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Planning for a New Home for the New Year

Planning For a New Home for the New Year

Buying a new home and packing up your whole life is a big undertaking! There are so many variables that can throw your plans off course. Prepare for your big transition with this moving checklist from the GreenTech team!

Plan Your Budget

A new home is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. To make your move less stressful, start planning your budget yesterday! 

If you know where you want to move, begin comparing home prices. Compare houses that are similar to determine the average cost in that area. Look at details like:

  • Square footage
  • Build year
  • Recent remodels or upgrades
  • Property size
  • Garage size
  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms

These factors drastically impact the overall cost of a home, and will help you gauge the market in your desired area. Use tools like Zillow and Redfin to make comparison shopping easier.

Set Aside Two Important Funds

When planning your home buying budget, be sure to dedicate money to two essential funds. Your down payment is the first fund, and should include 10% to 20% of the cost of your home. This sum is crucial to the purchase process and will make financing much easier. A solid down payment gives you flexibility. You can avoid private mortgage insurance, you’re a more competitive candidate to the seller, and you save money by paying less interest.

The second important fund is an emergency fund. Buying a new home will likely forego the need for this fund, but an old home can quickly eat into your savings. Having a healthy cushion for emergency repairs and surprise expenses can be a big help when moving. Even if you buy new, having this money set aside can come in handy for other personal emergencies that may need the attention of your wallet. 

As a side note, avoid big purchases. Your home purchase is the priority right now. Any extra spending can get in the way of your dream home. Don’t make major purchases that could impact your credit score or wipe out your bank account.

Decide If You’re Buying New Or Used

Older homes can sometimes be more affordable, but newer homes come with all the best benefits! With a new home from GreenTech, you’ll have confidence that your home will need little maintenance and virtually no repairs in the near future. We hand-select top quality building materials and maintain high standards for our craftsmanship. This reliability saves you a fortune over time. 

Our new homes are built with the latest housing trends in mind. Remodeling and upgrading your home won’t be necessary for several years. Once you’re moved in, all you have to do is add a personal touch. We even include advanced technology for a smart home experience that impresses!

New homes are also more energy-efficient. Well-sealed and insulated systems mean less energy waste. Top-notch HVAC equipment and low-flow appliances mean you’ll have lower monthly expenses. These are all details that an old home misses the mark on.

Shop Around For Lenders

When getting a home loan, many people go with the first lender that pre-approves them. This isn’t always your best bet. Mortgage lenders offer different incentives, lower closing costs, a better interest rate and more. Always take time to meet with others and see which company is most beneficial for your budget. Here are some tips on how to shop for a mortgage.

Declutter And Pack

Start packing way before you settle on a dream home and close. Start with your least occupied spaces and low-traffic areas, like guest rooms, formal dining rooms and formal living rooms. Declutter closets and drawers that you’ve been avoiding for years. Don’t be afraid to throw out or donate items you haven’t used in 1 year or more.

Packing and moving is hard, but buying a beautiful new home can be easy. GreenTech Homes has quick move-ins ready for your family in 2021. Connect with our team and we’ll make your home buying experience easy!

 

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Chattanooga Community Lifestyle

Chattanooga Community Lifestyle

A beautiful home is only the first step — it’s community that makes life truly enjoyable year after year. GreenTech Homes are the perfect setting for an active lifestyle brimming with fun, entertainment, and relaxation in both urban and natural surroundings.  Explore all the wonderful features GreenTech community residents get to enjoy in the greater Chattanooga area!

Proximity to Nature

Every so often we need to step away from the hustle and bustle of life and immerse ourselves in fresh air. Chattanooga has plenty of greenery and the well-planned infrastructure to enjoy nature year-round.

GreenTech communities offer nearby and even on-site access to bike paths and walking trails. This makes it easy to get away from life’s business on a regular basis. Go for a trail run or just relax and soak up the sunshine in one of many peaceful outdoor areas. Don’t miss the famed 13-mile Riverwalk right here in Chattanooga. For more outdoor excursions, check out this comprehensive Tennessee River Gorge guide to activities.

City Lifestyle

From quick trips to the market or skipping cooking to eat out — Chattanooga offers plenty of options. Great food, drinks, shops and your daily needs are all covered and in close proximity to our Green Tech communities. Our communities are designed with easy access to convenient shopping and vibrant night activities. From local pubs to historical museums, street life in the downtown area has something to inspire and entertain everyone.

Places to Stay Active

The ideal neighborhood life is already built into GreenTech communities. Well-maintained amenities like playgrounds, parks, pools and clubhouses facilitate casual gatherings and make it easy to enjoy all kinds of leisure activities! With an emphasis on creating safe, healthy communities in Chattanooga, Harrison, Soddy Daisy and Hixson, Green Tech considers the comfort and convenience of all ages, individuals and families.

Front-Porch Living

Evenings are best spent relaxing on the front porch. With average highs above the 70’s for more than half the year, Chattanoogans enjoy great weather and a fairly low occurrence of rain. Chattanooga is known for communities with safe, peaceful streets and friendly neighbors. A city that reinvented itself in the 1980’s as clean and vibrant, Chattanooga still maintains an emphasis on traditional values and homestyle living.

Greentech takes pride in preserving the environment and caring for family traditions and quality of life. Building friendly, sustainable neighborhoods with access to outdoor and urban amenities is at the core of our success. Make the switch to Green Tech and experience the best of Chattanooga.

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Enjoying the 2020 Football Season from Home

Enjoying the 2020 Football Season from Home 

There’s so much to enjoy about fall, and football definitely makes the top of the list! Sporting events may be at limited capacity this year, but you can still create that same excitement and atmosphere for the big game in the comfort of your GreenTech home! Here are a few tips to make your at-home spectator experience a smash.

Upcoming Games

We’ve got some amazing teams to keep up with here in Tennessee! Whether you’re an NFL fan or you support our local colleges and universities, there’s no shortage of games to catch this fall. The first step in planning your football festivities is to know what games are on the docket.

Make sure you don’t miss any upcoming events — here are the schedules you’ll want to check for our state’s football season:

Backyard Tailgate

With all the COVID restrictions, one common theme for get-togethers is that outdoor events are safest. So get your GreenTech backyard ready with the grill, beer and snacks! Bring all of that pre-game energy and excitement to your own backyard with a tailgate gathering.

Fulfill your tasty pregame cravings with a classic menu of finger foods and top tailgating bites. You could even throw in some rival team-themed snacks. Enjoy recipes that represent every team in the NFL.

After the pregame interviews and eating wraps up, make sure your yard is set up to watch the game. An outdoor viewing experience is easier and more affordable than you might expect! Invest in a basic outdoor projector, screen and soundbar to make your backyard gathering feel like the real-deal.

Watching the Game 

Watching football at home means finding ways to make your living room environment similar to a real stadium experience. Surround sound is the first step in creating the right mood. Use your surround sound to feel like you’re at the actual even by pumping in some artificial crowd noise. With extra cheering and chanting, you’ll feel all the game-day energy and forget you’re even at home!

You could even use a Titans playlist to pump up the energy throughout the game. Grab some balloons, banners and other NFL-brand decor for the finishing touches to make your home feel just like Nissan Stadium.  

Virtual Rivalry 

Sporting events are all about friendly rivalries. Where else can you get away with a little trash talk while backing up your favorite team? Do you have friends or family who are fans of an opposing team? It’s always more enjoyable to watch with a group, so get on a Facetime or Zoom call during the game. Experiencing the play-by-plays together and exchange some smack talk to keep the game exciting. And don’t forget to deck out your space and wear your team gear!  

Watching football season at home is more enjoyable in a space you love. If you’re looking to upgrade life in Chattanooga, TN, contact our team today!

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Moving to Chatt? Check out GreenTech Homes!

Moving to Chatt? Check out GreenTech Homes!

Looking for a fresh start? Hoping to upgrade your living situation? Relocating for work? Consider a move to Chattanooga, TN, and let GreenTech Homes handle your living arrangements!

Communities That Exceed Expectations

Chattanooga offers stunning scenery, a vibrant downtown, delicious local fare and plenty of outdoor recreation. It’s no wonder this desirable city has experienced a growth spurt in recent years.

GreenTech has contributed to that growth with luxurious yet affordable brand new homes throughout Red Bank, East Brainerd, North Shore, Soddy Daisy, Hixson and Harrison. Our award-winning communities are carefully designed to highlight the natural features of Chattanooga, while creating convenience and offering incomparable amenities. 

Our latest community, Heritage Walk, is nestled against the esteemed Heritage Park. Gather your kiddos or leash up the dog for a pleasant stroll from the community walking paths straight into the cherished park. Other features include:

  • Lamp-lined sidewalks
  • Outdoor neighborhood fireplace
  • Crystalline pool
  • 19th Century Clubhouse Mansion
  • Tree-lined waterways

With GreenTech communities, we don’t skimp on the little details that matter. You deserve flora and fauna, architectural beauty and aesthetic accents that make a master-planned community feel homey and inviting.

Design Elements That Make The Most Of Your Budget

Tired of cramped, cookie-cutter houses with no personality? GreenTech Homes are designed to dazzle! We aim to deliver a product that competes with custom home builders, while staying within your budget.

You might not need a huge home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy spacious living. From cozy, single level layouts to sprawling multi-bedroom homes, we make the most of flow and space. We maximize the square footage to give you the most for your money. Many of our designs offer:

  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Open floor plans
  • Plenty of natural light
  • Walk-in closets
  • Master en suite bathrooms
  • Covered patios
  • Sizeable laundry rooms

We strive for hyper-functional, breezy layouts that are great for growing families and entertaining. View all the striking aspects of our homes in Soddy Daisy. The Stonegate Community has several move-in ready homes available now!

“Smart” And Energy Efficient Home Building

GreenTech believes in innovation and sustainability. We’re always looking to improve the way we build and the results of the build. 

Throughout the entire construction process, we focus on environmentally safe materials and energy-saving products. You can count on a home that leaves little imprint on the environment, both during the building phase and long term. 

Smart home technology makes home-life even more sustainable and convenient. We’ve partnered with Nexia to include advanced technology in your GreenTech home.

With 11+ communities and countless floor plans to choose from, your dream home is just a conversation away. Contact our team today to discuss your home goals in Chattanooga!

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Why Choose GreenTech

Why Choose GreenTech

How long have you been hunting for your dream home? Are you frantically searching for a community that fulfills your family’s needs? Are you tired of touring houses that just aren’t right? 

GreenTech Homes is a community home builder dedicated to crafting high-quality homes that check all the boxes. Our award-winning communities are inspiring, inviting and full of recreational opportunities. And our homes offer a range of features and layouts that will end your house-hunting venture!

Partnering with us means elevating your lifestyle. Explore the reasons why choosing GreenTech is the best investment for your future.

The Personal Approach Of A Community Builder

Thanks to cookie-cutter housing and cramped, nondescript neighborhoods, community house builders have acquired an unfortunate reputation. GreenTech Homes delivers something completely different. 

We have a passion for redefining this industry. We’re driven to take a personal and tailor-made approach with every home and community we build.

Your home should be as unique and full of personality as the people living in it. Architecture and design are a thing of beauty, and we use these aspects in the building process to showcase individuality. 

Personalization is more than just a display of our work—it speaks to our values. You deserve to stay in the loop throughout the home building or buying process. We take your involvement seriously, with communication, responsiveness and approachability. 

From choosing the design features that are right for your family, to scheduling walk throughs, and knowing about important dates along the way, we’ll make the whole journey smooth for you.

Benefits Of Energy Efficient Home Construction

Having a “green” home isn’t just about screwing in LED bulbs and calling it a day. From start to finish, we put an emphasis on green building practices. We incorporate eco-friendly and energy efficient products and materials throughout the entire build process. 

We’ve increased our green building capabilities in every stage of construction. You can count on:

  • Cleaner air from low VOC paints, advanced HVAC technology, carefully sealed crawl spaces, superior insulation and CARB compliant building materials.
  • Greener results from air-tight ductwork, water-conserving fixtures and appliances, renewable materials, insulated garage doors, solar-ready attic decking, and Energy Star Smart Build® certified. 
  • Strong, long-lasting materials from name brands like Zip System®, Delta® & Kohler®, and James Hardie®.

Smart Home Technology Raises The Bar

As your family grows and changes overtime, your living goals and needs will adapt too. We keep the future needs of homeowners in mind. That’s why we stay up to date on the latest features that make life easier. 

Owning a smart home was once a novel idea; like something from The Jetsons. But the convenience of home automation is becoming very popular and attainable. GreenTech Homes includes a smart living experience to simplify life and put control into your hands. We collaborate with Nexia to offer advanced technology like:

  • Schlage keyless entry
  • Outdoor HD camera
  • Linear garage door
  • Trane thermostat
  • Z-Wave window alerts
  • Jasco light switches

End the stress of home shopping by partnering with GreenTech Homes! Discover a move-in ready dream home that’s perfect for your needs. Contact our team today!

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Chattanooga Move In Now

Chattanooga Move In Now

Starting down the home shopping road can be daunting. Finding a house that’s “the one” often feels out of reach. There are so many questions to answer and details to iron out. 

If your path to new home ownership has you shopping in Tennessee, consider partnering with GreenTech Homes. With several communities throughout Chattanooga and a wide variety of floor plans to choose from, finding your forever home is a reality! 

Buying From An Experienced Community Home Builder

GreenTech’s focus is on quality homes that feel completely personal. We build homes with features so inspiring your Pinterest boards will be jealous! From innovative smart features to durable building materials and energy-efficiency in mind, you’re getting exactly what you want at a more affordable price. 

GreenTech has worked hard over the years to refine our well-thought out designs. We’ve considered every detail to make the best use of space, style, and efficiency. With multiple floor plans and personalizable options, your house is sure to fit your needs and lifestyle. Find out more about us here.

Where We Build

When you’re home shopping, the neighborhood is just as important as the house itself. We believe in creating communities that blend into the local environment. You’ll notice biking and walking trails, natural landscaping, breathtaking views, and easy access to nearby amenities. Not to mention community features like pools, lamplit walkways and gardens.  

GreenTech is proud to have over 1,000 home sites in award winning communities. You can find our homes in Red Bank, East Brainerd, North Shore, Soddy Daisy, Hixson, and Harrison.

What To Expect From The Build Process

Communication is at the forefront when you partner with GreenTech Homes. After all, it’s your home and your budget. You should be involved in all the big decisions. 

The best way to experience our build process is to start with a conversation. Our first chat can answer your questions about:

  • The homebuilding process from start-to-finish
  • Information about our extensive floor plans
  • Personalization and upgrade options
  • Details about our award-winning communities

Homebuyers love the streamlined experience they get with GreenTech. Here’s a satisfied homeowner sharing their take on the build process:

“My wife and I enjoyed our home building experience with GreenTech Homes. GreenTech’s people and technology made it easy to follow our build process. Current photographs from the job site kept us informed and having direct access to our project manager made asking questions and receiving answers a breeze.”

  • Robert and Kelly

Contact us today to discuss your next home—we can take you on a tour of available options or start your personal home building plan!

Find Your Move-In Ready Home

The quickest and easiest way to get into the home of your dreams is with GreenTech’s quick move-in homes.

Stonegate in Soddy Daisy, Millstone Cottages in Red Bank and Providence Landing in Harrison have houses available right now! With multiple options ready for you, the home buying experience can be fast and seamless. 

We also have homeowner opportunities in our upcoming communities; Heritage Walk in East Brainerd is currently pre-selling. This community features resort-style living with a crystalline pool, clubhouse, shared outdoor fireplace and access to Chattanooga’s cherished Heritage Park. You could personalize the final design details and move in as early as this fall!

If you’re looking for the low-maintenance and convenient world of townhome living, Burnside in downtown is close-in to plenty of restaurants and shopping. Yet you still feel removed from the hustle and bustle in this unique location. It’s surrounded by greenery and natural beauty, and a 47-acre park is just minutes away!

You handle the packing, we’ll handle your dream home! Call today and find the perfect space for your family.

 

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What’s the Average Cost of a New Home in Chattanooga?

What’s the Average Cost of a New Home in Chattanooga?

Buying a home is always an exciting prospect! There’s nothing like the anticipation of getting settled and making memories in your new space. But before you get to the fun stage of settling in, there are countless details to hash out. 

Finding the perfect home can be stressful and building the perfect home comes with challenges. Working with a knowledgeable home builder makes the entire process hassle-free. If you’re in the market for a new home in Chattanooga, here are key details for calculating your costs.

Know Your Market

If you’re not from Chattanooga, you should know the area is becoming increasingly popular for home buyers. It’s a growing city, and including the suburbs, there are half a million residents. That’s a lot of people buying and selling!

Even with the aftereffects of COVID-19, the economy is climbing. A continued boom makes it harder to buy land and houses. Some properties are on the market just a few hours before being snatched up! This summer, pending sales were up over 40% from the same month last year.

Choosing Your Land

Land is limited, and building on raw land includes a lot of red tape. By partnering with an experienced community home builder you have countless properties available, right at your fingertips!

GreenTech has many communities and over 1000 home sites throughout Tennessee. We take care of the pesky details like clearing the land, acquiring materials, permitting the build and the construction. Some people are willing to handle these factors and expenses themselves, but it’s a learning process. Surprise costs can add up quickly.

Costs to Consider

The major costs of building a home can be put into 5 categories:

  1. Land
  2. Permitting
  3. Design Options
  4. Construction
  5. Inspections

The bulk of your budget goes towards labor, at about 40% of the overall cost. The remainder goes towards everything else. 

In Chattanooga, according to Home Advisor, building a new home costs around $166,000 to $482,000. The wide range comes from factors like square footage, design choices, multi-level vs. single-level, technology and amenity upgrades, and quality of the build.

Why Buy A Brand New Home?

These prices are competitive when you consider the whole real estate market. Median home prices in the South are rising. The average home sells in the mid-$200s. 

You could just buy an older, pre-existing home…but it would still fall into this price range. And for a completely new build from GreenTech, you get more for your money at a comparable price!

Save money when you partner with a new home builder. GreenTech has spent over a decade crafting layouts that are efficient to construct. Relationships with building suppliers are in place, making the cost of materials more affordable. The paperwork, regulations, and overhead of breaking ground on raw land have already been addressed. 

Benefits of Working With A Community Home Builder

Production homes earned a bad reputation in the past. Negative feelings of cookie-cutter developments and poor quality results gave the home building industry a bad name. 

GreenTech is changing that perception. We forge communities and craft homes that embody our values:

  • Stunning designs
  • Green building practices
  • Energy efficient construction
  • Quality materials
  • Smart-living technology
  • Lasting craftsmanship
  • Communities that are designed to enhance the natural surroundings

All of these benefits lead to enduring results. Not to mention, with a new build you’re starting fresh. That means cost savings over time. Older homes have outdated plumbing, inefficient HVAC systems, and appliances that are on their way out. New homes are ready to last for years to come! They’re the best way to stretch your budget. 

GreenTech Homes has years of experience, exceptional home designs and move-in ready homes. Find your dream home today!

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Community Feature: Heritage Walk

Community Feature: Heritage Walk

Buying a new home is one of the biggest decisions you can make. And not all new homes and new communities are created equal. You should feel confident your big investment is truly commitment-worthy. 

GreenTech Homes is a community builder that breaks the mold. Our award-winning homes incorporate quality, craftsmanship and energy-efficiency at every phase of construction. Our newest location, Heritage Walk, breaks every stereotype you’ve ever heard about cookie-cutter houses and tightly packed developments!

If you’re house-hunting in Chattanooga, let us inspire you with Heritage Walk in East Brainerd. The results are sure to take your breath away.

Neighborhood Features

Your local community is like an extension of your family. The streets you drive, the paths you walk on and the amenities available will receive hours of your attention. You deserve nothing less than an exquisite and sprawling neighborhood with plenty of attention to detail.

The beauty of Heritage Walk is overpowering! The area is surrounded with attractive natural landscapes. Local foliage is abundant, and the site features a sparkling pond and meandering waterway. Countless walking paths and bike trails wind through the community. Just steps outside the neighborhood is the cherished 22-acre Heritage Park; perfectly situated to take the kids and pets on a nearby adventure.

Heritage Walk itself boasts lantern-lit sidewalks, pavilions and a stunning 19th Century Clubhouse Mansion. This gives the newly built community a bit of old-world charm. 

Bronze your skin on a hot day in the striking crystalline pool. Cozy up on a chilly evening at the communal outdoor fireplace. With so many natural features and aesthetic additions, you’ll be content spending years in this remarkable community!

Available Floorplans

When you step into a GreenTech community, you will instantly notice the unique characteristics of each house. Mass produced homes that lack individuality aren’t a part of our vision. Your home is an extension of your personality, which is why we offer over 20 dynamic floor plans to choose from. 

Driving our community streets, you’ll notice a range of exterior luxury design elements. Brick, stone and wood make for high-end, eye catching accents. The face of each home features shapely dimensions (no boxy houses here!). We take pride in delivering architecture that competes with completely built custom homes.

Enter the handsome foyer to glimpse vaulted ceilings, abundant windows and expansive rooms. Open floor plans make each home an entertainer’s dream. 

We go to great lengths to find the right materials for each surface. We don’t sacrifice style for function—you’ll enjoy the high-quality tiles, flooring, counters, cabinets and light fixtures that adorn every corner of these homes.

GreenTech Homes can end your painstaking process of house hunting in the Chattanooga area. Finding that perfect, visionary home is a reality with us! Let’s discuss your moving timeline and find an affordable home in our new Heritage Walk community. Or, if you need to move immediately, explore our quick move-in homes.