Standard Down Payment Goes Down, New Home Ownership Opportunity Rises

Posted: January 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Good news for people shopping for a new home—some homebuyers may be eligible to make a down payment as low as 3 percent under new lending guidelines announced in December 2014 by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

12418_NHG_DownPayment_Blog_LT_Opt1_i3 (1)The new loans will be 30-year fixed rate loans made to qualified buyers for primary residences, although policies may vary between lenders. These loans are great news for first-time buyers. Designed to help them the most, the new loans will require significantly less money up front, but will require mortgage insurance and completion of a financial counseling program.

New opportunity means more first-time buyers will be able to start on the path to home ownership, and there’s no better way to find your perfect new home than New Homes Guide. Our full-color guide has maps and photos of new communities in all the best locations, plus gorgeous views of all of the latest homes that builders are offering.

Both online and in print, New Homes Guide has the tools that you need to find a beautiful new home. Find even more news and an array of helpful tools that you can use to make your home search easier at Our resources section is full of information about finding the right home, industry terminology, relocation tips and other useful articles to help you learn more about buying a home.

Don’t wait to get your January/February issue of New Homes Guide and start finding your dream home, and take advantage of the new down payment eligibility guidelines.

Create a Festive Feel in Your Home with the Perfect Holiday Decor

Posted: December 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm by: NewHomesGuide

This is the most wonderful time of the year for a reason—holiday parties! Having a holiday party is great way to get everyone you love together, and enjoy all of the best parts of the season.

One of the most important things in setting the mood for your holiday party is to pick the perfect decor. There are so many great ways to make sure that your holiday party decor really represents your style and shows off the true beauty of your home.

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Here are a few places to look for inspiration and tips:

Still looking for more great decorating ideas? Order New Homes Guide’s Interiors supplement today and get more decorating inspiration.



Holiday Decorating Begins at the Front Door

Posted: December 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Festive WreathThe first thing that people will notice when they come to see your home this holiday season is the front door. Make sure to start spreading holiday cheer right from the beginning of your guests’ visit with beautiful front door and entryway decorations.

Go beyond the usual green wreath or garland, and make bold choices to really express your style. Whether you’re looking to buy something beautiful or feeling more DIY, these decorating ideas will help you create an inspired entryway.

3 Gorgeous Holiday Door Decorations

How to Make a Wreath

Find Wreaths on Etsy

28 Festive Do-it-Yourself Christmas Wreath Ideas


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Building Leaders (Part 3): Miller and Smith, Pulte Homes and Ryan Homes

Posted: November 18, 2014 at 8:14 am by: NewHomesGuide

Building Leaders 2015Returning to our series highlighting some of the featured builders in our special publication Building Leaders 2015, New Homes Guide is proud to showcase three more builders at the forefront of the homebuilding industry.

Miller and Smith

At a Miller and Smith community, One Visit Can Change Everything. Homes are their original designs and community land plans are very different from other communities found in this area.

  • Awards —  GALA; MAME; Monument Awards; NAHB: Silver Award for Architectural Design Attached Home Plan; NVBIA; Parade of Homes; PRO Award; Professional Builder magazine; BALA Platinum Award; Smarter House for the Money; Builder’s Choice Awards; Smart Growth Award
  • Areas Served — Virginia: Loudoun County, Prince William County, Stafford County Maryland: Frederick County, Howard County, Montgomery County Delaware: Sussex County
  • Prices — Single Family Homes from the upper $200’s–mid $600’s, Townhomes from the upper $200’s–mid $500’s

Pulte Homes

Pulte Homes focuses on building in quality features that are important to homebuyers. Their homes are Life Tested®, which means they take ideas from their homeowners and build them into new designs.

  • Awards — J.D. Power Award: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among New Home Builders in DC”; GALA; MAME: Numerous; Monument Awards: Numerous; National Housing Quality Award: 2004 Gold Award Recipient
  • Areas Served — Virginia: Fairfax County, Loudoun County; Maryland: Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County
  • Prices — Single Family Homes priced from the $600s, Townhomes priced from the $500s Condominiums priced from the $300s

Ryan Homes

Ryan Homes has been a leading homebuilder in the Washington-Baltimore area for over six decades. Delivering high-quality homes with exceptional service, “Welcoming Families Home for Over 65 Years.”

  • Awards — #1 Homebuilder in the Region for Over 25 Years, Multiple Finest for Family Living Awards & SMC Awards, 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year
  • Areas Served — Virginia: Culpeper County, Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Frederick County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Stafford County; Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Calvert County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Charles County, Frederick County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, St. Mary’s County, Washington County; Pennsylvania: Cumberland County, York County
  • Prices — Condominiums priced from the $200s-$400s, Townhomes priced from the $100s-$300s, Villas priced from the $200s-$400s, Single-Family Homes priced from the $200s-$500s, Estate Homes priced from the $500s-$700s, Active Adult priced from the $200s-$400s

Building Leaders (Part 2): K. Hovnanian® Homes®, M/I Homes and Mid-Atlantic Builders

Posted: November 12, 2014 at 9:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

Building Leaders 2015We’re continuing our spotlight on the builders featured in our Building Leaders of 2015 special publication this month. These innovators are building quality homes with exceptional features today.

K. Hovnanian® Homes®

Known as the the First Name in Lasting Value®, K. Hovnanian® Homes® has been a leading builder in the Washington DC area for over 50 years. They have exceeded industry standards with exciting home designs, energy efficiency and amenities in great locations.

  • Awards — HBAM, GALA, MAME, MAX, Monument Awards, National Housing Quality Award, Parade of Homes
  • Areas Served — Virginia: Culpeper County, Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Stafford County; Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Charles County, Frederick County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, St. Mary’s County;
    West Virginia: Jefferson County Eastern Shore Washington, DC
  • Price Ranges — Single Family Homes priced from the $200’s – $1+million, Villas priced from the $200’s, Townhomes priced from the $100’s to $500’s, Condominiums priced from the $300’s, Active Adult priced from the $200’s

M/I Homes

Established in 1976 by Irving and Melvin Schottenstein, M/I Homes is dedicated to building homes of uncompromising quality, innovative design and enduring value. They’re always working to strengthen the bond of trust that unites them with homebuyers.

  • Awards—  Builder magazine; J.D. Power Award; GALA; MAME; Monument Awards
  • Areas Served —  Virginia: Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Spotsylvania County;
    Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Charles County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County
  • Prices — Single Family Homes priced from the high $300s, Townhomes priced from the high $200s

Mid-Atlantic Builders

Mid-Atlantic Builders builds custom homes tailored to suit their homebuyers’ needs and lifestyle. They’re proud to provide a unique level of customization and attention to detail in communities in Maryland and Virginia.

  • Awards — America’s Best Builder; GALA; MAME; MNCBIA; Monument Awards; NAHB; PRO Award
  • Areas Served — Virginia: Loudoun County; Maryland: Prince George’s County
  • Prices — Single Family Homes priced from the high $400’s to the $700’s, Townhomes priced from the high $300’s


Great Deals on Move-In-Now Homes in Active Adult Communities

Posted: October 23, 2014 at 8:58 am by: NewHomesGuide

Homebuilders are offering some great promotions right now on new Move-In-Now Homes in the most sought-after active-adult communities in the area. Many of these communities, targeting 55-or-better homebuyers, feature great amenities like tennis courts, golf courses, fitness centers, community centers and more. These beautiful homes are ready now, waiting for you to settle in to enjoy the good life. Start your new home search now!

Here’s a look at some of the homes that are available now from some of the most prominent homebuilders in the area:

Colonial Heritage - Lennar
Colonial Heritage - Lennar
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Looking for a home somewhere else? We’re sharing great promotions from across the region throughout October.

Back to School? Let Your Home Help.

Posted: August 27, 2014 at 9:30 am by: NewHomesGuide

The new school year is here and that means getting the kids up and out the door, then back home in time for homework, dinner and bedtime—it’s not easy.

What if your home could help?

Many builders are trying to make that happen, creating design features that help you get through the day with ease and efficiency. You’ll find similar elements called a variety of different names, but here are a few to look for.

Study Center
You want to make sure the kids are actually getting their homework done, right? But dinner’s got to get done, too. Many new homes make it easy for parents to do both at the same time. Study centers—spacious desk areas located in or just off the kitchen—are the perfect solution, letting you cook and keep an eye on the kids. It’s also a great spot to organize your mail or bills when you come home each day.

Mudrooms and Drop Zones
Bookbags. Sports bags. Gym bags. Purses. Briefcases. It’s a lot to keep track of. You’ll need a system.

Fortunately, a popular feature of many new homes is an expanded mudroom or drop zone, complete with counters, hanging hooks, cubbies and more. All are designed to help you organize your life and get you in and out the door faster.

Charging Station
It’s a high-tech world and that means devices and cords everywhere. To help you keep it simple, consider a charging station with plenty of outlets and plenty of room to charge your phones, tablets, laptops and more when you’re not using them.


DR Horton Work Station

DR Horton - The Brandywine

DR Horton Work Station

DR Horton - The Easton

K. Hovnanian - The Addison

K. Hovnanian – The Addison

K. Hovnanian

K. Hovnanian – The Tara

Pulte Planning Center

Pulte Homes – Pulte Planning Center – The Kingswood

Pulte Planning Center

Pulte Homes – Pulte Planning Center – The Sherwood

Van Metre Homes – The Barrington

Van Metre Work Station

Van Metre Homes- The Townsend Collection

Winchester Homes - The Milburn

Winchester Homes – The Milburn

Winchester Mud Room

Winchester Homes - Langley II


Community Spotlight: Colonial Forge in Stafford, VA

Posted: August 14, 2014 at 9:30 am by: NewHomesGuide

Fly the Flag. Live the Dream.

The community’s tagline is a charming and accurate reflection of the traditional American community that is thriving in Stafford’s Colonial Forge. With American flags proudly flying over the front steps, young couples leisurely walking the dog, neighbors catching up in the cul-de-sac and Radio Flyers full of little ones on their way to a play date, Colonial Forge personifies the “American Dream.”

Just off Courthouse Road, five miles from I-95 and backing to 100 acres of woods, Colonial Forge feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of beltway life, while still having easy access to everyday conveniences. Just six miles away, Stafford Marketplace offers all the necessities, and a few more minutes to the south, residents can enjoy the charming cafes and unique boutiques of downtown Fredericksburg. Right next door to the community is the highly rated Colonial Forge High School, with Stafford Elementary and Middle Schools both less than four miles away.

Three builders — Augustine Homes, Beazer Homes and Drees Homes — have teamed up to build Colonial Forge and offer a portfolio of single family homes, townhomes and garage villas. The community includes seven fully furnished model homes for prospective buyers to experience. As you visit the community to tour the model homes, you’ll notice the Colonial Forge pool and clubhouse are currently under construction. These highly anticipated amenities are scheduled to open Summer 2015 — hopefully just in time for you to enjoy as a new homeowner!

Augustine Homes at Colonial Forge

Augustine Homes at Colonial Forge

Beazer Homes at Colonial Forge

Beazer Homes at Colonial Forge

Drees Homes at Colonial Forge

Drees Homes at Colonial Forge

Interior Design Spotlight: Line K at Willowsford

Posted: July 30, 2014 at 10:50 am by: NewHomesGuide

Never before has an international design icon created a line of homes – that is until now! Around the world, Piet Boon is known for designing homes that are one-of-a-kind expressions of simple sophistication. His artistic instincts, combined with his sense for pure classic styling, create living spaces that are uniquely beautiful and nurturing. Line K at Willowsford brings to life Piet Boon’s newest vision. Created in collaboration with K. Hovnanian Homes, Line K opens the door for the modern lifestyle in the lush natural landscape of Loudoun County, Virginia. A premium has been placed on wide-open spaces – both inside and out. Natural light flows throughout, materials speak to the surrounding environment, and artistic nuances are found around every corner.

Inspired by Virginia’s farming heritage and commitment to natural community design, Line K at Willowsford offers an authentic new way of living. With rolling hills, expansive meadows, winding streambeds and a 25-acre lake, this place is sure to feel like home. Three floor plans ranging from 4,046 square feet to 5,450 square feet are available.

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Line K 3 Zuiderwind_03_hallway_MD

Line K 4 Zuiderwind_14_dining_MD

Line K 5 Zuiderwind_15_living_MD

Line K 6 Zuiderwind_17_living-kitchen_MD

Line K 7 Zuiderwind_19_living-kitchen_MD

Line K 8 Zuiderwind_25_bedroom_MD

Line K 9 Zuiderwind_27_bath_MD

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Line K 2 Zuiderwind_02_deck_MD

Interior Design Spotlight: The Newport by Winchester Homes

Posted: July 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm by: NewHomesGuide

At the heart of this home is a second, two-story foyer with oval staircase, linking the formal two-story entrance to the more modern family area, which features a gourmet kitchen, oversized pantry and rear wall of windows. Upstairs, the owner’s suite features an oversized bathroom with a large soaking tub and his and hers vanities. Outside, whether you choose a porch or portico, the brick and stone appointments add refinement to the English and Victorian Manor styles. Great model home by Winchester Homes!

The Newport model by Winchester Homes is part of the West Park at Brambleton community.

Newport Model 1

Newport Model 2

Newport Model 3

Newport Model 4

Newport Model 5

Newport Model 6

Newport Model 7

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