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Selling a Home

When Should I Sell My House? Tips for When to Sell Your Home

June 4, 2012

Ultimately, the decision to sell your home is a very personal one. It’s impossible to come up with an exact formula of circumstances that tell you it’s time to move. Though it may come down to gut instinct, here are some things to consider before putting your home on the market. Look at local market conditions The last few years have been tough for real estate in many areas, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not a good time to sell your house. Look at…

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Buying a Home

Building Your Dream Home: How to Find the Right Floor Plan for You

April 30, 2012

Building a home from the ground up gives you the freedom to choose a floor plan that fits your lifestyle. But with so many options to choose from, where do you start? Make a wish list. How many bedrooms do you need? Should any of them be on the first floor for easier access? Is a gourmet kitchen important to you? What about space for a home office or a playroom? By making a list of the features you want, you can focus on what’s…

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Buying a Home

First-time Homebuyer Tips and Advice

April 9, 2012

Buying your first home is an exciting milestone. For some, it’s a dream come true and a proud personal achievement; for others, it’s a promise for their family’s future. Like any life-altering event, though, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? How should you finance? What can you afford? The real estate jargon alone can be daunting for a first-time home buyer. Relax. We’re here to help you cut through the confusion so you can make informed, confident choices. The more you know, the…

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Buying a Home, Selling a Home

5 Positive Housing Market Facts

March 19, 2012

There has been a lot of buzz about today’s housing market, but current conditions can be beneficial to homebuyers for several reasons. Here are five things to keep in mind during your home search. 1. Homebuilding is cyclical Everyone knows the housing market is in a down cycle, but what many people may not understand is this: Homebuilding is a cyclical business, not unlike the airline and automotive industries. The last housing downturn occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s. What does that mean…

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Buying a Home

How to Buy a House: Tips From Our Folks in the Field

February 20, 2012

What advice would you give house hunters? That’s the question we put to our team, from Design Consultants and Construction Superintendents to Sales Associates and Loan Officers, nationwide. We wanted insights from the people who work with house hunters every day, and they didn’t disappoint. Our first local homebuyer tip is from one of our stellar Sales Associates, Carol Davies: “When you take the time to explore and experience your potential community firsthand before you buy a home, you may find some things that surprise…

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