This book allows homebuyers to design, finance and help create their dream home. It helps readers structure financing, work with building plans and permits, and finding a building lot. From negotiations with the bank and contractors to applying for a closing title, this guide gives readers the information they need to be in control of the entire process. Written in a simple, easy-to-follow style and supplemented with illustrations, it will be an invaluable guide to homebuyers. In the market for a new home, but can't find one that's just right? Why not build one that is? In this indispensable new reference, real estate executive and builder William Molloy provides the tools you need to become an informed 'armchair' general contractor. Save $50,000 on Your New Home takes you step-by-step through the complete building process, from choosing an appropriate lot to organizing the title closing. You'll learn how to hire the right people to do the job, what materials to use, what agreements need to be signed--and how to stay within your budget. Packed with insider tips, invaluable advice, helpful illustrations, and sample checklists, this comprehensive guide includes complete details on: Financing your new home--applying for loans; figuring out how much to borrow; obtaining a mortgage; saving on closing costs; combining construction and permanent financing. Lot considerations--What is the elevation? Is the lot approved for building? Is it Board of Health Approved (BOHA)? What zoning requirements apply? How to finance the lot, walk the lot, obtain all necessary permits. Starting to build--acquiring check prints; meeting with the building inspector and engineer; compiling a schedule checklist; tracking all materials and labor. Contractor agreements--subcontractor release of lien affidavit; subcontractor and general agreements; Builder's Risk Insurance; how to negotiate with the contractor(s) and how to pay them. The construction process: this book tells you how, from staking the lot to driving the final nail--surveys; engineers; excavation; concrete; framing; siding; roofs; interior and exterior; maintaining schedules; ordering materials. Closing the deal--getting it done while beating the paper monster; how to file all final permits.