“My husband and I chose to work with Jay for purchasing our first home. We were continually amazed at the level of service we received during the whole process. We never felt like our questions were burdens, nor were we ever overloaded with industry specific terminology that was over our heads. Jay thoroughly understood what we were looking for (probably better than we even did). Between his knowledge and time spent in real estate, I feel like we saved a lot of time, money and heart ache by having him guiding us. He was able to find out additional information about properties given his vast networking group and research ability. I was also impressed to find him fully capable of helping us assess overall building quality/construction. When my husband and I wanted to find all the wells on a property, scout property lines in the woods or wondered how an electrical panel was setup, Jay was actively participating in our adventure. He was frequently grabbing a tool from his car to help or explaining an answer to us. This is NOT a real estate agent who shows up to a showing, dressed up in a suit and just awkwardly stands there–all while just showing you cosmetic-type things. At one point my husband and I made an offer on a house, we did not end up getting the sale. Jay got us through that brief disappointment. He ended up finding us our current home. We couldn’t imagine if we had ended up with the original one we thought we wanted. The home he found for us was exactly what we were looking for. Jay was an active partner for us through the initial house hunt, negotiation and even closing. He made himself constantly available to us, even though I know he has other clients, it did not feel like it.”
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From land and layouts to budgets and building, Kobza Home Builders brings experience and local expertise to your custom home vision.
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Finding Your Land
Where will you build your new custom home? We help you find the perfect lot for your needs.
How will your land impact your new custom home? We walk you through the possibilities.
How will your new custom home accommodate your life? We examine your wants and needs to develop the plan.
What aesthetic will you choose? We take the plan and assemble a complete design to personalize your build.
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About Jay Kobza
I am a local real estate developer in Thurston County. I know a lot of the special quirks of the various local jurisdictions. I have also worked with many of the local Engineers, Architects and Consultants. There are a lot of problems that tend to arise when building a home. With today’s increasing regulatory environment, there are a lot more issues to address. Wetlands, steep slopes, wildlife, zoning changes, environmental hazards, etc.—any of these can result in expensive mistakes. I have the experience to avoid these problems that arise during the land buying and home building process. My approach to the construction process is methodical and quality oriented, and though I am not the fastest builder in town I pride myself on doing it right for my clients.
In over 50 years working in the construction industry, starting at age seven, I’ve built over 400 homes and two condominium projects. I built my first house when I was 19 years old, and it still stands to this day.
I strive to bring an uncommon level of professionalism to my industry. Between my MBA and my 50+ years of industry experience, I am able to work with my clients to solve most of the problems that pop up while building a home.
“We are not from the area, and were in town for a long weekend to look at property. We thought we wanted to buy land and build, and Jay stood out because he is both a builder and a real estate agent. He spent many hours with us that weekend and in the end we bought an existing home that we couldn’t be happier with. I highly recommend Jay and wouldn’t hesitate to call him again!”
“Jay and I looked at a VA Foreclosure in 2013 and put an offer in on the home. The first problem came with the selling agent who was completely incompetent but Jay was always there making him find the answers and when necessary calling the VA to make sure things were done properly. The next problem came when, on final inspection, a pipe burst in the home and again the selling agent had no clue what to do and ended going way over the insurance estimate to fix the home which caused a fourteen-month delay in closing. The entire time Jay stood by and did his best to push the sale through (anyone would have given up at this point). The entire process took almost two years to complete but Jay never gave up hope that I would be able to get into this home and he kept me believing it would happen also. I don’t think you will ever find a more patient and hard working real estate agent and I highly recommend him!”
Jay is amazing. First off, let me clarify. I am selling a home for my mother who is to elderly to do this herself. That happens when you are almost ninety. We listed a home that needed a lot of repair, but did Jay complain, or did he get upset when my mom called him repeatedly only to ask the same question over and over? Nope, he just went about his job and never got distracted or discouraged. When I finally got mom to approve of thirty thousand worth of renovations and repairs Jay made the transition seamless, and when we did get a buyer he helped me navigate through the mountain of paperwork it soon became He helped me with the city, the county, the plumbers and the septic guys and even helped the new buyers lender with all of the details of the new well we had to hook up to I can only honestly give him the best possible review I can give there were so many other little things he handled right up to the sale Even now as I sit here writing this my mom called me and is still trying to pay property tax on a home she no longer owns, thank god my wife took the paperwork when she visited her last week, I can’t imagine what Jay went through and thank my lucky stars that we had a realtor that was so knowledgeable Thank you so much, Jay! Sincerely, William Thomas.”
“Jay was an irreplaceable asset in our home buying experience. He was prompt, professional and easily reachable. He helped us negotiate the price down and was very knowledgeable when it came to the closing process. An added bonus is that he knows several good, reliable contractors that were able to help us with the remodel of our new home! I would highly recommend Jay to anyone looking for a real estate professional!”
“I have known Jay since 2006 as a builder of customized adult family homes. I was a caregiver at that time working in an adult family home which incidentally was built by Jay Kobza. Indeed, I was impressed on how user friendly the facility was in terms of providing the residents with the needed comfort in their activities of daily living. The experience inspired me immensely and I told myself, if ever I realize my goal of being an adult family home provider someday, I will work hard to give our vulnerable adults the service that is best and realizing this mission starts with a safe and decent living environment that they truly deserve. Now that I am at the threshold of achieving this vision, I did not have any second thought of entrusting this to an experienced, trustworthy and reliable builder like Jay Kobza. In the initial phase of doing business with him, I find him an honest person, business like and conducts himself in a professional manner. I would therefore recommend Jay to all adult family home care providers who intend to build their dream adult family homes. Thanks.”
“My name is Al Z. Suaviso. My wife and I are both small business owners managing adult family homes for almost 20 years now. I have known Jay Kobza since 1996 and he was the one who built both of our care facilities. Jay is a very reliable and trust worthy person that any businessman can rely on when it comes to his expertise and ability to provide real estate needs. If there are words to describe Jay. I would say ‘quality results.’”
“Throughout the process of building our first home, Jay and his team have been amazing to work with. They have done what they said they would and are on schedule to complete the home on time. We have changed/upgraded several things throughout the building process and they make sure it gets done just right. Great quality too!”
“Jay built a custom home for us. Although we were living 1000 miles away, he remained in contact via emails and texts. Whenever we came up to check on the project, he was always available and he had already set up appointments for cabinets, flooring, appliances, lighting, stone work, etc. After we moved in, he was always available to tweak little things, and he did most of this himself.”
“I highly recommend Jay if you want to build a custom home on acreage. Jay uses quality subs that all treat you as well as he does. Jay built us a true custom home. Not like other builders out there where you get to pick the color of the granite, tile and hardwoods from one of many prescribed floor plans – which they call a custom home and upcharge you for any moved walls, doors, windows, etc. He had us in his office while he was on CAD going through overall home design, room layout, doors, windows, everything. Want that laundry room bigger? two clicks of the mouse. Want that office window to be on the west wall instead of the north? done. All of his subcontractors and specialty trades are top notch. Solid construction with high-quality materials throughout. I dare say this house is built like a brick sh**house! This is the house I am going to raise my family in and I know it will be here for generations to come.”
“Jay and Shane do a very nice job at keeping the homeowner informed and giving sound advice during the build. They are very busy but always have time to answer any questions and address any concerns we may have had. I found them very nice to talk to and the house came out beautiful which is not always the case with all builders.i would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great building experience.”