualities That Make WindRiver an Ideal Choice for Those Seeking a Golf and Lakefront Community in the Mountain Region of East Tennessee:

#1:  Location. WindRiver enjoys an ideal location in East Tennessee near the economically vibrant town of Knoxville, home to the University of Tennessee, with its highly ranked medical center, abundant cultural and educational opportunities, and some of the best football in the Southeast.  Knoxville also benefits from a milder, four-season climate, a lower cost of living than the national average, and Tennessee has no state income tax.

#2:  Lakefront living. WindRiver is located on beautiful Tellico Lake, a 16,000-acre lake ideal for boating, fishing, and all sorts of water recreation.  The community also features a marina and enjoys 5 miles of shoreline on the lake.

#3:  Ideal community for avid boaters. The WindRiver Harbor and Yacht Club provides easy access to Tellico Lake, well-known as one of the top three inland boating destinations in the nation, and offers an advanced docking system, electricity, sewage services, and more.  Preferred leasing is available to residents and property owners.

Windriver Community Entrance #4:  Financial strength and commitment of developer. WindRiver's developer, Joe Ayres, is an East Tennessee native and longtime resident of Knoxville.  And because he's a fourth-generation Knoxvillian, he has a vested interest in making this community truly special.  In 2015, WindRiver completed a $1 million golf course renovation, a $1.5 million marina upgrade and expansion, and the first phase of the $4 million WindRiver Club, including completion of the pool complex, sports courts, and outdoor recreation areas, with more growth and investment planned for the future.

#5:  Excellent golf experience. The course at WindRiver is a Bob Cupp design with 360 degree panoramic views of the Tennessee foothills and Tellico Lake.  Built carefully within the scenic natural setting, WindRiver is also the first Tennessee course to be designated as an Audubon Signature course.  WindRiver's course offers five sets of tees ranging from 7,225 yards from the championship tees to 4,700 yards on the forward tees giving players of all skill levels the desired challenge.  There is an active tournament and member event calendar, and the WindRiver golf staff delivers friendly and professional service, including comprehensive junior and adult instruction.

#6:  An award-winning restaurant on site. One of the nicest perks of living at WindRiver is their on-site restaurant, Citico's.  Citico's Restaurant & Club features reservation-only dining and seasonal dishes from award-winning Chef Robert Allen, and a top-notch wine cellar managed by an in-house sommelier, all set against the beautiful backdrop of scenic Tellico Lake.

#7:  Compelling amenities. WindRiver's amenities are unparalleled and provide a perfect mix of recreation, social activities, and lakefront activities.  Some highlights include the WindRiver Golf Club; the Harbor and Yacht Club; Citico's Restaurant & Club and the Lakeside Inn, both located on-site; an 18-hole Bob Cupp-designed championship golf course; a sports and wellness club with fitness center; a scenic trail system with 8 branches from 5 trail heads, accessible from within WindRiver; and Brightwater Park, a six-acre lakefront community park that includes an event lawn, green space, and park benches.

#8:  Gated community on 678 rolling acres offering elevated lake and mountain views. WindRiver offers more than just a great golf or boating lifestyle.  Its location in the East Tennessee countryside around Tellico Lake, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, make this scenic community a very attractive choice for buyers looking for a home with lake and mountain views, and for those who love the great outdoors.  The combination of fresh-water lakes and beautiful mountain vistas are one of the things that really set this community apart.

WindRiver Custom Homes in East Tennessee#9:  Custom homes and architecture. WindRiver works with half a dozen well-respected builders to build homes that complement the natural environment and the lakefront lifestyle.  Homes range from larger custom estate homes to low-maintenance, single-family cottages.

#10:  One of the few new residential higher-end communities offered in East Tennessee. Since the economic downturn a few years ago, there have been very few new residential master-planned communities introduced to the marketplace in this area.  WindRiver is a quality community, in a desirable location, with a financially capable and reliable developer who is an East Tennessee native and longtime Knoxville resident, committed to creating a beautiful residential lifestyle community for home owners coming from all over the United States to enjoy.

If you're considering relocating to the Southeast but don't know how or where to start your search, we can help.  We've been working with clients to find the right area and community to call home in the Southeast for over a decade.  Feel free to complete our complimentary online Questionnaire and we'll send you feedback on the best areas and specific communities that may be just right for you.

photos courtesy of WindRiver


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