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Warren Buffett’s company buys builder Goodall Homes

Categories: Davidson County, Easy Living Home, Franklin, Gallatin, Goodall Homes, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Nashville, Press Release, The Tennessean | Posted: April 29, 2016

(Getahn Ward, gward@tennessean.com: Click HERE for full article)

Berkshire Hathaway’s Clayton Homes now owns Middle Tennessee’s second largest homebuilder.

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A subsidiary of billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has acquired Middle Tennessee’s second largest homebuilder, continuing its expansion into building traditional homes.

Maryville, Tenn.-based Clayton Homes paid an undisclosed sum for Goodall Homes, which has its headquarters in Gallatin.

Clayton Homes, the nation’s largest manufactured housing and modular home company, made a big push into the site-built housing or traditional homebuilding market through acquiring Buford, Ga.-based homebuilder Chafin Communities last fallIt formed site-building arm Clayton Properties to expand its portfolio of housing options to homebuyers.

Clayton Homes’ latest acquisition includes 180 homes that Goodall has under construction. It also has inherited roughly 3,600 lots across Middle Tennessee, including Goodall’s finished and yet-to-be developed home sites in Williamson, Wilson, Sumner, Rutherford and Davidson counties.

Goodall Homes’ owner and President Bob Goodall Jr. said after declining overtures from other suitors over the years he accepted Clayton Homes’ offer because the two companies’ cultures matched well. Another factor was Clayton Homes’ commitment to retaining Goodall and his team, who through the deal will have more opportunities for professional growth and advancement, he said.

“We have been blessed with so many successful opportunities,” said Goodall, who founded Goodall Homes 33 years ago. “This acquisition will help our employees, trades, suppliers and our families continue on this path of growth for years to come. We are honored to be on the Clayton team and to contribute to the continued success of Berkshire Hathaway.”

Last year, Goodall Homes closed on 436 homes, ranking the homebuilder second in the Middle Tennessee market. Professional Builder magazine’s 2014 National Builder of the Year expects to close on about 440 homes this year. Goodall Homes had revenues of just under $140 million last year, which was the highest among all homebuilders in Middle Tennessee.

Last year, Clayton built more than 34,000 homes. The company builds traditional site-built homes, modular homes, manufactured housing, “tiny” homes, college dormitories, military barracks and apartments.

“Adding great builders like Goodall to our team is exciting,” said Clayton home building group President Keith Holdbrooks. “As we continue to grow and expand into the site-built market, it is important to partner with teams that share our culture of providing an excellent customer experience.”

Reach Getahn Ward at 615-726-5968 and on Twitter @getahn.

Wounded Sumner veteran grateful for new home

Categories: Charity, Community Service, Easy Living Home, Employee News, Events, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, LP Building Products, Millstone, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, Operation FINALLY HOME, Realtor News, Subdivision, Sumner County, Team | Posted: September 21, 2015

(Written by Tena Lee for The Tennessean on September 18, 2015.  Click here for full article.  If you would like to see video from local news stations, click HERE for News Channel 4 coverage and HERE for News Channel 5 coverage.)

James FamilyA wounded veteran deployed four times to Iraq received the keys to his family’s new mortgage-free home on Friday.

And while retired U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Joseph James thanked those who made the gift possible – mainly the non-profit group Operation Finally Home and Goodall Homes – he also acknowledged others who have served their country.

James, who lost parts of both of his legs when the Humvee he was riding in was struck by two improvised explosive devices in April 2008, dedicated his new home to the memory of Maj. Mark Rosenberg.

“This is for you, Maj. Rosenberg,” James said. Rosenberg died from injuries sustained in the same explosion that wounded James.

Veterans are dying at home as well, he noted, calling the suicide rate among veterans “unacceptable.”

“Even though the fight is over on the battlefield, it will never be over mentally [for many veterans],” he said. “Call a veteran today and let them know you care about them. They are our nation’s heroes and they should not be lost in this way.”

James made his remarks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by city officials as well as employees and officials with Operation Finally Home, Goodall Homes, sponsor J.C. Penney and Southern Living, who filmed the ceremony and “home reveal” as part of Building Hope, a new video series that documents the journeys of five veterans who receive new, mortgage-free homes.

Operation Finally Home and Goodall Homes surprised the James family with the home announcement during a Titans game at Nissan Stadium (formerly LP Field) in August 2014, and broke ground on the home in Hendersonville’s Millstone community in April 2015.

Rusty Carroll, executive director of Operation Finally Home, said the organization has dedicated 92 homes to veterans in the last 10 years. It is the second Operation Finally Home project in Hendersonville.

Established in 2005, the Texas-based nonprofit provides custom-built, mortgage-free homes to military veterans and widows by partnering with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors and volunteers.

“This never gets old,” said Carroll, adding he has spent the last year-and-a-half getting to know James, his wife Jarin and their three daughters. “You are an inspiration to so many in ways you don’t even imagine.”

Hendersonville Mayoral Assistant Don Long welcomed the James family to Hendersonville on behalf of Mayor Scott Foster.

“This community is about faith and family,” said Long. Noting his involvement in the Hendersonville Rotary Club, Long added James is a prime example of the club’s motto, “Service Above Self.”

“Thank you for what you’ve done and welcome to Hendersonville,” Long added.

Deployed three times to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, James has been awarded a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and four Army commendation medals.

He and his family have been living in the Bethpage area of Sumner County since retiring from the U.S. Army in 2009.

Building Hope premieres on SouthernLiving.com on Oct. 1. The Building Hope episodes featuring Sgt. James and his family will premiere on SouthernLiving.com on Nov. 2.

 

Channel 5 Morning Line Interview for Operation Finally Home

Categories: Charity, Community Service, Easy Living Home, Employee News, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Millstone, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, Operation FINALLY HOME, Realtor News, Sumner County, Team | Posted: July 8, 2015
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James Family Home in Millstone

Channel 5 Morning Line recently did an interview with US Army Sergeant 1st Class Joe James, Rusty Carroll (Executive Director of Operation Finally Home), and Bob Goodall, Jr., president of Goodall Homes to discuss the mortgage-free home being built in our Millstone neighborhood in Hendersonville, TN.

Please click HERE to view this amazing interview!  It is so great to be a part of Goodall Homes, who takes pleasure in giving back to the community in such a monumental way.

Energy Efficiency Tops Wish Lists for New Homes

Categories: Carrelton, Community Service, Easy Living Home, Energy Efficiency, Gallatin, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Housing Market, Nashville, Nashville Area Homebuilder, National Housing Market, Neighborhood, Realtor News, Sumner County, The Tennessean | Posted: April 14, 2015

(This was written by Bill Lewis of the Tennessean.  For direct link, click HERE.  And to see accompanying video, click HERE.)

Along with granite counter tops and hardwood floors, Goodall Homes‘ newest model home showcases a feature that the company believes is at the top of the wish list for many people buying a new house — energy efficiency.

Goodall, one of the Nashville region’s largest home builders, added an Energy Room to its model home in Gallatin’s new Carellton subdivision. The room gives potential home buyers a behind-the-walls look at the energy saving features the company began building into all of its homes last July.

The response has been so positive that the company is adding Energy Rooms to its model homes in the new 614-home Millstone subdivision in Hendersonville and at its existing StoneBridge subdivision in Lebanon.

“It’s not as much fun as going on Pinterest” to look at pictures of paint colors and home decorating, “but the Energy Room gives us a tool to show how things work,” said Goodall Vice President Ryan Clinard.

Other builders have also concluded that energy efficiency is the new granite, something that customers have come to expect.

Compared to the cost of heating and cooling an older house, new homes are much less expensive. Those savings add up over the years, said John Burns, vice president of operations for Regent Homes.

“We’re not charging more for it. We think it’s something that appeals to customers. Everybody’s happy about saving money in a house,” he said.

Return on investment

Low heating and cooling bills were an added bonus for Jon and Caitlin Sell, who moved into their all-electric, 1,700-square-foot Regent home at the end of 2013.

They stay comfortable on the hottest and coldest days of the year without worrying about the expense. Their average monthly bill is around $115. Their highest bill, during last winter’s cold snap, was about $220.

“It’s kind of spoiled us. It was icing on the cake,” said Jon Sell.

Their house in Williamson County’s Woodside neighborhood has the energy saving features that Regent builds into almost every home, which Burns said include upgraded wall and attic insulation, a heating and cooling system with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 14, LP TechShield roofing and compact fluorescent and LED lights.

“We’re trying to put in the upgrades that will be of the most value,” said Burns.

Regent calls its homes Energy Smart. Other builders have their own features. Drees Homes, for example, includes improved thermal enclosure systems, energy efficient appliances and lighting and efficient heating and cooling systems in its DreeSmart Conservation Innovations program.

Celebration Homes builds every home to Energy Star standards, which the company says are at least 15 percent more efficient than a home built to comply with existing codes.

Ryan Homes says its BuiltSmart program uses advanced construction techniques, Energy Star appliances, efficient heating and cooling and environmentally friendly paint, carpet and other materials.

Every house built by Beazer Homes is Energy Star certified. Each house also receives a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score, which rates energy consumption. A low score is desirable. Older homes score around 130 and many new homes score around 100. The average Beazer home scores a 65.

A matter of comfort

At Goodall, energy saving features include programmable thermostats, LP TechShield roofing, compact fluorescent lighting and 25 percent more insulation than the industry standard, which Clinard said make a home more comfortable as well as less costly to heat and cool.

“The market was starting to demand it,” he said. “People think quality is the amenities of the house. Quality is also the comfort of living in the house.”

Jon Sell believes his home’s energy saving features would add to its value if he ever decided to sell it. But those features also make it hard to think about moving.

“If we ever wanted to move,” he said, “it would be hard to get into something that’s not as energy efficient.”

Goodall Homes Introduces a Beautiful New Model Home–The Eliot

Categories: Community Service, Davidson County, Easy Living Home, Events, Floorplan Highlight, Gallatin, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, New Floorplan, Realtor News, Single Family Home, Subdivision, Sumner County | Posted: October 10, 2012
The Eliot

The Eliot is one of Goodall's hottest new floorplans

Welcome to Goodall Homes’ newest Model Home, The Eliot!  It is located in The Grove at Cane Ridge in Antioch–our first Davidson County community. 

The Eliot is a stunning two-level home, which features a beautiful open-concept layout. The enormous 1st floor Owner’s Suite offers the perfect private retreat. The 2nd floor boasts 3 large bedrooms and includes a Bonus Room!  This home includes 2 1/2 baths and an attached 2 Car Garage.  Optional 5th bedroom, Jack & Jill Bath and/or 4th Full Bath. 2,840 Base Sq. Ft.

Currently, the Eliot is offered at two Goodall Homes communities:  The Grove at Cane Ridge (Antioch) and Cambridge Farms (Gallatin).

To view a video tour of the Eliot, please click here.

For more information on this home, or to schedule a time for a personalized tour, please call (615) 448-8929 or email goodallonline@goodallhomes.com.

New Billboard on I-40 East Boasts 100% Financing Available

Categories: Davidson County, Easy Living Home, Events, Franklin, Gallatin, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Housing Market, Mount Juliet, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, New Homes Nashville Area, Realtor News | Posted: August 14, 2012
If you live in the Nashville area, no doubt you have noticed the new Goodall Homes billboard on I-40 east, right outside of downtown.  It brags “100% financing available”.  We are sure you are wondering what this is all about, so here it is, in a nutshell:
This is an FHA 30-yr fixed rate loan coupled with a program called THDA.  THDA offers several different types of benefits to customers who have not owned a home in the past three years, and who meet specific income, sales price, and credit criteria.  The specific program is called Great Start, which grants up to 4% of the loan amount to the buyer.
For more information on THDA, please visit www.thda.org, or call our Online Sales Consultant at (615) 448-8929.

Metro Study–2nd Quarter Reports Have Been Released

Categories: Community Service, Easy Living Home, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Housing Market, Metro Studies, Nashville Area Homebuilder, New Homes Nashville Area, Realtor News, Uncategorized | Posted: July 26, 2012

Goodall Homes is enjoying a fantastic 2012 so far!  Sales are up, buyers are excited, and dirt is moving–all signs of an improving market in the Nashville area!

Here are a few excerpts from the most recent Metro Studies Executive Summary for 2nd Quarter 2012:

“The second quarter saw more starts than any previous quarter in the past three years” (in middle TN)–up 25% from 1st Quarter 2012!

“Demand outpacing supply resulted in inventory reductions across the board…builders continue to successfully sell their existing inventory and new starts.”

“Nashville builders have been very successful in cleaning up their finished vacant inventory during the recession.  Three years ago, in the second quarter of 2009, there were 1761 finished vacant units, representing a supply of 4.1 months.  Currently, 630 units are in the finished vacant category–a rate of 1.9 months of supply.”

“With new home starts increasing, a good indicator that builders are exhititing confidence in the market, the general consensus is the worst appears to be behind us and those in the industry are focused on the future.  Nashville’s MLS has shown improvements in sales for 11 consecutive months and prices on resale inventory appear to finally be at a bottom.  According to the Greater Nashville Apartment Association, occupancy rates were still at 11 year highs and rents continue to rise.  These factors combined with continued steady employment growth, the area’s lack of new home inventory, and home values remaining stable, Nashville should expect to see upward movement in the new home market through the remainder of 2012.”

Additionally, three Goodall Homes communities are in the top 3 communities (in terms of starts) in the Nashville area:  Bent Creek (Nolensville), The Highlands at Ladd Park (Franklin), and StoneBridge (Lebanon).  And one of our newest commuities, Providence Landing (Mt. Juliet) came in at #11.

Ahhhhhhh, a breath of fresh air does a body good!

Coming Soon: The Grove at Cane Ridge

Categories: Community Service, Davidson County, Easy Living Home, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, New Community, New Floorplan, New Homes Nashville Area, One Level Floorplan, Realtor News, Single Family Home, Subdivision | Posted: July 26, 2012
The Grove at Cane Ridge

Welcome to The Grove at Cane Ridge

Goodall Homes is venturing back into Davidson County!  Beginning September 1st, we will be preselling in our newest community, The Grove at Cane Ridge.  Located off of Cane Ridge Road in Antioch, Tennessee–this community has convenient access to I-24, shopping, restaurants, and more!

We will have five different floorplans to choose from.  Prices are starting at $149,990, and the homes range in footage from 1,536-3,365 square feet.  Please visit the Goodall Homes website for more information on this fantastic new opportunity, and don’t forget to join our VIP Waiting List so that you will be the first to know details on this community.

If you want to speak with someone about The Grove at Cane Ridge now, please don’t hesitate to call us at (615) 448-8929, or email us at goodallonline@goodallhomes.com.  We look forward to speaking with you soon!

The Georgetown Villa–Simply Abundant

Categories: Easy Living Home, Floorplan Highlight, Gallatin, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Lebanon, Nashville Area Homebuilder, New Floorplan, New Homes Nashville Area, One Level Floorplan, Realtor News, Subdivision, Sumner County, Villas, Wilson County | Posted: June 21, 2012

Click here to view more pictures of the Georgetown on Facebook (and don't forget to "like" us while you are there!).

This week we are featuring our newest Model Home, the Georgetown Villa.
This well planned, one-level two bedroom, two bath home features an open design with large covered porch and optional sunroom. Access the porch from the great room, or by adding french doors to the master suite.
The home includes incredible storage with large walk-in-closets, two car garage and a mud room.  Also available is an optional third bedroom and bath or bonus room with additional storage.  Convenient entry from the two car garage or covered front porch. 1,484 base square feet, with the opportunity for up to 2,242 square feet.
The Georgetown is currently sold at two Goodall Homes communities–Foxland Harbor in Gallatin and StoneBridge in Lebanon.
For more information on this and other great floorplans that Goodall Homes has to offer, please call (615) 448-8929 or email goodallonline@goodallhomes.com
Please click here to view a video of the Georgetown Villa Model Home.

The Georgetown can be built with our without the Bonus Room upstairs.

Goodall Homes Named Number Two Builder in Nashville, TN

Categories: Awards, Easy Living Home, Employee News, Events, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Housing Market, Investment Opportunity, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Nashville Business Journal, New Homes Nashville Area, Realtor News, Sumner County, Team | Posted: June 15, 2012

Goodall Homes was just named the number TWO builder in middle-Tennessee by the Nashville Business Journal (second only to Ole South, who has almost twice the number of communities)!  This is absolutely the result of a team effort–outstanding job to our Management Team, our Administrative Team, our Marketing Team, our Sales Team, and our Production Team!  And thank you to all of the realtors who have brought so many wonderful clients our way!

Check out our homes and our communities at www.goodallhomes.com, and you will see why we are on our way to number ONE!