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3 Reasons to Buy vs. Rent a Home in 2015

January 6, 2015

The long-awaited dream of owning your own home entails one of the most important purchases of your life. Is it any wonder it could also be the most exciting? Moving from renting to homeownership brings a range of benefits, from a sense of community and stability to never having to worry about yearly rental increases. But there’s more. We explore three advantages that tend to sway long-time renters into becoming happy homeowners. 1. Live life on your own terms: As a homeowner, you can delight…

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Why Buy a Winter Home?

November 28, 2014

Whether you consider yourself a winter visitor, sunseeker or proud snowbird, if you head south for the winter, you’ll need a home away from home for weeks or months at a time. RVing and renting may be popular choices, but there are significant advantages to buying a vacation home of your own. RVing If you’re an impulsive traveler, especially one who loves the outdoors, you may be drawn to RV living. Any continental destination is just a road trip away and, with a minimum of…

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New Home vs. Resale Home: Appliance Edition

November 7, 2014
Kitchen appliances

An often-overlooked benefit of buying a brand new, never-been-lived-in home is your set of brand new, never-been-used appliances. While appliances may not make or break your decision to buy a particular new or resale home, here are five things to consider when you weigh your options: Whether you choose your builder’s standard appliance package or upgrade through their design center, you may be able to roll the cost into the price of the home and mortgage. This may help you afford the models and features…

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Social Media for Homebuyers

August 6, 2014

Real estate research has never been easier for homebuyers. Looking for listings? Check Zillow or Realtor.com. Want to estimate commute times? Hello, Google Maps! Need a report card on schools? Pull up GreatSchools.org. From neighborhood income data and crime statistics to home price trends and HOA bylaws, you can probably find it online with just a few clicks of the mouse. Since there’s such a glut of online info, you may wonder what social media could possibly contribute to your home search. Twitter probably won’t…

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Great Places to Retire You May Not Have Considered

July 24, 2014

We all want to live where we’d like to retire, but many of us don’t exactly know yet where that is. Should it have beaches or mountains, skiing or surfing, a dry or a humid climate? Decisions, decisions, decisions. Fortunately, with over 35 years’ experience exploring (and building in!) great places to retire from coast to coast, we’ve got a few suggestions you may not have considered before. We’ve capped this list at 6 amazing locations from states we currently build in, but we have…

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