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What Are HOA Fees?

July 11, 2012

As more and more neighborhoods are built as planned communities with shared amenities, more and more homeowners are finding themselves part of a homeowner’s association (HOA). If a community has an HOA, homeowners automatically become members in the community’s homeowner’s association when they purchase a home. Membership in an HOA requires that you pay a fee, usually monthly or yearly. HOA fees go toward common area maintenance and help ensure that the neighborhood stays well kept. The fees may allow you entrance into the community…

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New Home or Resale?

June 18, 2012

In today’s housing market, buyers have more choices than ever before. As you’re trying to decide between buying a new home and looking into resale homes, you’ll discover brand new communities where you can choose your floor plan, your homesite and all your design options. Then you’ll turn around and see the other end of the spectrum: established, comfortable neighborhoods with homes that were built a few years or even decades ago. Here are a few factors to highlight why buying a new home might…

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From the FAQ File: Interior Paint Colors, Appliances & Faucets

May 24, 2012

Curious about what goes into a Richmond American home? You’re not alone! Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. In the future, we’ll post more questions and answers under the FAQ tag. Q: What brand of appliances does Richmond American use? A: GE is our national appliance vendor of choice. Contact your local Home Gallery to learn more about the specific product lines, finishes or features available for your particular home. Q: What interior paint do you use? A: Your Design…

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Building Your Dream Home: How to Find the Right Floor Plan for You

April 30, 2012

Building a home from the ground up gives you the freedom to choose a floor plan that fits your lifestyle. But with so many options to choose from, where do you start? Make a wish list. How many bedrooms do you need? Should any of them be on the first floor for easier access? Is a gourmet kitchen important to you? What about space for a home office or a playroom? By making a list of the features you want, you can focus on what’s…

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First-time Homebuyer Tips and Advice

April 9, 2012

Buying your first home is an exciting milestone. For some, it’s a dream come true and a proud personal achievement; for others, it’s a promise for their family’s future. Like any life-altering event, though, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? How should you finance? What can you afford? The real estate jargon alone can be daunting for a first-time home buyer. Relax. We’re here to help you cut through the confusion so you can make informed, confident choices. The more you know, the…

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