Planned Communities Offer Beautiful Homes and Resort Style Amenities

Posted: February 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm by: NewHomesGuide

New Homes Guide is the perfect resource to help you find the planned community that’s right for you. Get even more information about these great places to live in our Planned Community supplement, coming in the March/April issue.nhg_PUD_cover_final_no-crops_web

 

One of the best options today for a new home shopper is the many choices available in planned communities in the Mid-Atlantic region. You’ve heard of all-inclusive resorts? Now think all-inclusive new homes.

When builders and developers team up to create an entire neighborhood or even a small town, buyers win. Not only are there more choices in home styles and prices, lots of great amenities are often built into the infrastructure of the community.

These communities can include playing fields, nature trails, swimming pools, tennis courts, playgrounds, golf courses, farmer’s markets, clubhouses, schools and retail centers. Green space, safety and family-friendly living are all incorporated into the planning for these resort-style communities.

In a planned community, the big picture has been taken into account, and elements like lakes and streams, woods, trails and marinas are all interwoven into the design. Builders accentuate the natural topography of the land as well as the buyers’ lifestyles.

Most planned communities feature beautifully decorated models from the area’s finest builders, and that makes a visit fun, inspiring and informative for a new home shopper. There’s usually a visitor’s center, which has complete information on the lifestyle and amenities packages in the community.

Sorting through all the choices, you’ll find that there is a planned community for the way you want to live. Besides the infrastructure of amenities, convenience and open space, planned communities create the character of a true neighborhood – a sense of place that adds so much to the joy of a new home.

Let New Homes Guide help you find the right planned community for you. We’ll be highlighting planned communities all this month in our blog to get ready for the release of our newest special supplement ‘The Planned Community Lifestyle’ in the March/April issue.

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 NewHomesGuide.com. 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.

Get Gift Card Rewards When You Shop for or Buy a New Home with New Homes Guide

Posted: January 13, 2015 at 9:30 am by: NewHomesGuide

giftcard_new_buyers_100_5-2014 (1)It’s so easy to get a great reward just for taking New Homes Guide with you when you’re touring new communities or buying a new home when you join the NHG Rewards For Shoppers Program.

You can earn a $50 gift card while you shop for your new home just by visiting some of our featured communities. You can also earn a $100 gift card when you buy your new home in a community that you found out about through New Homes Guide.

Here’s how it works:

  • Get your copy of the January/February New Homes Guide
  • Tear out the Rewards Card
  • Take the Rewards Card with you when you visit the new home communities featured in New Homes Guide
  • Register with the Sales Representative at each community and ask them to fill in and sign your card (mandatory at each community)
  • Visit 4 communities featured in New Homes Guide and collect signatures from a Sales Representative at each community
  • Fill in your personal information on your Rewards Card and choose your favorite gift card from the options available
  • Mail your Rewards Card back to New Homes Guide
  • We’ll certify your information and mail your $50 gift card to you.

 

It’s easy and free. You can earn a gift card for restaurants like Red Robin or Outback Steakhouse, home stores including Pottery Barn and Bed Bath & Beyond, and other great places to shop, including Macy’s, DSW, Target and more.

Some restrictions apply. Get more information and a complete list of available rewards at NewHomesGuide.com/RewardsForShoppers.

Plus, get rewarded when you buy your new home with New Homes Guide, too. After you purchase a home in one of our featured communities in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, fill out a quick form to NewHomesGuide.com/RewardsForBuyers. We’ll confirm your information and send your $100 gift card!

Don’t wait—pick up the January/February issue of New Homes Guide and get started earning your rewards today!

 

Start 2015 Off Right With The New Issue of New Homes Guide!

Posted: January 6, 2015 at 4:48 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Have you been thinking that this is the year to find a beautiful new home for your family? Were you putting off your search until after the holiday hustle and bustle died down?
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Stop waiting and start looking for the perfect new home right now with the January/February edition of New Homes Guide.

Access the resources you need to find the home you’ve been dreaming about. The January/February issue has just hit the stands, and it is packed full of the information that you need to get your year started off right.

We’ve got updated information about the most sought-after communities and areas of the Mid-Atlantic. Plus, you will love our fantastic photos and up-close looks at the latest designs, innovations and trends from the area’s best builders.

Don’t miss out on the guide that can help you find the perfect place to call home for you and your family in 2015.

Get your plan to find a new home in 2015 off to a great start—pick up the January/February edition of New Homes Guide today at a store or newsstand near you. If you’re not sure where to pick up your January/February New Homes Guide, visit our website to find out more or order your copy.

 

Resolve To Find Your New Home in 2015

Posted: January 1, 2015 at 12:28 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Happy New Year to you and your family from New Homes Guide. We hope that 2015 is a happy, healthy and exciting year for you — and the year that you find your perfect home. 

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There’s no better way to start off a fantastic new year than by finding your dream home and we’re here to help. New Homes Guide is the only comprehensive resource to every new home and planned community in the Washington, D.C. area with over 1200 listings from the area’s top homebuilders. See all the latest designs, read about the newest neighborhoods and learn so much more, online or in print.

Are you getting the information that you need to help you complete your search for the new home that you and your family have been dreaming about? Make sure you have signed up to receive the New Homes Guide free monthly eNewsletter. Stay up to date on all of the latest information about everything going on in the world of new homes in your area.

Don’t forget to use our website to help with your search, too. The New Homes Guide website is a valuable resource to keep track of your new home possibilities, thousands of new home photography and access hundreds of new homes that are available for immediate delivery. We have information on communities, models, features, builder terminology, mortgage information — everything you need at your fingertips.

Make your search easier and more productive. Find the home of your dreams in 2015 with New Homes Guide.

Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays From New Homes Guide

Posted: December 22, 2014 at 9:15 am by: NewHomesGuide

cover1_nhg_khov_nd2014_FINAL_no-crops From our family to yours, everyone here at New Homes Guide would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. We hope you’re enjoying getting together with your friends and family this year and celebrating a beautiful holiday season.

 

If you’re still looking for your new home, we hope that our magazine is helping you stay informed about what’s going on in the world of new homes, and that we can assist you in finding your perfect new home in the new year.

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

 

If you’re still looking for the perfect place to call home this holiday season, our latest issue of New Homes Guide might have exactly what you’re looking for. Sign up for New Homes Guide today and keep up with all of the latest news, communities and available new homes — for free.

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

 

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