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Why is Drees so much more expensive than Ryland?

Looking at these two homebuilders, Drees base price is about $80k to $100k more expensive than Ryland base price for a similar sized house in adjacent neighborhoods.  I see that Drees has a little bit more features than Ryland, but does it really come down to build quality?
  • June 09 2010 - Indianapolis
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Great question!  Ryland builds a great home.  If you are looking for quality construction at a reasonable price, Ryland leads the competition, in my opinion.  Where else can you get a quality built home with the great amenities that Ryland has to offer?  I only say that because I have built two Ryland homes myself.  They build a great home for the price.  

As with any builder, we recommend that you have representation on your first visit to any builder model home.  Even though they are new homes, you may have issues at anytime during the construction process.  I make it a point to share my experiences in building my own homes and the 14 years experience that I have in new home construction with my clients.  The Realtor commission is paid by the builder and does not affect the price of your home.  Using an experienced Realtor with new home construction experience is well worth the effort.  In the end, you will have a less stressful experience and you will be able to enjoy the process of building your home.

Tony Wilson



  • September 06 2010
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Marcus,

You should compare both neighborhoods and homes apples to apples.  Does Drees use more moldings, more brick, more detailing?  What is the quality of the basic items such as lighting, flooring, etc.  Also, what is standard or an upgrade in the Drees versus Ryland home.  Remember size does not equate to quality.  Also, consider resale, does Drees homes hold their value more than Ryland? 
  • June 13 2010
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What you really want to know is what corners they cut inside the walls, under the flooring, and under the roofing; but they aren't going to tell you.

Other cost cutting factors may include 10 or 15 year roofing instead of 25 or 30 year roofing, or 1 year paint instead of 15 year paint., or skipping the primer., or 3 year apartment grade carpet instead of 15 year medium grade residential carpet or even commercial carpet.  or 3" slab on grade verses raised foundation with sub-floor.

There may also be some wage issues, such as hiring illegal labor from over the border at less than $5 per hour with no benefits and no taxes.

You can tell something about workmanship quality by looking at corner details.  You can hire a home inspector to tell something about life expectancy of given products.  But if you didn't see it built, you likely have no idea of corners cut and the reduction in life expectancy and the additional maintenance cost that will result.

That is one of the advantages of buying something a bit older; you can see how it wears, you can see where the problems are, and you have some idea of maintenance costs.  For the "new construction", you can expect problems within 3 years.
  • June 09 2010
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I cannot speak for your area but in Virginia we do have similar competitors where one price is significantly higher then the one. There various factors determine the price difference, here are few:

** When the builder purchased the land, if they purchased at a peek they may only be able to take so much discount.

** Features in the community & lots. Wooded lots, amenities in the neighborhood also attracts different set of buyers where builder can dictate premiums on the properties.

**Standard features: We have few luxury builder who offer lot of standard features which would have cost arm and leg with another adjacent builder.

Good Luck
  • June 09 2010
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