Felicia Oliver is a freelance writer and editor with more than 15 years’ experience, including 10 years in the home building and general construction industry. Her background includes writing on a variety of subjects while working for Tribune Interactive, Catalyst Chicago and writing and producing for the nationally syndicated television programs “Ebony/Jet Showcase” and “The Minority Business Report,” as well as the locally produced “Chicago Tonight.”
Felicia is a former senior editor with Reed Business Information, former publisher of Professional Builder, Custom Builder and Housing Giants magazines and the HousingZone.com web portal (now all published by Scranton Gillette Communications).
Felicia has written about green building, sales and marketing, homebuilder business operations and design. One of her favorite yearly assignments at RBI was coverage of the judging of NAHB’s National Sales and Marketing Awards and ultimately writing a feature about the winning entries. Her work has earned numerous awards, including one bronze and two silver FOLIO Eddie awards and a platinum and gold Hermes Award.
When it comes to purchasing a home, women play a significant role in which one a family will buy. That’s why more builders are taking a women-focused approach to building and offering features, like drop zones, that meets the needs of the whole family.
Building a home is a big commitment — both financially and emotionally — so it’s important that you are as educated about the home, the community and the builder as possible. One way to do that is to “test drive” a home. Here’s more on how some builders are offering buyers a “try it before you buy it” option.
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