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New Home Design 101: What’s a Color Studio?

August 16, 2019

When you walk into a room, the color palette has a huge impact. If it’s cohesive, the room feels inviting and spacious: if it isn’t, things might seem a bit chaotic and cluttered. Choosing the perfect colors for your home is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. At our Home Gallery™, an experienced design consultant will walk you through creating a coordinated color palette, so everything from your walls and countertops to your light fixtures and flooring complement each…

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A Guide to Our Free Homebuyer Guides

January 18, 2019
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At Richmond American, we love helping new homebuyers attain the dream of homeownership. And with nearly 40 years in the industry, we’ve learned a thing or two about the process! Perhaps you’re just beginning your house hunt, or maybe you’ve already decided on a floor plan and community. Regardless of your stage in the homebuying process, we have compiled worksheets, tools and checklists to assist you along the way. Check out (and download!) our series of FREE guides, designed to help homebuyers stay organized, informed…

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Cost Comparison: Rent or Buy

August 30, 2018
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There are many benefits to being a homeowner. From a purely financial perspective, there are tools to help determine the cost of renting versus buying a home. Comparing the cost of renting to buying usually depends on key factors, such as budgeted monthly rent, target home price, the length of time you plan to live in the home and what your mortgage rate would be. Estimating these values can help determine if buying is financially advantageous. In addition to the actual buying costs, it is…

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What is an Inventory Home?

August 16, 2018

You might imagine the experience of buying your dream home as starting with an empty lot, picking every feature from the layout of the floor plan to the color of the drapes, and then settling in to wait while your home is built completely from scratch. It’s a time-honored process that works wonders for many, but what if you don’t have months to spare waiting for ground-up construction on your new home? Easy! Buy an inventory home. Also known as quick move-in homes or spec…

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The Advantages of a Spec Home

May 4, 2018

If you’ve been in the market for a brand-new home, you might have heard something about spec homes—or perhaps inventory homes, move-in ready homes or homes under construction. Our personal favorite is quick move-in homes, but they all refer to the same thing: new homes that builders begin construction on before they’re under contract to a buyer. This enables new communities to keep a steady flow of homes for prospective homeowners. It also provides you, the homebuyer, with some special advantages. Read on for how…

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