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Know the Facts Before You Buy a Foreclosed Home

March 6, 2012

The number of foreclosed homes available right now is causing buyers to consider them as an option when they might have passed these as-is homes by in a better housing market. Many people assume these homes are cost effective, but that may not always be the case. Buying a foreclosed home tends to come with challenges homebuyers don’t expect. “As-is” condition It’s no secret that foreclosed homes are not always in great shape. Once homeowners realize they’re heading for foreclosure, they’re less likely to keep…

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How to Buy a House: Tips From Our Folks in the Field

February 20, 2012

What advice would you give house hunters? That’s the question we put to our team, from Design Consultants and Construction Superintendents to Sales Associates and Loan Officers, nationwide. We wanted insights from the people who work with house hunters every day, and they didn’t disappoint. Our first local homebuyer tip is from one of our stellar Sales Associates, Carol Davies: “When you take the time to explore and experience your potential community firsthand before you buy a home, you may find some things that surprise…

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What to Expect When Building a New Home

December 13, 2011

Building a new home can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences, but can also be a time filled with questions. From breaking ground to moving in and getting settled, make sure you choose a builder willing to provide personal care every step of the way. It’s important that you walk away with both a home you love and a positive experience you’ll always remember. What you should know up front is that every builder has a slightly different home building process after you contract.…

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Energy Wise Spotlight: Low-e Windows

October 9, 2011

“I have to draw blackout curtains in the summer to keep the heat out.”   “My windows are ice-cold and drafty in winter.”   “The carpet and upholstery near my windows and sliding glass doors are fading.”   If this sounds familiar, you may be throwing money out the window. Hot spots in summer, drafts in winter and sun bleaching are telltale signs that your glass lacks the low-emissivity engineering found in newer windows and doors—a difference that could cost you much more than your…

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Energy Wise Spotlight: HVAC Revamp

September 24, 2011

Did you know the way your HVAC is installed can save you money…or cost you? The truth is, calculating how much heating and cooling is needed for each room hasn’t been an exact science in the past. Builders would make rough estimates based on the number of windows and square footage, but the process was hardly precise. Technology is changing all that. With the help of new software, forward-thinking builders like Richmond American are able to make more accurate heat loss and gain calculations. Through…

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