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Renting v. Buying in Gallatin: Why You Should Invest in a New Home

Categories: Gallatin | Posted: March 28, 2018

For a friendly, thriving community near Nashville, you can’t do better than Gallatin. For many reasons, it’s a wonderful place to live. But what’s the better choice for living here: rent vs. buy in Gallatin? Renting might seem like an easier choice, but before you start checking out a temporary solution, here’s why you should invest your money in a new home here.

#1. It’s a Friendly City

This small but vibrant city outside the Music City was chosen by Reader’s Digest as its “Nicest Place in America” for 2017. Helping others is a never-ending mission in this diverse community that lives by the slogan, “True Grit. Amazing Grace.” The city’s leaders work closely with residents, who gather together when they see a need. This positive environment is one of the reasons Goodall Homes chose it for the location of our new homes community, Patterson Farms. We envisioned neighbors who became friends, and Gallatin’s reputation underscored that view.

 

#2. Gallatin is a “Power Suburb”

The city was rated one of the top 12 “Power Suburbs” in the country. The choices were ranked according to a variety of statistics, including low unemployment rate, per capita income, and the percentage of household incomes over $75,000. Gallatin scored well in all categories, but the city’s 19.9% per-capita income growth is outstanding. The unemployment rate dropped 22.2%, to 4.2%, well below the national average. From an economic viewpoint, buying a home in Gallatin is a smart investment as real estate in this desirable suburb will continue to appreciate in value.

 

#3. Education is Top-Notch

Gallatin’s schools are equally exceptional. Parents rank the schools as four- and five-star. GreatSchools awarded Sumner County Middle College High School a perfect “10”, followed by a “9” for Union Elementary School.

 

#4. Quality of Life is Attracting More Residents

People from around the country are eyeing this growing city. The population rose 6.3%, to 31,640, over a three-year period. The city’s active schedule of events and broad range of amenities contribute to the desirable quality of life in Gallatin.

 

#5. A New Home in a Great Location is the Best Investment

Buying a home presents an investment opportunity, while monthly rent is purely an expense. Mortgage rates are still low right now and there are many loan programs designed to help people secure a mortgage. You might discover that the monthly mortgage payment is lower than your rent, while also providing distinct tax benefits.

Choosing to buy a new home versus a resale is another smart choice. Although the selling price might be lower on the resale, you need to calculate the maintenance and repair costs of an older home. Replacing the roof could cost $15,000 or more. A new air conditioning system will run more than $5,000. Renovations and even cosmetic changes add to the cost of ownership. Meanwhile, a new home is 100% move-in ready, with no additional expenses required to get the home of your dreams.

Today’s new homes are constructed with energy-efficiency in mind. The structure, materials, systems, and appliances are designed to conserve energy, which means cost savings to you. This feature alone contributes to the resale value of your home.

Patterson Farms presents the opportunity to buy an affordable new home in Gallatin. Priced from $248,000 to $295,000, Patterson Farms’ homes range from 1,638 to 2,647 square feet, and feature the stylish design, superior craftsmanship, and energy efficiency that contribute to lasting real estate value.

This Goodall Homes’ community is close to Gallatin’s historic downtown, where you can explore the shopping, dining, events, attractions, and amenities that make living here such a unique experience. Take a look at the floor plans for Patterson Farms, and then contact us to help you find the perfect home in the Nicest Place in America!

Realtor Lunch & Learn – Sumner County March 6th

Categories: Events, Gallatin, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Nashville, Neighborhood, New Community, Realtor News, Single Family Home, Sumner County | Posted: February 20, 2018

Goodall Homes and Acopia Home Loans invite you to join us for a

Realtor Lunch & Learn- Sumner County

Learn about new Neighborhoods in Sumner County

Tuesday, March 6th

11:30am-12:30pm

The Club at Fairvue Plantation

981 Plantation Blvd Gallatin, TN 37066

Catered Lunch and Door Prizes

RSVP to jpastors@goodallhomes.com

Goodall Homes plans 206 units in Gallatin

Categories: Gallatin, New Community, New Floorplan, New Homes Nashville Area, Sumner County | Posted: July 20, 2016

(The Tennessean: Josh Cross, jcross@mtcngroup.com) Click HERE for Full Article)

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Goodall Homes is looking to build 206 homes along state Route 109 near the Clear Lake Meadows subdivision in Gallatin.

The Gallatin-based developer is seeking approval of a preliminary master development plan and rezoning request of 65.19 acres in the area. If approved by city officials, the request would allow for the construction of Patterson Farms, a 146 single-family home and 60 townhome development off Clear Lake Meadows Boulevard near Nichols Lane.

“There has always been, especially in Gallatin, a huge demand for housing for less than $250,000,” said Koby DuMont, land manager for Goodall Homes. “We want to get a product on the ground that people want, and we think this product is going to meet that demand.”

The proposed development would be built on land that was originally planned to be sections nine and 10 of the Clear Lake Meadows subdivision, according to Kevin Chastine, a planner with the Gallatin Planning Department.

Single-family homes will be between 1,600 and 2,400 square feet in size and range in price from about $180,000 to $220,000, according to DuMont. The majority will be two-story with some one-story homes with at least an optional bonus room offered.

“We’re trying to target a lower price point, but we don’t want to give up on the overall appearance of the community,” DuMont said. “They’re all going to have ornamental mailboxes and entry monuments that are going to be pretty similar to Fairvue’s. We want it to be kind of simple, but we want it to be elegant.”

The townhomes will be a similar product to Goodall Homes’ nearby Lenox Place development, but will not have a 55 and older age restriction requirement. The units will be between 1,600 and 1,800 square feet in size and prices are expected to be about $180,000 or in the low $200,000’s.

“Lenox has been an awesome project for us over the years, but we don’t want something that is going to look the exact same,” DuMont said. “The goal is to differentiate between the two… they’ll still look very similar, but they will have different color schemes and things like that.”

The Gallatin Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on the plan when it meets  July 25. Should it pass the planning commission, the plan must then pass two readings of the Gallatin City Council, and a public hearing must also be held.

If approved, an estimated timeline for construction of Patterson Farms is expected between 2016 and 2020, according to the plans submitted to the city.

Goodall Homes has also purchased section six of Clear Lake Meadows and plans to build 27 homes on the property. Work on the section could begin within the next three months and will tie into Patterson Farms once completed.

“This is a beautiful neighborhood as it is, so we’re going to follow their architectural restrictions,” DuMont said. “We want to match what they’ve already done and we’re going to try to make sure that what we do compliments their neighborhood.”

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.

Goodall Homes’ CFO, Rich Pankow, named one of Professional Builder Magazine’s 40 under 40!

Categories: Awards, Davidson County, Gallatin, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Professional Builder Magazine, TN Homes | Posted: March 9, 2016

(Article By Mike Beirne, Senior Editor of Professional Builder Magazine’s. Click HERE to read full article)

The Great Recession left some scars but must also have produced much wisdom because more than a dozen of home building’s superstars, named as 40 Under 40 winners by the editors of Professional Builder, cite surviving the economic slump as one of their greatest career accomplishments. These young leaders also played key roles in growing their companies by replacing a legacy system, expanding into new markets, and mastering many other tasks. Their back stories are interesting, too: from a bishop shepherding a congregation of 400 members, to a professional wakeboarder, to a college dropout, to the many other professionals in this altruistic bunch who have bettered their communities and the world beyond by going on mission trips, starting a foundation, fundraising for charities, or doing free remodeling for the needy. We proudly present our 40 Under 40 Class for 2016.

Rich Pankow, 39

CFO of Goodall Homes, Gallatin, Tenn.

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Education

  • BBA, Mercer University; MBA, University of Georgia; MAcc, College of William and Mary

Accomplishments

  • Empowered Goodall’s open-book management culture by making the reporting of financials and benchmarks more transparent to employees, implementing zero-based budgeting and cross-functional teams • Being part of senior management for a company that’s been a Top Workplace per The Tennessean since 2013, received Professional Builder’s 2014 Builder of the Year award, and won a Silver National Housing Quality Award in 2015

Extracurricular Habitat for Humanity

Off the clock : Renovating old homes • Favorite vacation: the mountains of North Carolina • Favorite movie: Groundhog Day • Favorite food: stone crabs • Favorite read: any American history book

Congrats Rich!!

 

What boomers want: Active adult communities designed just for them

Categories: Condominium, Cottages, Franklin, Gallatin, Goodall News, Housing Market, Lenox Place, Neighborhood, Nolensville, Realtor News, Subdivision, Sumner County, The Cottages at Bent Creek, The Tennessean, Williamson County | Posted: January 12, 2016

(This article is from the Tennessean on January 9, 2016.  It was written by Bill Lewis.  Please click here to view the original article.)

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Patty Bellar wanted the comfort, convenience and security of a one-level home closer to her grandchildren, so she purchased a house in one of the growing number of Nashville-area communities restricted to homeowners 55 and older.

Her neighbors, from states including Illinois, Arizona and Michigan, had the same idea.

“All of us downsized to be closer to our kids and grandchildren,” said Bellar, who moved from Robertson County to the Cottages at Bent Creek subdivision in Nolensville, where Goodall Homes is building 36 homes reserved for buyers at least 55 years old.

“Any builder is smart not to ignore this market,” said Bellar.

A fast-growing market

Home builders are taking her advice and planning construction of more than 1,300 homes in age-restricted communities across the region.

A partnership of Craighead Development and Ole South, one of the area’s largest home builders, hopes to launch The Binns, a 500-home active adult community planned for 285 acres off Lebanon Road in Hermitage.

In Lebanon, 240 active adult residences are planned at Hamilton Springs, Middle Tennessee’s first mass transit subdivision, which is being developed around a depot for the Music City Star commuter train.

In Spring Hill, Del Webb is launching Southern Springs on the Maury County side of the city. The community will have 600 homes on more than 300 acres. The company previously developed the 1,000-plus-home Lake Providence community in Mt. Juliet.

“Of the 76 million baby boomers in this country, 50 percent are between the ages of 50 and 58, which makes the over-50 buyer one of the fastest-growing consumer groups. With the recent completion of our Lake Providence community, there is no active adult community to meet the housing and lifestyle needs of the active baby boomer in Tennessee,” said Jon Cherry, Del Webb’s president in the state.

Goodall Homes, the company that built Bellar’s house in the Cottages at Bent Creek, has just 10 homes left to sell in that neighborhood. This year the company expects to build an additional 30 homes at Lenox Place, an active adult community in Gallatin. Lenox Place will have a total of about 240 homes when it is full, said Chris O’Neal, the company’s chief sales officer.

“We hear a common theme from our customers,” he said. “Their children have moved out and they need something with less upkeep.”

Homes for active adults feature one-level living, no-step entries and interior doorways wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. Exterior maintenance is performed by the homeowner’s association.

Bellar said those are the features she was looking for. She’s mobile and active, but was planning ahead.

“You don’t believe there will come a day, but I just didn’t want steps,” she said.

A successful blueprint

Bill Hostettler, chief manager of Craighead Development, said Del Webb’s success at Lake Providence proves that demand is growing for active adult communities.

“We want to copy Del Webb in Mt. Juliet,” he said of plans for The Binns in Hermitage.

Nashville has a lack of housing that appeals to the active adults moving to Middle Tennessee, said Hostettler.

“They want to live near the grandkids, but it’s hard for them to find a nice home on a small lot,” he said.

The community will feature homes ranging from 1,200 to 2,500 square feet. Most will be single-level, but some may feature an upstairs bonus room. That floor plan has proven popular in other communities because the bonus area can be converted to quarters for a caregiver.

The site’s current agriculture zoning allows homes on two-acre lots. The developers are requesting a change to allow 1.75 homes per acre. More than half of the 285-acre site will be preserved as green space.

The proposed site is near the city’s Stones River Bend Park and is close to shopping and a YMCA.

The developers intend to donate several acres for expansion of adjacent Hermitage Elementary School. They will give another 40 acres to the city to extend a greenway along the Cumberland River.

“Think about getting on your bike and riding downtown,” said Hostettler. “You could ride your bike to the football game.”

Reach Bill Lewis at 615-262-5862 or wlewis77229@comcast.net.

Sumner County Offers Good Life for Less

Categories: Gallatin, Goodall Homes, Hendersonville, Millstone, Neighborhood, New Community, Realtor News, Sumner County | Posted: December 8, 2015

(This article was posted on December 3rd by The Tennessean, and was written by Bill Lewis.  For the full article, click here.)

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Ali and Mike Oxley considered buying a new house in Williamson County, but then they found a home with the same floor plan in Sumner County for tens of thousands of dollars less.

The Oxleys were the first owners to move into a new single-family home in Millstone, the new Hendersonville subdivision being developed by Goodall Homes.

“Our home would probably have cost 30 percent more in Franklin. It’s ridiculous to pay more for what you want,” Ali Oxley said.

Builders are counting on thousands of home buyers to discover Sumner County. Goodall has plans for 614 homes in Millstone. Prices start at $279,900. Durham Farms, the Hendersonville neighborhood being launched by Texas-based Freehold Communities, will have 1,100 homes with prices expected to start in the mid to upper $200,000s.

Homes in phase one of Durham Farms will be built by Lennar Homes, David Weekley Homes, Drees Homes and Celebration Homes. The neighborhood’s grand opening is expected to be held next spring.

In Gallatin, Ole South, one of the region’s largest builders, offers homes in several subdivisions, including Stratford Park and Cairo Estates, where prices start in the $160,000s, and Fairway Farms, with prices beginning in the high $200,000s.

“Sumner County is getting more magnetic every day,” Ole South Vice President Trey Lewis said.

Same qualities for less

“We see a lot of people shopping Rutherford, Williamson and Sumner counties. A lot of people are considering all three,” he said.

Goodall Homes Vice President Todd Reynolds said buyers are attracted by Sumner County’s combination of good schools, a strong economy and job growth, a lifestyle that includes golf courses and Old Hickory Lake, reasonably quick commutes and affordability.

“It’s like the perfect storm. It’s like all of the pieces of the puzzle are coming together at once,” he said.

Goodall’s sales are strong in Thompson’s Station, Nolensville and Franklin in Williamson County, but the company now sells more homes in Sumner County, where it builds in neighborhoods including Millstone, Carellton, Elk Acres, Foxland Harbor, the Retreat at Fairvue and Lenox Place, a community for buyers 55 and older, he said.

One reason for Sumner County’s popularity is price. Soaring lot costs are driving up home prices throughout Williamson County, but building sites and homes are more affordable in Sumner County, Reynolds said.

A townhome that Goodall builds for $350,000 in Franklin can be purchased in Millstone for $225,000, he said. “The same, exact townhome,” Reynolds said. “People are realizing there are choices out there.”

A place to put down roots

Sumner County’s growing population is creating demand for new neighborhoods like Durham Farms, said Suzanne Maddalon, vice president of Freehold Communities. The population, which the U.S. Census Bureau estimated at 172,706 in 2014, has grown about 25 percent since 2000.

Many of those new residents will commute to Nashville on Interstate 65 or Highway 31 East. But Maddalon said others will be employed locally by companies including Beretta USA. The firearms manufacturer relocated to Gallatin, where it will operate a $45 million manufacturing and R&D facility that is expected to create 300 jobs.

“Freehold Communities believes that Hendersonville provides an excellent location for a new home community due to the top-performing schools, the access to Old Hickory Lake, the expansive trail and park systems, which allows for a healthier lifestyle, as well as the proximity to downtown Nashville and all the city has to offer,” Maddalon said.

Durham Farms is expected to attract move-down empty nesters as well as young, move-up families. In addition to its 1,100 homes, the community will feature a recreation-amenity center called The Farmhouse with more than 5,200 square feet of space.

The Farmhouse will include a state-of-the-art fitness facility complete with a group fitness room, The Hub Wi-fi Cafe, a resort-style pool and splash pad for children, a great lawn for community events, a natural “playscape” tot lot, and a full-time social and activities director. In addition, the neighborhood will feature 3 miles of walking trails and several pocket parks.

The Oxleys, who moved from Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood, see Hendersonville as the place where they want to start their family.

“We really want to put roots down,” said Ali Oxley.

Reach Bill Lewis at 615-262-5862 or wlewis77229@comcast.net.

Goodall Homes is awarded a Silver National Housing Quality Award

Categories: Awards, Employee News, Gallatin, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Nashville Area Homebuilder, New Homes Nashville Area, Press Release, Professional Builder Magazine, Realtor News, Sumner County | Posted: October 20, 2015

Building Industry Leaders to be Honored with National Housing Quality Awards

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October 1, 2015, Nashville, TN.— In the highly-competitive residential construction market, the importance of improving customer satisfaction, reducing construction callbacks, and increasing marketability are paramount. From among the many builders who understand this challenge and are embracing quality management, a few have distinguished themselves from their peers by applying for and receiving a prestigious National Housing Quality (NHQ) Award. This year’s competition recognized one U.S. builder –Goodall Homes of Gallatin, TN– as a Silver Award winner.

The NHQ Award, started in 1993, was designed to recognize residential construction companies for excellence in quality achievement and to promote awareness of customer-focused quality as an increasingly vital element of competitiveness and productivity for building professionals. Entries for the award are judged by a distinguished panel of experts who evaluate the role that customer-focused quality plays in construction, business management, sales, design, and warranty service, among other aspects of each business. Following their examination of Goodall Homes’ entry and their subsequent on-site evaluation of the company and interviews with its employees, the NHQ Award judges all agreed that the company possesses an excellent understanding of what elements drive customer satisfaction and makes them a well managed company providing high values to their customers.

Locally owned and operated, Goodall Homes has been building new single family homes, townhomes, condominiums, courtyard cottages, and villas since 1983. Since then, Goodall Homes has developed many residential communities in locations in the Greater Nashville area, such as Franklin, Thompson’s Station, North Nashville, Mount Juliet, Lebanon, Hendersonville, Goodlettsville, Gallatin, White House, and Cane Ridge. Goodall Homes has had record years in sales and customer service in recent years, establishing themself as one of the fastest growing and most respected home builders in Tennessee.

The expert judging panel for the 2016 Awards included former NHQ Award winners and quality management experts.

Please click HERE for an article written specifically by Professional Builder magazine on Goodall Homes.

The National Housing Quality program is sponsored by Professional Builder magazine.

For more information on this year’s NHQ Award winners, the award program generally, or to receive an Application for next year’s competition, contact the NHQ Award program Director, Serge Ogranovitch at 703.980.6565 or by email at serge@potomack.net

NBJ announces 2015 Sumner County Impact Awards winners

Categories: Awards, Employee News, Gallatin, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Nashville Business Journal, Press Release, Realtor News, Sumner County, Team | Posted: July 2, 2015

The Nashville Business Journal has announced the 2015 Sumner Co Impact Awards winners.  Congrats to our President/Owner, Bob Goodall, and all the recipients for making a positive impact on your community and business environment in Sumner County!

To view the entire list, click HERE.

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.”