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Financing & Insuring

How to Save Money for a Down Payment: 7 Strategies

September 14, 2018
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Saving for a down payment on a new home might feel daunting, but small daily changes can make a big difference when it comes to setting aside money for a large purchase. We rounded up seven strategies that make it simple to streamline your spending and save up for your dream home—and it’s a lot easier than you think! Shop smart It’s tempting to toss anything that looks good into your grocery cart, but the price of all those products adds up quickly. Instead, plan…

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Buying a Home

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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What to Expect at a New Home Design Center

August 6, 2018

From choosing your floor plan to selecting your homesite, there are countless benefits to building a new home. But many happy homeowners have told us time and again that the most exciting part of their homebuying journey, by far, was personalizing their brand-new living spaces. That’s why we strive to ensure every home we build is as unique as its residents—not an easy feat considering we’ve completed over 185,000 homes in the past four decades!   There are many important decisions you’re going to make…

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Quiz! Where Are You on the Path to Homeownership?

May 29, 2018
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Are you ready to become a homeowner? Take this quick quiz to find out where you are on your homebuying journey. Simply tally your A’s, B’s and C’s, and check out your result below!   I have wanted to buy a home for:   Over a year At least a year A few months     I plan to stay in my current/desired area for:   At least five years Three to five years Less than three years/I’m not really sure     The following…

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