Custom Builder Solves Riddle of Spec Lending

Not too many custom home builders are constructing spec homes these days, nor getting financing for them. David Werschay of Werschay Homes in St. Cloud, Minn., however, is an exception.

Werschay’s approach to spec homes is straightforward: “I can’t sell cars if I don’t have cars on my lot,” he says. “If I don’t have a house out there to drive traffic during these promotion times — or any other time — I’m not going to sell lots and I’m not going to sell houses,” he adds.

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Homeownership Rate Falls

According to a report on, the U.S. homeownership rate fell to 66.9 percent, the lowest rate since 1999. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the number of vacant homes at 18.6 million, the result of foreclosures, homes for sale, and under utilized vacation homes.

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