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Home Builders Proudly Serve Our Veterans
  • Post By : New Home Ambassador
  • veterans,new homes and veterans,military,new home construction

 

Many home builders are making the effort to serve our military and veterans across the nation.  The most creative efforts have been by those builders where there is a vast military population.  They include free upgrades, assistance with closing costs, providing Green housing and modern developments for wounded veterans. But while our veterans appreciate the benefits, most importantly, they want a reputable and honest company…one with family values and integrity.

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Mortgage default rate remains low
  • Post By : New Home Ambassador
  • mortage rates,mortgage default,mortgage

A great deal of progress has been made in the real estate market since the housing crisis in 2008.

More individuals are applying for U.S. home mortgages, and consumer default rates decreased in September.

S&P Dow Jones Indices show low default rate. According to a recent press release from S&P Dow Jones Indices, there was a composite default rate of 0.89% in September. This is down seven basis points when compared month over month.

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Housing Starts Rise as Construction Underpins U.S. Economy
  • Post By : New Home Ambassador
  • housing starts,housing,economy,jobs market,new home construction

New-home construction in the U.S. climbed in September, a sign residential real estate will bolster the world’s largest economy.

Housing starts increased 6.5 percent to a 1.21 million annualized rate, more than forecast and the second-highest level in eight years, figures from the Commerce Department showed Tuesday in Washington. A drop in building permits indicates the rebound will be slow to materialize.

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CHA,…CHA,…CHANGES!
  • Post By : New Home Ambassador
  • new home construction,lifestyle,energy efficiency

 

Times they are a changin’ and the new homes of today and in the future have had to mold to the lifestyles of our future.  Consideration of our natural resources and the technology demand need to be realized and recognized in the construction of our new homes today.

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HERS Index - Understanding the HERS Score
  • Post By : New Home Ambassador
  • hers index,energy efficient homes,energy efficiency

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
  • Post By : New Home Ambassador
  • new homes,new home sales,new construction homes,new home builders

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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Master-Planned Communities – Live, Work, Play, Connect!
  • Post By : New Home Ambassador
  • master planned community,amenities,shopping,schools,walking distance

 

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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Interest rates remain steady with Fed's latest announcement
  • Post By : New Home Ambassador
  • interest rates,mortgage,fed,rates

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
  • Post By : New Home Ambassador
  • solar power,how solar power works,solar power for your home

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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Do you need to use a Realtor® to buy a New Construction Home? YES! YES! YES! And here’s why……
  • Post By : New Home Ambassador
  • realtor,new home construction,builders,new homes

  • 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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