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5 Positive Housing Market Facts

March 19, 2012

There has been a lot of buzz about today’s housing market, but current conditions can be beneficial to homebuyers for several reasons. Here are five things to keep in mind during your home search. 1. Homebuilding is cyclical Everyone knows the housing market is in a down cycle, but what many people may not understand is this: Homebuilding is a cyclical business, not unlike the airline and automotive industries. The last housing downturn occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s. What does that mean…

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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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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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Welcome to Homeward

September 9, 2011

Shopping for a new home tends to spark a lot of questions. We’re here to help. Need information on area schools? Tips on outfitting your gourmet kitchen? Or a no-nonsense guide to military homebuying? You’ve come to the right place. Check back every week for tips, tricks and details on how to choose, buy, finance, insure, decorate and relax in a new home. We’re here to answer your every question; from “how do I select the right financing option?” to “how do I choose paint…

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