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Epcon home franchise reviews: Builders share their experiences

What are the benefits of being an Epcon Franchise Builder? Epcon Franchise Builders are a varied group with a shared passion for creating beautiful spaces and wanting to be stakeholders in their respective communities. Here are some of their stories:

Switching gears was easier than one Franchise Builder first thought

John Wahlen turned a prosperous career selling packaged goods in the Midwest into a career building Epcon Communities in the greater Milwaukee area. He has sold out three Epcon Communities and has another on the way. He discovered Epcon while traveling the country for his previous career.

“I just saw how successful Epcon was in the Columbus area. The plans were just not common, and I knew that Milwaukee had not seen anything like this,” John says. “I knew that it would be successful here if they were successful in Columbus. I was coming in with the rights to build something great that was proven successful. It was a validation.”

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Team of siblings uses different skills in their home franchise

The Neer brothers took their twin sets of skills in sales and building and staked out a claim in Indianapolis. Larry sells, while Terry attends to the construction and subcontractors.

“I wanted to take advantage of Epcon’s expertise in this particular market,” Terry says. “They do the architectural research. They build the homes to make sure that they work and that they work well. Then they release those home plans to us along with all of the marketing materials, the websites, the advertising, all of that stuff put together. We build communities that offer an experience that you cannot get from any other builder. They don’t just offer you a design and say go build somewhere. It is a total package.”

Another Franchise Builder gets to remain creative

Dave Labus, who hailed from the world of architecture, gets to scratch his creative itch building the beautiful, light-flooded Courtyard Series homes in the suburb of West Chester, just outside of Cincinnati. David says he really enjoys getting clients “from A to Z” and watching the pleasure of customers when he hands them the keys to their dream homes.

“I get up in the morning, and I do something in life that I love to do,” Dave says. “I mean, isn’t that really what it’s all about? It’s rewarding because it is meeting a need that not just anybody is able to meet. You can be really proud of the homes, because the designs are so unique. If these things weren’t licensed, there might be other guys trying to build this very same thing.”

Scaling up is the forte of Grand Rapids home franchise owner

Grand Rapids Epcon Franchise Builder Peter Engles saw what had happened in the Columbus, Ohio, area and believed there was a similar need in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During Peter’s first year in Grand Rapids, he sold 45 out of 70 available homes, an absorption rate that is double the normal rate for the market. Peter used Epcon’s extensive support to scale his business.

“One of the things that I love about it is that there has never been a time that I have reached out to Epcon that they haven’t been responsive. They were there for me and walked me through the process in every aspect that they can,” Peter says. “There are lots of people focusing on continual care type of communities, and there are lots of people doing single-family homes, but there is nobody tending to this market segment that I am aware of other than Epcon.”

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