Residential Building Permits Were Up in 2015 And The Toth Team Remains Positive for 2016

Building permits in Washtenaw County are mandatory if you have intentions of making home improvements. Michigan, as well as Washtenaw County, insists that building permits be obtained prior to construction to ensure compliance and regulate safety among workers. The total numbers of building permits rose in Washtenaw County from 930 in 2014  to 995 in 2015. Consumers cannot help but ask, why have the numbers been increasing at such a slow rate?  The Toth Team asked the question to Bob Filka, CEO – Home Builders Association of Michigan, and here is what Bob had to tell us,

“Our workforce shortage is the result of a perfect storm that included:

An estimated 60,000 people leaving the Michigan construction industry during the downturn.  These people found other careers, left the state, retired, etc.;

  1. During this same downturn, schools eliminated many career tech (i.e., construction) hands-on training programs;
  2. School curriculum requirements moved toward college prep requirements that further eroded the number of kids going into career tech programs;
  3. Cultural shifts and attitudes suggesting that every kid needs to go to college further undermined construction career paths

As a result of the above, we have a much smaller universe of workers.  This problem has constrained production.  It will (and has begun to) impact renovation and repair sectors too.  It is a major problem coming at us and while some believe the sector will simply need to raise wages to attract talent, the problem isn’t that simple.  Wages have been rising, yet the State of Michigan estimates that there are some 5,000 job openings across the state in construction right now.”

The Toth Team always remains positive – We predict that with this winters warmer weather and the interest rates staying low that building permits in Washtenaw County will increase with consumer confidence once again in 2016. Many large builders are scouting for large parcels to develop. If you know anyone who is thinking of selling land, contact us.

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The above table displays an increase of 18.6% in Single Family permits in 2015 over 2014.  If you are considering making improvements to your existing home get your building contractor on board now and place your orders right away so as to be assured you get the job done on time.

Home buyers love to see custom designs and/or original floor plans when purchasing their dream home. These innovative features add personal creativity and make your home stand out more than others! We hope that this year brings growth among our creative society and people start to follow their construction dreams!

Have you ever thought about how much value adding another bedroom or bathroom to your home may increase your personal comfort and your homes potential property valuation? Click here for a property valuation from Kathy Toth and Team! 

Our region has recovered tremendously from our economic downfall in 2005 and The Toth Team is positive and hoping to see these numbers increasing!

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The Lap of Luxury – Woodlands of Geddes Glen, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

If you are looking to lavish yourself in luxury, the Woodlands of Geddes Glen, located on Ann Arbor’s East side, is the place for you. Toll Brothers of Michigan are very busy building right here in the Ann Arbor area.    The Woodlands of Geddes Glen is an all new, exclusive,  absolutely spectacular luxury home development in Superior Township just off Geddes Road.  This new Development overlooks The University of Michigan Radrick Farms Golf Course. The Woodlands of Geddes Glen is a gated community consisting of 32 luxury residential homes sites. Toll Brothers homes are highlighted by grand proportions, soaring 2-story interior spaces,  energy efficient features, detailed finishes and my favorite – pleanty of natural light.  Toll Brothers prides themselves in more than just building homes, they take pride in creating communities. What a perfect opportunity to work with the Toth Team and the Builder to pick your dream elevation, floorplan, and customizations.

Take a sneak peek at the interior of the Toll Brothers Model Home in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

There are 6 models available to choose from where you can bring your own personal, creative ideas to the blueprintt at the “Woodlands of Geddes Glen – Design your Own Home Program  has a limited offer. We can assist you in working with the designers to incorporate your personal flare, and your custom features into personalizing the design of your new custom home.

No doubt, it is true, every builder in the Ann Arbor area goes all out to put their best foot forward when it comes to building their model home. Some do so better than others and from our experience Toll Brothers is right at the top of the list for building beautiful luxury homes. We would love the opportunity to help you build one of their homes. To schedule an appointment or to find out more information about this luxury community, contact us at 734.426.6669. We can’t wait to assist you in getting started.

Toll Brothers was recently named national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.

Toll Brothers is currently building in 19 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

For More Information about Buying or Selling Your Ann Arbor Home

If you’d like more information about buying or selling your house in Ann Arbor, feel free to contact us with any questions.  Call 734.426.6669

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