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Buying in a Low Inventory Housing Market

January 7, 2013

If you’re keeping tabs on real estate news, you know we’re in a low inventory housing market. There are fewer homes for sale and the competition for the best homes can be fierce. For the first time in years, bidding wars are making a comeback in many markets. Despite these challenges, now is still a great time to buy a home. Interest rates are low and prices have yet to skyrocket back to where they were in 2005 when things were really booming. But how…

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Cyber Shopping Tips for Finding Your Dream Home

December 3, 2012

There was a time when buyers doing a real estate search turned to the newspaper to find their next home. No longer. With sites such as NewHomeSource.com, Zillow.com and Trulia.com, cyber shopping is the new norm in real estate. When it’s your turn to “move on,” we hope you follow these quick tips for finding your dream home online: Start with a broad search first. Many real estate sites offer advanced search criteria options, but we recommend starting with the must-haves like price point, number…

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Building Your Dream Home: Matching Your Home Site to Your Floor Plan

October 9, 2012

As you’re making your final home site and floor plan selections, it’s important to consider how the two fit together. Ask yourself these questions as you narrow down your options:  Where’s the light?  If you’re looking forward to breakfast in a nook that’s filled with morning sunlight, you might want to choose a home site that gives that room southern or southeastern exposure. The same goes for your backyard patio; southern exposure will make it sunnier, northern exposure will keep it shadier. Live in a…

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Building Your Dream Home: How to Choose a Home Site

August 20, 2012

You’ve chosen your floor plan and home exterior. What’s next? Depending on the variety of lots available and the floor plan you’ve chosen, you may have a choice of home sites. Don’t be content to pick your spot from a plat plan! Go out and see each home site firsthand. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes when you tour your options, and bring along a camera and a way to take notes. 4 things to consider when choosing your home site 1. Terrain: Is your…

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From the FAQ File: Deluxe Bath

August 6, 2012

Gourmet kitchens aren’t the only thing piquing our readers’ curiosity. In today’s issue of our multi-part FAQ series, we shed some light on another popular upgrade.  Q: What is a deluxe bath? Are all deluxe baths located in the master suite? A: A deluxe bath may vary by market, but typically includes a separate tub and shower, a water closet and double sinks. Some homes and communities may also include a jetted, oval or garden tub, a walk-in shower and upgraded surfaces, like granite countertops…

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