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Venango Trails Home – Located in the North Allegheny School District

When you think about purchasing a new home, what pops up on the top of your needs list? Is it purely space? Land? How about school district?

For a growing number of families with school-aged children, finding the right school often tops the list, trumping almost all other factors. But where can you find more information about which schools will really fit your needs? We really like https://k12.niche.com. This innovative website goes way beyond just academics when weighing the best of the best.   Read More→

HalloweenWith Halloween right around the corner, there is only one weekend left to cram in the fall activities. Chances are you’ve already hit up the pumpkin patch and apple picking by now. So what’s left of the best of the best? Lucky for you, we’ve summed it all up in this handy little guide in four of the Pennsylvania areas where we build new homes. Happy haunting!

Pittsburgh –During the 6th annual Halloween Mayhem at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, close to Shadyside in Downtown Pittsburgh, the whole family can get their fill of fun.  Between zombies, puppet shows, costume parties, music and more, there is no reason to miss out on the fun on October 25 at noon.

Altoona – Well, you may have already missed the Yuengling Oktoberfest earlier in the month, (boo!) but that doesn’t mean you missed out on the fun.  On Saturday, October 25 the Altoona area has so much going on; there is no reason not to partake in the festivities. Catch a traditional Halloween Parade in Hollidaysburg at 4 p.m. or enjoy a creepy haunted maze and ghost stories at the Royer Mansion at 7 p.m. Warning, the haunted mansion is not for younger kids!

State College – Why not head up to Penn’s Cave and join in some eerie family fun while you explore a 4,800 sq. ft. dimly lit maze? Or perhaps explore the stalactites and stalactites with nothing but the flashlight on your helmet? You can do all this and more at Penn’s Cave this weekend. If you are looking to stick closer to home, enjoy Greek Trick or Treat on the Penn State Campus and then wrap up the day with a traditional Halloween costume parade in Downtown State College on October 26.

Gettysburg – Everyone knows that Gettysburg is already ranked as one of the top haunts for ghosts right? So, it’s probably not a surprise that there are a plethora of special ghost tours being offered at this time of year. Depending on your tolerance level for scariness, chances are there’s a tour for you! Check them all out here.

Buy vs. RentChoosing whether to purchase a home or rent one is a tricky question that doesn’t always have a universal answer. The geographic area you live in, the loan programs available, interest rates and of course housing prices all play a role in the answer. Wouldn’t it be great to have an online tool that removes all of the guesswork and can help those contemplating a home purchase figure out the answer?

Thanks to Trulia, one of the largest online real estate listing sites, you no longer have to run the numbers yourself. The real estate giant has come up with an interactive map that rates the nation’s major metros and shows whether renting or owning is the best financial option. Not only can you hover over different cities to see where buying is a value, but you can use the interactive tools to guesstimate based upon your proposed down payment and how long you plan to live in the home. It even takes your tax deductions into account. Read More→

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Winterberry at Piatt EstatesWashington County house-hunters are in for a treat this weekend at the grand opening of our brand new Winterberry model home, located in Piatt Estates. This Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., enjoy refreshments, model home tours and special incentives reserved for attendees to this weekend’s grand opening event.

The brand new four bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home features some of the new kitchen innovations we have added to the S&A lineup this year such as Zodiaq™ quartz countertops, new hardwood flooring and a neutral and more modern color palette. Those with kiddos will delight in one of the children’s room which was designed with Disney’s Frozen movie in mind.  The home also showcases a number of popular features including the morning room and gourmet island. Read More→

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October Quick Delivery Clearance EventIf you have been dreaming of a new home but can’t imagine the hassle of building from scratch, this is your month to be out looking. Today through the end of the month, S&A Homes is marking each quick delivery home down to rock bottom prices. The lowest prices of the year, in fact!

Not only have we reduced prices on some move-in ready homes in of our most popular communities, but some offer additional discounts such as closing cost assistance or points that will reduce the interest rate on your new mortgage.    Read More→

Kitchen at Venango TrailsJoin us for a special open house this weekend as we unveil our brand new Cottage Premiere floor plans, offered exclusively at our Venango Trails and Newbury communities. The brand new plans feature more open layouts, re-designed kitchens and substantially more storage space than their predecessors.

Up first in the lineup is our newly designed Cottage Premiere I. This plan offers a fully covered front porch and first floor layout that is all about entertaining. A large formal dining room in the front of the home can be converted to a first floor study, and the kitchen features an equally spacious island open to the family room for the ultimate in kitchen/family room space. Read More→

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Sarvers Mill HomeThose seeking a refuge just outside the hustle-bustle of Pittsburgh, PA can find it at Sarver’s Mill, Butler County’s fastest growing resort-style neighborhood.  And this weekend, Butler County house hunters have a big treat in store.

This Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., join us for a special Stake Your Claim event, and be the first to walk the brand new home sites that are being released in this desirable community.  The spacious home sites are amongst the largest in the community and boast scenic views of an expanse of open space directly behind them, a rare find for someone who seeks the perfect blend of neighborhood living with privacy. Read More→

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Bradford Run Grand Opening EventIf you already live in Washington County, PA, you know the secret that your fellow metro neighbors may not. Washington County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation in terms of job growth and offers an unemployment rate of just 4.9 percent, which is far lower than the national average.  In fact, according to Sperling’s Best Places (bestplaces.net), the county’s job growth is forecast to grow at a whopping 38 percent!

On the plus side, more job growth means additional area amenities, schools and recreational opportunities. On the down side, those who don’t purchase a home in the near future may face almost certain price increases over the long term and could miss out on an incredible opportunity to own a home in the area at rock bottom pricing. Read More→

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Aug
12

Back to School? Get Organized!

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Back to School OrganizationIt’s hard to believe that in just a couple weeks another school year begins, and the lazy days of summer are gone. For some of you, school may have already started, so there’s no time like the present to get started on a home organization project.

Anyone with school-age children can relate to the mountains of paperwork that comes home on a daily basis. Without a system to manage homework, activities and clutter, your home can quickly get out of control. Here are some tips to keep the clutter from taking over.

1.    Create a landing zone for your children.  It could be as simple as hooks for their backpacks and as elaborate as an organization armoire to hold sports equipment, shoes and coats. Depending on how much space there is in your home, your sanity will depend on keeping these items off of the floor.

2.    Create an organizational hub. It could be in your kitchen, a wall of your pantry or even in a hallway, but consider this the dumping grounds for all things unsightly. It should contain the following items, all of which can be found for a great price at Ikea or Target. Read More→

Kingsridge Preview PartyThose who have been holding out for the home of their dreams in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh are in for a treat next week. On Wednesday, August 13 from 5 to 7 p.m., we will be holding our official VIP Preview Party in anticipation of the grand opening of our brand new Kingsridge community, located in Mars, PA.

Kingsridge is a private enclave of 10 half-acre home sites located in the award-winning Mars Area School District. Not only does the community feature large, level backyards perfect for outdoor entertaining, it also offers a prized location just minutes from Route 228 and the area’s premiere shopping and dining destinations. Read More→

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