Location, location, location still rules in real estate
Builder Randy Sebastian, president of Renaissance Homes, has much to celebrate in the way of naming and numbers.
Throughout his company's 36-plus years in business, Sebastian and his team have built more than 4,500 homes, received more Street of Dreams awards than any other builder (54, but who's counting?) and have become the area's builder of choice.
Sebastian opened Renaissance Homes in 1986, and today, it's regarded as one of the best high-end builders in the Portland metro area, specifically in Portland and Lake Oswego.
"We have a shortage of inventory in both areas right now, so people are looking for land to build on," Sebastian said. "Clients like Portland for the walkability. Lake Oswego clients love the city, schools and amenities."
When it comes to what makes or breaks a sale, Sebastian sticks to the tried-and-true cliché, location, location, location.
"No matter how desirable the community, location is always king," he said.
Address: 16771 Boones Ferry Road, Lake Oswego
Specializes in: Custom built Energy Star certified homes in Portland and Lake Oswego.
Everyone knows Lake Oswego has great schools — which is its greatest draw — but less understood are the challenges involved in gaining access to the lake itself. Knowing the easements, what they do, how much they cost, and most importantly, who gets them, is one of the most important pieces to living on Lake Oswego, and why an expert such as Renaissance Homes is essential.
There are many distinct factors associated with where people choose to live in a city like Portland. A few blocks in any direction can make a huge difference in pricing. Schools are always a driving force, as is walkability. Buyers are beginning to look further out from the downtown area and into suburban neighborhoods as well. Adaptability is key, and a strong point that keeps Renaissance Homes ahead of the game.
Every Renaissance Home, Sebastian said, has innovation at its heart. With a creative team that pushes the envelope in design, amenities, construction techniques, new products and style, Renaissance designs homes to fulfill all customers' dreams.
Renaissance Homes has its very own design studio just across the street from its main offices in Lake Oswego. Its designers have the experience and passion to create homes of unparalleled quality and value.
Renaissance Homes use the latest and best construction methods, including open web floor trusses, which eliminate ducting in the attic or crawlspace and saves energy. With open truss joists, homeowners can save up to 16% on heating and cooling bills. Another green building technique used by Renaissance homes is a fiberglass blown-in insulation system known as polar blanket insulation. The 23 R-value gets into all the voids that traditional insulation can't and creates a "blanket" of insulation, resulting in a more energy efficient home. Renaissance Homes is the largest builder of Energy Star-certified homes in Oregon.