Looking for a new home in the Blue Valley School District? If so, there are a few statistics you might want to consider.
Sales figures show that area buyers are choosing one builder and developer above all others: Rodrock Homes.
“More people in the Blue Valley District bought new homes from Rodrock Homes in 2013 than from any other builder,” said Reece & Nichols’ sales development manager Meredith Tolliver, who compiled the January through December sales data.
Last year Rodrock Homes reported its best quarterly results yet and sold the most homes in one month ever. Twenty communities in Johnson County now feature the company’s homes.
But just why has Rodrock Homes grown so beloved by buyers? Real estate executives, homeowners and industry-insiders reveal what makes Rodrock Homes tops.
Sought-After Locations. Simply put, “They build where people want to live,” said Rosemary Vitale, vice president of New Homes for Reece & Nichols.
And while the company builds homes all over Johnson County, its Blue Valley School District communities are growing exponentially.
Located along 159th Street near Quivira and Switzer, the Summerwood, Summerwood Estates and Wyngate communities are developed exclusively by Rodrock Homes. The neighborhoods give homeowners easy access to the area’s best shopping, restaurants, businesses and quick entry on to metro highways.
Blue Valley Schools. The communities also give families something else: the opportunity to attend some of the country’s best public schools.
“Blue Valley schools are the number one motivator for transferees coming into the area,” confirmed Leslie Feeback of Better Homes & Gardens Kansas City Real Estate.
Both Newsweek and The Washington Post have listed Blue Valley High Schools in their listings of top schools.
“We’ve moved around a lot, so my kids have attended many different schools, both public and private,” said Summerwood homeowner Susan Barger. “Blue Valley Southwest High School is fabulous.”
Most Luxury For Your Money. In addition to schools, buyers love that most in-home amenities come standard.
Special features like barrel vault ceilings, main-level stone fireplaces, butler’s pantries, first-floor offices and mudrooms, custom glass cabinetry, European double showers and covered patios don’t cost extra on most homes.
“With Rodrock Homes you don’t have to break the bank on upgrades,” explained Brent Sledd, senior sales executive with Keller Williams Realty Partners.
Latest Floor Plans. Sledd also said the company uses client and Realtor feedback to ensure its floor plans enable maximum livability.
“You’re seeing them offer more open floor plans with zero wasted space,” said Sledd, who points to Rodrock Homes’ new 11/2-story plan, The Raphael, as just one example.
Wyngate homeowner Kelly Blandford bought a Rodrock Homes’ Larsen II two-story. “I fell in love with it immediately,” Blandford said. “It was by far the most open floor plan we saw.”
Far More Finishings. Homeowners say they also appreciate the hundreds of finishing and furnishing options Rodrock offers its clients.
A wide array of paints, stains, glazes, custom cabinetry and trim work, artisan tile, stone masonry, faux finishes and one-of-a-kind lighting makes each house a one-of-a-kind home.
One-on-One Service. But despite the wide choice of finishes, the company makes its selection and building process easy.
“Even though we’ve grown bigger, we still believe in small-company customer service,” explained Brian Rodrock, Rodrock Homes CEO.
Rodrock recently opened a full-service design center inside the company’s headquarters. There, each client meets one-on-one with a dedicated interior designer to make selections while an assigned builder liaison and project manager oversee the coordinated process.
Top-Notch Contractors. Processes are also easier for buyers because the company contracts with only the best.
Master carpenter Barry Thompson, owner of Thompson Woodworking, is in his 11th year of working for Rodrock Homes.
“I’m in every home they build,” said Thompson, who specializes in the custom moldings and trim work offered exclusively by the company. “We make sure that every detail is consistent.”
Decades of Experience. In addition to consistency, buyers seem to appreciate the company’s longevity and stability.
Born from Darol Rodrock’s 30-plus years of building and developing in Johnson County, Rodrock Homes counts both industry experience and family values among the reasons for its growth.
Integrity Plus. The company’s exacting standards and follow-through is delighting homeowners too.
“Our motto is that we get things right for our clients, every time,” said Brian Rodrock, who credits his father for passing down high ideals.
Rodrock Homes’ homeowner Bill Luemmen encourages potential buyers to meet with the company’s owners and see for themselves.
“Just like I did, people will see and feel comfortable with their ethics and integrity,” Luemmen said.
Summerwood neighbor Susan Barger agrees.
“We’ve purchased new construction six times in different parts of the country,” explained Barger. “Rodrock Homes without a doubt has given us our best builder experience.”