Best Value ~ Dahlia

Kennewick, WA. Oasis Custom Homes took the “Best Value” Housing award from the 2009 Tri-Cities Annual Parade of Homes. Builder Les Savitch was highly appreciative of the recognition from the judges. “The accolades of highly ‘affordable’ family home is confirmation that we are giving young family buyers what they want. Today’s buyers are looking for homes that provide superior livability and quality features at a reasonable price. And that’s what we strive to achieve with each home we build.”

This is the sixth year that builder Les Savich has accepted this award on behalf of Varsity Development, the parent company of both Oasis Custom Homes and GardenCourt Homes.

The Parade of Homes in Tri-Cities, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities, takes place over two weekends and the Wednesday between and occurs every year immediately after Labor Day. Oasis, a unit of Varsity Development, LLC, showcased its “Dahlia” model. It comes standard with 5 bedrooms, spacious upstairs loft, three car garage, and unfinished bonus room, which made over as a media/games room for the Parade model. It is estimated that 5,100 people visited the Dahlia, hosted by listing agent Michelle Sisemore, of Windermere Real Estate.

Sisemore, who has represented home builders and been active in the local housing industry for over 10 years, said of Oasis’ affordability, “They start with a great “base” price on each of their homes, which range in size from about 2000 s.f. to over 3400 s.f. As with a custom home, buyers then get to choose from over 700 pre-priced model options to personalize their homes just the way they want. The difference is that the final price will be maybe $50,000 to $100,000 less than a conventional custom builder. For a young family counting their pennies, that’s what makes Oasis a very good value.”

According to Savitch, the company’s “target buyer” for the Oasis Custom Homes brand is a young family with adults between 25-49, 2-3 kids from toddlers through teens, and a dog or cat. They’ve already owned their first “starter’ home for a few years, and now are ready to use their accumulated
equity to move up to a bigger, more livable home. “The young couples who visit our model homes are value conscious and educated about their housing options, and they want to have the benefit of choice”, says Savitch.

“Because we meet with every buyer at a pre-construction meeting, we have a chance to talk with them about why they chose our home over other housing choices. We get the opportunity to learn more about our buyers and what’s important to them. Our design team draws from their feedback to continually improve our home plans and enhance our pre-priced options. This personalized attention to the buyer is what sets Oasis apart from the competition,” Savitch offered.

Varsity Development, LLC, formerly Varsity Homes, Inc., was founded 31 years ago by David Story who sold to Savitch family interests in 2005. The company has steadily grown from 17 homes closed in 2006 to 44 homes closed in 2009, to an expected 68 closings in 2010. The firm builds in Kennewick’s Creekstone master planned community; West Pasco’s “Oasis at the Park” off Road 52 north of TRAK; in Richland’s Horn Rapids Golf Course community where it builds its GardenCourt patio homes; in Connell across from the high school on Clark Street in “Oasis Village,” in Moses Lake on acreage lots at Stratford Road Estates and in Moses Lake’s Pelican Point area.

Savitch, prior to acquiring the Varsity organization, was a growth dynamics consultant responsible for envisioning new brand concepts and helping home builders to grow their companies through production-oriented business orientation techniques he had developed over 25-years. His expertise was honed over that period working in metropolitan markets in Western Canada and Western US. He was particularly interested in transferring his approaches to growth dynamics to non-metro markets. “I believe that the real opportunity for single family housing in the United States over the next 20 years will be in markets well outside the urban centers. The builders supplying housing closer-in will be offering high-density alternatives like attached housing and condominiums and various forms of stacked housing,” he predicted.

Besides Savitch and Sisemore, the Varsity management team consists of Gaby Savitch who manages the Warranty Department, firm Controller Larry Lee, Production Manager Tim Kangas, and Administrative Manager Stephanie Hopperstad. Special communications consultant Linda Bittinger provides Internet development services and marketing support for Varsity Development.