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Blog Archive for March, 2017

Am I ready to build?

Categories: FAQs | Posted: March 24, 2017

Building a new home is a huge endeavor.  It is extremely important to make sure you have considered certain matters ahead of time to avoid potential shortfalls during and after the build.  Ask yourself these 5 questions to determine if you’re ready to get started!

What is my credit score?

Knowing your credit score will assist in determining your eligibility for a new mortgage.  The higher the credit score, the more options with lower interest rates will be available. Consult with your lender for recommendations on how to improve your credit score.

Can I afford the monthly mortgage note?

Lay your budget out with the money you earn compared to your monthly expenses.  Determine what impact a new mortgage will have on your monthly spending.  Insurance and tax payments will most likely be added to your monthly mortgage payment so don’t forget to include these.

Do I have enough saved for my down payment?

Consulting a mortgage lender in advance will allow you to assess if you’ve saved enough funds that will be needed to close your loan.  In addition to the down payment, they can estimate the amount of funds needed for closing costs, such as origination points and title fees.

Do I know where I want to build?

When looking for property to build on, location is usually at the top of the list of important items to consider.  School district, proximity to or from your city, and type of neighborhood community need to be contemplated prior to making your decision.

I’m ready, so what do I do next?

Now comes the exciting part!  By browsing the internet, you can determine what home styles are most appealing to you.  When researching builders, look for a reputable, local builder that will partner with you to build the home of your dreams!

Live in Laurel Grove!

Categories: Building Process, Community, Other | Posted: March 7, 2017

Discover what’s waiting for you in Laurel Grove!

Manuel Builders currently has 6 homes under construction with more to come in this beautiful community located in Youngsville, La. All homes in Laurel Grove qualify for 100% financing! When choosing our Preferred Lender and Preferred Title Company, you can save you up to $2,200 in closing cost fees.

“Located in the heart of it all, Laurel Grove is a livable community with a park and walking path. Alley garages bring the focus of its street fronts to the architecture, the people themselves and an engaging way of life.

The neighborhood provides easy access to the surrounding area schools, restaurants, boutiques, ice cream shops, fitness centers and even a European style grocery. Nearby festivals, concerts and holiday events make this a special place that will leave home buyers with lasting memories of Southern hospitality and a unique experience of small town life coupled with big city attributes.”

View the 6 Manuel Builders’ homes in construction below and follow the link here to check out the progress of each one. Find this article in the current magazine issue of The Real Estate Book of Acadiana and check out their Facebook page here. If you are interested in any of these homes in Laurel Grove or any of our communities, please call Tassie Fonseca at 337-501-5011


How do I adjust the ball catch on my door?

Categories: FAQs, Warranty | Posted: March 3, 2017

In some homes, most of the doors that lead to the closets in all the bedrooms are designed without a normal turning door knob and latch system. Instead, they function with a ball catch system that is used to latch the door closed when you shut it.

If you notice your door is not closing properly or not wanting to close at all, you can adjust the ball catch. You can find the ball catch mechanism at the top corner of each door. To adjust the ball catch on a door, tighten or loosen it by turning it. Turn the ball catch clockwise if it needs to be adjusted to a lower height and counterclockwise to adjust it to a higher height. If you’re having trouble adjusting it with just your fingers, place a quarter in the grooves of the ball catch to help turn the mechanism. Turn and test til you find the perfect height so that your door can close with ease.