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Renters Beware: Now is the Time To Buy

Categories: Blog | Posted: May 5, 2017

A recent article published by Builder Online, entitled ‘The Rent is too damned high’, focuses on the constant inflation of rent in the U.S. According to the article, “the median rent in the U.S. is $1,416 per month, which is enough to cover the monthly expenses associated with owning a $289,505 home”.

So what is holding renters back from taking the leap to homeownership? “Saving enough money for the downpayment”, is one significant reason, states Builder Online. Millennial’s and first time homebuyers are apprehensive about having enough money saved for a traditional downpayment. However, with all of the loan options available in the marketplace, a hefty downpayment might not be necessary. Some example of such loans include FHA, USDA and VA. There are a variety of other options to discuss with a mortgage provider. Our preferred Lender, Steve Slaski, would be more than happy to go over all of the options with you.

Kay Builders, the leading homebuilder in the Lehigh Valley, offers a variety of CUSTOM-i-ZABLE floor plans to meet this exact price point. Our designer townhomes start at $239,900 and our spacious twin villas start at $266,500, both well below the price point suggested above.

The variety of floor plans and CUSTOM-i-ZABLE options are endless. Our home are well-equipped with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, hardwood flooring and more! Each community has their own set of Included Features, which can be obtained within the sales offices.

Kay Builders has served the Lehigh County continuously for over 50 years, longer than any other homebuilding company. We have also constructed more homes in Lehigh County than other homebuilding companies, having served over 4,000 satisfied customers. Our team has had to work hard at maintaining our reputation since the Lehigh Valley is our sole source of business and we must work harder to ensure the community continues to trust the Kay Builders team. We hope you will have the trust and confidence in us to serve you in your search for a new home.

To read the entire article, ‘The Rent is too damned high’, click here. And make sure to visit Kay Builders online today!

 

The Perks of Owning a Home? No Ice Scraper Needed!

Categories: Blog | Posted: April 15, 2017

Now that the snow is has finally melted from our March 2017 blizzard, we can begin to long for those hot summer nights we all love to enjoy! Outdoor barbecue’s, a splash in the pool and delicious ‘in season’ fruit is right around the corner. But as truth be told, the winter months always seem to creep up faster than we can blink an eye. So now, while the weather is right, we should begin to prepare for next winter. How do we do that, you ask? Simple, buy a home!

Instead of dreading the weather and preparing for yet another dreadful winter, let’s come up with a solution…trade your ice-scraper in for a garage door opener!

Research shows that interest rates are slowly creeping; the demand is higher and the inventory remains at an all time low, so locking in your mortgage rate is crucial.

One of the many perks for today’s millennials and all home buyers for that matter, is having a garage, a luxury that especially comes in handy when it precipitates. Garages can also provide great storage for your home and is a great return on investment when going to sell. Spend your time enjoying the beauty of the winter months instead of spending the energy scraping the ice off of your car and act now!

Visit any of our communities to learn about financing today! We can help you get into the home you’ve always wanted. To learn more about Kay Builders, the Largest Homebuilder in the Lehigh Valley, visit us on the web at www.KayBuilders.com or call us at 484-353-6100! Kay Builders: Truly CUSTOM-i-ZABLE Homes. CUSTOM-i-ZABLY You. Handcrafted by Us.

Homes are Blooming at Trio Fields

Categories: Blog, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE, News, Trio Fields | Posted: April 7, 2017

Spring is here and your fresh start awaits! Everything is blooming at Trio Fields. Trio Fields, located in Nazareth, PA features designer Townhomes and elegant, well-appointed  Singles.

Whether you are a first time home buyer or looking for a first floor master, Trio Fields is the community that encompasses it all!

Offering a wide range of CUSTOM-i-ZABLE floor plans, you are sure to find a home that meets your lifestyle, needs and desires. Trio Fields is a 110- acre community set along the countryside. The development is surrounded by lush trees, open sights and offers vivid views of the Blue Mountains. The serene atmosphere at Trio Fields is the perfect setting to relax and unwind.

Just minutes away from the community, you can enjoy modern conveniences such as shopping, dining and entertainment. Close to New Jersey, New York and the Lehigh Valley, visiting family and friends is now easier than ever! With connectivity to many of the major highways, you have the freedom to travel as you so choose.

Currently, Trio Fields has several Move-In Ready Homes for you to call your own! With incentives such as Included Basements, Savings up to $80,000 versus the competition, and flexible floor plans, there is no denying Trio Fields is the place to be.

Once complete, Trio Fields will feature 221 townhomes and 153 single family homes. Kay Builders takes pride in keeping with the area feel and focus on homes that are aesthetically sophisticated but varied in style so our communities have a distinct look and feel. To find out more about Trio Fields, visit us on the web.

We have a variety of townhomes ranging in size from 1,743-1,962. With attached garages and backyard decks, these options are sure to please. We also have available single homes: a first-floor master and/or ranch home and traditional style homes as well. With functional floor plans and stylized finishes, these Quick Delivery Homes will not last long!

To learn more about Trio Fields and our Quick Delivery inventory, click here or call our Sales Manages, Linda Minnich or Paul Dougherty to set up a tour at (610) 365-8746.

 

5 Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Categories: Blog | Posted: March 24, 2017

Pick up any article about the housing market in the Lehigh Valley and they all seem to have a common theme – now is the time for first time home buyers to get into a home. At Kay Builders, we know that from a financial standpoint, now is a great time to buy a new home.

  1. CONVENIENCE

Convenience means different things to differ­ent people. For some it means staying close to the neighborhood or area of town they are comfortable with. For others it might mean having a garage attached to the house to avoid the elements, or a fence in the back yard for the protection of a child or a pet. Whatever the reason, the purchase of a new home should be motivated by improving quality of life. Ownership is the American Dream.

  1. FLEXIBILITY

Often the most affordable home type for a new home buyer is a townhome or condomin­ium. Make sure to do your research on the community’s homeowner associa­tion, a is typical aspect involved and as a condition of owning a home in the community you will have to make monthly payments to the associ­ation. A homeowner association exists usually to cover items such as maintenance of open space, but it typically also limits what can be done in and around the outside of a home in order to keep the community looking nice and uncluttered. This is good because it helps the resale value when you go to sell your home. So monthly cost is an obvious factor, but equally as important is making sure you are not prohibited from doing things you need to do. At Kay Builders, we focus on having low monthly HOA fees and on allowing a high degree of outdoor flexibility including allowing decks, patios, fences, gardens and landscaping. Having the extra living space in your backyard and on a deck or patio is serious perk of owning your own home.

  1. RESALE VALUE & EQUITY

It is important to view the aesthetics and curb appeal of the homes or buildings in a com­munity, as this will be the number one factor in determining resale value. Resale value is very important to a first time homebuyer be­cause chances are you will outgrow this home or experience another life event such as a job change and you will need to (or want to) sell. Things to look for here are the amount of ma­sonry (brick or stone) included on the façade, architectural accents and a feel that the homes, while they may be attached, all are different from each other. Variety and materials used are two of the most important factors in re­sale. Of course the price you pay getting into the home and the location of the home are still most important. One method of determining resale value is to look at the public records for homes that have sold repeatedly in the com­munity and see what the price trend is. Not only could this property generate great resale value, but equity! Having equity in a home is wonderful for long term investments. Whether you keep the home as an income property to generate revenue, or hold onto it for 20 years, your equity or asset in the property will continue to rise. Equity is the portion of your property value that you have full ownership of.  First time homebuyers tend not to think of this as a priority but buying a home is an investment in your future.

  1. CUSTOMIZATION

The opportunity to put your personal touches on a home only exists if you are purchasing a new home which is one of the reasons we suggest looking at building a home. However, the ability to customize will vary greatly from builder to builder. Make sure your builder will allow you to change kitchen layouts, move window locations, add a drop zone area, re­move walls or change bathroom locations versus the plan. For example, you may want to have two master suites for a potential room­mate, an elderly parent, or a child returning to the home and the builder should be will­ing to undertake these design changes. At Kay Builders, we pride ourselves on allowing more changes than most – if not every – other builder in the area.

  1. IMPORTANT OPTIONS

When on a tight budget it is important to pick options carefully. Start with those that increase functionality and comfort then move on to architectural items if the budget permits.

We always advise customers to look at electrical and lighting upgrades first. Adding recessed lights, pendant lights, under-cabinet lighting, additional cable outlets, well-located switches and additional electrical outlets help improve the usability of the home. These items are relatively inexpensive and can cost so much more to add later on.

Adding well placed windows to allow additional natural light is a relatively inexpensive way to improve ambience; and a whole house humidifier and water softener are must haves for comfort. Hard surface countertops, hardwood or tile floors, upgraded kitchen cabinets, stainless appliances and large floating kitchen islands are also very popular upgrades given the continuing trend of investing in the kitchen. Kay Builders includes many of these items as standard. Then we urge customers to look at outdoor living. It is important to leave some room in the budget for a deck or paver patio. Some of the popular discretionary upgrades if budget permits include tray or cathedral ceilings, oak steps, custom trim and finished basements.

Although this seems like a great amount of information to absorb, don’t be intimidated. Buying your first new home the right way can truly be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life and will provide years of enjoyment to come. After working so hard to get ahead, why not enjoy the fruits of your labor? Make sure to contact any of our Sales offices to learn more about our process of building and buying your perfect home.

Townhomes & Twin Villas Live Nicer Than Singles

Categories: Blog, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE, The Fields at Blue Barn Meadows, Trexler Field, Trio Fields | Posted: March 11, 2017

Today’s homeowners look for an efficient home with useful, flexible rooms where friends and family can gather. Whether you are a first-time home buyer, a downsizer, or looking to move up, our communities have it all! Our Townhomes, located at The Fields at Blue Barn Meadows & Trio Fields, and our spacious Twin Villas at our Trexler Field location offer you the best bang for your buck!

These affordably priced, easy-maintenance homes are big on amenities and customization. Making a home CUSTOM-i-ZABLE is Kay Builders’ signature. The home you help design is value priced to provide all that you want while still being able to afford life’s little luxuries. With 22 Twin Villas floor plans and 16 townhome designs, you have quite a selection!

Much like our single homes, our Townhomes and Twin Villas include partial masonry façades, architectural shingles and unique architectural accents inside and out. Featuring full basements, 3 or 4 bedrooms, master up and on the main, 2.5 baths plus 2-car garages, you are sure to live the life you’ve always dreamed in a beautiful home to call your own. Additional standard features include energy efficient appliances and HVAC systems, lofts, home offices and flex rooms, gourmet kitchens with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, luxurious spa-styled master baths, spacious closets, tile and hardwood floors, maple cabinets, privacy toilets, plus much more. Our Community Sales Mangers have timely access to in-house architectural and design personnel, giving us the opportunity to craft a home that is just right for you.

Kay Builders believes your home should be a welcomed respite at the end of a busy day. We work with you to create a home with all the modern amenities and features you deserve in a setting steeped in history – a quality built home that has your signature, as well as ours, on it. We invite you to come home to the Fields at Lockridge – a place where you will find necessities as well as luxuries – a place to create your own history.

Currently, we have an exceptional selection of Move-In Ready Homes to choose from. These are still big on amenities, but are ready for you to move in! Whether you’re looking for a 30-90 day timeframe to settle, we can deliver. To learn more about Kay Builders, the Leading Homebuilder in the Lehigh Valley, find us on the web at www.KayBuilders.com.

Beat the Spring Rush: Buy Now!

Categories: Blog | Posted: February 26, 2017

Spring is just a few short weeks away, which means blooming flowers, delicious fresh fruit and nice walks around the community. As the cold temperatures escape and the warm weather appears, people are more than ready for a fresh start!

Not only does spring bring positive vibes and happier moods, but it is also a popular time for people to make lifestyle changes. Whether it is finding a new job, moving to a new city or purchasing a new home, spring brings about change.

Purchasing a home during any season can be a daunting task! However, the way the housing market stands today, now is the time to make the move. As you do your research, you will find that many analysts are reporting that the housing inventory is at an all time low. Because of the low inventory and high demand, we, at Kay Builders, are expecting a spring time rush!

One of the most exciting and reward part of purchasing a new construction home, is having the luxury to choose your own lot! Whether you are looking for a 1/4 of an acre or a lot with over 1 acre of land, we can accommodate your needs and wants.

With our 8 active communities, some with less than 3 lots remaining, now is the perfect time to schedule your visit! Kay Builders offers communities throughout the Lehigh Valley. With a variety of floor plans to meet your lifestyle and budget, Kay Builders has the options you need to make this year the best one yet!

Mortgage rates are another important factor to consider when purchasing a home. Lock in the mortgage rate now to avoid higher rates in the future! Our Preferred Lender, Steve Slaski at The Mortgage Company, will gladly get you a pre-approval needed to make your dream home a reality.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Pick the lot you’ve always dreamed of in the neighborhood you will love for years to come! Build a Truly CUSTOM-i-ZABLE Home with Kay Builders, the largest homebuilder in the Lehigh Valley!

 

 

 

Homes You Are Going To LOVE

Categories: Blog, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE | Posted: January 26, 2017

Finding that perfect home among all of the newly listed and newly built homes is like searching for a needle in the haystack. Whether you are looking for a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms or are adamant about a 3-car garage, buying a home isn’t always easy. However, if you are reading this article, you have come to the right place.

Having started in 1961, Kay Builders, till this day, is family owned and operated. Born and raised in the Lehigh Valley, Rick Koze, 3rd Generation owner of Kay Builders has made his mark on the Valley. With his attention to detail, finance background, and philanthropic nature, Rick Koze has successfully grown Kay Builders to where it is today.

What makes Rick Koze and Kay Builders distinctive in the home building market is the way in which we build. Hand-built on site, CUSTOM-i-ZABLE floor plans, and exceptional standard features make Kay Builders your builder of choice.

Many people question us as to what is CUSTOM-i-ZABLE in our homes. Is it just the flooring and cabinet colors? Or can I change the location of the kitchen pantry. Here is the scoop: others claim to CUSTOM-i-ZE , but we actually do it. Our large variety of floor plans are merely a framework to get you started. You have the freedom to move walls, rearrange traffic flows, move bathrooms, add or expand rooms, finish basements and put lights and outlets just where you want them … the options are limitless. “Every homeowner is different”, states Rick Koze, “shouldn’t your home reflect that difference?” Standard options include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, pre-finished hardwood flooring and more!

Another significant advantage to Kay Builders is the type of floor plans we offer. We build Townhomes, Twin Villas, Single Homes, Active Adult Homes & Ranch Homes. All of these floor plans offer first floor or second floor living options.

Currently, we have 8 active community, all located in the Lehigh Valley. Our two newest communities can be found in Allentown (The Fields at Blue Barn Meadows) & Nazareth (Scenic View).

With our extensive list of product and CUSTOM-i-ZABLE options, you will be able to find the home of your dreams that meets your everyday lifestyle.

To learn more about Kay Builders and our homes you are going to love, find us on the web at www.KayBuilders.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

New Community Released in Nazareth: Scenic View by Kay Builders

Categories: Blog, Press | Posted: January 19, 2017

Kay Builders is excited to announce the release of Scenic View, our newest community featuring Elegant Single Homes, located in the Highly Rated Nazareth School District. Just minutes from our Trio Field community, this scenic and beautiful location is going to be worth the visit!

Scenic View offers 16 well-appointed floor plans to meet every lifestyle. Featuring Ranch style homes, first floor masters and second floor master, our goal is appeal to all! With a variety of CUSTOM-i-ZABLE options to make it your own, this community is sure to be one-of-a-kind. Square footage ranges from 2212-3700+, offering plenty of space for you and your loved ones.

Starting at $359,500, the remarkable standard features that come with the home are unbeatable; gas cooking, stainless steel appliances,  granite countertops, and pre-finished hardwood, just to name a few, are some of the quality features that make Kay Builders a house-hold name in the Lehigh Valley. With beautiful masonry facades, streetscapes perfectly planned and views overlooking the mountainous Lehigh Valley, Scenic View is going to be a perfect oasis for you to call home.

You’ll find peace and privacy in this community set on quiet streets with minimum traffic.

Scenic View is close to major roads (Routes, 33, 78, 191 and 512). Nazareth is close to historic Bethlehem, known for its fine dining, culture, charming shops and now the Sands Casino Resort and Hotel. Also just minutes by car, are shopping centers featuring premium stores such as Wegman’s, national retailers, movie theatres and an abundance of restaurants. You will find nationally recognized health care facilities, including St. Luke’s Hospital and the Lehigh Valley Hospital, a quick car ride away.

Our Sale Manager, Bill Tavormina, is excited to show you around this breathtaking community! To learn more, visit us on the web at www.KayBuilders.com or call 610-656-7952.

Master On The Main Living: Options to Fit Your Lifestyle

Categories: Blog, Press | Posted: December 22, 2016

First floor living has become increasingly popular over the past several years. No longer is a first floor owners suite solely for the active adult market, but for all ages, lifestyles and familial size. With the rise in demand, Kay Builders has worked hard at developing and designing a variety of floor plans to accommodate this growing trend.

Currently, Kay Builders offers 30+ 1st floor living floor plans, ranging in size from 1,550 sq. ft. to 3,068 sq. ft. These 2-4 bedroom options offer open concept living, spacious owner suites with adjoining master baths, highly functional kitchens and great rooms and so much more! All of our communities, including our townhomes, twin villas and single homes have first floor living options. As in all of the homes we construct, everything is CUSTOM-i-ZABLE. Whether you are looking for a stacked stone fireplace, double oven, a finished basement or an extra bedroom, we can deliver! Our in-house designers are able and willing to create your Dream Home.

Kay Builders has also excelled at modernizing the classic Ranch Home, a single level floor plan, popular to the 1950’s. With our up-to-date designs, our Ranch plans are truly unique to Kay Builders. Floor plans in our repertoire include the London, Cascade and the ever-popular Fairfield. These single family, single level living plans, are popular amongst all ages. Those who love an open-concept floor plan are prone to purchasing Ranch homes because they have the ability to create one cohesive space for all to enjoy! Bedrooms are tucked away for privacy, but easily accessible.

If you don’t have the time to wait for the construction process, Kay Builders has a variety of QUICK DELIVERY HOMES that might suit your needs. We presently have 7 active communities throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Call today to schedule an appointment – (484)353-6100.

Finding a ranch or master on the main home doesn’t have to be a challenge. Just turn to Kay Builders!

 

The Better Business Bureau

Categories: Blog, Press | Posted: December 15, 2016

8-5x11-bbbThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) is the most respected organization solely dedicated to “advancing marketplace trust”. It is their mission to set high, unprecedented standards, encourage best practices and to create a community-wide effort amongst all forms of businesses and charities. Integrity and performance: two main components essential to the Better Business Bureau.

Kay builders, a proud member of the BBB since 1985, has excelled at earning an A+ rating through constant effort in the new construction marketplace. With a focus on customer service, quality construction and forward thinking designs, Kay Builders is at the forefront of their craft.

Having served the Lehigh Valley continuously for over 50 years, Kay builders has had the honor of constructing more homes then any other homebuilder in Lehigh County. Our dedication and commitment to the Lehigh Valley through constant charitable contributions and land preservation are just some of the key components that make us the builder of choice.

With the Better Business Bureau by our side, we are certain you will have the confidence and trust in us to assist you in your search for a new home.

To learn more about Kay Builders, find us on the web at www.KayBuilders.com.