Buying a Home

New Home vs. Resale Home: Appliance Edition

November 7, 2014
Kitchen appliances

An often-overlooked benefit of buying a brand new, never-been-lived-in home is your set of brand new, never-been-used appliances. While appliances may not make or break your decision to buy a particular new or resale home, here are five things to consider when you weigh your options: Whether you choose your builder’s standard appliance package or upgrade through their design center, you may be able to roll the cost into the price of the home and mortgage. This may help you afford the models and features…

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Best Places to Live & Have Fun: Loudoun County

November 4, 2014

From historic vineyards and sophisticated farm-to-table restaurants to scenic mountain escapes and more, Loudoun County is one of our favorite places both to live and explore fun, relaxing getaways whenever the mood strikes. To see what we mean, check out our list of destinations you could take advantage of with a new home in northern Loudoun County’s Lovettsville Town Center. Vineyard tours & wine tasting Lovettsville is perfectly situated as a launching pad for an exceptional flight of wineries in Loudoun County. Area highlights include…

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Creating an Inviting Guest Room

October 28, 2014

Your houseguests probably don’t expect hotel-like accommodations. But that doesn’t mean you can’t wow them with a warm, welcoming space that’s worthy of a five-star rating. Creating an inviting guest room is easier than you might think. Read on to learn how to transform your spare bedroom and bathroom into the ultimate guest getaway in just five simple steps. STEP 1: CLEAR THE CLUTTER An old set of golf clubs, your prized collection of PEZ® dispensers, a stack of yearbooks from the mid ’80s… What…

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Top 10 Reasons to Make Your Home in Marley Park, Phoenix

October 23, 2014

House-hunting in the Phoenix area? Here are ten reasons you should put master-planned Marley Park on your must-see list! 10. This block-party on wheels 9. Nearby attractions—including a dog park, regional library & Surprise Stadium 8. Convenient shopping & dining 7. Neighborhood events & celebrations 6. A 6,000 sq. ft. rec center for all residents 5. Two heated pools 4. Active community clubs & volunteer groups 3. Marley Park Elementary’s GreatSchools.org rating 2. 15 themed parks, all linked by tree-lined Arbor Walk 1. Happy neighbors!…

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How Your Energy Bill Could Help You Save

October 16, 2014

How often do you look at your energy bill? If your interest stops at AMOUNT DUE, you may be missing out on some ways to save energy and money. Energy bill basics Each utility company has its own way of invoicing you, but here are some fairly universal points you’ll find on most energy bills: Meter readings. You should see a current estimated or actual meter reading and a reading for the previous month. The difference between the two numbers is your energy usage for…

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