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.

Look to Nature for Elegant, Inspired Holiday Decor

Posted: December 16, 2014 at 9:15 am by: NewHomesGuide

You don’t have to look far for inspiration in finding great decor for your home this holiday season.

Showcasing the beauty of nature through natural-styled winter decor is the hot trend in holiday decorating, and we’ve got ideas to help you get started.

NHG - Blog Post 3 - Dec16From wreaths to garland, flower arrangements to centerpieces, natural holiday decorating offers you so many options to bring the outside into your home. Show your guests how naturally beautiful every bit of your space can be with these elegant and green naturally inspired holiday decorations, from some of our favorite places.

Take a look at some of the area’s most beautiful interiors in our supplemental publication Interiors, available now in print and electronic versions from New Homes Guide.

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


Best of 2014: The Finest Model Homes and Clubhouses

Posted: July 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Whether you are embellishing your existing home or a brand new one, interior decorating is extremely important. Most people strive for their living space to be relaxing and stress free as well as a representation of their tastes and personalities.

There are many ways to improve the look and feel of your home. However, whether you choose to decorate yourself or hire an interior decorator: your journey begins with inspiration.

New Homes Guide Interiors

We invite you to check out the 10th annual edition of Interiors now available in the July/August issue of New Homes Guide. Interiors is a collection of the best model homes, planned community and active adult clubhouses in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The concept behind Interiors is simple: decorated models and community clubhouses are great fun to look at. They are also the best representation of every builder’s craft as well as a great source of inspiration for your home.

Renters for Life? Not So, Say 93% of Millennials

Posted: February 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Percentage of Renters Who Plan To Buy a Home Some Day

Image courtesy of Trulia and

The long-standing myth that Millennials (aged 18-34) would rather rent than own a home has been all but squashed according to this recent article from Builder Online. To get a better understanding of how Americans feel about homeownership, they surveyed over 2,000 adults at the close of 2012 and uncovered some interesting facts.

Among the revelations about Millennial renters:

  • 93% plan to buy a home someday
  • 72% say homeownership is part of their personal American Dream

To put that into perspective, less than half of renters aged 55+ say they plan to buy. Why the gap? Builder Online reports that Millennials escaped any permanent scarring by the recession and have maintained a healthy dose of optimism.

For all the homebuyers out there, this Millennial optimism could mean an easier time selling your existing home—and the opportunity to move into your dream home.

Ready to find your dream home? We’ve got you covered. Find all the area’s best new home builders at


3 Hot Design Trends for Spring 2013

Posted: February 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm by: NewHomesGuide


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With so many choices in home décor and design, you can easily end up overwhelmed instead of inspired when it comes to picking the look for your new home. To help, we’ve scoured the internet to find our top 3 home design trends for 2013. Check ‘em out!

1) Handmade Style
When hunting for home accents, handmade is a winner, hands down. Details to look for include rough stitching in fabrics and pillows, uneven or organic edges in shelving and furniture, and repurposed materials.

2) Animal Prints

They’re back! Only this time, patterns should depict whole scenes including trees, fields, flowers, birds, and of course, various spotted and striped exotic animals.

3) Emerald
Pantone weighed in, and emerald is tops for color of the year in 2013. It doesn’t matter if it’s a pattern, a solid, fabric, photo, or lamp—if it’s sporting this gorgeous green, it’s good to go.

Instead of picking just one look for your new home, get creative, and mix and match the trends for added depth. For more great decorating ideas take a look at House Beautiful online. And as always, happy house hunting!

Fantastically Fresh Architectural Trends for 2013

Posted: February 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Cookie-cutter is out, and unique is back in a very big way! Keep a lookout for these fresh new architectural styles in and around DC in 2013:

  1. The Hybrid:
    Old and new are coming together like never before—in 2013, you’ll see modern architectural elements like skylights and strong lines fused seamlessly with classical designs.
  2. The Environmentalist:
    Expect to see several new innovations in green building materials this year.  Concrete, new composites, even cardboard will be seen in construction ranging from personal homes to large commercial buildings.
  3. The Artist:
    We’re seeing a renewed interest in the Arts and Crafts movement. Homes coupling bungalow charm with fresh, new artisanal touches will be popping up throughout the DC metro region.

What’s your architectural personality? Take this fun quiz from the folks at HGTV.

And of course, check out for all the latest from the area’s best new home builders.

New Ideas for New Homes

Posted: January 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm by: NewHomesGuide


Think it’s the same old, same old when it comes homebuilding? Thirty seconds into last week’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas proves that nothing could be further from the truth!

We had the pleasure of attending this year’s show, and between new advances in green building, the exciting new design options and other products available—the sheer number of truly innovative ideas floating around the show floor and educational seminars was astounding.

One of my personal favorites, we got to tour an actual survival shelter brought to the show by the folks at Atlas Survival Shelters. Fascinating stuff!

What were our key takeaways?

1. Builders are focusing more than ever on mobile and other technologies to make new home information available on the go.
2. Green building techniques are not going away any time soon. Earth-friendly design is getting better and more affordable than ever.
3. The homebuyer is king. Yup, that’s you. Builders want to meet your needs and they are exploring new construction methods and new marketing methods to do just that!

Click here to learn more about the show. Want to attend? The show will be back in Las Vegas again next year. Check it out!

The Great Big Home & Leisure Show is Almost Here

Posted: October 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Looking for some great BIG home ideas? You’re in luck. Next weekend, October 13-14th, the Great Big Home & Leisure Show returns to the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf, MD.

The Great Big Home Show is Southern Maryland’s largest home show event, and this year the event will feature special guest Matt Muenster, the host of the DIY Network’s popular home improvement show Bath Crashers.

Get helpful tips on indoor and outdoor remodeling projects, discover new products and trends that you can incorporate into your new home, and more. A variety of vendors will be on-hand to help with everything from bathroom and kitchen remodeling to painting and window treatments—all under the same roof!

Admission is only $5 at the door and kids under 5 get in FREE.

Click here for a full list of exhibitors, show details, directions and more.

Click here for discounted pre-purchase tickets to the show.

Hope to see you there, and until then, happy house hunting!

New Homes Guide Went to Beijing!

Posted: September 24, 2012 at 8:30 am by: NewHomesGuide

We’re all abuzz here at New Homes Guide today. Long & Foster Realtors Kira Lopez and Nancy Song joined a small group from Long & Foster to man the Long & Foster booth at the 2012 Beijing International Property Expo in China.

Prior to their trip, Kira and Nancy asked for New Homes Guide’s list of “do not miss” properties, as well as extra copies of New Homes Guide and New Homes Guide subscription cards to distribute to potential homebuyers at the Expo.

The Beijing International Property Expo is the largest trade fair for international property in North China, that took place this past weekend, September 20-23, at the China World Trade Center in Beijing.

We are honored to help promote new homes and homebuilders in the Washington DC/Northern Virginia area at such an exciting event.

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