The Winterberry: July’s Featured Floor Plan

Winterberry floor plan Perhaps there is no better way to introduce our new monthly featured floor plan blog than by introducing you to our number one top selling floor plan, the Winterberry. The plan is ranked #1 in terms of numbers sold and has held its spot on the top of our internal billboard year after year despite changing trends and the introduction of several new floor plans. Winterberry Foyer

There are several reasons for this, but it’s hard to argue that this plan is one of our most versatile while still hitting a desirable spot on the affordability index.

The home features Craftsman-like details on the exterior, especially when opting for Elevation C, a charming exterior that offers a fully covered porch along with craftsman-style columns, cedar-shake accents and the option for stone or brick. Inside the home, a wide and open two-story foyer with turned staircase creates a grand entryway with open sightlines to the back of the home. Flanking the foyer is a formal dining room that for some is the perfect entertaining area for holidays and for others, can easily be turned into a large home office, simply by adding French doors. Read More


Village at Canterbury Grand Opening Set for July 30

Village at Canterbury Those who have been anticipating the upcoming grand opening of the brand new single-family homes being released at The Village at Canterbury can stop holding their breaths and start planning for the community’s upcoming grand opening, slated for July 30.

The newest community to open in State College, PA is unlike any other thanks to its lifestyle-driven focus and striking views of Mt. Nittany and the Centre Hills Golf Course, upon which many of the Phase I home sites are situated.

The Village at Canterbury offers residents maintenance-free, single-family homes with golf course views priced from the mid $400,000s. For those thinking this is just like any other community; however, think again. Each of the four brand new floor plans were specifically designed to incorporate many of today’s modern trends such as charming Craftsman-style exteriors and large, open-concept kitchens with oversized islands while retaining some sought-after features like first-floor owner’s suites, spacious walk-out basements and a healthy amount of storage space that includes walk-in closets, two-car garages and unfinished basement areas. Read More


Don’t Miss the Blair County Realtor Happy Hour Slated for July 20th!

Wine & Cheese Event Held at Harvest Glen Community

Harvest Glen Happy HourRealtors in Blair County should plan to mark their calendars for Wednesday, July 20 unless they are okay missing out on the summer’s biggest appreciation event of the season! Any Blair County Realtor is invited to join us at our Harvest Glen community on Wednesday, July 20 to feast upon seasonal cheeses and wines at our Realtor Appreciation Wine & Cheese Happy Hour.

But Realtors will have more to feast on than wine and appetizers. Those who take the time to tour the two move-in ready Brookfield townhomes that are available at Harvest Glen will have the opportunity to take advantage an even larger treat. A $1,000 bonus will be offered to any Realtor that is the procuring cause of a sale of either of the two move-in ready townhouse units available there if the home sale is dated 7/20/16 – 8/20/16. The bonus is being offered in addition to any other advertised commission, so it is truly a perk in every sense of the word. Read More


Fieldstone – New Home Sites and New Incentives Spell Big Opportunity in July

Fieldstone is one of Centre County’Fieldstone Incentivess fastest selling new home communities for good reason. Its close proximity to the charming Boalsburg village and easy access to downtown State College make it a gem in many respects. In fact, residents of this custom home neighborhood enjoy more than short car rides to the area’s best attractions. The community is also adjacent to the Mt. Nittany Elementary and Middle Schools, as well as the Centre Hills Golf Course and even features panoramic views of both Mt. Nittany and Tussey Mountain depending on location within the neighborhood.

And for those who have been anxiously awaiting the newest release of home sites at Fieldstone, good news is here. Approximately a dozen new home sites were just released, four of them backing to open space and featuring views of Tussey Mountain! And to help celebrate that news, we’ve decided that we want homeowners to create the backyard of their dreams in the Fieldstone community. That’s why we are kicking in $10,000 towards a custom patio and fire pit for anyone who purchases their new home in Fieldstone during the month of July, 2016. This incredible offer can be used to create a backyard oasis that would be perfect for warm summer evenings and crisp fall nights alike. Read More


Limited Time Realtor Bonuses for Bradford Run Quick Delivery Townhomes

Bradford Run exteriorRealtors in Washington County have many choices of where to take their clients to find a new home. The area boasts some of the fastest growing zip codes in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and Canonsburg, PA is no exception to that. In fact, the zip codes around Canonsburg enjoy faster appreciation than most of its counterparts thanks to a wealth of jobs, new developments and its proximity to popular Southpointe, a growing expanse of offices, shopping areas and hotels located there. But finding an affordable, quality-built home with the convenience of a maintenance-free exterior, included snow removal and lawn care with the same great location can be a little more difficult.

Thankfully, finding something that fits that bill just got a little easier thanks to the recent opening of Bradford Run, a uniqBradford Run Kitchenue enclave of luxurious townhomes and carriage homes stated just minutes from the Meadows Casino and Tanger Outlet Center. And to sweeten the deal, Realtors can enjoy a limited time four percent sales commission when they sell any quick-delivery townhome or carriage home in the community. Read More


Want to Custom Build? Don’t Take Our Word for It…

CustoMeIn a big, big world with lots and lots of home builders, it seems that today’s new home buyers seem to be settling for builders with pre-set floor plans, pre-set options and little to no flexibility when it comes to actually putting your own stamp on your new home.

Oh sure, you’ve heard you can “customize” your new home (which really just means you choose from a handful of hardwood and granite colors for your new kitchen). Or you may have heard you can “review your own set of plans”, which really means you get to review a large master set of plans with a bundle of pre-set options that you are NOT free to change. You will even get to put your own “personal stamp” on your home (which probably just means you get to choose your front door color from a piece of paper).

Sounds pretty bleak considering the whole point of new construction is to get what you want the first time out, right? Now before you run off doing something drastic like ripping apart an older home to try and recreate an episode of Fixer Upper (likely without the happy ending), we suggest you look for a home builder who truly does allow you to custom build. Read More


Five Simple Ways to Save for Your New Home Down Payment

FinancingSaving up for a new home can sound like a daunting task, especially in today’s housing market when rental payments are often higher than mortgage payments. But for those who truly desire to own a new home and are wishing to save up, there are some easy swaps that could quickly add up for someone dedicated to creating a nest egg. Here are some easy cuts to help you get on the budget track.

Change Out Cable for Netflix & Hulu – Unless you work from home and need a dedicated home phone line and cable internet access, cable almost always ends up eating a huge chunk out of the average american’s monthly budget. With bundled packages, it may seem like a deal but cutting cable for a low cost internet provider and then adding on Netflix and Hulu for a grand total of $17/month can save anywhere from $100 – $300 per month. With savings like that you can be well on your way to saving thousands a year with no other changes.
Change How You Drink Coffee – The average American spends between $1,000 – $1,500 per year on coffee thanks to drive-thrus, promotions and bonuses. And if you are caffeine addict the number may be much higher. No one is saying cut the coffee, just the spending. Start by purchasing coffee in bulk and purchasing a $5 reusable KCup on Amazon. Whether you have a machine at the office or at home, a reusable Kcup with your own coffee and skipping the store lines can save up to $500/year!
Pack Your Lunch – $5 lunch deals seem so much easier than packing, don’t they? And what a deal….until you times that by 5, then by 50 then by two married persons…you get the point. A few dollars here and a few dollars there compared to simply packing up the leftovers from your dinners can save up to hundreds, maybe even thousands a year. Read More


State College 101: Your Guide to Schools in State College, PA

State College SchoolsState College may not be the biggest city in the state of Pennsylvania – far from it, in fact. But the town offers a huge draw for relocators thanks to some of its most popular employers like Penn State University.  But one of the toughest parts of moving is figuring out where to send the little ones to school.  And in such an education focused town, the options are plentiful.

Use this list to help you dig in as you get started on your search for a new school (and a new home): Read More


Don’t Purchase a New Home Without THIS Checklist!

Home detailsScoping out a new home can be a daunting task. What starts out as “fun” (tagging houses with great photos, perusing floor plans online and checking out open houses) can quickly become a full time job that may or may not lead to the perfect home, depending on what questions you ask.

If you are in the market for a newly constructed (or to be built) home then the search can become even more daunting. How exactly do you know a quality-built home from one that’s not? We’ll give you a hint… it goes WAY past what you see in terms of model home decorating and landscaping.

Use this handy checklist to help guide you in your new home search so you can ensure you are building a quality home that will serve as an investment over time. Read More


Wynstone Grand Opening Marks Affordable Luxury for Maryland Buyers

RutherfordThose living in the Baltimore and DC environs know all too well the expense that comes with such a prime area. And while the job market is booming in both cities, the price of real estate in the suburbs just outside of there is often a deal killer for those seeking an affordable custom home within commuting distance.

And this is what makes Wynstone such a rare and special new home community. Located 15 minutes past Westminster, MD, the neighborhood is on the PA/MD border and offers a less expensive alternative to the much pricier neighborhoods that are 15 to 20 minutes closer. But there is more to this community than just savings. While prices start in the mid $300,000s, land sizes start off just a tad bigger. 1.6 acres and up, in fact. This community actually offers an average acreage of more than two acres per home site, and there is even one estate sized lot that offers more than 14 acres of personal refuge for someone seeking the ultimate in luxury and privacy. Read More