Pearl Certification is proud to announce that Southern Development Homes has been accepted into the prestigious Builder Network. Working with an elite network of highly-skilled builders, contractors, agents, and brokers as well as savvy homeowners who prioritize health, energy-efficiency, and low home operating costs, Pearl Certified homes can sell for 5% or more when marketed correctly.

Southern Development Homes is an independent Charlottesville-based builder founded in 1999 by Frank Ballif, a University of Virginia graduate. They are proud of the relationships they have cultivated while building quality and sustainable new homes for more than 1,000 local families. Southern Development’s ”homegrown difference” is developed through connecting with their customers, local real estate agents, and trade partners within the Charlottesville community. 

“Only a small number of elite home builders, with a record of high quality work and customer service, are accepted into the Pearl Network and Southern Development Homes is a perfect fit,” said Pearl CEO, Cynthia Adams. “Southern Development values hard work, dependability, accountability, and respect – creating a perfect home and a thriving community. We are delighted to work with them to help consumers capture the full value of their efficient homes.”

“Southern Development Homes believes in building sustainable, energy efficient homes. We have done so for many years. Partnering with Pearl Certification is a perfect way to preserve a record of those features for the life of the home,” said Frank Ballif, Southern Development president.  “This ensures the value of those features will be recognized upon resale and future updates and renovations. We know this is of value to our homeowners”

Pearl Certification is a national firm that qualifies an elite network of professionals and certifies high-performing homes: homes with heating and cooling, solar, smart home devices, resilient features and much more. Pearl’s Certification drives demand for these improvements by capturing their value for resale and appraisal. 

Southern Development Homes now provides each homebuyer with a Pearl Certification Report detailing their home’s high-performing features. The partnership between Pearl and Southern Development is one that will bring the Charlottesville, VA region healthy, comfortable and energy-saving homes for years to come.