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How Much Can I Afford on a Home Loan in 2014?

March 12, 2014

Each year can bring anything from minor tweaks to major overhauls in mortgage lending, possibly affecting how much house you can afford to buy. To help simplify how to financially prepare for homeownership this year, we’ve compiled some of the more important gamechangers for you to be aware of in 2014. New Qualified Mortage Rules In January, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) implemented new regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act for determining what constitutes a qualified mortgage. “Qualified mortgage” is actually a technical term, referring…

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Millennials: First-time Homebuyer Tips and Tricks

February 20, 2014

What Millennials can do now to prepare for homeownership Research shows that over ⅓ of the Millennial generation, ages 18 to 31, either still live with or have moved back in with their parents. That indicates a sizable portion of the homebuying market is currently sitting it out on the sidelines. But that doesn’t mean Millennials can’t begin preparing for homeownership. In fact, with Mom and Dad providing some financial shelter, many might find themselves at a unique advantage for paving a successful path to…

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Finding a Home That Works for the Multi-generational Family

February 6, 2014

Need a floor plan that can comfortably house multiple generations? Maybe you have a college-age son living at home, or a post-college daughter with a spouse and children. Or it could be you have an elderly parent or live-in nanny, and space is tight. You’re not alone. Multi-generational housing has been on a steady, even sharp, uptick for decades. According to a PEW Research article, the population of multi-generational households rose 75% from 1980 to 2008. A similar PEW Research study showed that the percentage of 25- to…

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See Our Model Home on MSN & Realtor.com

January 27, 2014

We’re in the news! Did you spot our Charlotte model home on MSN Real Estate or Realtor.com? This gorgeous two-story home in Catonsville, MD, was featured in Arthur Arias’ list of “New Homes for the New Year.” See the slideshow, or check out the interactive floor plan at these Maryland communities.  

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Top Resources for Starting Your Home Search Online

January 21, 2014

You’re a modern homebuyer: savvy, informed and determined to do as much shopping as possible online. So before you come to the aspects of your home search that the internet may never offer a complete substitute for—a home walkthrough, inspecting your new lot, handpicking custom options and upgrades with a design specialist—here are some top resources for narrowing down your home search from the comfort of your own home. Social networks In today’s connected world, we turn to our friends for reviews on everything from new…

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