Buyer - “Look at the hardwood floors…. they are beautiful!” Seller – “Cha-ching” It is the most common refrain from almost any buyer when they see wood floors (of ANY age) that have been well maintained. Not only do they add a sense of luxury and class, they last far longer and greatly enhance air quality. A good wood floor is arguably the ultimate investment in that it is … [Read more...]
Aging in Place
"Many new homes now feature elements that will allow their owners to age in place. This is becoming more prevalent than ever." The design of homes is changing. As housing becomes progressively more expensive and a greater percentage of our population ages more quickly than ever before, our collective view of what we want to see in our homes has changed right along with … [Read more...]
HOA/POA or Civic Association? Does it Matter?
Yes, it matters. Developers have learned over the years that the vast majority of people want to have their property values protected. Developers also want to insure that their neighborhoods continue to look as they originally intended and designed even many years after the final home has been constructed. The Home Owner Association (sometimes referred to as a Property … [Read more...]
Builder Warranties – Mandatory or Elective?
Virginia State Law dictates that a new home must be warranted by the builder that builds it. That is all well and good but a warranty on a home is far more complex than a warranty on a toaster and to understand what protections come with the purchase of new home, you need to do some reading of some fairly small print. Once you begin to do your homework, you quickly realize … [Read more...]
Track Versus Custom Builders
The most noticeable difference is price per square foot....but basing your decision on that metric alone is not going to tell you the whole story and if your Realtor (buyer’s agent) is telling you that the best value is the lowest square foot price, you probably should get a new buyer’s agent. The difference in price comes from the combination of materials, selections and … [Read more...]