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State sales man­ager for Eden Brae Homes, Bill Hawie learnt the pit­falls of the build­ing in­dus­try the hard way when he bought his first house and land pack­age.

“It was that pe­riod in 1988/89 when in­ter­est rates were re­ally high (more than 16 per cent) and I de­cided to o buy a house and land pack­age,” Bill ll says. “There were chronic de­lays with the builder and after 12 weeks, the builder re­neged on the agree­ment so that he would not be pro­vid­ing floor cov­er­ings, air­con­di­tion­ing or a drive­way. It was a take it or leave it sit­u­a­tion.”

In ad­di­tion, Bill’s blocked sloped away from the street quite steeply, re­quir­ing a se­ries of re­tain­ing walls.

“They were to be done by me,” he says. “After the house was built, it was worth less than the re­sale value be­cause it sat sig­nif­i­cantly lower than street level.”

Bill says if he could sit down with his younger self, he would strongly sug­gest choos­ing a rep­utable builder. “Choose a rep­utable builder that has been around for a long time and has some ethics,” Bill says. “We (at Eden Brae) don’t ad­vo­cate hav­ing 100 per cent trust in the builder but if you’re go­ing to part with $400,0 $400,000 to $500,000, you need to see for your­self that you are deal­ing w with the right peo­ple.” He says you can’t do too much re­search be­fore buy­ing a block of land and sign­ing on the dot­ted line with a builder. “I wish I knew then how to read r land con­tours bet­ter to ide iden­tify steep blocks,” Bill says. “Afte “After we moved into the house, it took a long lo time to do the re­tain­ing walls. The drive­way had to be done im­me­di­ately but the land­scap­ing had to wait.” And don’t make agree­ments based on a hand­shake and a chat. “Ul­ti­mately if you have any dis­putes, what is in the con­tract will over­ride any ver­bal dis­cus­sion,” he says.

Eden Brae Homes of­fers in­di­vid­ual de­signs as well as house and land pack­ages for a range of bud­gets.

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