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Top 10 Reasons Home Buyers Prefer New Homes vs. Used

VIDEO: 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.
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4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Searching for a New Home

If you are ready to buy your first new home, congratulations! It’s an exciting time, but you probably have many questions that you need answered. Start by focusing on these crucial ones.
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Common Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make — And How to Avoid Them

When buying a home for the first time, there may be some parts of the process you don’t understand. Understandably, many first-time buyers have some regrets after they purchase. Here are the top five common mistakes that first-time homebuyers make – and how you can avoid them.
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August 2017

By Yasin Mohamud

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Homebuying Checklist for the First-Time Homebuyer

Wishing you had a map to guide your way through the purchase of your first home? Look no further than our homebuying checklist for the first-time homebuyer
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Breaking a Lease Early to Buy a Home

With higher rents and lower mortgage rates, some renters may be considering breaking their lease early to buy a home, but what are the consequences of doing so? Learn how to work with your landlord to get out of your lease and moving forward into a new home.
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Debunking the Down Payment

When it comes to down payments, there are some myths out there regarding new homes, especially among first-time buyers. With professional advice, you can find the truth.
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20 Creative Ways First-Time Buyers Can Save for a Down Payment

Planning to purchase your first home? If you’re a first-time buyer, it can be challenging to save up for a down payment. But there’s good news: With some advance planning, a few creative ways to increase income and a little belt tightening, you can be well on your way.
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How Much Does it Cost to Build a House?

Building a home is an exciting journey – with a rewarding outcome. But, first you have to understand how much it costs to build a home. This article will help you understand the costs of building a new home and how that compares with the cost of buying and updating a resale home.
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July 2017

By Roy Diez

Map of the median cost per square foot a new home in the U.S. by region, based on 2017 U.S. Census Bureau data

How Much Does It Cost Per Square Foot to Build a New House?

The cost per square foot to build a house varies throughout the country and depends on factors such as cost of materials and labor. As it turns out, the average cost to build a home in the United States is less than $90. Here’s more on how much it costs to build a new home per square foot.
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January 2018

By Roy Diez

Color swatches, new home floor plans,  fabric and flooring samples spread on a table for buyers to make decisions

The Best New Home Design Trends for First-Time Homebuyers

While it’s fun to browse Pinterest for design inspiration and fantasize about your dream home, first-time homeowners have some real decisions to make. Check out the best interior design trends of 2018 that we’ve hand-picked for first-time homebuyers
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November 2018

By Rachel Kinbar

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Decisions, Decisions: 8 Tips for Selecting Options and Upgrades from Your Builder

When you build a new home, you get to choose options and upgrades to help customize your home. Here are some things to consider before you visit your builder’s design center.
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10 Common Green Features in New-Construction Homes

Newly built homes are up to 30 percent more efficient than even homes built just 10 years ago. Save money and the planet thanks to these common green features in new-construction homes.
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September 2017

By Sanda Brown

Wooden frame of new home sits on foundation as sun sets behind it

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Home Building Process

While the process varies somewhat by builder, these 10 steps summarize the process of building a typical new home. These steps will help you understand the major stages of construction, what will occur when, and key decisions you'll make, in partnership with your builder, to create your new home.
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June 2017

By Susan Bady

Estimation of a home completion time is represented by a small red house sitting on a calendar.

How Long Does it Take to Build a House?

Now that you’ve chosen the new home of your dreams, how soon will you be able to move-in? Well, that depends. Here’s what to expect about how long it will take to build a home and the top five factors that can affect your building time.
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June 2017

By Seve Kale

An architect and couple wearing hard hats look at floor plans outside their new home that is under construction.

How to Visit Your New Home’s Construction Site

As your new home is being built, you are likely excited to see the progress. But, before you decide to drop in on the home site unexpected, check out these quick tips. These tips to visit your construction site will keep you and workers safe and your home project on track.
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October 2017

By Sanda Brown

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Moving Checklist for the First-Time Homebuyer

Wishing you had a moving checklist to help you on your way to homeownership? Well now you have it! Take a look at our moving checklist for the first-time homebuyer and make sure nothing gets left behind.
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First-Time Homebuyer Guide: Hiring Professional Help for Moving

You are ready to move into your very first, brand new home! There are many ways to go about moving, the biggest question being whether or not to hire professional help. For those who want to avoid the heavy lifting (literally), hiring movers will make your move easy. This guide offers tips for making sure you get the most for your money.
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July 2018

By B. Ford

Moving into a new home

First-Time Homebuyer Guide: How to Move into First Home Without Professional Help

You are ready to move into your very first, brand new home! There are many ways to go about moving, the biggest question being whether or not to hire professional help. If you decide against hiring moving help, we’ll help you tackle the moving process solo with these tips.
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July 2018

By B. Ford

Husband and wife playing with their twins in the lawn of a brown colored story building.

Top 10 Reasons Home Buyers Prefer New Homes vs. Used

VIDEO: 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.
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Color swatches, new home floor plans,  fabric and flooring samples spread on a table for buyers to make decisions

The Best New Home Design Trends for First-Time Homebuyers

While it’s fun to browse Pinterest for design inspiration and fantasize about your dream home, first-time homeowners have some real decisions to make. Check out the best interior design trends of 2018 that we’ve hand-picked for first-time homebuyers
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November 2018

By Rachel Kinbar

View from above of the interior of a house. There is a dining room to the right while the sitting room gas sofas and a little wooden table in the center.

New Home Options That Will Maximize Resale Value

With so many options out there, it’s often hard to know which upgrades will give you the most bang for your buck and add value to your home. Here are the top new home options that will maximize your home’s resale value.
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