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What to Look for When Buying a Townhome

September 1, 2015

Does the idea of living closer to the city appeal to you? What about the idea of no yard, or maybe a smaller one requiring less maintenance? If so, a townhome might be a good option for your next home. But what do you look for when buying a townhome? Read on for our quick primer on townhome basics, floor plans and more.   TOWNHOME BASICS Townhomes are attached dwellings that share at least one wall with another home, typically near shops and businesses in…

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New Home vs. Resale Home: Maintenance Edition

August 18, 2015

When you think about buying a brand-new home, advantages such as choosing your neighborhood, floor plan, options and homesite probably spring to mind immediately. However, buying new over resale boasts another big benefit that many buyers often overlook: less home maintenance. Don’t have the time, inclination or funds to remodel or repair a resale home? Here are some ways in which a brand-new build may require a lot less upkeep: Nice and new (and not just to you!) When you move into a never-been-lived-in home,…

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TrendWatch: Down Payment Contributions as Wedding Gifts

June 2, 2015

You’re not imagining it. American couples are waiting longer and longer to get married. These delayed “I do’s” pose a very serious question: Just what do you get a couple that set up house—either independently or together—years ago? Some of these happy couples may still register for traditional home goods as gifts. After all, it’s a great opportunity to start a new chapter of their lives with refreshed and updated décor. But, for those with plenty to feather their nests (or even too much, if…

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What Can You Get From the $300s?

April 23, 2015

We’ve all heard the adage, “All real estate is local,” yet it’s hard not to wonder what you could get for your money if you were buying in a different part of the country. Here’s a glimpse at homes currently priced from the $300s in three of the areas we build. ARIZONA Floor plan: The Harlan Location: Queen Creek, Arizona Community: Crismon Heights Home type: Ranch Specs: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2-car garage + storage With an open family room, nook and kitchen—plus adjacent dining…

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Getting Prequalified After Bankruptcy, Foreclosure or Short Sale

March 19, 2015

Life sometimes takes us on unexpected journeys. You may think you’re heading in one direction and then—surprise—you’re on a completely different path. For example, if you experience a major credit event, such as a bankruptcy, foreclosure or short sale, your credit score can be severely impacted, which can affect your chances at qualifying for a mortgage loan. Chances are you’ll eventually be able to consider home buying—but it might take a little longer than usual. So, what can you do if you find yourself in…

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