Mar
30

Enjoy Traditional Americana in Picturesque Fieldstone

Few towns are as rich in history and nostalgia as historic Boalsburg. A quaint village, the community is synonymous with traditional Americana. Boasting an atmosphere of small-town ease and intimacy, the focal point of the community is a central public square bordered by sidewalk-lined streets. With a history spanning more than 200 years, Boalsburg is a place where residents still meet up to enjoy afternoon chat or glass of iced tea on their porches.

Located near the beauty and nostalgia of Boalsburg is Fieldstone; a community of traditional single-family homes nestled in State College, Penn. Composed of 29 home sites, Fieldstone offers families nine luxurious floor plans in an estate community from prices as low as $289,900.  In addition to striking views of nearby Mt. Nittany, the community is conveniently situated adjacent to the Mt. Nittany Middle School and proposed elementary school. Read More

Mar
24

Celebrate Spring at The Landings

Although our current forecast may not yet reflect the fact that spring has officially arrived, the excitement of knowing that the promise of warm weather is right around the corner may have you daydreaming about all of the wonderful activities that lie ahead. From outdoor sports and friendly games to enjoying a relaxing day basking in the sunshine, there’s no better place to celebrate the arrival of spring than at The Landings.

Located in State College, Penn., The Landings offers a wide variety of amazing recreational activities that will entertain every member of your family. Those who welcome a bit of friendly competition will love the community’s sand volleyball court, all purpose playing field and baseball backstop. Children will have hours of fun on the playground. And, when you’re ready for a fun, family-friendly activity, stop by the horseshoe pit for a game. Read More

Mar
18

S&A Treats You to a Night at the Movies

An evening spent at a good movie should do more than take your mind off work for a couple of hours. A great movie should stick with you and get you thinking. And while the S&A Night at the Movies event being held next week may not be as action-packed as the latest suspense thriller, it will certainly fill your mind with everything you need to know about purchasing a home and give you the “insider” tips on what you need to know.

On Wednesday, March 23, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., we will cover the entire home buying gamut (and yes, maybe we’ll even throw in the popcorn for you too!). From FICO scores to first-time buyer programs to more simplistic concepts like the building process and how to choose the best location, we are going to explore the world of home buying and give you the best tips on how you can get the most bang for your buck. We know – it may not be fiery explosions or high speed car chases, but it could save you a boatload of money and help you make a wise purchasing decision. Read More

Mar
11

What Does “Green” Mean to You?

Nestled inside the trendy Ohio Township, Pa. community, Cobblestone Estates, sits a beautiful Craftsman style house. Located just outside of Downtown Pittsburgh, the house nicely complements the other homes in the neighborhood. In fact, at a first glance it may not even appear different. It isn’t until you catch a glimpse of the solar panels on the home’s roof that you begin to wonder about its place within the community.

It’s the Best Practices Research Alliance (BPRA) net-zero energy Lab Home built by S&A Homes in partnership with IBACOS. Designed to serve as a life-sized laboratory for the next three years, the four bedroom home is expected to pave the way toward eliminating homeowners’ energy bills. The home, which is responsible for providing critical feedback on zero–energy best practices will be instrumental in helping home builders everywhere evolve to be able to offer the ultimate in energy efficiency to home purchasers. Read More

Mar
10

New iPhone App Helps Buyers Calculate Savings

Are you considering the purchase of a new home? The whole process can be a bit confusing; especially when terms like “Mortgage Interest Rate Deduction” are being thrown at you. You may even be wondering if buying a home is really more cost effective than renting. To help buyers sort it all out, the National Association of REALTORS® launched a new iPhone app, the MID Calc.

The MID Calc was designed to help homeowners estimate their Mortgage Interest Rate Deduction tax savings. You can also use the app to determine your buying power. To calculate buying power, enter in your current monthly rent and rent inflation percentage under rent calculations and the home price, mortgage rate percentage, down payment and expected tenure under mortgage calculations; then press calculate. Read More

Mar
04

Open House in Popular Carlisle Community

What do you look for when searching for a new home to accommodate your family? You may want a spacious floorplan, reasonable price, an amazing location with lots of fun activities or a safe community. However, if you’re finding it hard to locate affordable, single-family homes in the Carlisle area, then you’re looking in all the wrong places.

Situated in Carlisle, S&A Homes offers single-family homes from the $150,000s at our Chesterfield community; a price point that is hard to find in this location. Buyers will love the neighborhood’s close proximity to the great restaurants and shopping of the downtown area, and students and faculty will appreciate its convenience to Dickinson College. Chesterfield is also mere minutes from major roadways such as I-81, making commuting a snap. Read More

Mar
02

Need a Home Loan? Consider USDA Financing

When it comes to buying and financing a new home, the options can be overwhelming and you’re often faced with many questions. You may be wondering what type of loan is right for you or if you even qualify for a new home loan. Well, if you’re considering a home purchase in a quaint rural setting and your household income doesn’t qualify you for a traditional home loan, you may want to consider USDA Financing.

USDA home loans help individuals and families achieve the dream of homeownership. The program is designed to aid those who are working their way up the job ladder and have incomes that fall on the lower end of the scale. While the income limits vary from place to place, the benefits of this program do not. The program is designed for individuals and families who may have a difficult time saving up for conventional financing, but who can afford the mortgage payments, taxes and insurance on a new home. For more information or to see if you qualify, visit the USDA Rural Development website. Read More

Mar
01

Homes, iPads, Facebook…Oh My!

There aren’t many places where you can see life-size soup can displays of household items, talk with home builders and register for a free iPad just for jumping on Facebook! But this weekend and next, homeowners and renters living throughout Blair and Centre Counties will have an opportunity to do just that.

This Friday, March 4th kicks off the Blair County Home and Garden Show at the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona, Pennsylvania and S&A Homes will be there with bells on! The show runs for three days, from March 4th – March 6th, and is the perfect place for the kiddos to burn off some steam while the “older” kids learn more about every possible housing option they can think of. Read More