Blog Archive for September, 2012

Owning Your Own Home is Easier Than Imagined…

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 24, 2012

Buying a home today is not as daunting as you may think. Today’s low interest rates and numerous affordable home options make buying an enticing option over renting. Renting brings you no equity, no tax benefits, no control over rent increases and no pride of ownership. Buying a home does! Here are 7 reasons to own your own home…

1.) Tax Breaks: The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, as well as some of the costs involved in buying your home.

2.) Appreciation: Real estate has long-term, stable growth in value. While year-to-year fluctuations are normal, median existing-home sale prices have increased on average 5 percent each year from 1972 through 2011.

3.) Equity: Money paid for rent is money that you’ll never see again, however mortgage payments let you build equity ownership interest in your home.

4.) Savings: Building equity in your home is a ready-made savings plan. And when you sell, you can generally take up to $250,000 ($500,000 for a married couple) as a gain without owing any federal income tax.

5.) Predictability: Unlike rent, your fixed-mortgage payments don’t ever rise over the years so your housing costs may actually decline as you own the home longer. However, keep in mind that property taxes and insurance costs will increase.

6.) Freedom: The home is yours. Regardless of condition, you can have fun updating and decorating how you want and benefit from the investment for as long as you own the home.

7.) Stability: Remaining in one neighborhood for several years gives you a chance to participate in community activities, lets you and your family establish lasting friendships, and offers your children the benefit of educational continuity.

Moving from Renter to Owner is Easier Than You Imagined Information Courtesy of Suburban West Realtors Association and the National Association of Realtors 2012

New Homes vs. Used

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 21, 2012

Today’s new homes offer more benefits than ever before. Here’s a quick list of the Top 10 Reasons why so many home buyers prefer new homes to used houses:

1.) Design Your Dream Home Your Way: Why settle for someone else’s choices? Select your favorite cabinets, countertops, appliances, carpets and floor coverings, bath and kitchen fixtures. Your new home will reflect your taste not someone else’s.

2.) Choose a Floorplan and Room Layout that Meets Your Needs: Want a Master Bedroom on the first floor? With massive his and her’s walk-in closets? Done! With high ceilings and a luxurious, resort-style Master Bath? Would you like a sitting room fireplace in your Owner’s Suite? French Doors opening to a private patio or the pool? Build your Master Suite, your way.

3.) All New, Under Warranty: A used home has tired products that may soon need replacing. Your new home — and the products that comprise it — are brand-new and under warranty. What’s the cost to replace a roof, appliances and countertop or water on a used home? Those same components of your new home feature the latest designs and building materials — and they offer years of comfort and enjoyment before needing replacement.

4.) Energy and Cost Savings: Today’s new homes are far more energy efficient than homes built just five years ago, and no comparison to homes that are 10, 20 or even more years old. New homes offer much higher levels of performance in heating, cooling, and insulation. Why settle for drafty, energy-wasting single-pane windows in a used home? Many new homes offer double or even triple-pane windows with special coatings and inert gases between layers of glass that save energy in both heating and cooling season.

5.) Comfort and Indoor Air Quality: Today’s new homes meet stringent energy standards and codes not in place in the past. They combine high-performance energy efficiency with state of the art ventilation and air filtration. The result is year-round, consistent and draft-free comfort with higher indoor air quality.

6.) Low Maintenance: New cars today are computer-designed and computer-equipped and they perform far more reliably than a 10 or 20 years old car. Homes are the same. Today’s new homes not only have open floorplans and high ceilings to reflec the way we live today, they’re also made of state-of-the-art building products that require less care and maintenance.

7.) Community Amenities: Many homes are built in lavish. Master-Planned Communities with state of the art Community Centers, Pools and Clubhouses. Many new home communities feature hiking trails, protected open lands, and some of the best new schools and shopping nearby or even within your new home community.

8.) Advanced Technology and Design: It’s possible to replace all of the single-pane windows in a resale home with state of the art high performance windows. It’s also possible to add insulation to a used home. However, it is very expensive to replace out of date appliances, cabinets and countertops in that used home. And it’s simply not realistic to dream of high ceilings on the first floor of a 10 year old two-story home. All the more reason to build it your way for the way you live today.

9.) Safety: State of the art circuit breakers. Electric garage door openers with infrared beams that stop in a tricycle or child is too near. High-efficiency furnaces and air conditions that use the latest environmentally-friendly coolants. Cabinets, carpets and paints that use fewer Volatile Organic Compounds so you and your family can breathe easier.

10.) That New Home Feel: A used home was someone else’s dream, reflecting someone else’s choices, and someone else’s family memories. You may love avocado-green appliances and you may be willing to scrub stained countertops or grease-encrusted ovens and cooktops but more and more people prefer that never lived-in feel.

When was the last time you went to a department store and selected used clothes? Or visited a car dealer and paid more for a used car than a new car? New homes offer the latest designs, style, comfort and quality and provide a care-free lifestyle so that you can enjoy your home, not work on it.

This article was featured in 2012 Top 10 Reasons Home Buyers Prefer New Homes vs. Used

A job well done…

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 17, 2012

Welcome to Honeycroft Village and our new community entrance sign! A huge thank you to Sarro Signs in Unionville for the beautiful custom sign, Bob Weaver for beautiful stonework, and Andrea Varner for her stunning landscape design and completion. Check it out! Honeycroft Village is located off of route 41 in Cochranville Pennsylvania. Our new entrance signs line both sides of the road, follow the road to our Community Clubhouse and Sales Office and speak with a sales representative. Be sure to ask them about our current incentive offering you your first $30,000 on the house! Offer Expires September 30th 2012

Quarry Ridge All Sold Out!!

Categories: Events | Posted: September 14, 2012

This past week we are pleased to announce that our Quarryville Community, Quarry Ridge of new homes has Sold Out! Sincerest thank you to all of the trades, realtors, neighbors, town, and community for your support and efforts in bringing to a close a wonderful community filled with wonderful people. After the final touches have been made I welcome everyone to drive through this lovely community located right in the heart of Quarryville, amidst scenic Lancaster County landscapes and true Pennsylvania Dutch Amish culture and history. Quarry Ridge might be coming to a close, but if Quarryville is the place you’d like to call home, call us up for a custom build (610) 932-5719. We’d love to meet with you!