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How to Save Money for a Down Payment: 7 Daily Strategies

February 21, 2018
House with coins and dollars

Saving for a down payment on a new home might feel daunting, but small daily changes can make a big difference when it comes to setting aside money for a large purchase. We rounded up seven strategies that make it simple to streamline your spending and save up for your dream home—and it’s a lot easier than you think! Shop smart It’s tempting to toss anything that looks good into your grocery cart, but the price of all those products adds up quickly. Instead, plan…

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Buying a Home

3 Reasons to Choose New Homes Over Resale

February 1, 2018
The Hemingway

The new home vs. resale debate is something every homebuyer must face. Will you shop for both new construction and resale? Just new homes? Only resale? There are many factors to consider with this choice. As a homebuilder, we’re biased toward new construction, but we also understand the benefits to buying new many people tend to overlook. The “done” factor. For many working Americans, weekends define the quality of their lifestyle. Maybe you work 40 hours a week, but Saturday and Sunday are the times…

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Life at Home

9 Kitchen Organization Tips

January 22, 2018

The kitchen: it’s the heart of your home and your family’s favorite gathering place, but it’s also the room that seems to collect clutter like no other. From drawers overflowing with flatware to counters covered with supplies, kitchens can present plenty of problems when it comes to keeping clean. Never fear—with these imaginative tips and tricks, you’ll be able to streamline your kitchen in no time, and make mess a thing of the past.   Think vertical Although new homes may have walk-in pantries and…

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Life at Home

Lighting for a Relaxing Great Room

November 30, 2017
The Samson

Today, our friends at Progress Lighting are sharing a few tips to help choose your lighting for a relaxing great room! From holiday celebrations with family to cozy movie date nights, the living room is essential to planned gatherings, as well as everyday life at home. The key to creating an inviting space for your guests is using a layered approach with your lighting. A layered lighting approach involves using a combination of different fixtures to create overall illumination in a space. Instead of choosing…

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Financing & Insuring

What Down Payment is Needed for an FHA Loan?

November 3, 2017
Couple discussing FHA loan down payment with loan officer

Insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), FHA loans are an attractive option for first-time and repeat homebuyers, as well as those interested in refinancing their current home loan. Many factors contribute to the popularity of FHA loans—chief among them being a lower down payment requirement (as low as just 3.5%), compared to as much as 20% with other loan types. How much savings could that 3.5% down mean for you? Let’s use an example house sale. If you’re an entry-level buyer scrimping and saving…

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