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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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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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