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005: Inside the Building Process – with Eva Fryar


Inside the Building Process – with Eva Fryar

“When you hand the keys to that homeowner, that’s the biggest investment of their lives… there’s a personal touch there… it’s just incredible.” — Eva Fryar

Welcome to New Home Made Simple, where Cyndie Roche and her team of homebuilding experts make everything about buying and building a new home make sense. Cyndie is a 25-year veteran of the home building and real estate industries. Join us as she breaks down the ins and outs of making sure you get what you want when you build your next home.

On this episode, Cyndie talks with Eva Fryar, VP of Construction Operations at Payne Family Homes. Eva oversees the entire chain of construction for Payne from architectural plans to final warranties. A leader in her field, Eva is one of very few women at her position and she’s exceptionally skilled at what she does, having received a number of awards including being named one of St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Eva joins the podcast to talk about her construction background, Payne’s design and construction processes, and the amazing employment opportunities available in the construction trades these days.

They discuss:

  • Areas Eva manages:
    • Purchasing and Estimating
    • Architecture
    • Warranties
    • Construction and Field Work
  • Eva’s longstanding history of award-winning work:
    • 40 Under 40 — St. Louis Business Journal
    • Wonder Woman Award — Small Business Monthly
    • Women in Construction Award — Constructech
    • 40 Under 40 Winner — Professional Builder
    • Prom Queen
    • Coloring Contest Champ (Age 6)
  • Eva’s work managing the St. Jude Dream Home build for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • How Eva got into construction
    • Her father was a construction electrician, she tagged along on occasion as a kid
    • Eva was fascinated with skyscrapers and wanted to study civil engineering at Purdue University
    • Wanted to do more hands-on work; transitioned to construction management
  • Being hesitant to enter the construction management program because she was a woman and wasn’t sure she would fit in
    • Spent the summer framing homes
    • Fell in love with home construction
  • Joined the Jones Company, which was purchased by Centex in 2003
  • Centex is a national builder, Eva learned a lot from working for them
  • Production Builders vs. Custom Builders
    • Production builders have a set series of architectural plans, and they build in subdivisions
    • Custom builders work from custom architectural plans, typically on a lot the buyer found themselves
  • Architectural blueprints for a custom home start around $30k-$40k
  • Building the same set of plans over and over allows you to perfect those plans and work out the kinks so the buyer gets the best version of their home
  • How Eva thinks about what her buyers are looking for
    • Examining floor plans from a lifestyle point of view
    • Planning out every nook and cranny
  • The power of building a strong, dedicated, collaborative team
  • Payne’s Community Managers, collectively, have hundreds of years of experience helping buyers select the options and finishes that best reflect their taste and lifestyle
  • Construction organizations Eva is involved with:
    • St. Jude (Payne just finished their 5th Dream Home Giveaway for St. Jude)
    • Professional Women in Building Council
    • PWBC is a branch of St. Louis Home Builders Association (HBA)
    • A large part of Eva’s engagement with PWBC and HBA is in building up the Student HBA Chapters at North Tech and South Tech
    • ‘Competition in a Box’ a high-school blueprint/builder competition
  • The value of joining the Carpenters Union in St. Louis through their apprentice program:
    • Starting work and continuing school at the same time, with an Associate’s Degree at the end
    • A strong alternative to college
  • Eva enjoys giving back and showing students a day-in-the-life look at her job
  • Building a family in the industry, creating relationships in the trades
  • Building a home means you’re responsible for constructing the largest investment in your buyer’s life

004: Konnected Living with Kohler – with Jason Keller

004: Konnected Living with Kohler – with Jason Keller

“When we innovate, it’s not just in design, it’s not just in the technology—it’s in the installation, it’s in how we service it, as well as the user experience.” — Jason Keller

Welcome to New Home Made Simple, where Cyndie Roche and her team of home building experts make everything about buying and building a new home make sense. Cyndie is a 25-year veteran of the home building and real estate industries. Join us as she breaks down the ins and outs of making sure you get what you want when you build your next home.

On today’s episode, Cyndie talk to Jason Keller, Sr. Channel Manager, KOHLER Faucets Marketing at Kohler Co. Jason is the guru of marketing at Kohler, and he’s worked for Kohler for the majority of his career; bouncing around between different businesses and departments, learning the ins and outs of every aspect of the business. He joins the podcast today to introduce the Kohler Konnect line of smart home products and talk about how consumers can integrate them into their new homes, or add them to their existing homes.

● Kohler’s history: Started in 1873—it’s still a family-owned, family-managed company
● The story of the creation of Kohler’s first bathtub (an enameled horse trough), and selling it for a cow and 14 chickens
● The joys of visiting the towns of Kohler, WI and Sheboygan, WI
● Kohler’s mission—Gracious Living: to extend or enhance the level of gracious living for anyone who encounters their products or services
○ Creating products that cause people to smile
● The Kohler Pillars:
○ Innovation
○ Design
○ Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Practices
○ Health & Wellbeing of the User
● Kohler Businesses: Kitchen & Bath, Power, Decorative Products, Hospitality
● The Kohler Konnect Lab; designing and building technology-integrated home products
● The power of taking complicated ideas and making them simple
● “New KOHLER® Konnect™ Smart Home Products” (The YouTube video played during the episode)
● DTV Digital Showers; set the precise temperature & duration, and have the shower remember the settings
○ Faster and easier to plumb than traditional options
● Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror
● Integrating with Amazon Alexa for voice control
● Introducing Kohler Konnect at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
● Kohler is the first company to offer a total-room smart-plumbing bathroom solution
● A clean, safe interface: no wires, built to handle steam and still be safe
● Saving time without having to sacrifice the experiences we appreciate the most
● Adding an amazing layer of convenience to everyday life
● Tracking water usage with Kohler touchless kitchen faucets
● Filling a glass, coffee pot, or sink via voice command
● Kohler will also offer the same products without Alexa or other voice assistants
● Kohler Smart Home products are also excellent replacement/remodel options
● All products should be available within the next few months, with more to come in the future
● Kohler challenged smart device companies to figure out how their programs could be integrated into Kohler’s products
● Want to register to win free Kohler Smart Home products in our Kohler Giveaway? Stay tuned for news about the upcoming grand opening of the Payne Family Homes NEW DESIGN CENTER. Email onlineconsultant@paynefamilyhomes.com, call or text 314-477-1218 for more information.

002: Your Four Options as a Buyer – with Dani Moss


Your Four Options as a Buyer – with Dani Moss

“We’re going to talk about buyer options; the new, the used, and the ambitious…” — Cyndie Roche

Welcome to New Home Made Simple, where Cyndie Roche and her team of home building experts make everything about buying and building a new home make sense. Cyndie is a 25-year veteran of the home building and real estate industries. Join us as she breaks down the ins and outs of making sure you get what you want when you build your next home.

On today’s episode, Cyndie is joined once again by Dani Moss. Today they’re talking about the options that buyers have when they’re looking for a new home. Cyndie and Dani discuss four options; resale, building on your own land, buying from a home builder, and inventory homes.

They discuss:

  • Resale homes: homes that have already been lived in
  • Pleading the 5th on their feelings about Zillow
  • Trusting knowledgeable advisors when it comes to values
  • Being ready to close quickly
  • “Contingency”: having a home that you need to sell before you can move into a new home
  • “Writing firm”: buying quickly and closing quickly
  • Remodeling projects
  • Average housing stock on resale is 20-30 years old
  • Pre-approval for mortgages
  • Finding a lender that can support purchase transactions
  • The Ambitious: building on your own land
    • Improving raw land; sewer, water, electric, gas, internet, septic, water well
    • 25% of your loan can go to improvement
    • Home builder lots cost more because these improvements have already been made
  • Good dirt vs. Bad dirt; soil taps are needed to ensure you can build the home you want
    • Sand and solid rock can cause problems
  • Homesites:
    • What your yard will look like
    • Orientation of the home toward the sun
    • Different houses fit better on different home sites
    • Ingrade, lookout, walkout and other home site options
  • Your home builder is your general contractor, your architect, and your designer
  • “Elevation”: Everything that makes up the front of your home
  • Benefit of working with a home builder: your contracted price is final, versus building on your own, where prices will fluctuate with the market
  • Do you have to carry a loan through the construction process? Typically no, you don’t
  • Locking in loan rates
  • Inventory homes — an excellent option
  • The bigger the builder the more likely that they’ll have multiple inventory options
  • Warranties on new construction homes; 10-year warranty on foundation and structure

001: Do I really need a realtor? – with Linda Boehmer

Linda Boehmer on New Home Made Simple

“We always tell our clients, ‘Our goal is for you to love your home.’” — Linda Boehmer

Welcome to New Home Made Simple, where Cyndie Roche and her team of home building experts make everything about buying and building a new home make sense. Cyndie is a 25-year veteran of the home building and real estate industries. Join us as she breaks down the ins and outs of making sure you get what you want when you build your next home.

Today, Cyndie talks with Linda Boehmer, Broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties, to talk about what role a realtor plays in the process of buying a new home. Linda is a founding partner of the Boehmer Team, a real estate firm with over 50 years of experience.

They discuss:

  • Finding the balance between builders, agents, and buyers
  • The history of the home building market in the last 20 years
  • The role of a realtor in the new home buying process
  • The impact of home buying shows on the buying process:
  • Shows shot in other states may not know the laws and regulations in your market
  • The value of a realtor who understands the new construction market
  • Helping buyers understand the varying costs of different options
  • The hard costs of building a home
  • A realtor that knows what their buyer wants; honing a buyer’s wants and needs and finding the community and floor plan that is right for them
  • What’s right for you vs. the buyer you will sell to down the line
  • Being able to accurately visualize the finished lot when looking at available lots before construction
  • How to sell the house you have so you can buy a new home
  • Double moves, lease-backs, and more
  • Keeping a list of preferred lenders
  • Inventory homes vs. going through the building process
  • Buying inventory can allow you to buy at undermarket rates
  • Buying inventory can help folks who need to see it to believe it
  • Why you should never feel like you settled when buying a home
  • Builders keep getting smarter