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How To Find a Really Great Builder in Dallas: Go to the Folks Who Know How to Ask Those Really Tough Questions

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People are always asking me how to find a builder they can trust! Last Thursday, you may have heard me Face-Booking, tweeting and making noises about Highland Homes, Darling Homes, Lantana and Castle Hills. And why was I so bullish on these¬† builders? Because they were cleaning up the show at the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas McSam Awards. These winners were the People’s Choice because, for the fist time ever, people like you and me had voted on them, given them their seal of approval.

The McSam , or “maximum creativity in marketing and sales”, rewards excellence in building sales and marketing. High volume builders as well as luxury builders¬†who have created a Luxury Home of the Year can enter.¬† McSam is part of a bigger network of local and regional building excellence awards programs– such as MAME in California and Colorado, and the PRISM Awards in Houston. The program started in l979 and grew in the boom years of new home sales.¬† Usually a gussied-up, Oscar-style event, this year, as you can imagine, it was toned down to a dance boogie session at House of Blues. And in years past there have been more categories like architectural design, interior merchandising, individual sales achievement in all price categories, advertising and marketing programs, Builder of the Year and Community of the Year. The builders also did some “crowd sourcing” for a genuine real People’s choice Award. Highland Homes won People‚Äôs Choice Builder of the Year honors. Lantana was named People‚Äôs Choice Community of the Year.

Darling Homes was the REALTOR®’s Choice Builder of the Year, and Castle Hills was honored as the REALTOR®’s Choice Community of the Year.

Now in its 32nd year, The McSAM Awards added the new People‚Äôs Choice Awards based on consumer and real estate professional voting.¬† Market Research Answers, Inc. was enlisted to conduct a survey of recent homebuyers, prospects and real estate agents from email contact lists supplied by participating builders and communities, more than 30,000 contacts in all. MRA’s clients include Pepsico, Frito-Lay and Starbucks. MRA dug deep into respondent‚Äôs feedback about their experience on everything from home design, sales experience, customer service, community lifestyle and overall satisfaction.

“Specifically for the purpose of the People’s Choice Awards, Market Research Answers asked respondents to rate – on a scale from zero to 10 – how likely they would be to recommend a particular builder or community to a friend or family member,” explained Harold Gross of Market Research Answers. “This question is THE gold standard in customer satisfaction surveying.  Responses were tallied and for each builder and community and an average score was calculated – the winners, of course, being those builders and communities with the highest average score.”

Winners in additional judged categories were:

  • Best New Product ‚Äì K. Hovnanian Homes, The Villas at Craig Ranch;
  • Best Green Building Program ‚Äì Meritage Homes;
  • Most Innovative Marketing Concept ‚Äì Meritage Homes, De-Constructed Home Learning Center;
  • Luxury Home of the Year ‚Äì Simmons Estate Homes, Casa Montecito;
  • Multifamily Community of the Year ‚Äì Grenadier Homes, Villas in the Park;
  • Sales Professional of the Year ‚Äì Michelle Brighi, K. Hovnanian Homes; and
  • Real Estate Professional of the Year; ‚Äì Carole Waugh, Ebby Halliday REALTORS¬Æ.
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Candy Evans

Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters, bloggers and consultants. She reports on Dallas real estate for WFAA-TV’s Daybreak with Ron Corning, and is frequently called as a real estate expert by other Dallas media. She is also a real-estate editor for CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, the Katy Trail Weekly and the White Rock Weekly. She even has her own web-based Real Estate show called, The Party Line. Candy has written for AOL Real Estate, and is a guest blogger for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News plus a host of national sites. Candy was a longtime contributing editor to Dallas’ D Magazine and sister pubs, and in 2007 founded the wildly successful Dallas real estate blog, DallasDirt. That’s where she broke the news on where former president George W. Bush bought his Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of an exciting platform of Dallas-based real estate sites including SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market, and her signature CandysDirt.com, everything you need to know about real estate in North Texas. And yes, we are still psyched about the GOLD! In 2013, CandysDirt.com was named Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations, and the only association for journalists covering real estate, home and urban design. We snatched silver in 2015, and who knows what 2016 brings...

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  1. Alex Roostaei says

    its nice to see builders clean up their act, I personally have seem some shady houses built over the years, congrats to the winners! on a side note, I know of a great builder in Preston Hollow, Candy can attest to that 🙂

  2. Alex Roostaei says

    its nice to see builders clean up their act, I personally have seem some shady houses built over the years, congrats to the winners! on a side note, I know of a great builder in Preston Hollow, Candy can attest to that 🙂

  3. Candy Evans says

    I sure can! Truthfully, I am a huge new home fan. My builder still comes out and checks things ten years later! That's why, when you seek a home builder, you need to talk to the CONSUMERS not peers.

  4. mmCandy Evans says

    I sure can! Truthfully, I am a huge new home fan. My builder still comes out and checks things ten years later! That's why, when you seek a home builder, you need to talk to the CONSUMERS not peers.

  5. Alex Roostaei says

    well said…my builder always says he builds each home as if he and his family are going to move into it instead of viewing it as something to build quickly and sell. Nice to see more builders are taking on that philosophy.

  6. Alex Roostaei says

    well said…my builder always says he builds each home as if he and his family are going to move into it instead of viewing it as something to build quickly and sell. Nice to see more builders are taking on that philosophy.

  7. Betty Cinmeath says

    The best is to hear it from individuals and people. I'd love to hear more about builders on your blog, Candy, because then others could chime in with their experiences and opinions. Those "Best Of" lists are a joke. We bought a home by Shariff-Munir and love it, best builder ever!

  8. Betty Cinmeath says

    The best is to hear it from individuals and people. I'd love to hear more about builders on your blog, Candy, because then others could chime in with their experiences and opinions. Those "Best Of" lists are a joke. We bought a home by Shariff-Munir and love it, best builder ever!

  9. Scott M. says

    A builder is only as good as the people that are doing the work. The owners of the house next door might have had a phenomenal crew, while my house is being built by the "B" team. Not everyone has the same work ethic. It's easy to make broad generalizations.

  10. Scott M. says

    A builder is only as good as the people that are doing the work. The owners of the house next door might have had a phenomenal crew, while my house is being built by the "B" team. Not everyone has the same work ethic. It's easy to make broad generalizations.

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