5 Fast Facts to Know About the Epcon Franchising Opportunity
Epcon’s expertise, along with the industry’s high demand for our product, helps Epcon Franchise Builders develop communities and build homes even without prior homebuilding experience
Epcon Communities Franchising Inc. is one of America’s largest home builders (“2013 Builder 100,” Builder Magazine, May 2014), and one of the only home building franchise companies that exists. Epcon and its Franchise Builders develop communities of ranch-style, maintenance-free homes popular with 55+ buyers — a demographic that is projected to drive new home sales in the United States for many years to come.
Here are 5 Fast Facts you should know as you evaluate the Epcon franchise opportunity:
Epcon is the trailblazer in homebuilding for people interested in ranch-style, maintenance-free homes
Epcon has nearly 30 years of expertise building ranch-style homes in maintenance-free communities. With award-winning home plans and well-designed communities, we are well-poised to meet the demand that is making the news nearly every day. We’ve developed a robust business plan that’s positioned to quickly meet the needs of a groundswell of buyers. We’ve been building and selling maintenance-free homes since 1986, and we have been franchising since 1995. This gives our Franchise Builders a tremendous advantage in today’s marketplace. Our builders benefit from our years of experience and research that have resulted in excellent operational systems and extraordinary home designs.
55+ buyers are expected to dominate new home buying
There are 76 million Baby Boomers in the U.S., and no one else in the industry is geared up to meet their needs — now or in the near future. Epcon can help Franchise Builders get up to speed quickly and start filling that gap in the marketplace. Metrostudy’s five-year market analysis projects that active Baby Boomers — defined as 55+ buyers — will buy 52 percent of the new homes sold through 2019, and that’s just the beginning of a “silver tsunami” that is expected to last for 20-30 years. Epcon understands these buyers and has had nearly three decades in developing profitable systems for delivering the product they want.
No construction experience required
With Epcon’s proven protocol, people with no building experience still can develop communities and build and sell homes. Epcon Communities Franchise Builders get detailed scopes of work, guidance through development and construction processes, prototype CAD drawings and specifications, and sample plans for sites and landscapes. We provide industry-standard marketing materials, along with a gallery website, to help build your business. And we are never more than a phone call or email away. Then there’s the support of other Franchise Builders, who lend a hand or offer advice at a moment’s notice. Our annual convention is a place not only for making like-minded friends, but also for connecting with like-minded business folks in the same boat. They make fantastic resources!
High demand and not enough quality builders — or homes
The near-collapse of the building industry during the recent Great Recession eliminated a lot of competition. Many builders opted out of the profession and never looked back. People who wanted new homes were stymied by a lack of available product, restrictive financing, lost equity in their existing homes and falling stock prices. Times have changed. Home prices are rising, the stock market has recovered and financing is again available — and those customers are ready to buy. But demand is expected to massively outpace supply, meaning a huge opportunity for Epcon Franchise Builders. The total housing unit shortfall expected by 2019 in the Top 20 cities for Epcon’s typical customers is 359,978.
Our system gets builders up to speed and profitable quickly
Return on investment is a concern for any builder, but Epcon’s proven systems speed up the process of building and selling homes, allowing Franchise Builders to quickly build the communities that are in such high demand. Our Franchise Builders get faster return on investment because our communities can be built and sold more quickly than developments built by traditional custom builders. Once a community has sold out, it doesn’t take 10 or 15 years to see a profit — it’s two or three years!
The offer of a franchise can only be made through the delivery of a Franchise Disclosure Document. Certain jurisdictions require registration prior to the offer or sale of a franchise. We do not offer franchises in jurisdictions where we are not registered (or exempt from registration). Epcon Communities Franchising, Inc. 500 Stonehenge Parkway, Dublin, Ohio 43017. Minnesota Franchise Registration No. F-3531.