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Popular Home Design Styles

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/13/17 4:30 PM

Popular Home Design Styles

As you drive through neighborhoods you can likely recognize different home designs. Whether it be from watching HGTV specials or playing the Board Game of Life as a kid; there are some iconic styles that are easy to spot. But when it comes down to it, could you explain what it is that makes a home a Cape Cod or a Tudor? Yep, me neither! Let’s look at what makes each style unique:

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Topics: First Time Home Buyers, Housing, Home Buyer, Home Building

Are Millennials Mainstream?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/6/17 4:30 PM

Are Millennials Mainstream?

Maybe it’s time we stop picturing millennials as skinny jean wearing, mustache toting hipsters…. Okay maybe they do wear skinny jeans and keep a pretty good looking stache but according to a study done by the National Association of Realtors, in 2017 millennials were the largest group of homebuyers for the 4th consecutive year. And they aren’t just buying up the hip downtown lofts or the bungalows in the center of the city—nope, they are moving out to the suburbs! 

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Topics: First Time Home Buyers, Home Buyer, home buyers, Home Building, Buying, homebuying, home buying, homebuyer, House Buying

A Whole Different Animal

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/2/17 7:30 AM

A Whole Different Animal

Being a millennial and working in the mortgage industry, I have grown to love reading articles that discuss why we are or are not buying homes like future generations. Everyone has an opinion about our “enigma” of a generation but the latest (and I’ve heard this before) is that we buy homes so our dogs can live happier lives. Well if that is true then this blog post is going to be super helpful for those selling to the millennial dog owners or those who want to be dog owners! 

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Topics: First Time Home Buyers, Home Buyer, home buyers, Home Building, home buying

Are You Ready To Be A Homeowner?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 9/22/17 5:30 PM

Are you ready to be a Homeowner?

Buying a home is such an exciting time! You start day dreaming about the kind of home you want, where you will look, and find yourself asking questions like, “will there be room for my tomato garden?”. These things are so much fun to think about but there are some other questions we should be asking ourselves before we land on homeownership. It is the American Dream but you don’t want that dream of yours to turn into a nightmare.  Here are some questions to ask yourself if you think you are ready.

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Topics: First Time Home Buyers, Home Buyer, home buyers, Home Building, homebuying, home buying, homebuyer, House Buying

Comparing Your Home Loan Options

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 9/7/17 7:15 AM

Comparing Your Home Loan Options

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Topics: Finances, First Time Home Buyers, Home Buyer, Home Building, Buying, homebuying, home buying, homebuyer, House Buying

Philly ‘burbs Break Pattern

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 7/5/17 6:30 AM

Philly ‘burbs Break Pattern

They are known for Cheesesteaks, brotherly love and, in some circles, Fresh Prince. You know… In west Philadelphia born and raised, On the playground was where I spent most of my days, Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool. And all shootin’ some b-ball outside of school.

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Topics: Home, Housing, Home Buyer, Home Building, House Buying

Metal vs. Asphalt Roofing

Posted by Amy Patterson on 12/18/15 6:28 PM

There are many things to consider when deciding on the best building materials for your home. Factors like upfront and initial cost, durability and upkeep are usually the biggest decision makers. So today, we’re weighing all of the pros and cons between metal and asphalt to find out which is the better choice for roofing.

Metal

There are many different kinds of metal roofing, each with different benefits. 

Pros: lightweight, durable, warranties up to 50 years, extreme weather performance, environmentally friendly

Cons: expensive, expansion and contraction, low-end metals aren’t very high quality

Asphalt

Pros: good performance, easy to repair, easy to install and work with, cheap, well known and used, variety of style options

Cons: doesn’t hold up as well in severe weather (like hail), can be heavy, not very environmentally friendly

Consensus

It depends on what you’re looking for. Do you want longevity or savings?

Source: Builder Online

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Topics: Homeowners, Home Building, Home Materials, Roofing, Roof

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