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Homebuyer FAQs

Homebuyer FAQs

Questions? We have your answers. Take a look at the list below to see answers our most frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need to make an appointment to visit your community?
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Appointments are not required; however, they are highly recommended, so our Community Sales Manager can assist you in accomplishing your goals on your visit. To schedule an appointment, contact the Sales Manager at the Community you are interested in.

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Do I need a Real Estate Agent to purchase a new home?
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Our Sales Managers will work with you to determine the best home plan for your lifestyle; tour available homes and home sites; discuss home features and assist you with a purchase and sale agreement when you select your home. Cornerstone Homes is a broker-friendly builder. While a real estate agent is not required, if you are working with an agent bring them with you on your first visit to the community.

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What are your community hours and how do I find directions to visit?
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All Cornerstone Homes communities are open daily except for the following company holidays: Good Friday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Community hours are Monday through Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 1 – 6. Search for a new home and select a community to view and find the community address and directions.

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We would like to build a home, how long is the building process?
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The length of the construction period varies depending on the type of your new home and the community. The average construction time is 120 – 150 days. Click here to learn about Our Process and Path to Ownership.

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What features are offered in your homes?
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All Cornerstone Homes offer a wide variety of included features. Most notably, all communities offer Timely and Lasting Features. These features are important for the 55+ buyer as they allow you to age in place gracefully. From wider doorways to natural and included lighting, these features will serve you now and in the future. These features include: single level living, wider doorways & hallways, zero thresholds, lever door handles, raised height toilets, comfort height bathroom vanities, blocking for grab bars in all bathrooms. For a complete listing of home features in a particular community please contact the sales manager on site.

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Will I be able personalize my new home?
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YES! When you buy a new home you will meet with your Sales Manager in the Design Center to personalize your new home. We offer some of the latest trends in home design with a wide variety of options to suit your personal style. Stop in for a Wine & Design to preview our offerings.

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How much and what form of payment do you accept for earnest money/builder deposit?
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An earnest money/builder deposit of $4,000 is at the time of contract. A personal or certified check is preferred. This deposit will be credited from your final purchase price at the time of closing.

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What other funds will be required prior to closing?
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After making your earnest money deposit, you will be required to pay 50% of any optional selections. This payment is made via check or certified check upon signing your selections addendum and will be credited from your final purchase price at closing.

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How can I view homes under construction?
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At Cornerstone Homes, the safety of our customers and our team is critical. If you want to see a home that is under construction, including your own home, we require that you set an appointment with one of our Sales Managers, so we can accompany you while viewing homes. You will be required to wear a hard hat and close-toed shoes. For your safety, it is important that you never enter a home under construction unaccompanied.

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Are there Home Owners Association dues? What do the fees include?
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To protect the integrity of the neighborhood and the value of your new home, our communities have Home Owners Associations (or Condo Association) that require monthly dues. Dues vary by community. Some included amenities covered by the dues may include: a pool, clubhouse, community gardens, walking paths and other common elements. Other household maintenance items included: exterior home maintenance, lawn mowing, leaf removal, gutter cleaning, snow removal, hedge trimming and mulching. For a complete listing by community, see the sales manager or visit the community web page. 

Click on community for specific HOA information:
Villas at Ashlake
Barley Woods
The Cove
Chickahominy Falls

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Are there restrictions in each community?
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There are Covenants and Restrictions specific to each neighborhood. This information may be obtained from the on-site sales manager.

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If we tell someone about Cornerstone Homes and they end up buying, do we get a referral fee?
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Yes! You will receive 6 months of free HOA dues! See your sales manager for details.

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