Greenville SC is 17th most affordable housing market in the country

Housing affordability nationwide rose to a record high during the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released in February.  Nearly 76% of all new and existing homes sold during October, November and December 2011 were affordable to families earning the national median income of $64,200 – the highest percentage recorded in the 20-year history of the index.

In Greenville SC, housing affordability was the highest since NAHB started measuring affordability in 1991, with 84.7 percent of area homes affordable to a family making the median income. Greenville is the 17th most affordable market in the country.  It truly is a great time to buy a home with housing that has never been more affordable and mortgage interest rates at a record low.

The most affordable large metro in the country at the end of last year was Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa., where 95.1% of all homes sold during the quarter were within reach of households earning the area’s median family income of $54,900. Also ranking at the top of the affordability list this time around were Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL.; Modesto, CA; Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA.; and Toledo, OH, in that order.

Among smaller housing markets, Kokomo, IN, topped the list, with 99.2% of homes sold during the fourth quarter being affordable to families earning the median income of $59,100. Other smaller housing markets at the top of the affordability scale include Fairbanks, AL; Cumberland, MD-WV; Lima, OH; and Rockford, IL.

By contrast, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ. retained its title as the least affordable major housing market during 2011’s final quarter, with just 29% of all homes sold being affordable to those earning the area’s median income of $67,400. This was the 15th consecutive quarter in which that metro has sunk to the bottom of the affordability chart. Other major metro areas near the bottom include Honolulu; San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA; Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA; and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA, respectively.

The least affordable small metro area in the fourth quarter of 2011 was Ocean City, NJ, where 47.5% of the homes were affordable to families earning the median income of $70,100. Other small metros near the bottom included Laredo, TX; San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA.; Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA; and Brownsville-Harlingen, TX.

Contact Dillard-Jones Builders about building a new custom home in beautiful and affordable Greenville, SC.

 

 

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Interior design team named for DIllard-Jones Builders 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home

The interior design team for the 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home by Dillard-Jones Builders features some of the finest interior designers in the Upstate area of South Carolina including The Galleries of Brian Brigham, SH Designs, Bogari, and ID Studio Interiors. The house is now under construction in The River Reserve Phase Four and will open to the public for four weekends this coming May.

A Dillard-Jones custom design, the 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home is a basement plan featuring 5,000 heated square feet and more than 1,200 square feet of outdoor living space that takes advantage of a nearly one-acre lot on Tugaloo Court along the Saluda River. House features include a wine cellar with tasting room, indoor/outdoor bar with seating, Master suite with coffee bar, sleeping porch, grilling deck, and outdoor living area with fireplace.

Interior designers and their selected areas of the 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home are: The Galleries of Brian Brigham – entire downstairs including recreation/family room, indoor/outdoor bar, wine cellar, secondary bedrooms, and downstairs powder room; SH Designs – foyer, kitchen, dining room and family room; Bogari – sleeping porch, Sunday morning room; ID Studio Interiors – Master suite and main level powder room.

Presented by River Reserve Holdings LLC and Builders First Source, the 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home will incorporate the products and services of more than 40 local building suppliers, along with those of Southern Living Custom Builder Program National Sponsors including Jeld-Wen Windows, Lennox, Belgard Hardscapes, Sherwin-Williams and Sunbrella.

The 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home will be the fourth Southern Living tour home presented by Dillard-Jones Builders. Our 2008 Showcase Home in Tuscany Falls and the 2010 Showcase Home in Claremont won the Upstate homebuilder 2009 and 2011 Southern Living Builder of the Year honors. The 2009 award marked the first time a South Carolina builder had won the prestigious national award, and in 2011 Dillard-Jones became the first two-time winner in the 18-year history of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program. The company has a full-page Builder of the Year feature in the Dec. 2011 issue of Southern Living magazine, which now is on newsstands.

Consumers can follow the progress of the 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home by Dillard-Jones Builders at www.dillardjones.com.

 

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Foundation work underway at 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home

Sealing Agents installs a Delta®Drain foundation system at the 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home.

Foundation work is well underway at the 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home by Dillard-Jones Builders. This week, Sealing Agents is installing a Delta®Drain system, a product effective in controlling the flow of water and preventing damage from soil moisture through cracks and gaps in below grade structures.

Delta®Drain is a two-layer geocomposite product. The first layer is the high-density polyethylene drainage core that drains incoming water freely to the footing perimeter drain, preventing the build-up of hydrostatic pressure against the waterproofing layer. It also acts as a protection layer for the waterproofing material during backfill operations.

The second layer is a heat-bonded polypropylene geotextile. Securely bonded to the dimple crowns by a thermal process for lasting durability and performance, this geosynthetic material provides superb filtering performance. This rot-proof geotextile is highly water permeable, and prevents clogging of the flow passages in the drainage core. The result: continuous drainage of incoming water to the footing perimeter drain, thus protecting the foundation against water damage for many decades to come.

You can follow the construction progress of the 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home here. The 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home is under construction in The River Reserve Phase Four. Presented by River Reserve Holdings LLC and Builders First Source, the 2012 Showcase Home will open to the public next May for four weekends.

The 2012 Showcase Home will be the fourth Southern Living tour home presented by Dillard-Jones Builders. The company’s 2008 Showcase Home in Tuscany Falls and the 2010 Showcase Home in Claremont won the Upstate homebuilder 2009 and 2011 Southern Living Builder of the Year honors. The 2009 award marked the first time a South Carolina builder had won the prestigious national award, and in 2011 Dillard-Jones became the first two-time winner in the 18-year history of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program. The company has a full-page Builder of the Year feature in the Dec. 2011 issue of Southern Living magazine, which is now on newsstands.

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Easy holiday mantel ideas from Southern Living

The mantel is one of the easiest places in your home to add some holiday cheer. Click here for easy ideas from Southern Living on dressing up your mantel for the holidays. For information on custom mantels in your new custom home, contact Dillard-Jones Builders, the 2011 Southern Living Custom Builder of the Year.

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Dillard-Jones Renovations a natural extention of Dillard-Jones Builders

Smith residence before

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. In our case, Greer SC resident Sallie Smith was necessity and Dillard-Jones Renovations the invention.

A longtime fan of all things Southern Living, Sallie visited our first Southern Living Showcase Home in Griffith Farmand fell in love with the floor plan. The spacious kitchen/breakfast area/keeping room combination was just what Sallie

Smith residence after

wanted in her 30-year-old residence to better accommodate large family gatherings and entertaining.

We tried to convince Sallie that a new custom home was the way to go, but she wouldn’t budge. As it turned out, Sallie was right all along. A custom home renovations company was a natural extension of our custom home building business. The same skills, expertise and passion for the work apply.

Founded in 2008, Dillard-Jones Renovations uses the same design/build process as Dillard-Jones Builders. As the renovations contractor, we drafts the design, estimate costs, set the production schedule, and supervise construction to guarantee that the project is on time and on budget. And standing behind the project is an experienced custom homebuilder who understands each phase of construction from permitting and land use to design and engineering.

In the recent housing downturn, remodeling is holding its own with U.S. home remodeling expenditures expected to rise 20 percent in 2011 compared with 2010, according to the National Association of Home Builders. In the South, where the housing downturn is weathering the storm better than in other regions, homeowners are generally opting for projects like updating kitchens, replacing roofs, adding porches and smaller rooms.

At Dillard-Jones Renovations, our projects range from outdoor living additions to whole home renovations. A number of our clients, like Sallie, are happy with the location of their existing home but not the floor plan. In addition to new custom home construction, our in-house design team has a great deal of experience modifying an existing floor plan and adding custom features that turn it into a custom fit.

At the Smith residence in Greer, a 1500-square-foot expansion doubled the size of the kitchen and added an adjacent family room, hallway, bathroom and mudroom leading to the garage. A two-car garage was enlarged to accommodate three cars and a side porch was built off the kitchen. The design also included wider hallways and bathroom features such as higher countertops and walk-in shower as Aging In Place features.

“Dillard-Jones allowed us to add on to our home to make it the dream home that we really wanted without having to tear down and start over,” Smith said. “We were able to keep the things that we really liked about our home and add on things to make it exactly the dream home we wanted.

For more information, contact Dillard-Jones Renovations at (864) 527-0463 or view our before-and-after photo galleries.

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2012 Southern Living® Showcase Home Groundbreaking

Photo: Mrs. Emily Doll, Maddox Doll, Tom Dillard, and Susan Vernon.

November 23, 2011 – Ground was broken for the start of the 2012 Southern Living® Showcase Home in The River Reserve Phase IV. Be sure to follow the progress here.

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Dillard-Jones Builders Announces 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home

We will break ground this week on our 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home in The River Reserve Phase IV. Presented by River Reserve Holdings LLC and Builders First Source, the 2012 Showcase Home will open to the public next May for four weekends.

The 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home will be the fourth Southern Living tour home that we have had the pleasure to present to Upstate South Carolina residents and visitors. Our 2008 Showcase Home in Tuscany Falls and the 2010 Showcase Home in Claremont won the Upstate homebuilder 2009 and 2011 Southern Living Builder of the Year honors. The 2009 award marked the first time a South Carolina builder had won the prestigious national award, and in 2011 Dillard-Jones became the first two-time winner in the 18-year history of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program. The company has a full-page Builder of the Year feature in the Dec. 2011 issue of Southern Living magazine, which is now on newsstands.

A Dillard-Jones custom design, the 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home by Dillard-Jones Builders is a basement plan featuring approximately 5,000 heated square feet and more than 1,200 square feet of outdoor living space that takes advantage of the river front lot. House features include a wine cellar with tasting room, media room, indoor/outdoor bar with seating, master suite with coffee bar, sleeping porch, grilling deck, and outdoor living area with fireplace. Consumers can follow the progress of the 2012 Showcase Home at www.dillardjones.com.

Dillard-Jones Builders LLC specializes in custom residential construction ranging from the $500,000’s to more than $2 million. A member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program since 2007, Dillard-Jones represents Southern Living magazine in Greenville SC and Asheville NC and has offices at Regency Commons in Greer, SC and at Town Square in Asheville, NC.

For more information, call (864) 527-0463 or visit www.dillardjones.com.

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