Photo credit: Kopf Builders

Judie Docs, Executive Officer, North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA), CSP, MCSP, CGP, CMP, MIRM

Many Americans are ready to buy a new place, after spending more time at home this past year. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), 60 percent of buyers prefer new homes, the highest level since 2007. In April, NAHB celebrates New Homes Month and the many benefits of purchasing a new home. Modern designs, less maintenance and energy efficiency top the benefits list, especially as we ask our homes to do more.

Today’s new homes offer the type of features that buyers are seeking in the wake of the pandemic, from reducing energy consumption to adding more space. New homes offer modern designs and flexibility, allowing buyers to choose a space that will provide a place for everyone in the household to live, work and play.

New homes offer modern floor plans and designs to optimize space and comfort at home. Buyers have the option to select large open areas to accommodate any lifestyle or growing family. Many new homes have the type of spaciousness that are not typically found in older homes. Modern designs are not limited to flexible spaces. New homes are equipped with the latest technological features and appliances.

Another benefit of purchasing a new home is the energy efficient options available. Many builders have embraced green building techniques, so a home is cost-effective to operate, has healthy indoor air quality and has a minimal impact on environmental resources. NAHB recently surveyed more than 3,000 home buyers, both recent and prospective, on the types of features they prefer to have in their home, including eco-friendly components and designs. Some of the top features desired by home buyers include ENERGY STAR-rated windows and appliances and efficient lighting that uses less energy than traditional bulbs.

Not only can a new home save you money on utility bills, you can save on home maintenance costs. Professional home builders construct quality homes that are built to last. The headache of managing costly repairs can be avoided for many years. New home buyers do not have to hassle with trying to figure out which appliance will need to be replaced soon. With a new home, upgrades and remodels are not in the immediate future, so you can focus on settling into your new home, enjoying your new community and embracing your part in achieving the American Dream.

I will be featuring our builders in my future articles; starting with our longest builder member joining in 1971 (that’s 50 Years folks!) , Bucky Kopf of Kopf Builders. Avon Lake.  They know that buying a new home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.   There are so many factors to consider and questions to ask, and finding a builder you can trust and depend on for quality and excellence is the key.

Choose the lifestyle that fits you best from: Aqua Marine Apartments, The Harbours (single family detached clusters), Legacy Pointe (golf course community) in Avon Lake to Harbor’s Edge (luxury single family detached clusters) at Catawba Island Club.

As both the builder and developer, they control all aspects of its successful and desired communities in Northern Ohio.  Choosing only the best locations, designs and building materials for their new homes ensures homeowners a secure investment for many years to come.  They are committed to building the best quality homes and provide the best value for the homeowner.


Visit our 24/7 Virtual Parade of Homes!!!  Allows you to look at all our builders’ new homes and communities including Kopf Builders on your mobile device or computer at your leisure (including our remodelers) We know time is our greatest asset and via our NCBIA Virtual Parade of Homes, we save you time looking for a new home or a community that fits your lifestyle.  The Virtual Parade of Homes is open online 24/7.  Many of the homes featured in our Virtual Parade host regular open house hours for those consumers who are looking to tour the actual homes.  You can click through to builder websites to see what they have to offer.

We are your local not-for-profit trade association representing member companies involved in all aspects of home building, remodeling, and other aspects of services available to help you in the future as well as more information on the above topic.   So, you can see it is for your protection that you use a NCBIA member. If you are unsure that your contractor is a member of the NCBIA or you are looking for a list of NCBIA members, you can visit our website at or call 440-934-1090.   We also have a job posting board (under the Industry tab).


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Homeownership is truly a cornerstone of the American way of life.  North Coast Building Industry – Come Build with Us!