Skip to main content

Why is it SO HARD to find a Good Budget Custom Builder?

It's NOT easy finding a good builder.  Some are too big to do budget custom builds, others too small to depend on.  Out of 30 builders I called in March, only one stood out.  While most retail builders  never even returned my call, he was willing to meet me for coffee.

The hardest part of sizing someone up is figuring out who the man is behind "the job title".  I think we have all presented the best version of ourselves in job interviews, dating or high school reunions.  So the first step in any good "size-up" is to ask lots of questions, many levels deep, to get to the real stuff.   

The year is 1989, and TW and his wife are babysitting the children of a young couple who just moved into their new home.  Funny enough, in college he had studied child development, so he often offers to watch his clients' kids so their parents can have a night out to celebrate their new home.  These people must have really loved TW, because they took him up on it.  That's a pretty good story, and funny too!  As he talks me about it, I can tell he is reliving this fun moment from ages ago.  I can also tell that he's a genuinely good guy.  He comes across as the really cool teacher with cheesy jokes mixed into explanations of how he helps people design their next home.    

Random tidbits I learned about TW Bailey of Bailey Family Builders.
  • He builds custom homes in all areas of the metroplex with an emphasis on Green Building, energy efficient and healthy home construction methods.
  •  His career in the housing industry began in the 80’s with Doyle Wilson Homes in Plano.
  • T.W. is a past president of the Community Preservation and Revitalization Council of Plano and co-founder of the Plano Building Code Advisory Council.
  • He is An Honored Life Director of the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas and was President of the Home Builders Association of Great Dallas in 2007.
  • His National Association of Home Builders Industry Certifications include CAPS, Certificated Aging in Place Specialists and CSP, Certificated Sales Professional, CGB, Certified Graduate Builder, GMB, Graduate Master Builder, CGR, Certified Graduate Remodeler, CGP, Certified Green Professional.
  • T.W. and his wife Linda have raised five children and are the proud Grandparents of thirteen, 8 girls and 5 boys.

After our interview meeting, he has started helping us work with buyers for our 1 acre listing in Celina.  He's been able to handle pretty much any build plan I have thrown at him, including our Together Family Home product that is for families with two homes on one home site.  He has a full bio and over a dozen references that he will gladly share with you.  

Here is his contact info if you need his services!

Phone: 972-816-4955


Popular posts from this blog

BEFORE signing the lease, LOOK for these 5 Rental Home Red Flags

So exciting!  Saying goodbye to apartment living, and HELLO to space, privacy and the neighborhood lifestyle!  But in all the excitement of shopping for this new life, you might miss a few things that could be a constant annoyance for your entire lease term.     Here's a quick list of FIVE things to look out for... 1.  Will you be working with a Landlord or (faceless) Property Management Company? Unless you happen to get the PERFECT house to rent, things will go wrong or need to be repaired.  And when you need help, who are you going to call?  And how quickly are they going to fix things?   THIS is the difference between a landlord and a property management company (PMC).  Landlords are real people and PMC's are not.  It's awesome to have a relationship with the person that is going to "make everything better" when bad things happen.  Real people generally will take responsibility and unfortunately, most PMC's do not feel that same sense of care over you. They

One-Time Close Construction Loans with Super Small Down Payments!

Have you ever DREAMED of building a Custom Home but assumed it would require a large down payment? A Home Designed to Fit You & Your Budget...  Build Your Dream Home NOW! Finally regular buyers can get a truly custom home because of low down payment, one-time close construction loans!  Find that perfect piece of land in the perfect location, design your Custom Perfect home and then wrap it all into one easy loan product! For far too long, buyers with only 3-5% to put down have had to settle for pre-existing floor plans or homes.  Why compromise on the place where you spend so much of your life?  NOW you can design your new home exactly the way you want it... YOUR Style & Design with all the floor plan, layout, features and amenities that fit How You Do Life ! Your Own Custom Perfect Spaces! What will you put in YOUR Custom Home? Master retreats, kitchens straight out of Pinterest or HGTV! Guest houses for an aging parent . Separate spaces for

Crazy Like a Fox.... Buy Your Next Home BEFORE Selling?

Imagine a world where you purchase your next home, THEN get up to 6 months to sell your current one...   That's right! On this planet, there is no selling then buying stress.  You don't have to feverishly search for your next home AFTER accepting an offer on your current one.   Sounds rough?  Just ask anyone who has done it! Skeptical?  I would be too! If you never heard of this before, it's called a portfolio loan.  They come in many shapes & sizes, but this loan type allows a buyer to be payment free for up to 6 months on their next home .  It's only available through the normal Fannie Mae conventional loan (sorry, no FHA/VA or USDA) and is structured so payments on your next home start AFTER your sell your old home.  This gives our clients the ability to have their cake and eat it too!  Carefully choose your new home and complete the purchase process... Then take your time moving out and selling your existing home.  THIS is how you transition from one h