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3 Great Markets for First-time Buyers

July 18, 2017

Ready to buy your first home? Congratulations on this exciting milestone! When choosing a new home, it’s important to consider a number of factors, including the floor plan, features, amenities, price point and—you guessed it—location. If you need a little help with the latter, consider these three great markets for first-time buyers.   Jacksonville, Florida Mild temperatures, sandy white beaches, a thriving economy and entry-level home prices make Jacksonville a great choice for brand-new homeowners. This hot housing market beckons first-time buyers who are looking…

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Where Would You Rather Live?

June 26, 2017
Mt Rainier

These exceptional new home communities in Lacey, Washington, both have a lot to offer. Determine which one is best for you! What’s not to love about life in Lacey, Washington? Nestled near majestic Mt. Rainier, on the southern tip of the Puget Sound, the city beckons outdoor enthusiasts far and wide. Lacey boasts five freshwater lakes, over 1,200 acres of public parkland, miles of biking and hiking trails and numerous championship golf courses. It’s also home to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, which spans 3,700…

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12 Hot Neighborhoods to Watch This Summer

June 13, 2017
Northern Colorado - Hemingway

Summer is here and real estate is hot! Interest rates are low and, in the resale market, we’re seeing bidding wars. Luckily, buyers who choose new home construction don’t have to worry about that, but they do have to decide where to live. It’s all about location, location, location! If you’re making a move soon, but are still scoping out neighborhoods, check out this list of 12 communities to keep on your radar. Sunset Pointe in Herriman, Utah From the low $400s Majestic mountain scenery, generous…

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Building a Las Vegas Home: Five Stellar Masterplans

May 30, 2017
LV Skyline Streetscape

Pools, fitness facilities, sports courts and community activities are just some of the advantages of living in a masterplan. Homebuyers often come for the amenities and stay for the sense of community. Lucky for Las Vegas homebuyers, the area offers several exceptional masterplans. Following are five standouts to consider: Cadence At Cadence in Henderson, you’ll never have to travel far from home to enjoy shopping, dining and outdoor recreation. Residents of this outstanding community appreciate open space with parks and trails for walking and biking.…

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Discover Hampden: Baltimore’s Hidden Gem

March 6, 2017

What was once a working-class mill town in north Baltimore has evolved into a lively, eclectic neighborhood that radiates city pride. Hampden, which gained its fame from John Waters’ movies, such as Hairspray, was named one of “The 12 Coolest Neighborhoods in America” by thrillist.com.   What makes this Charm City neighborhood so incredibly, well… charming? For starters, its main thoroughfare, 36th Street (known to locals as simply “The Avenue”), is home to myriad art galleries, museums, coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques.   The neighborhood…

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