How Much of a Down Payment Do You Really Need to Buy a Home?
Think you need a 20 percent down payment to buy a home? Think again. A recent survey shows that U.S. adults believe they need to save more than what’s required to purchase a home — new or resale. Here’s the lowdown on how much it really takes to get into a new home.
Top 10 Reasons Home Buyers Prefer New Homes vs. Used
Today's new homes reflect the way we live today: Open floorplans, high ceilings, massive closets, media rooms and more. And state of the art technology means today's new homes have unprecedented energy efficiency, comfort and indoor air quality.
Is a Custom or Production Home Builder Right for You?
As you plan your new home, one of the first questions to ask is whether a custom or production builder is right for you. Each can deliver a great new home. The decision will rest in whether you want to highly personalize your new home using a builder's floorplan or design your home from scratch.
New Home vs. Resale: Which is Right for You?
Is a newly built home or a resale house right for you? That's a key question that home buyers ask themselves early in their home search process. Here are some of the things to consider (and important questions to ask yourself ) as you make this decision.
Best in Show at the 2015 International Builders Show
Flooring that cleans the air, a fan that automatically adjusts speed based on room temperature, and attic stairs that raise and lower at the touch of a button were among the products winning a “best of” award at the 2015 International Builders Show.
Build Small and Go Home
You don't have to go tiny, but a smaller than average home may be just what you are looking for. Learn more about the benefits of small home living.
Building Your Dream Home on Your Own Lot
A build on your lot home allows you to design and build a house you love on land you select. You and your builder can select a home plan (and even modify it) to reflect the unique nature of the land or lot your dream home will occupy. Here's what you need to know to get started on a build on your lot home.
Buying Green Equals Buying Smart
With savings of up to 30 percent per month on utility bills — and higher indoor air quality — more and more home shoppers are buying green homes. Builders are offering more green options, too. Learn about the different types of green home certification and which is right for you.
Changing Room Names Reflect How We Live
Who’s hanging out in their parlor? No one, it seems. At least not anymore. What was formerly known as the parlor, a popular entertaining room, is now the, well, room where you entertain folks. A funny thing happened over the years — we started referring to rooms to reflect the way we live.
Choosing Your Home's Exterior Style
Modern, farmhouse or ranch house? When it comes to your home’s exterior, sometimes called a home facade, do you know the differences? Here are some of the most common American home architecture types and the exteriors that exemplify them.
Energy Star: The New Home Source Interview
You probably own an Energy Star refrigerator or computer, but did you know that an entire new home can be certified under the Energy Star program? NewHomeSource sat down with Energy Star to learn more about this certification and how it benefits homeowners.
Getting the Most Out of an Open Floor Plan
An open floor plan offers a great layout for entertaining and staying connected with family. If you’re not used to such a layout, though, you may need some tips on how to get the most from an open floor plan.
Getting the Most Out of New Home Source
Now that you’ve decided to search for a new home, where do you even start? Here’s a quick guide to getting the most out of New Home Source to get you on the right path to your new home.
Gorgeous Kitchens to Inspire Your Dream Home
Looking for gorgeous and inspiring kitchen design ideas for your dream home? This savory slideshow features the latest kitchen design trends — and the hottest new looks for your new home — from top builders, architects and kitchen designers.
How Much Does it Cost to Build a House?
According to the National Association of Home Builders, the median price of a newly built home is $259,000, compared to the median price of an existing home of $210,300. As you compare pricing, keep in mind that a new home is typically larger, far more energy efficient, personalized for your needs and tastes, and filled with state-of-the-art features that are under warranty.
How to Choose the Perfect Vacation Home
If you’re planning for your next new-home purchase to be a vacation home, it’s important you do a little due diligence to make sure the home is what you dreamed of. Here’s what to consider when buying a vacation home.
How to Evaluate Schools When Buying a New Home
If you have children — and even if you don’t — an important consideration when purchasing a new home is if the schools in the area are up to par. Here are a few ideas on how to evaluate schools during your home search.
How to Start Saving For Your First Home
With student debt looming over many Millennials, homeownership may seem a long time away. But, it’s never too early to start preparing yourself to buy a new home. We spoke with financial experts from around the country for tips on how to do just that.
New Home 101: The Basics of Newly Built Homes, Part 1
One you make the choice to buy new, you might need a crash course on the basics of newly built homes. New Home 101 can teach you about the differences in custom vs. production builders and the design options they may offer.
New Home 101: Why Buy a Newly Built Home
One of the first decisions you'll need to make when buying a new home is new vs. used. Enter New Home 101, a completely free eBook geared to show you why buying new might be right for you.
On the Move: What Baby Boomers Want In New Homes
The 76 million Baby boomers of the country know what they want in a new home — a diverse community with lots of amenities, quality in home construction and features and the ability to have a home that’s suited just to their lifestyle. Here’s more on what baby boomers want in new homes.
Open Floor Plans: The Way We Live Today
Open floor plans reflect the way we live today. A good floor plan offers well-planned sight lines and traffic patterns. The flow of rooms balances privacy and togetherness and the placement of windows enhances views. Here's how to select the best plan for your new home.
Six Shortcuts to Selecting a Builder
Selecting the right builder for your new home is an important decision. Here are six proven shortcuts to help you develop a better list of finalists faster.
Tips to Build on Your Lot
Have a piece of land in mind for your dream home? An experienced build on your lot builder can turn your dream into reality. Here's what to know when selecting a build on your lot builder — and the advantages of doing so.
To Buy or To Sell First, That is The Question
If you are thinking about purchasing a new home — and are already homeowners — you will have to consider if you should sell your current home first and then buy or buy the new one first and then sell. Here’s what you should know if you are caught in that dilemma.
Today's New Homes: Engineered to Perform
Think all homes are built the same? Not so — finely tuned machines, today's homes are built to perform by being more durable and energy efficient and by offering unprecedented levels of comfort and indoor air quality.
Top Features Homebuyers Want in a Home in 2015
Recent surveys by Better Homes and Garden magazine and the National Association of Home Builders found just what homebuyers want in new homes, particularly Millennials. Here’s what they found.
Top Show Home Trends: HGTV, Southern Living and Others
Each year, HGTV, Southern Living, Sunset, Coastal Living and others build inspiring project homes. These Dream Homes showcase the latest in home design and construction. NewHomeSource reveals the hottest trends from this year's Idea Homes.
Transit-Oriented Developments – Smart Moves for Urban Buyers
A transit-oriented development, or TOD, offers residents a chance to live near a city center where walkability and easy access to mass transit played an important role. Here’s more on TODs and why they could be the right type of development for you.
What Home Buyers Want in a New Home
What do most home buyers want? A recent survey asked more than 3,600 people who bought a newly built home last year to rank the features that were most important in their new home. How do their preferences compare to yours?
What Kind of Homebuyer are You?
Are you looking solely for a newly built home, considering new construction and resale homes, or shopping existing homes only? A survey from Builders Digital Experience shows that 20 percent of home shoppers strongly prefer new homes and 35 percent consider both new and resale homes. Which do you prefer?
What Millennials Want in a New Home
At 92 million strong, the Millennial generation is expected to have a big effect on the housing market. Here’s a look at how their lifestyle desires will affect housing and home design for decades to come.
What to Know About Cluster Mailboxes
As the U.S. Postal Service looks for ways to cut costs, more cluster mailboxes are being mandated in new home communities. Here’s what to know about cluster mailboxes and how they may change your mail delivery.
What's In — And Out — In Home Design?
From outdoor entertainment areas to private, spa-like retreats inside your home, what's in (and out) in home design? The latest trends in key rooms for your home may surprise you.
When’s the Best Time to Buy a New Home?
Conventional thinking says that spring is the best time to buy a new home. But perhaps more important than the season is your own personal timetable and needs. To help you decide which time of year is the best time for you to buy, consider these tips from leading real estate experts.
Which Community Amenities are Important to You?
Today’s master planned communities offer a variety of
amenities to suit your lifestyle. From hike and bike trails to waterparks and age-specific offerings, here’s how you can find the right community
for you and your family.