5 Reasons to Buy a Home in Summer from Realtor.com

Summer is a hot time to buy and sell your home. Realtor.com recently summed up why this isn’t a reason to stay away and wait for it to cool off—it’s a popular time to buy because it’s a great time to buy! We’ll sum up their reasons below:

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1. Prices aren’t always higher. It’s a myth that prices are higher in the summer than the winter—home prices are mainly driven by the number of homes for sale in an area, interest rates, and the job market.

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2. More inventory. Because it’s a popular time to buy and sell, you have more to choose from at this time. And at WaterGrass, you always have the chance to buy new from any of our incredible builders! We also have a great variety of move-in ready homes available.

3. Buying and selling simultaneously could be easier. If you have a home to sell before you buy, you will be more likely to have success with your sale when there are more buyers on the market. This could allow a seamless transition into your new home!

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4. No school! If you have kids, you know that it’s less disruptive to move them before a new school year begins. Also, you can bring them with to learn about the home you are buying to help get everyone on board.

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5. You can get a feel for the community. During summer everyone is out and about. It’s a great chance to tour the community and see what life would be like here.

Read the full article on Realtor.com.

Are you interested in moving into WaterGrass this summer? You could move in and enjoy all the amenities that are so fun to take advantage of in summer: the WaterGrass Club, sports courts, parks, playgrounds, and more! Check out our move-in ready homes!

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3 Reasons to Buy a New Home This Winter

The most popular time throughout the year to purchase a home is typically spring or summer. But a recent Nerdwallet study shows that the winter definitely has its perks—especially considering spring and summer offers more competition and higher prices.

A few reasons Nerdwallet cites for buying your home in the winter:

• Prices are likely at their lowest. Realtor.com data showed that home sale prices are 8.45 percent lower in January and February than in June through August.

• Less competition. Last year, twice as many people were buying homes in June compared to January.

Mortgage rates are likely at their lowest. In 2017, mortgage rates are expected to be at their lowest now, at the beginning of the year.

Read the full article on Nerdwallet.

Are you interested in checking out the new homes available at WaterGrass? We have plenty of move-in ready homes available, so you can move in without the wait.

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New Home Buying Guide Part 4. The step-by-step process when building a new home from scratch.

When you are buying a home for the first time, the process can seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be—especially since so many professionals who do this all the time are there to help. We’ve put together a New Home Buying Guide Series to ease the process of buying a new construction home for the first time. So far, we’ve covered:

6 Things to Consider When Shopping New Home Communities. 

• 6 Professionals Who Will Help You with Your New Home Purchase

• How to Choose a Builder, Lot, and Floorplan.

After you’ve chosen your lot and builder, you’re on your way to your new home! With every builder and home, the process will vary slightly, but we can walk you through what will typically happen.

The home-building process takes an average of 4-6 months from start to finish for a semi-custom home, and 9-12 months for a fully customized home. The below steps will be the bulk of that process!

1. Meet to select floorplan and options. You will meet with a builder representative to select the floorplan you’d like to build. You’ll also have the chance to choose options and upgrades, so you can build a unique home perfect for your needs. If possible, walk through a model home when considering which options or upgrades are important to you.

2. Sign a contract and submit the deposit. You will sign a contract and submit the deposit to indicate that you are ready for the construction process to begin!

3. Choose colors, features and specifications. You will have the chance to select all the finishing touches that will give your home its style. This typically includes tile in bathrooms, flooring, and backsplash; countertop material and color; cabinet color, style, and finish; light fixtures; hardware; appliance color; and more. This can be the most fun part of the process!

4. Walk throughs. Most builders will have you walk through the home a few times during the construction process. It depends on the builder you’ve selected and their process, but usually you will walk the lot, walk through at frame up, walk through after drywalled, and do a final walk through when the home is complete.

5. Prepare for closing. Throughout the process, you will work with your mortgage broker or mortgage company and lawyers to pull together the paperwork necessary to close.

6. Closing, get the keys! At closing, you will sign the necessary paperwork, complete your full deposit, and you will walk out with keys as new homeowners! Congratulations!

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New Home Buying Guide Part 3: How to choose a builder, lot, and floorplan.

When you are buying a home for the first time, the process can seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be—especially since so many professionals who do this all the time are there to help. We’ve put together a New Home Buying Guide Series to ease the process of buying a new construction home for the first time. So far, we’ve covered:

6 Things to Consider When Shopping New Home Communities.

• 6 Professionals Who Will Help You with Your New Home Purchase

Today we’re going to talk about how to choose a lot, builder, and floorplan!

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Choosing a lot. It is time to take a look at lot options. When choosing your home site, you’ll want to factor in:

Neighborhood. At WaterGrass, builders offer particular floorplans within specific neighborhoods. Drive the neighborhood to see if you can imagine your home within it. Consider how near you will be to certain amenities, the on-site school, the privacy or exclusivity of the neighborhood, and other things that may be important to you.

Social vs. Quiet. Whether you like to be in a hot spot or in a private location is a personal choice. Perhaps you like the idea of being near neighbors, surrounded by people, near the playground so you can see your kids out your window, and central within the community or neighborhood. Or maybe you value quiet, and would like to find a lot surrounded by beautiful natural landscaping. Or maybe you can find a lot that seems to be the perfect balance of both.

Views. It’s a great idea when choosing a lot to imagine what you will see when looking out all of the windows when standing in front of your home, and out in your backyard. Some people even choose lots based on direction—where will the sun rise and set? How will sunlight stream through the windows at different times of day? At WaterGrass you are sure to find the perfect lot, as we offer both of these!

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Choosing a builder. When choosing a builder, you are going to want to focus on a few main features:

Budget. Most builders offer homes in a particular price range. You’ll want to find one that falls right in line with your budget. You’ll find your budget may work with builders who have set floorplans, those who offer options and upgrades for a semi-custom home, or those who will do a fully custom home.

Floorplans. It’s a great idea to do some research into available floorplan options (or for fully custom homes, to look at model homes or other homes the builder has completed). Consider available floorplans and how they work with your family and lifestyle.

Reputation. Ask the builder for some references. Homeowners love to talk openly about the new home they built. Speak to people who have built a new home with the builder.

Team. Visit the builder’s model or make an appointment to speak with a representative directly. Understand the personality of the builder, and ask about the process of building your new home. The builder will be able to answer questions about how the homebuying and construction process will work.

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Choosing a floorplan. Once you have chosen your builder and narrowed your home decision to the basics—how many bedrooms and bathrooms you are hoping for, it’s time to decide on a floorplan. You’ll want to consider:

Size. Look at the floorplan’s square footage. Walk through a few model homes to get an idea of how a certain square footage feels.

Rooms. Check out the rooms that are included in the floorplan. Look at the number of bedrooms, and how you will use them. Do you need a private office? Do you want a guest room, playroom, or study? Multiple living or entertainment rooms?

Flow. It’s important to think about how you will move from room to room, and how it works with your lifestyle. Take yourself through a full typical day while looking at the floorplan. Consider the location of the kitchen, and imagine everyday meals within the space. If you like to entertain, will the layout accommodate guests?

Options and upgrades. What are your must-have features? What are your dream features? Can you choose certain options and upgrades to make a floorplan into your dream home?

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New Home Construction vs. Move-In Ready New Construction Home. It’s worth mentioning here that you may want a new construction home, but perhaps the timeline of building from scratch doesn’t work for your plan. You still can have a new home without the wait—consider a move-in ready home! This way you will have a builder warranty (most offer 1-2 year warranties) and manufacturer warranties on appliances. Everything is new, and you don’t have to wait for construction! Walk through the home, sign the contract, and move-in to enjoy your new home!

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New Home Buying Guide Part 2: 6 Professionals Who Will Help You with Your New Home Purchase

When you are buying a home for the first time, the process can seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be—especially since so many professionals who do this all the time are there to help. In our first New Home Buying Guide article, we covered 6 Things to Consider When Shopping New Home Communities. Today we’re going to talk about all of the experts who can be there for you throughout the process, so you can concentrate all your energy on finding the perfect new home!

1. Mortgage Broker. You may have an idea of how much you would like to put down, and you may even have used a mortgage calculator to discover your budget. While you always have the option to shop mortgages on your own, many people choose to work with a mortgage broker to simplify the process. A mortgage broker will look at your finances, find a mortgage that is best for you, lock in rates at the best time, and help you through the process of filing and completing paperwork at the appropriate times. And the best news: you do not have to pay for the services of a mortgage broker, as they earn a commission from the bank you end up using. Find a trustworthy mortgage broker to simplify the financing process!

2. Real Estate Agent. Even when you are purchasing a new construction home, a real estate agent can help you through the home search process. We love working with real estate agents at Highland Woods. They are familiar with how to approach a builder, questions to ask, and what to consider as you choose your lot, builder, and floorplan. A real estate agent is often familiar with listings before anyone else, and throughout your process they will begin to understand your tastes to find the best home match for you. When you are a buyer, you don’t have to pay a real estate agent, so it just makes sense to enlist their services. They are paid through a commission from the seller or builder. It’s in their best interests to understand you and find you your perfect home.

3. Builder Representative. When you are buying a new home, the builder representative is similar to the seller’s agent. They will also work with you to figure out your new home dreams, and they will find the best fit for you. You will work with the builder representative to sign a contract, and then they will help you choose your lot, floorplan, and the fun part—options, selections, and finishes. They will be your contact for the timeline of the building process.

4. Real Estate Lawyer. The lawyer is very helpful for the closing process. They will file all the necessary paperwork for a smooth and seamless closing. The lawyer will be present to help you understand all of the paperwork you are signing as you sign it. They will usually charge you a flat-rate fee for the work involved.

5. Moving Company. Some people choose to call up their friends and family to make a move and pay them in pizza, refreshments, and return favors. Others choose to hire a moving company. While the cost difference between the two options is enormous—one free, the other hundreds to thousands of dollars (depending on how much, how far, and the level of work you are hiring them to do)—many people will go the pro route. Professionals will handle all the heavy lifting with care, take responsibility for the packing and safe moving of the items, and will get the job done in record time. Some people even choose to have the moving company pack and unpack boxes for them—a huge time saver that may be worth the cost.

6. Interior Designer. Once you are in your beautiful new home, you want it to feel like home. An interior designer can do any number of things—take your existing furniture and decor and lay it out or set it up in the best way possible, pick out accessories and artwork, or they can even do a top to bottom selection of furniture and decor. If you plan to hire an interior designer for your new construction home, you may want to bring them in early in the process so they can help you make floorplan, finish, and selection decisions before construction begins.

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