As of late, becoming a homeowner is an increasingly arduous process. The low supply in today’s market is causing would-be buyers to endure a seemingly endless pursuit for the ideal property. For those who do find something suitable, high demand means purchasing can also be quite competitive. After that, it’s months of appraisals, inspections, renovations and repairs before keys are finally in hand.
Enter: Welcome Homes, an online home building platform inspired by the idea that in today’s market, “building is easier than buying.”
The service offers a fully-online home building experience that can be completed in a few simple steps. It begins with choosing from their wide selection of home models and then customizing the interiors of each room using a virtual walkthrough; selecting details including flooring, fixtures, lighting and appliances is one of the most exciting aspects of the platform. Once the design is finalized, you select from one of their properties – if you don’t own land already. After that, financing is secured (with the convenient option of using their preferred lender) before closing and beginning your build.
Premium homes start around $595,000, plus the cost of land and preparations, and are completed in about a year.
Recent homeowners Daniel and Jaime built their dream home in just seven months after permitting using Welcome Homes’ streamlined service. Before discovering the company on a blog, the two had been endlessly searching for real estate outside New York City to no avail. Daniel explored the prospect of building his own home instead, though his lack of prior experience left him puzzling out where to begin. Immediately drawn to the platform’s promise of a simple, convenient process, Daniel connected with Welcome Homes’ Advisor team and immediately began designing their Woodstock retreat.
Selecting a flexible three-bedroom model that perfectly aligned with their needs, the two customized the home to fit their story. Daniel shares, “we wanted something that was small enough for the two of us and our dogs but also big enough for us to have our family and friends over.” Complete with an office ideal for their remote work lifestyle and a flexible space they can use as a gym or second living room, they opted for several of Welcome Homes’ upgrades including an outdoor kitchen, wet bar package and a fireplace for cozy evenings. After their months-long struggle to find one viable property within the traditional real estate market, walking into a brand new house they built in 12 months truly felt like a dream come true.
This October, Welcome Homes is excited to launch their new home model, the Modern 4 Cabin. This cozy four bedroom, two bathroom features an open concept kitchen and living room, loft with flex space and – one of its most striking features – a triangular wall of windows inspired by A-frame architecture. Starting at $855K for 1,843 sq ft, it’s the ideal build for those looking for respite in the woody solitude found throughout upstate New York.