By: A.J. Panian / The Leader Times
Twenty years has made quite a difference, particularly when it comes to the process of buying a home, according to officials of Vandergrift based Riverview Homes Inc. (RHI).
From the advent of the internet and the world of information available at the click of a mouse, to the evolution of the home-building process now bound by myriad governmental regulations, prospective home buyers are both more informed and, ironically, in need of even more education regarding what and what not to do, according to Sam Fanelli, the company’s founder, and Jeffrey Held, its director of marketing, respectively.
“We used to be in the job of educating people about homes. Now people know what they want,” Held said. “We’re not educating them as much as we are allowing them to see what we can provide them ... there is a lot more talking to them, showing them what we have.”
That opportunity to talk to potential home buyers and show them what options they have through RHI has come annually with a free, Home Builders Workshop each spring to assist attendees in the home buying process, he added.
The sixth annual installment of the RHI event established in 2012 will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the company’s Vandergrift location. The public is once again invited to attend and to intermingle with a variety of professionals, the likes of which they will encounter during the typical, home buying process from start to finish.
These will include contractors, bank representatives, realtors, manufacturer representatives, site foreman, RHI managers, etc.
During the event, all the vendors have a chance to speak about their services, as well as have one on one conversation with prospective homebuyers.
“People come and they get all the information,” Fanelli said. “We’ll have people that will come for four or five years, and sometimes we sell them something, while some come for just as long and don’t buy anything ... we’re happy to have either one.”
The workshop allows homebuyers to talk with RHI’s managers, owners and site foremen, as well as meet with contractors.
The home manufacturer reps for each line of homes RHI offers will also be on hand to answer specific questions about their homes and options.
“We get people who come from near and far,” Held said. “Some are new to the process, others have more specific questions, and we set up times for them with a representative.”
Personnel from local banks will also be available to talk with homebuyers about financing and credit repair questions.
During the event, all the model homes will be open for everyone’s viewing pleasure.
Along with getting all the important questions answered, the event is also RHI’s largest savings event all year. Homebuyers can get the most “bang for their buck” if they put a deposit down on a new home at the event, Fanelli said.
“They can save a considerable amount of money if they buy at that time ... they can save $3,000 to $4,000 total if they do,” he said.
Riverview Homes, the home manufacturers, and the contractors will all be offering discounts and incentives to anyone who purchases a home during the event. RHI will provide free refreshments and snacks throughout the day.
Riverview Homes has had a lot of success with this event in past years, according to its organizers.
RHI invites anyone who would find this workshop beneficial to RSVP online at riverviewhomesinc.com/hbw or call 724-567-5647. For more information, visit riverviewhomesinc.com.