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Lesser Known Online Tools for Homebuyers

January 20, 2016

House hunting has gone digital in recent years. In fact, an overwhelming majority of buyers turn to the web at some point during the homebuying process, according to the National Association of Realtors®. If you’re in this camp, you have probably already visited a variety of homebuilder websites, along with the usual suspects: Realtor.com, Trulia, NewHomeSource and Zillow. But did you know that there are many other, lesser known online home search resources at your disposal? Following are a few sites to help with your…

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New Year’s Resolution: Saving for a Down Payment

January 5, 2016

It’s a new year, and you know what that means. It time, once again, for resolutions. If you resolve to leave your landlord behind—or to move into a larger, more luxurious home—this year, you may have to provide a down payment of up to 20 percent of the home’s sale price, which can be challenging. Here are some strategies to help put you on the path to homeownership. Know your numbers. The first step in saving for a down payment is establishing your budget. Examine…

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Why Buyers Are Moving Away From Resale

November 10, 2015

New home vs. resale. It’s a common comparison among house hunters. After all, it’s always wise to do a little research before making an important life decision. Although resales still appeal to some prospective buyers, certain concerns, like safety codes and energy efficiency, have many others opting to break ground on brand-new homes. Following are some additional reasons why some buyers may be moving away from resale: Dingy/dirty living spaces. Most people can’t imagine renting—much less buying—a home that’s lost its luster, and who can…

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The Benefits of a Master-planned Community

October 12, 2015

Master-planned communities are in demand nationwide, and the reasons are easy to spot: Amenities! Many masterplans are designed with easy access to shopping, dining, schools and recreation—sometimes within walking distance. You may also find popular neighborhood features like parks, trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and even more substantial amenities like clubhouses, fitness facilities, pools and sports courts have been included. Character! Because master-planned communities are developed from a “big-picture” perspective, more forethought can be devoted to their design aesthetic. Streetscapes and home exteriors may need to conform…

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Quiz: Which Floor Plan Are You?

October 6, 2015

Thinking about buying a new home? Check out the following descriptions and choose the best fit for you! You prefer two—or even three—floors of living space and don’t mind shared walls. After all, new neighbors are just friends you haven’t met yet! You don’t need a ton of bedrooms (4 or fewer will suffice!), and having the biggest house on the block doesn’t necessarily appeal to you (it’s all about the quality of the square footage, not the quantity!). Exterior maintenance doesn’t rate high on…

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