Easing the Move for the Kids

Posted: January 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm by: Leslie

Moving to a new home can be both very exciting and extremely stressful…and that is for an adult. Can you imagine what it must be like for children who don’t have all the knowledge, experience and ability to see the big picture that you do? If you are getting ready to make a move that involves your kids, there are some things you should take into consideration as you prepare for the big day.

 Just like many other situations in life, your kids look to you for the lead. If you’re anticipating this move with excitement, you will set the tone for the kids; if they see that you are not happy about the move or dreading it, they will certainly become more worried as well. I doubt you will be able to ease all of their concerns however by making some preparations and having a lot of patience with them, the move should go a little smoother for all. I just went through this exact situation myself with my two kids. Trust me – it’s not easy but it can be done and I am seeing them get more settled and comfortable every day. It’s taken a little extra effort though and a realization that what is important to them needs to be handled with a lot of TLC.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate published an article addressing the move with kids and I found it to have some very helpful reminders. For a complete list of suggestions, check out the article but here are a few examples:

  • Communicate with your child patiently and frequently and let them know what is happening now and what to expect later.
  • Show them all the advantages of the move and don’t be afraid to discuss disadvantages they may bring up (and how you plan to overcome those things).
  • Involve them in the new home – let them see it before the move, if possible, and help plan out where their belongings will go.
  • Know how to address their questions about the things that directly affect them: sports, scouting, school, friends, etc.
  • Sticking to the regular routine as much as you can gives them the structure and comfort they are accustomed to.

And always remember, you may be the decision-maker in the family but your kids need to feel involved to reiterate their worth and importance. Good luck to your family!

 

Happy House Hunting!

 http://www.bhgrealestate.com/Learn/Buying-and-Selling/Moving-with-Young-Children.html

The New Homes Guide “My Favorite Room” Contest!

Posted: January 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm by: Leslie

WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO GET A $200 AMERICAN EXPRESS GIFT CARD?!

Did you purchase a new construction home from one of the fantastic DC region builders? Did you settle on your home in 2011? If you answered “yes” to these questions then you are eligible to enter our latest contest and win a $200 AMERICAN EXPRESS GIFT CARD!

It’s easy – go to our Facebook page, click “LIKE” if you haven’t already and then leave us a comment about your Builder and the Favorite Room in your New Home!

*Contest requirements and rules listed on New Homes Guide Facebook page

 

The Economy, Inflation and Your Interest Rates

Posted: January 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm by: Leslie

We keep hearing that now is the time to buy, partially because interest rates are so low right now. However, unless you are purchasing an inventory new home, today’s rates might not be what your rate is when you go to settlement. What to do?

The most important thing to realize is that no one has a crystal ball and no one can tell you without a doubt what will happen with interest rates over time. Fortunately, there are some indicators that can give you an idea of where they could be headed – the economy, inflation rates and the Federal Fund Rate. Unfortunately, we aren’t all Economists so understanding how all of these factors affect your interest rate can be complex.

I found an article that very nicely explains all of this. While a bit lengthy, the article How Interest Rates Work really breaks everything down in very simple terms. If you really want to know how everything is woven together, I would suggest you check this out. The forecast right now is for rates to stay relatively low but how long that will last is anyone’s guess. But…if you can at least understand the forces behind the rise and fall of interest rates, maybe it will give you some peace of mind with what to expect. And if that peace of mind isn’t quite enough, it never hurts to ask your lender if they extend rate locks!

http://money.howstuffworks.com/interest-rate3.htm

Happy House Hunting!