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How to Save for a Down Payment on a House

January 26, 2017
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There is no way around it; buying a home is a big deal! It’s an exciting opportunity to build new memories in a space that is truly your own. Part of embarking on the path toward homeownership is saving for the down payment. Luckily, there are straightforward techniques you can use to save for the down payment on your new home. Here are some of our favorite ideas:   Decide how much your future home is going to cost. While having an exact amount in…

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Life at Home

Snow Day Activities

January 17, 2017
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The prospect of a snow day is often more exciting for kids than adults. With these 6 ideas, snow days can be fun for the whole family! Along with snowmen and movies, give these snow day activities a try. Free Coloring Pages Crayola, Free Coloring Pages and our home coloring pages provide fun, printable designs for children. Are you ready to join the fun? Enjoy Coloring Pages for Adults. Coloring is a fun and relaxing way to pass the time. Sock Basketball The unmatched sock…

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Selling a Home

Lighting Tips to Help Sell Your Home

January 2, 2017
Unique light fixture

You’ve found the right real estate agent. You’ve repaired or replaced everything that needed fixing. You’ve covered the three D’s of home staging—Decluttering, Depersonalization and Deep cleaning. Finally, it’s time to put your home on the market. But, wait! There’s one often-overlooked detail that could sabotage all your hard work: the lighting. In the game of First Impressions, a poorly lit home is at an automatic disadvantage. Darkness can make a home feel small, uninviting and dirty, even when it isn’t. Worse, a potential buyer…

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New Communities—Coming in 2017!

December 28, 2016
Streetscape of homes

It’s an exciting year for homebuyers because we’re opening over 25 new communities across the country! Check out some of our exceptional neighborhoods that have recently opened, or will open later this year.   ARIZONA (PHOENIX) Avondale Tres Rios Landing ~ From the low $200s     Laveen Coplen Farms Estates ~ From the $200s Queen Creek Heritage at Meridian ~ From the low $400s San Tan Valley San Tan Heights ~ From the upper $100s Surprise Sycamore Farms ~ From the low $200s Waddell…

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Buying a Home

How Much Mortgage Can I Afford?

November 29, 2016
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One of the first—and most important—steps you can take when buying a new home is determining your budget. Figuring out how much mortgage you can afford can save you valuable time and energy during your new home search. Following are some simple steps to help you establish your homebuying budget: Determine your annual household income (after taxes). You can do so by looking at paystubs for all members of your household who will be on the loan. Remember, to factor in any commission, overtime, etc.,…

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