1. Helping Your Homebuilder Help You

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    How establishing open dialogue with your homebuilder can help you land your dream home. Building a new home will likely be the biggest investment of your life – and perhaps among life’s most daunting experiences. But it need not be so. By opening the lines of communication with your homebuilder and establishing transparent and honest…

  2. Why the Backyard is Moving Out Front – and How to Get in on the Fun

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    While a backyard can offer seclusion and privacy, a respite from the noise and grind of daily life, more and more homeowners are relaxing in front of their homes in an effort to cultivate deeper community connections capable of propelling more fulfilling, healthy lives. Not that this should come as a surprise given our over-scheduled…

  3. To Love It or List It?: 4 Key Questions When You’re Deciding to Renovate or Move

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      To renovate or move? ‘Tis the question for many homeowners contemplating the years ahead. As needs and priorities change and lives evolve, a home that once seemed charming and complete may be falling short in contemporary times. That might call for a renovation or addition to make the home more functional and modern. Or…

  4. 4 Steps to a More Organized Garage

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    We ask a lot of our garages – to hold bikes and athletic equipment, outdoor furniture and tools, garbage cans and recycling bins, and, of course, cars. As a result, garages can become a cluttered mess. Following a few battle-tested organizational principles, however, can transform your garage from a jumbled dumping ground into a tidy…

  5. Buying New: Top Reasons Homebuyers Ditch the Resale Market and Embrace New Construction

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    From one American Dream-chasing generation to the next, many homebuyers have faced the same, challenging dilemma: to buy an existing home or to opt for new construction. While existing homes maintain their appeal, generally – though certainly not always – featuring a lower initial price tag and closer-to-town locations, new homes continue to capture the…

  6. 10 Ways to Make Your Backyard a Grand Oasis without Breaking the Bank

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      For many homeowners, the backyard offers a retreat from the fast-paced swirl of life, promoting solitude and serenity, calm and good health amid the daily grind. Though the popular home improvement shows spotlight finished outdoor spaces with massive water features, grand exterior kitchens, and ambitious landscaping, creating such splendid spaces often carries a mighty…

  7. 10 Questions to Help You Find the Right Homebuilder

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      Selecting the right homebuilder can be a daunting task. With a home being the largest and most significant purchase of one’s life, buyers understandably fret over the decision – the trustworthiness of the builder, the budget, and the quality of the construction. These 10 questions, however, will help you evaluate homebuilders and team with…

  8. Fido is Living Large: How Homebuyers are Creating Super Dog-Friendly Homes

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        For many Americans – nearly 9 out of 10, in fact – dogs are more than furry, four-legged friends; they’re treasured members of the family. With that, it shouldn’t be surprising that homeowners keep their dogs top of mind when designing a new home. As a result, Fido is living large these days…

  9. 5 Common Mistakes of First-Time Homebuyers – and How to Avoid Them

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        Looking for your first home can be a daunting task. Rookie homebuyers face new vocabulary, a myriad of questions, and, of course, a significant financial investment. The often-overwhelming nature of one’s maiden voyage into real estate can hamper decision-making and drive unnecessary stress. But with a little education, planning, and market understanding, first-time…

  10. ENERGY STAR Homes Defined

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    The now-ubiquitous Environmental Protection Agency credential is for more than household appliances and electronics While Americans are accustomed to seeing the ENERGY STAR label attached to refrigerators, dishwashers, furnaces, and other household staples, new residential homes can also carry the moneysaving, environmentally conscious credential. New homes claiming the ENERGY STAR label have been designed, built,…