New Home Friday 10-16-2015

by Builder Trade In Program Oct, 16

HERS Index - Understanding the HERS Score

by Builder Trade In Program Oct, 15

The RESNET HERS Index is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. The HERS or Home Energy Rating System was developed by RESNET and is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance. Certified RESNET Home Energy Raters conduct inspections to verify a home's energy performance and determine what improvements can be made to increase it.

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New Home Sales Surge

by Builder Trade In Program Oct, 13

According to the latest report from the US Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, newly constructed home sales jumped 5.7% month-over-month and 21.6% year-over-year to an annual pace of 552,000. Many buyers are looking to the new homes market to make up for the lack of existing home sales inventory. National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist David Crowe explains:

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New Home Friday 10-09-2015

by Builder Trade In Program Oct, 09

Master-Planned Communities – Live, Work, Play, Connect!

by Builder Trade In Program Oct, 09

 

The evolution of master-planned communities has been advancing since the 1980’s with a shift in emphasis from private homes and yards to the public domain. According to Eric Osth, managing principal at Pittsburgh-based Urban Design Associates, towns like Seaside and Celebration, Florida established the value of new communities and urbanism.  Celebration took those values to the masses which helped builders understand how to actually build a town.  These communities are designed with walking and bike paths, and convenient access to work, shopping, entertainment, and transit links. People are looking for less stressful solutions and maximizing their day.  Bike to work…. Less commuting… Save gas/mileage... equals great exercise.

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New Home Friday 10-02-2015

by Builder Trade In Program Oct, 02

Interest rates remain steady with Fed's latest announcement

by Builder Trade In Program Oct, 02

The U.S. Federal Reserve reached a decision regarding a potential hike in interest rates on Sept. 17, and the final verdict indicated the key funds rate would remain steady, according to Reuters.

The U.S. Federal Reserve reached a decision regarding a potential hike in interest rates on Sept. 17, and the final verdict indicated the key funds rate would remain steady, according to Reuters. 

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What you need to know about home solar power

by Builder Trade In Program Sep, 25

What you need to know about home solar power

Are you ready to put the sun to work for you? The combination of falling prices, financial incentives, and increasing environmental awareness makes solar power a tempting option for running your home. In some arrangements, you could even sell some of your unused power back to the utility company -- a nice switch indeed.

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New Home Friday 09-25-2015

by Builder Trade In Program Sep, 25

Do you need to use a Realtor® to buy a New Construction Home? YES! YES! YES! And here’s why……

by Builder Trade In Program Sep, 18

  • That smiling sales agent on site at a model home represents the builder and the builder only.  They are not there to “help” you, the consumer.  They are there to get the builder the most money for their home.   No matter how comfortable you are with your negotiating skills, I strongly recommend having a real estate professional represent you so they can help you through all phases of the process (i.e. contract, construction, walk-through, and closing).  Sales price is not the only number to be negotiated in a home purchase.  There are thousands of dollars-worth of “fees” associated with a home purchase contract.  Do you know what they are and who is paying them?  Your Realtor® will.  They will help you negotiate fees, upgrade options, financing terms, closing costs, and much more.
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