Buying a Home

Getting Ahead of the Bidding War Game

April 30, 2018

Picture this. A home goes up for sale in a sought-after neighborhood. Maybe it’s located in a well-rated school district or offers an ideal commute to work. You see that the home is in your range and try to beat the competition with a fast offer above asking price (this isn’t the first home you’ve bid on). But an investor has already offered more—and they’re willing to pay all cash. The seller, understandably, takes the higher and more expedient offer, and your house hunt continues.…

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Colorado Family Finds Their New Community

April 27, 2018
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The McBrides weren’t actively house-hunting when they came across their dream home at Mail Creek Crossing in Fort Collins, Colorado. Quinha and Michael had always envisioned purchasing a ranch-style home at some point in the future. But when Quinha’s friend Brandi Broadley, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker, invited her to come along for a tour of the community, the couple’s timeline shifted. The second they walked into the single-story Alcott model, Quinha knew she had found her ideal home. The McBrides already lived…

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Why Great Schools Matter (Even if You’re Not a Parent)

April 24, 2018

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a new home, and whether or not you have children, the quality of area schools is definitely one of them. Buying a home in a highly ranked school district might cost you more up front, but the potential benefits can be significant. The cost of good schools According to Redfin, buyers pay an average of $50 more per square foot for homes in top-ranked school zones. A 2016 Realtor.com study found that homes in school districts ranked…

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From the FAQ File: Building Time & Upgrade Costs

April 19, 2018

Sometimes, there are no easy answers for the questions readers ask. Today’s topics are some of the toughest. Q: How long does it take to build a Richmond American home? A: Construction time depends on many factors; the size of the home, the complexity of the floor plan, even weather conditions can influence the timeline. Your Construction Superintendent should be able to set expectations as you move forward. If you need to move soon, consider purchasing one of our quick move-in homes. To see what’s…

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Breakfasts on the Go

April 17, 2018
Make ahead egg muffins

It’s no secret that high-calorie fast-food breakfasts can expand your waistline and shrink your savings (money that could go toward a down payment on a new home!). So, don’t let hectic mornings serve as an excuse for hitting the nearest drive through. Instead, check out these nutritious, delicious, make-ahead breakfast recipes that will power you through the a.m. without hampering your health, depleting your bank account or putting a hitch in your routine.  Brownie Batter Overnight Protein Oatmeal. Brownie batter for breakfast? Yes, please! This…

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