Life at Home

Quick Game Day Snack Ideas

January 29, 2014

Gathering friends and family to watch Sunday’s big game? Serve up these quick and delicious snacks to score points with your starting lineup: Triple Pork Sliders from The Food Network. Kick off your pigskin party with this winning combination of garlic, shallots, pork, chorizo and savory applewood smoked bacon. Add a dab of the accompanying smoked paprika mayonnaise to please even the most discriminating football fans! Caramelized Chicken Wings from AllRecipes.com It just isn’t game time without a massive mound of mouthwatering wings, and this…

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Buying a Home

See Our Model Home on MSN & Realtor.com

January 27, 2014

We’re in the news! Did you spot our Charlotte model home on MSN Real Estate or Realtor.com? This gorgeous two-story home in Catonsville, MD, was featured in Arthur Arias’ list of “New Homes for the New Year.” See the slideshow, or check out the interactive floor plan at these Maryland communities.  

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Financing & Insuring

Down Payment Savings Strategies

January 24, 2014

Whether you’re a renter ready to become a homeowner, or a would-be move-up buyer, saving for a down payment on a house can be a challenge. Depending on your timeframe, how much you need to save and how aggressive you’re willing to be, there are several things you can do to shorten the path to your dream home. Easy, everyday money-saving strategies Create a household budget. There’s a budget worksheet in our free First-time Homebuyer Guide, if you need it. Knowing what you spend each…

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Buying a Home

Top Resources for Starting Your Home Search Online

January 21, 2014

You’re a modern homebuyer: savvy, informed and determined to do as much shopping as possible online. So before you come to the aspects of your home search that the internet may never offer a complete substitute for—a home walkthrough, inspecting your new lot, handpicking custom options and upgrades with a design specialist—here are some top resources for narrowing down your home search from the comfort of your own home. Social networks In today’s connected world, we turn to our friends for reviews on everything from new…

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Buying a Home

Quiz: What Type of Homebuyer Are You?

January 16, 2014

Are you the type of homebuyer who debates over every little detail or do you make your decisions on the fly? Take our quiz and learn more about your buying style. The way you start your home search may be different depending on how you would like to approach the overall purchasing process. Please keep track of your “yes” answers by checking the boxes below. 1. Do you keep a wish list of must-haves and prioritize them before you start your home search? 2. Are…

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