To Build or Not to Build: Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Building A Home

August 23, 2016
Hosted by Deb Tomaro

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The idea of building a new home over purchasing an existing home can be exciting, but do you really know what the process involves? According to data from the National Association of Home Builders, the median price of constructing a single-family home in 2015 was 289,415 dollars, or 103 dollars per square foot. But cost isn't the only thing you need to consider. Join licensed Realtor Deb Tomaro and Mortgage Loan Originator Karan Rastall as they explore questions like, 'How do you finance new construction?' and 'How long does it typically take?' You'll walk away with the knowledge you need to make a smart decision!

REAL Real Estate Today

Tuesday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

The reality is that most home buyers, sellers and owners are getting their advice on how to protect one of their biggest investments from HGTV or by trial and error. With 64 percent of Americans being homeowners, that is a lot of “flying by the seat of your pants” decision-making. REAL Real Estate Today with Deb Tomaro aims to provide useful and easy to understand chunks of information for home buyers, sellers and even homeowners who never intend to move that will help them make smart decisions for their family and protect one of the most expensive purchases they will ever make in their lives. Listen live every Tuesday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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Deb Tomaro

After studying archaeology in college, Deb decided that living with dirty fingernails wasn’t probably realistic for her, so she went to grad school to study Instructional Design. After several years of working as a corporate trainer and instructional designer, she had the opportunity to return to her beloved college town of Bloomington, Indiana. An unexpected and life changing moment led her to real estate. Motivated by her experience of finally finding a Home, Deb obtained her real estate license and has never looked back.

Deb had a challenge in front of her: to build a business starting at absolute zero. At the end of her first year, she was named Rookie of the Year in the state of Indiana for her company. At the end of her second year, she had sold more houses that year than any other Realtor in her area. The success and awards continued, but the real pride came from her client satisfaction and referral rates.

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions a person can make. Why wouldn’t you want someone smart guiding you through the process? Mistakes can be costly. They can financially ruin a homeowner. Deb created educational seminars, blogs, newsletters and other materials to help educate people so they could to make smart decisions about real estate. She even started a mentor program for new Realtors in her area to make sure that Realtors were better trained and knowledgeable about helping people make smart decisions.

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  • 8/30/2016: Part 2: To Build or Not to Build Listen Now
  • 8/23/2016: To Build or Not to Build: Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Building A Home Listen Now
  • 8/16/2016: Part 2: So You Think Wanna be a Landlord? Listen Now
  • 8/9/2016: So You Think You Wanna be a Landlord? Listen Now
  • 8/2/2016: Encore: 10 Things You Need to Know About Working With a Realtor Listen Now

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Jeremy Goodrich. His name is synonymous with trust, integrity, loyalty. When folks say his name, they think of kindness and compassion. He is a true problem solver. Jeremy earned his Art Education degree from Indiana University and completed a term of service for AmeriCorps in Vermont. Jeremy taught elementary school for 13 years and has loved fostering creativity and collaboration in his classroom. After years of participating on the sidelines of the independent insurance world, Jeremy jumped in feet first and started changing the way people think about insurance. Need an insurance teacher? Jeremy is here to help you understand what you are buying, and he will work with the insurance companies to make sure you are getting the best value. When the companies change the way they think about you – that’s okay – Jeremy is proactive and gives you other options before you even have to ask. Does your agent do that? View Guest page

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Brittany Libbert


Brittany Libbert grew up in Evansville and graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Sociology. She relocated to Bloomfield 2 years ago to work for Greene County Title Company. View Guest page

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Karan Rastall


After graduating from I.U. Bloomington with a B.S. in Education, Karan unexpectedly began her career in the financial industry in 1994 with The People’s State Bank, later making the move to Monroe Bank. During her 14½ years with Monroe Bank she served in many capacities ranging from Loan Operations to Consumer Underwriting to Compliance, but finally found her true passion as a mortgage originator. She's an active member of the Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association serving on the State Board of Directors, as well as the current Chapter Chair for the South Central Chapter of the Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association. Karan also serves on the Family Selection Committee of the Monroe County Habitat for Humanity, is a member of Business Networking International’s Bloomington Elite Chapter where she serves on the Membership Committee and as an affiliate member of the Bloomington Board of Realtors, she volunteers each year with the annual toy drive. She resides in Bloomington with her husband. View Guest page

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Cheryl Smith


Cheryl has served hundreds of students and families throughout her 25 years as an educator. She continued to hone her skills with additional professional experiences in event planning, digital marketing and as a family counselor. Cheryl is a Certified Pre-Planning consultant and a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. When she finds some down time she loves volunteering in the community, baking, playing tennis and spending time with her beautiful family.
Great at multitasking, organizing and willing to help with nearly anything, Cheryl brings her upbeat and sunny disposition to everything she does. The positive energy she brings into each client relationship promotes health and well-being. View Guest page

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