Are We Really Going to Build a House?: May/June/July 2015

This post is this first in a new blog series following the home building process of ICG Homes clients Jo and Richard Smith. Visit ICG’s A Customer’s Home Building Experience tab for all posts in this series.

Even though I’ve been a Realtor for over 10 years, I was never tempted to move. Oh, I’ve seen many beautiful homes and I’ve (jokingly) told my buyers – “if you don’t buy this… I will.” I didn’t mean it. Until now.

Last spring, I showed a house in Carlton Pointe that was built by ICG Homes. My clients didn’t choose that house but I couldn’t get the neighborhood out of my mind.

About the same time, we decided to get a quote on adding a screened porch to our existing home. After exploring that option, we (really, I) decided that we should consider moving. I set up an MLS search for homes with screened porches. That was a must. Richard agreed, reluctantly, to go looking. If we liked the screened porch, the kitchen was too small. If we liked the rest of the house, the screened porch was only 10×10 which was too small.

In early May, a Carlton Pointe home showed up in my search and I remembered being out there earlier in the year. That particular house was not “the one” – however, I drove by another with an “open house” sign and went in. I fell in love immediately.

It took my breath away.

I tell my buyers that they will “know” as soon as they walk in. How very true that is. I looked at that house three times that weekend. And, on Monday it was under contract. For someone else! Not us.

But, I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

For the next several weeks, I researched every house in the neighborhood. I spent too much time on the ICG website! We looked at plans and drove the neighborhood a dozen times looking at lots. By now, we were talking with Sherri Felton on Jim Allen’s Team and with Ryan Perry from ICG Homes. We knew we wanted to live in Carlton Pointe. We wanted Ryan Perry to build our new house. We just needed to finalize a plan and pick a lot. At the end of June, we did just that. We would build The James plan on Lot 171. Contract. Deposit. Done! Oh, my gosh – are we really going to build a house?