‘Choices Galore’ From the Region’s Finest Homebuilders, Planned and Active Adult Communities

Posted: November 24, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

The Washington, D.C., area is home to more homebuilders than almost any other large metropolitan area. That’s critical for homeshoppers because it translates to choices, lots and lots of choices, as you prepare to make one of the biggest purchases of your life.


You’ll find builders and communities of every shape and size here. National homebuilders, regional builders, local and custom builders, each one offering something different for the diverse needs of today’s homebuyers. Some focus on price and square footage, and others on cutting-edge design and architecture. Some build 10 homes a year and others build 700 a year. You’ll find enclave communities with five homes and Master Planned Communities so expansive that they have their own schools and zip code. It’s all here for you – the right location, the right price, the right homestyle, the right lifestyle, the right community. Something for everyone.

To make sure you see all those choices, check out our annual supplement, Building Leaders of 2016 on page 241. It features profiles from the area’s finest Homebuilders, Planned and Active Adult Communities. Each profile lends insight into the building company’s mission or vision, awards won, charities they support, number of homes built, areas they build in, homestyles, prices, etc. You’ll also find beautiful photos of some of their best home designs, models and communities. Each homebuilder or developer featured has ads in this issue of New Homes Guide so you can shop and compare.

Building Leaders of 2016 – it’s our version of ‘The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’. It’s a ‘must read’ if you’re in the market for a new home in the DC metropolitan area.

Now, get out there and shop for a new home today. And don’t forget to tell the builders that the folks at New Homes Guide sent you!



Leslie Strittmatter, Publisher

New Homes Guide / NewHomesGuide.com



Building with the Best Just Got Easier with Our FREE Supplement

Posted: November 13, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

13Nov_BlogYou know that you’re ready to move, and you’ve picked out the perfect location, so the next step is to decide who is going to help you build your new home and turn your dream into reality.

With all of the homebuilders in the area, it can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to deciding who you should work with. Fortunately, New Homes Guide has put together a comprehensive list of the area’s top homebuilders in the 2016 Building Leaders supplement.

Forget the guesswork—with the help of the latest edition of New Homes Guide, complemented by this FREE supplement, you can see which homebuilders are among the best in the industry, so you can make a more informed, confident decision.

Within the pages of this supplement, you’ll find information about builders that provide homebuyers with excellent design, high-quality construction and incredible amenities. We go over any awards the builder may have won, the areas they serve, the price ranges for their homes and more to help you find the perfect partner in your homebuilding process.

Order your FREE copy of our Building Leaders supplement today so that you can find the best homebuilder and be the best informed new home shopper in the area.

First Things First: K. Hovnanian Homes is Featured on the Cover of the New November/December Issue

Posted: November 6, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

Cover_KHOV_withborderSometimes you can judge a book by its cover. Before you ever break open the November issue of New Homes Guide, the most comprehensive resource for your new home search, you’ll get a taste of what a commitment to quality looks like from our friends at K. Hovnanian Homes.

With a history of building communities of excellence that spans over seven decades, K. Hovnanian Homes offers homebuyers the value of years of award-winning standards in homebuilding quality and a commitment to customer satisfaction. The talented, experienced team at K. Hovnanian Homes has dedicated its legacy to hundreds of locations nationwide, including 40 communities in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, and we think they make a great addition to the timeline of New Homes Guide covers.

Order your free copy of New Homes Guide today, and you’ll get a look at the fantastic new homes and communities from K. Hovnanian Homes and dozens of other top builders.


What Are Mid-Atlantic Home Shoppers Looking For? The Numbers Tell the Story.

Posted: October 30, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

30OctAs the region’s leading new homes resource for more than 40 years, we’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot about home shoppers.

It’s constantly evolving, but the information that visitors are searching for on NewHomesGuide.com paints the clearest, most up-to-date picture of what’s in demand in the Mid-Atlantic.

We recently crunched the numbers for a year’s worth of online home searches. Here are some of the highlights:

Top 5 County Searches Top 5 City Searches
1. Montgomery County, MD 1. Ashburn, VA
2. Loudoun County, VA 2. Bowie, MD
3. Prince George’s County, MD 3. Stafford, VA
4. Anne Arundel County, MD 4. Chantilly, VA
5. Howard County, MD 5. Upper Marlboro, MD


Top 5 Armed Forces Searches Top 5 Amenity Searches
1. Andrews Air Force Base, MD 1. Clubhouse
2. Fort Belvoir, VA 2. Swimming Pool
3. Walter Reed National Medical Center, MD 3. Park/Open Space
4. Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA 4. Tennis Courts
5. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, MD 5. Playground


Top 5 Option Searches
1. Immediate Delivery
2. Single-Family Home
3. 3-4 Bedrooms
4. 1st Floor Master Suite
5. Planned Community


The great thing about New Homes Guide is that no matter where you’re looking or what you want in your new home, you can find it with the help of New Homes Guide. Try it out. Start your search today!

Collect Your Free Gift Card Just for Shopping with New Homes Guide

Posted: October 23, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

23OctIt doesn’t cost a dime to use New Homes Guide, but it can pay off in so many ways.

When you join our New Homes Guide Rewards program, you’ll get a free $200 gift card once you’ve purchased your new home. And you can get a free $50 gift card just for shopping at any four new home communities.

Redeeming your rewards is a simple process. You’ll choose a gift card from among two dozen of the region’s most popular restaurants, home stores and retail outlets. It’s a small token of our appreciation for using New Homes Guide to assist in your search.

We take care of our Realtor friends, too. If you’re using an agent, remind them that they can get their own $50 gift card for bringing clients to visit four new home communities.

We’re glad you’ve chosen to include New Homes Guide in your search process. Make the most of it. Sign up today and start collecting your New Homes Guide Rewards!

Become an New Homes Guide Member and Jump-Start Your Home Search

Posted: October 16, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

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When you’re shopping for a new home, you need all the information you can get.

You want to compare floorplans, amenities, prices and locations. You want to be sure that when you make a decision, it’s the absolute perfect choice for you and your family. And the best way to ensure a smart and successful search is to become a member of New Homes Guide.

Simply visit NewHomesGuide.com and click “Become a Member” in the top right corner.

You’ll get free print or digital version of our bimonthly issues and special supplements. Personalize and save your home search preferences to make the process easier and more efficient. Sign up for our monthly newsletter and eAlerts, so you’ll never miss an event, model grand opening or special savings promotion.

You’ll get only the news and information that you want to get — no spamming here — and you can modify or cancel your subscription at any time.

It just might be the smartest choice you make on the path to your new home.

Move-In-Now Homes Give You the Benefits of New, Without the Wait

Posted: October 9, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

Summer is over and cooler weather is coming, but if you’re a savvy home shopper, the good news is that the new homes market is just heating up.


If you want to find the best deals, consider the many Move-In-Now opportunities in new home communities in Northern Virginia, Maryland, D.C., Pennsylvania and West Virginia. They’re so easy to find when you start your search with NewHomesGuide.com.

Many home shoppers tend to hibernate during the cooler months, but homebuilders still want to finish the year strong. So it’s common to find great prices, great incentives and great features in already built Move-In-Now Homes.

For buyers, it’s the best of both worlds. You get all the benefits of buying a new home—the latest styles, the most modern floorplans and brand new everything—and you can make your move faster because you don’t have to wait for construction.

So those are the perks. Here’s how you find the hidden gems:

1. Start at NewHomesGuide.com

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2. Enter your desired location in the search bar. Select home type, price range and number of beds and baths

3. Click the “Yes” box beneath “Move-In-Now and click “Find Homes”

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4. On the next page, click on a community that interests you

5. Scroll down to “Models and Floorplans” and select the “Immediate Delivery Homes” tab

6. Find the new home that’s waiting for you.

There’s a great selection to choose from. And if you get started now, you’ll have plenty of time to shop around, visit your favorites, choose the one and be settled into your dream home before the holidays are here.


Timeline to Moving: A Handy Checklist to Help Organize Your Move

Posted: September 25, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

Whether you’ve recently purchased your new dream home, or you’re making plans to buy soon, take a look at our comprehensive “Timeline to Moving” checklist, full of items you’ll need to remember before, during and after your move.

Here’s a glimpse at the type of moving reminders you’ll find on the checklist:

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  • Create an inventory of valuable items for insurance purposes. If anything gets lost or damaged, you’ll need proof of ownership and condition when you make a claim with the insurance company.
  • Make sure your new home construction is on schedule. Stay in touch with your homebuilder to ensure that your new home will be ready on time. Your builder should be communicating any hiccups or delays that may occur during the building process but taking initiative is going to give you peace of mind.
  • Print your floorplan. Have an idea where everything will go once you get to your new home. It will be helpful when it comes to packing and unpacking, plus it’s a fun way to think about your new spaces.

Six Weeks Prior

  • Cover your medical needs. Get your medical and dental records to give to future providers. Don’t forget the vet records for your pets! You’ll also want to research doctors, dentists, vets and pet sitters in your new neighborhood.
  • Contact your insurance agent. Establish an insurance policy for your new home. Get in touch with your current agent or do some research and find a new one.

One Month Prior

  • Check in with your lender. Make sure your mortgage is on track for the closing date. It’s better to get any issues addressed now rather than later.
  • Cancel services you won’t need. If you use a lawn care company and/or a cleaning service, cancel them before you move so you’re not wasting any money.
  • Return your library books. Returning content to your public library from miles away isn’t easy, so take care of this beforehand.

One Week Prior

  • Clean up. Dispose of all cleaning solutions or flammable items that can’t be moved, including bleach, ammonia, charcoal, gasoline, fireworks, etc. Check with your moving company to get a list of prohibited items.
  • Get confirmation from your movers. Ensure that your reservation with your moving company is set and get your payment and tip ready so there will be less to worry about on moving day.
  • Arrange for child/pet care. You’re going to be very busy on moving day so reduce the stress by getting someone to look after your children and pets.

Moving Day

  • Watch the movers. Although most moving companies do their best to take care of your stuff, it never hurts to be diligent to ensure that everything is handled properly.
  • Leave a note. On the off chance that you leave something important behind, leave a note with your new address for the residents moving into your old home. It will increase your chances of getting your possessions returned.
  • Turn off the lights and lock the doors. Although your home is now empty, lock it and conserve energy as you normally would. It’s a safety precaution and a courtesy to the next tenants.

Moving is a big deal for everyone involved, but it’s a lot easier to tackle it in steps. Be sure to take a look at our in-depth moving checklist to help you break down your move—it’ll be less stressful, and you’ll find yourself getting more excited to move into a brand new home!

Get the Relo Guide — Because Moving to the D.C. Area Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult

Posted: September 18, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

Whether you’re changing jobs or just looking for a change of pace, when you decide to relocate to a new city, you’ll need to find a home. That’s where we come in.


Our Relo Guide supplement is an invaluable resource for your relocation to the Washington, D.C., region.

Here’s what you can discover in The Relo Guide:

  • Hundreds of ‘Move-In-Now’ new home listings (homes that are built and ready for you to move into right away)
  • An introduction to over 30 of the area’s finest new homebuilders and planned communities
  • Regional profiles of over 32 counties in the D.C. area
  • A massive directory of public schools, private schools, day care services, utility companies, moving services, recreational activities, entertainment venues and more

Want to get your hands on the best resource for moving to the Washington, D.C., region? Add The Relo Guide to your New Homes Guide subscription for FREE!


Plan Your Move to a Planned Community with Our New FREE Supplement

Posted: September 11, 2015 at 11:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

11SepYou’ve heard of “all-inclusive resorts.” Now think “all-inclusive new homes.” That’s the lifestyle you can expect with a planned community.

When builders and developers team up to create an entire neighborhood, or even a small town, buyers win. On top of the flexibility you get in home styles and prices, planned communities often feature incredible amenities to go along with your beautiful new home, including sports courts and fields, nature trails, pools, green space, clubhouses and more.

If you’re interested in finding the perfect new home in a place like this, The Planned Community Lifestyle, a supplement to New Homes Guide, will help get you there.

Available both in print and online formats, this supplement features up-to-date information about the features, benefits, pricing and amenities that come with living in a planned community. You’ll be able to see the best planned communities in the area, and you’ll be able to dig deeper into the details of the communities that interest you.

Stay connected with New Homes Guide by ordering your free subscription today! Plus, add on supplements such as The Planned Community Lifestyle and The Relo Guide to make your home search even easier.

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