Monday, June 6, 2011

Beginning of our story

Several months ago we decided against refinancing our current home because we don't like our floor plan. We like our neighborhood, lot, neighbors....just not our layout. We decided to sell and buy a home to last us the next 8-10 years. We looked for months and have changed our minds many times. We went from Eastwood Homes (Wilmington II plan) to True Homes (Riley plan), etc. We kept coming back to Ryan Homes though. It was always going to be either the Rome (our dream) or the Naples (far better than current home but maybe not for the 10 year plan.)

After doing some work to our home to help compete in this market, we finally listed it, had 8 showings in 2 weeks, and offer to contract within a few days and MANY counters. We are scheduled to close in early July.

We did not want to jump into a contingency before we had a contract on our home. We knew there was no real financial gamble but there is the emotional gamble. We did not want to get our hearts set and then not even be able to sell our house.

With our house sold, we got serious with the rep at our community of choice (actually third of choice: The first one Ryan left due to issues with developer. The second was too expensive. The third bowl of porridge was just right.)

Like most others with Ryan blogs, we assembled our dream home on paper and then started working on the price. We signed our purchase agreement a week ago, got loan docs to NVR the following day, and picked out exterior and kitchen colors this past weekend.

To avoid a book of a first post, I will post our options and color choices later.


  1. Congrats on your decision and Welcome to the Ryan e-neighborhood!!!

  2. I just love your sense of humor!!! =D

    Welcome to the E-neighborhood!! (yup...your's addicting).

    Minaq built/is building a Rome too! She closes soon! Check her blog if you haven't already.

    The Rome is a great model! Good Choice!

    Looking forward to your next post and pics, and to following!

    Congrats on your new home!

  3. Dude!!! You're in my state!!! YAY!!! Another "local" E-neighbor! *Jumps for joy*

  4. We're actually in your area too. I think my realtor was even looking at building in The Mills.

  5. Welcome to our ever growing eFamily of Ryan Homes bloggers. As you will find we all love to blog about our building process and new homes. Feel free to chime in, ask questions, provide tips, steal ideas, and give us grief when needed. Again, WELCOME, and enjoy the process.

  6. Hi Woody Congrats and looking forward to following your build! Looks like we are starting around the same time. Best of luck!

  7. Where are you building your Ryan home? Is it in the mills? Did you say it will be hardiplank? We only want hardiplank and cant find many houses/neighborhoods with it? Thank you for your help!

  8. Suzi,
    We are building in Glendalough, which is in Union county. Are you in the Charlotte area? If so, here are more details...

    It is hardiplank which is a standard in Glendalough (as well as a tankless water heater!)

    When we were at the model last week, the June incentive was a free morning room and $2000 toward closing costs.

    Base prices (in May, not sure if they've changed in June):
    Pisa 139,990
    Sienna 141,990
    Florence 148,990
    Venice 155,990
    Milan 160,990
    Rome 173,990
    (They also do the Naples for, I think, 165,990)

    They also have another section for the higher price point, ie- Avalon, Dorsey Hall, etc.

    I hope that helps.

  9. Awesome, thank you very much!