The Buying Process

Choosing a home is an important decision but getting started with the buying process shouldn't be a hassle. Our Buyer's Guide to the Buying Process takes you through our step by step process of buying a new home, building and settling in to your Summerset at Frick Park Home.


Getting Started

While building your dream home is exciting, we know it can also be intimidating. At Summerset at Frick Park, we walk you through the entire buying and building process so you can feel comfortable with the decisions you’ll be making along the way.

We’ll offer you advice based on our extensive knowledge and building experience so you can be certain that your new home will be perfect for your family. Our goal is to make it easier for you to build your dream home in Summerset at Frick Park and we will assist you from our first meeting to move-in!


The Initial Meeting

At Summerset at Frick Park, each lot has a designated home style. Since we have a wide variety of housing styles and floor plans to choose from, you will want to schedule a meeting with our Sales Manager, Melissa Reich, to discuss your options. At this meeting, we will review all of the available lots, while considering your needs and wishes, and find the home that is just right for you and your family.



Lot Selection

In order to secure the lot/future home site, you will need to complete the Lot Reservation Agreement and submit a $5,000 refundable deposit. This deposit will secure your interest in the lot for 30-60 days. At this time you will be given a set of HOA documents and a Public Offering Statement to review.

Lot Reservation Agreement


Meet the Builders

After this meeting, the builder will begin working with the architect to revise the floor plans to meet your specifications and develop an option list with your interior finishes.


Sales Agreement

Once you have approved the plans and option list, you will sign a Sales Agreement. At signing of the Sales Agreements, the builder requires another deposit of 5% of the base price of the home and 100% of any structural upgrades (i.e. 3rd floor lofts, bonus rooms, finished basements). You will also need to sign a copy of the Summerset HOA Public Offering Statement to acknowledge your agreement to abide by these governing documents. After the Sales Agreement is signed, the builder will send your floor plans for architectural review and obtain the appropriate building permits.

You will begin meeting with the Selection Coordinators at the builders preferred vendor showrooms to select all of your interior finishes. These experts are a wealth of knowledge and will help you with everything from picking paint colors to designing your dream kitchen.



We try to make the financing of your new home as simple as possible. A construction loan has already been established by the Builder, so you do not need to secure one on your own. Once you have submitted your $5,000 lot deposit and 5% of the base price of your home at signing of Sales Agreements, your next financial obligation won’t come until the day of closing.

About 90 days prior to closing, you will want to secure your permanent mortgage. Melissa can refer you to several mortgage specialists to compare financing and interest rates.




Once the home is complete and ready for occupancy, the builder will schedule your closing. At the closing, you will receive all of your home and interior fixture warranties, as well as a “user’s guide” for all mechanical systems. You will also be given your key fobs for access to the pools, community center and fitness room.

Melissa will be available to welcome you to the community, introduce you to your neighbors and help you with your transition. You will also begin to work with Ann Paul, our dedicated property manager,who can assist you further in your orientation and access to all that Summerset has to offer as a resident, and member of the community.


Quality Standards

In support of the concept of green living in Pittsburgh, all of the homes at Summerset at Frick Park are built for optimum energy efficiency. In fact, tests by Equitable Gas show that Summerset homes are 30% more efficient to heat when compared to typical new area homes. Each home is inspected by IBACOS, a third party quality control firm and receives a blower test to ensure a weather seal for and optimum heating and cooling performance. In addition, we offer an expanded selection of green living features on some homes for buyers interested in sustainable design materials and technologies including:

  • Floors, walls and roof systems made from smaller, fast-growth wood materials
  • Tankless, on-demand water heaters
  • Tile and carpet made from recycled content
  • Low VOC (volatile organic compound) countertops, cabinets and paints
  • Zoned heating and air conditioning system
  • Electric vehicle charging stations

And by partnering with some of the nation’s leading home product manufacturers, we can offer Summerset at Frick Park homeowners the highest value homes with some of the lowest utility bills in the area.

Development Team

Since the early 1960s, A. Richard Kacin has been developing upscale residential properties in the Pittsburgh region. KACIN has built and is developing more than 1,500 homes and condominium complexes in Westmoreland and Allegheny Counties

At KACIN, we’ve always been dedicated to our clients, and to maintaining the highest ethical standards in the homebuilding industry. This commitment to client loyalty and professional integrity is exemplified by Richard Kacin and Bruce Corna, vice president of Kacin Communities each serving terms as president of the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, and of the Homebuilders Association of Westmoreland County.

Richard and Bruce remain active in those organizations and serve on the boards of many community groups throughout Westmoreland County.

Services and Fees

The Home Owners’ Association (HOA) fees for Cottage homes are $64.00/month

This covers membership to HOA and includes:

  • Community Center
  • Pools
  • Fitness Room
  • Playground and basketball court
  • Great Room event space rental
  • Snow removal of common alleyways
  • Garbage removal
  • Maintenance of parks and parklets


House Calls

Contact Melissa Our Home Sales Expert

Melissa has been responsible for all home sales and marketing at Summerset since 2005. She understands the neighborhood and the buying process and can provide a wealth of information as you consider living at Summerset.

Contact Melissa Today!

Call Melissa Reich today at 412-215-8056 or email her at to learn how you can start living at Summerset at Frick Park!

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Melissa Reich is also a GREEN certified realtor, with proven knowledge in energy-efficiency and environmentally-friendly building materials and practices. She has also earned the SRES designation, uniquely qualifying her to address the specific needs of buyers 55 years of age and older.

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