By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Real Estate | Issue: February 2008
Rhonda Wilkin, Sales Counselor, shows a Jim Walter Homes interior concept on their virtual reality monitor.
Jim Walter Homes has been building “the American Dream” since 1946. The nationwide company has built over 357,000 homes making them the nation’s largest on-your-land homebuilder. While many things have changed over the past 60 years, one thing has not: the company’s commitment to building value into every Jim Walter home.
In addition to building homes, Jim Walter works with potential homeowners by offering traditional, fixed-rate financing. With $250 million of in-house financing, the company works diligently to help customers satisfy their individual needs, including credit issues. They also offer a zero down payment for qualified landowners, no points, no closing costs and no payments or interest during the construction period.
According to Jim Williamson, Jim Walter Homes Northwest Division President, “We are literally a one-stop-shop. If you’re purchasing land and want to combine it with your house payment, we can do that.” In essence, Jim Walter helps eliminate the pain, sting, and surprises so often associated with building a new home. “We know what is expected and required during the process from financing through loan approvals, code requirements, building permits, insurance needs and more. We offer a full-service approach to homebuilding,” adds Bob Thunell, Branch Manager for Jim Walter Homes Tulsa. There are over 30 floor plans from which to choose and homes range from 800 to 2400 sq. ft., each with personalized building and financing programs to fit your needs.
Jim Walter customers include first time homebuyers, individuals and families wanting lake or vacation homes, plus many customers who are building their third or fourth home. The company’s unique concept is in providing a bevy of options to each buyer. They consider their ability to remain flexible and work with each customer their niche. You can choose to do as little or as much of the work in building your home as you choose. The beauty of the package you select is that it is guaranteed to fit your individual needs and abilities.
Jim Walter Homes employees (L to R) Crystal Mailloux, Branch Administrator; Jim Williamson, President Northwest Division; Bob Thunell, Branch Manager; Rhonda Wilkin, Sales Counselor; and Bob Cooper, Sales Counselor.
Whether you’re a seasoned do-it-yourselfer or know nothing about building a home, Jim Walter offers you options to do what’s best for you and your family. If you’re capable, you may choose to save some money by completing some of the interior work yourself. A Shell Level home is completely finished on the exterior, while the interior is unfinished with open stud walls. A Partial Level home is the mid-level of completion, offering finished drywall and insulation, rough or finished electrical and rough plumbing. The Jim Walter Home Finish Level is the most popular with today’s homebuyer. This completion level includes finished doors, cabinetry, countertops, trim and heating. The Finish Level of completion allows the homebuyer to personalize their house by providing their own interior paint and floor covering. Other floorplan options may include vaulted or high ceilings; various exterior finishes including stone, brick, or concrete fiberboard; plus one- and two-story homes.
The Tulsa Sales Team at Jim Walter Homes invites you to stop in for a visit, let them answer any questions you may have, and view some of the home designs and options featured on their virtual reality system. They feel certain that they can help you find the program that will work best for you.
Bob Thunell of Tulsa’s Jim Walter Homes Sales Center confers with Jim Williamson, President Northwest Division.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.