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Buying a Home

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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Buying a Home

Real Estate Trends to Jump On

August 7, 2018
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So many exciting trends are happening in real estate! Here are just a few to think about when you’re in the market for a new home. Homes with smaller footprints The tiny house movement takes this trend to an extreme, but even more traditional homebuyers are considering floor plans with a smaller footprint. This may be for a lifestyle decision or just to keep the price point down. Our answer to this need is the Seasons™ Collection, designed to put the dream of homeownership within…

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Financing & Insuring

First Steps for Buying a Home After Foreclosure

August 1, 2018
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It’s already been a decade since the start of the Great Recession, and many former homeowners sidelined by foreclosure are ready to jump back in the market. If you’re one of them, first of all, hooray! Secondly, we’ve listed a few good first steps to help you navigate the process of buying after foreclosure. We hope they help you on your journey back to homeownership. Review foreclosure waiting periods No matter how well you’ve reorganized your finances and reestablished credit, you will probably have a…

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Buying a Home

Getting Ahead of the Bidding War Game

April 30, 2018

Picture this. A home goes up for sale in a sought-after neighborhood. Maybe it’s located in a well-rated school district or offers an ideal commute to work. You see that the home is in your range and try to beat the competition with a fast offer above asking price (this isn’t the first home you’ve bid on). But an investor has already offered more—and they’re willing to pay all cash. The seller, understandably, takes the higher and more expedient offer, and your house hunt continues.…

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Buying a Home

Which Homebuilder is the Best?

November 29, 2017

Just starting your new home search? Well, you may soon realize that not all homebuilders are created equal. Don’t assume every builder offers the same standard home features and options. Instead, do a little house-hunting homework. Here are some questions to keep in mind when comparing various homebuilders: How long have you been in business? Do you offer a variety of floor plans? Are there furnished models I can tour to get a better feel for your product? Will you allow me to personalize my…

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