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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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Choosing a Website for Your New Home Search

March 6, 2015

So you’re in the market for a new home…now what? The first step is starting your online search. It’s important to discover what homes are selling for in your area before you set up a budget and scope out potential neighborhoods. But which website do you choose? Here’s a rundown of a few of the top choices: Zillow Great for market research & pulling comparables Whether you have an agent or not, there are those buyers who want to do the research themselves. If you’re…

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Why Renters are Becoming Homebuyers in 2015

February 26, 2015

2015 is shaping up to be a great year for first-time homebuyers, as the real estate market continues to enjoy a resurgence in new homes built, coupled with exciting new breaks designed to make homeownership more affordable. To get the full scoop, check out these four reasons renters are making the leap to homeownership in 2015. THE RETURN OF 3% DOWN PAYMENTS ON CONVENTIONAL LOANS In fall 2014, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac each announced a decrease in down payments required on some conventional loans…

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11 Must-ask Questions for Your New Home Builder

January 13, 2015

Moving into a brand-new home is an exciting event, but also a time where it pays to conduct your due diligence up front. Whether you’re a first-time or repeat buyer, the following questions will help provide important clues as to whether your new home builder of choice is worth the commitment. How long have you been in business? Building high-quality, durable homes that cater to your unique lifestyle needs is a hard-earned skill built up through time and experience. Before committing to a home builder…

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