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21st Century Benefits of Homeownership

February 16, 2016

From technology to medicine, the 21st century has already seen a great number of advances—and there’s still over 80 years to go! One more category to add to the list? New home construction. If you haven’t bought a brand-new home in several decades (or ever), now is a great time to do so. Here are some of the many exciting improvements that set today’s new homes apart from ones that are so last century. Improved design & functionality. Home design has come a long way…

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Lesser Known Online Tools for Homebuyers

January 20, 2016

House hunting has gone digital in recent years. In fact, an overwhelming majority of buyers turn to the web at some point during the homebuying process, according to the National Association of Realtors®. If you’re in this camp, you have probably already visited a variety of homebuilder websites, along with the usual suspects: Realtor.com, Trulia, NewHomeSource and Zillow. But did you know that there are many other, lesser known online home search resources at your disposal? Following are a few sites to help with your…

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Why Buyers Are Moving Away From Resale

November 10, 2015

New home vs. resale. It’s a common comparison among house hunters. After all, it’s always wise to do a little research before making an important life decision. Although resales still appeal to some prospective buyers, certain concerns, like safety codes and energy efficiency, have many others opting to break ground on brand-new homes. Following are some additional reasons why some buyers may be moving away from resale: Dingy/dirty living spaces. Most people can’t imagine renting—much less buying—a home that’s lost its luster, and who can…

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Quiz: Which Floor Plan Are You?

October 6, 2015

Thinking about buying a new home? Check out the following descriptions and choose the best fit for you! You prefer two—or even three—floors of living space and don’t mind shared walls. After all, new neighbors are just friends you haven’t met yet! You don’t need a ton of bedrooms (4 or fewer will suffice!), and having the biggest house on the block doesn’t necessarily appeal to you (it’s all about the quality of the square footage, not the quantity!). Exterior maintenance doesn’t rate high on…

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What to Look for When Buying a Townhome

September 1, 2015

Does the idea of living closer to the city appeal to you? What about the idea of no yard, or maybe a smaller one requiring less maintenance? If so, a townhome might be a good option for your next home. But what do you look for when buying a townhome? Read on for our quick primer on townhome basics, floor plans and more.   TOWNHOME BASICS Townhomes are attached dwellings that share at least one wall with another home, typically near shops and businesses in…

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