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New Home vs. Resale Home: Appliance Edition

November 7, 2014
Kitchen appliances

An often-overlooked benefit of buying a brand new, never-been-lived-in home is your set of brand new, never-been-used appliances. While appliances may not make or break your decision to buy a particular new or resale home, here are five things to consider when you weigh your options: Whether you choose your builder’s standard appliance package or upgrade through their design center, you may be able to roll the cost into the price of the home and mortgage. This may help you afford the models and features…

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Social Media for Homebuyers

August 6, 2014

Real estate research has never been easier for homebuyers. Looking for listings? Check Zillow or Realtor.com. Want to estimate commute times? Hello, Google Maps! Need a report card on schools? Pull up GreatSchools.org. From neighborhood income data and crime statistics to home price trends and HOA bylaws, you can probably find it online with just a few clicks of the mouse. Since there’s such a glut of online info, you may wonder what social media could possibly contribute to your home search. Twitter probably won’t…

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Great Places to Retire You May Not Have Considered

July 24, 2014

We all want to live where we’d like to retire, but many of us don’t exactly know yet where that is. Should it have beaches or mountains, skiing or surfing, a dry or a humid climate? Decisions, decisions, decisions. Fortunately, with over 35 years’ experience exploring (and building in!) great places to retire from coast to coast, we’ve got a few suggestions you may not have considered before. We’ve capped this list at 6 amazing locations from states we currently build in, but we have…

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How to Find the Right School District for Your Child

July 17, 2014

Finding the right school district can be an important part of your new home search. Whether you’re a parent looking for the best education for your children, or just a savvy house hunter with resale in mind, an attractive school district may be one of your top wish list items as you shop. So what steps do you need to take in your research process? Identify the neighborhood school district/school When you’re considering a home for sale that you’ve found on a website like RedFin,…

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Tips on How to Buy a New Home

May 13, 2014

You’ve got all your ducks in a row; your finances are healthy, circumstances are right and at last you’re ready to buy a new home and leave the rental market for good. Even though it may have taken years of careful saving and patient planning to get to this point, there are still a number of decisions that remain before you arrive, new key in hand, at the threshold to your new home. But fear not—the homebuying process can be great fun and incredibly rewarding!…

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