Jul
13

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

Jul
11

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

Jun
17

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

Jun
09

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

May
26

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

May
16

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

Apr
11

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

Mar
17

Move-In Ready Modern Townhomes Available at Centennial Point

Centennial PointAffordable, modern and move-in ready…All of this and so much more beckons at Centennial Point, Robinson Township’s premium location for executive townhomes and maintenance-free carriage homes alike.

Recently completed, the community offers five different move-in ready homes available for sale, all starting from the mid $200,000s and low $300,000s. The Summerfield, Centennial Point’s signature townhome, is a three-story home that maximizes space in the most desirable areas of the home, such as the kitchen and family room, while maintaining an open, airy feel that is perfect for hosting friends and family on the weekend. The home includes a one-car garage and optional finished rec area on the ground floor, a spacious kitchen with large center island and oversized living area on the first floor and three bedrooms along with plenty of storage space and two full baths, making this the perfect home for the young professional, families and empty nesters alike. Choose from a variety of Summerfield at Centennial Pointdifferent finishes and upgrades including the popular amenities most of the homes include such as hardwood flooring, upgraded stainless steel appliances and 9’ ceilings. Read More

Mar
07

Why Are Ranches Overlooked in Home Building Today?

Vista Ridge ranch homeDespite the fact that the first floor master tops many home buyers’ request lists, the need tends to be overlooked by builders in general.  And ranch homes? Forget it. They are nearly impossible to find in most home builders’ neighborhoods.

While it may be a mystery to customers in general, those with a construction background are able to understand the reasoning more.  The ability to build a quality ranch home at an affordable price is difficult if you don’t start with superior building practices to begin with. Poured concrete foundation, 2×6 exterior construction, OSB sheathing and other products that exceed code standards are a necessity for ranch homes given their much larger footprint and design structure.

For a production based builder, this can mean circumventing their normal system and building outside the box, something that slows down their cycle time and requires more skilled labor. But for a builder with custom roots and a commitment to quality, including these items is already a standard practice, thereby making it far easier to meet customer demand by building ranch homes. Read More

Feb
08

Brand New Single-Family Plans Now Available at Village at Canterbury

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Exciting news is finally here – a brand new opportunity has just opened up in State College, PA for anyone seeking a luxurious new single-family residence with stunning views of the Centre Hills Golf Course.  In the all-new Village at Canterbury, prospective residents will be delighted when they get a sneak peek of the four brand new floor plans that we are unveiling, and that are customized specifically for the Village at Canterbury buyer.

Ranging in size from 2,000 – 3,000 sq. ft with additional square footage available,  the newly released Camden, Chatham, Chilton and Claiborne plansChatham_Square come chock full of surprises and customization that truly set these home apart from the rest.   Three of the four plans also include a first-floor owner’s suite, a big plus for those who seek the ultimate in first-floor living.  And, in true luxury fashion, the inclusions at Village at Canterbury don’t disappoint. Read More