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Burkentine Builders and Property Management have the highest quality new homes and rentals in the neighborhoods you want to be in. Whether you are young professionals, raising your kids or enjoying the empty nest, we have the right new home for you!
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We pride ourselves in offering beautiful homes, in the best locations to fit your lifestyle.
Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, dreaming of designing your own custom new home, or not quite ready to buy, look to Burkentine to find the best new homes in the best neighborhoods to fit both your family and your budget.
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Crafting Your Future
Your dream home can excel in modern design, yet remain practical for everyday life. Styled with contemporary details and open design, each Burkentine plan can be carefully crafted to fit your needs and budget. This collection was designed with function, flexibility and family in mind. After all, that’s what life is all about.
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Is Horizon by Burkentine Builders for you?
Horizon is our building process for construction on your new home site. Build outside of a community in the south central Pennsylvania region. We offer a variety of home plans, options and price points to meet your specific needs. Our land specialists will even help you find that perfect piece of land if you don’t own any. Follow our step by step guide and bring your ideas to our team to build your home on our lot or yours. We will help you bring your plan of a new home to life!
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The Do's and Don'ts of Buying Land to Build Your Home On
Buying or building a home is tough enough, purchasing land to build on can be a very complicated process. Talk to one of Burkentine’s pros to help you through the process
Finding your dream home isn’t easy, Burkentine makes it easier, but it can still be a challenge. Be prepared to spend a lot of time to scouring online listings, attending open houses and scoping out neighborhoods – and you may still come up empty-handed.
Maybe your dream home just doesn’t exist yet. In this case, building a home on a vacant piece of land may be the perfect option.
Before you get serious about laying a foundation, be aware that a land purchase may yield additional unwanted and unexpected surprises than buying a home – from easements and zoning restrictions to environmental conditions that could easily turn your dream build into a headache the size of a McMansion.
Whether you’re buying vacant land to build a home for your family or you hope to sell the plot for a profit in the future, here are a few rules to avoid the most common mistakes:
DO Work with a pro who knows land.
Working with a real estate agent when you purchase a home helps you navigate the finer details like negotiations, due diligence and closing the deal. But when you’re purchasing land, it’s important to work with someone that specializes and has extensive experience negotiating land deals.
A common mistake many land sellers and real estate agents make is to advertise a plot of land as having the potential to be subdivided. In many cases, Buyers get stuck with a plot of land that will yield much less profit than expected, and sellers can end up in litigation false advertising.
At Burkentine, our land pros know the ins and outs and can help you locate as well as purchase the perfect piece of land for your new build.
DO Consider the value of homes in the neighborhood.
One of the biggest reasons to build your home is the ability to customize it. Always make sure you’re building your dream home in a neighborhood with similar taste.
We have had clients purchased land and designed a home only to be turned down for a construction loan because the cost of the land combined with the cost to build was significantly more than home values in the neighborhood.
DO Take utilities and road access into account
It’s easy to take for granted access to utilities. Running water, electricity and sewers are already in place whem you’re buying an existing house, but with vacant land these can be costly, necessary additions.
When looking at purchasing land, the level of development in the area around the land is going to determine your costs. You want to know upfront if it’s going to cost money for infrastructure to be run to your land or if it’s already in an area that is serviced.
DO Consider Incentives
In some situations, especially after a natural disaster, the local governments may offer incentives in the form of tax breaks or easy planning approval to rebuild where homes have been destroyed.
Many areas have reduced restrictions on building to help restore neighborhoods that municipalities are trying to rebuild or rehabilitate. Buying a vacant lot that has previously had a home on it can often save costs compared to raw land.
When incentives are available, take advantage of them as quickly as possible, city or county ordinances, over time, can change and make it harder to build on vacant land – at least your original vision of what you had in mind.
We always suggest to buy land to build on, not to hold. City ordinances are being passed more regularly against vacant land, and new ordinances could restrict the build-out, and potentially devalue the land that you own.
DON'T Expect to get a loan.
A land purchase may not be leveraged with a bank the same way a home purchase can, so you may have to have cash if there’s no structure on the property.
Approval for a construction loan on the building you want to put on the land, since the house you’ll build serves as collateral on the loan.
DON'T Skip the survey or environmental tests.
Similar to a home inspection and background research on a house, a plot of land needs to be subjected to tests and checks to ensure you know what you’re buying and that you’ll be able to build on it.
Environmental tests check the soil for contamination from previous use. The land’s potential for flooding or poor soil conditions for building can also raise a red flag. These tests and reports should be interpreted by a professional, – even most experienced real estate agents don’t have the technical knowledge to guarantee the land will make a good investment.
You’ll also want to have a surveyor look at your property and identify the boundaries. Especially if the land, has been vacant for years. Neighbors often encroach beyond the property lines, sometimes intentionally.
DON'T Talk to the neighbors.
While speaking to neighbors when you’re purchasing a house is a great idea to get a feel for the area, discussing your plans to build on a vacant lot can lead to organized opposition to your future dream home.
It’s not uncommon for neighbors who are used to having raw land near their homes to not want to see it developed and try to keep you from building.
Hold off on making friends with the neighbors until any home is built and you’re moved in. Discussing plans could lead to a potential neighbor dispute before you’ve even broken ground.
DON'T Assume you can have the property rezoned.
Your local governing body has existing zones, codes and ordinances that limit what can be built on any property or require certain steps to build a sound structure.
There may be required setbacks from the edge of the property, mandates to build a sea wall if you’re on the waterfront, or a percentage of the land may be restricted from development. Getting an exception to these rules may not be easy, and there’s always a potential, it could be denied.
Sometimes, instead of attempting to rezone property, it’s more cost effective to keep your vision within existing limits. Always look for land that will allow you to build the home you want, but make sure you understand the plot’s restrictions before making a purchase.
If the zoning itself isn’t an issue, proper site plan approvals and permits can take time. Burkentine has professionals that can help you through every step of the process.
Hanover History - Life on the Border
Richard M’Calister planed out the town of Hanover in 1763 and officially incorporated it on March 4, 1815 as The Borough of Hanover. Hanover is a town that remains a safe and happy community celebrating the future as well as the past. Currently the downtown revitalization is a priority, and in concert with community members and organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce reconnecting the appeal of the downtown and bring back it’s hometown character.
Just five miles from the Mason-Dixon Line, this historic agricultural region weathered the Battle of Hanover and is located a mere 15 miles from the site of the Battle of Gettysburg. Hanover is called the “Snack Food Capital of the World” for the number of local factories producing pretzels and other treats. An amazing community that strikes a balance between residential life and commerce.
Hanover Demographic Highlights
|Per capita income:||$29,344|
|Population density:||301 per square mile|
|Median household income:||$61,194|
|Total population:||22,542 people|
|Median age:||41 years old|
|Square miles:||74.84 square miles|
About Burkentine Builders
Since 1989, Burkentine Builders, Inc. has endeavored to create meaningful spaces, built with quality and craftsmanship unsurpassed in the industry.
Burkentine’s success lies in its strong values and family first philosophies. The difference is our dedication to innovation and commitment to our community and the people who live there. These values have allowed Burkentine to thrive through the generations.
At Burkentine, our goal is to provide solutions that address our customers’ desires and needs.
We achieve this by empowering our team of staff, suppliers and subcontractors to pursue our goals, while maintaining the highest professional standards.
Burkentine believes in our work as much as the importance of giving back to the community, proudly serving the following organizations:
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Burkentine Offers The Lifestyle You Want in the Best Neighborhoods
Burkentine offers luxury town homes and apartments for rent throughout South Central PA region. With properties in Hanover, York and New Freedom, our neighborhoods offer the places you want to live with the best schools, convenient to commuting as well as being in an historic rich region of the state.
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Members First Credit Union
We serve our members, associates and communities through support, empowerment and meaningful relationships.
Our Vision: We are growing our faM1ly by delivering everything they need to live well financially, through all of life's moments and milestones.
For 160 years, ACNB Bank has proudly served southcentral Pennsylvania in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York Counties. Additionally, our customers may conduct their banking business at NWSB Bank, a division of ACNB Bank, in Carroll County, Maryland. Photo: The original site of the Bank's founding on Lincoln Square in Gettysburg, as it stood in 1913 during the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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Snack Foods Tours of Hanover
York County is home to more than 20 factories and has become known as the Factory Tour Capital of the World.
York County, Pennsylvania is home to some of the nation’s largest snack manufacturers. If you are looking for a “must do” in the area, factory tours are a lot of fun and pretty tasty as well. Tours are family friendly and take you behind the scenes to learn the some of the secrets utilized in creating the perfect pretzel or potato chip. Along the tour, you will get to sample some of your favorite snacks right off the assembly line or purchase some of the tasty treats at great prices direct from the outlet stores. The tours are fun and informative and each manufacturer shows you something different.