Tips for building a new home

Home ownership achievable with Berstan Homes

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Are you in your thirties with a family and still renting? Do you feel home ownership is out of your grasp because of the current high price of houses?

It is possible to save money when entering the home market by choosing a new home build in Melbourne. 
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First home buyer's advice 9

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, May 05, 2015

With so many new estates around the outer suburbs there is plenty of competition between the land agents for your custom. This can lead to numerous problems due to many agents being focussed on their bottom line.  
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First home buyer's advice 6

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 27, 2015

When looking for land let the builder do the work and get the builder to source your land.   
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First Home buyer advice 3

Mark Bryson - Thursday, March 19, 2015

I had some clients come to me to discuss their first home requirements over the weekend nothing out of the ordinary there I thought. Over the next few days I found them a great block of land in the Mernda Villages estate and I priced an Onella18 Berstan home on the site and fixed the price no more to pay. I then sent the details to the client who replied back with a much lower price with a major volume Melbourne home builder and the price was for a similar home design. The problem was the land the builder had quoted on had 2.5 metres of fill over it and this is where the issue will begin. The builder had stated a (fixed site cost allowance) problem being the allowance was well under the amount required engineering due to the fill. Unfortunately the first home buyer couple have proceeded with this builder and they will find out about it the hard way with thousands of extra costs coming their way. 
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Land buying tips

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Always consult with your builder before you buy land. They have the experience and knowledge to help you determine if the land is suitable for your requirements.  
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Estate land savings

Mark Bryson - Thursday, June 26, 2014

When looking to purchase a piece of land for your new home build, there are many factors to take into account, but one major item is often overlooked or not known about. 
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Buying a new home build site

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 13, 2014

I was asked the other day to provide a quote for a new home build in Mernda. I sent an email to the land agent requesting a copy of the current engineering for the civil works. 
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New home build site classification

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

This is an interesting topic and one that is really important when it comes to site costs. Best soil class is A class and the worst is P class. 
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Tips on buying vacant land

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

There are many factors you need to take into consideration when purchasing a vacant block of land for your new home. 
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Being an owner builder, is it really worth it?

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, April 08, 2014

An owner-builder allows you to be in control, manage sub-contractors and if you plan on using your own skills to build, renovate or extend your home. There are many responsibilities to take on and don't forget about the risks that may be involved.  
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