Buying a First Home During a Pandemic

November 25th, 2020

If you’re a first-time home buyer, COVID has actually created some unexpected opportunities.  Federal, state and local governments recognize that home-ownership can bring stability to the economy and a sense of community to neighborhoods.  So, they’ve developed financial programs to help first-time buyers. These include access to financing, down payment assistance, relaxed credit standards, grants for closing costs and federal tax breaks. Interest.com provides an overview here.  The National Association of Realtors offers details on other advantages of buying now

If a new home is on your list of possibilities, consider the benefits of Sal Paone Builder’s newest community,  Plymouth Valley Estates. For details, visit the Paone website or learn about community details here. With the perfect location, multiple models and beautiful design options, a pandemic-era purchase could actually offer a bright spot during this strange time.

The Right Pet for Your Home

November 18th, 2020

For many families, COVID has created the right conditions for welcoming a pet into the home. Online work and learning mean someone’s always around to play with and care for a new addition.  A furry friend can also alleviate isolation and boredom. Before adopting, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) suggests giving some thought to choosing a furball that works for your space and your lifestyle Read More...

Everyone’s Moving Home

November 2nd, 2020

With so many people becoming unemployed or underemployed during COVID-19, meeting rent or mortgage payments can be difficult. That’s driving a trend towards multigenerational homes, as family members of all ages and life stages decide to live together and share expenses. That could mean a younger family moving into their parent’s home, older parents deciding to live with their children, young adults moving back home or any other combination Read More...

Boo!

October 26th, 2020

If the thought of trick-or-treating during COVID-19 terrifies you, stay calm and take a look at USA Today’s guide to celebrating safely during the pandemic. Tips for keeping your little ghosts happy include contactless candy pickups, scavenger hunts, creative mask ideas and costume parties.  Halloween decorating can also bump up the fun factor Read More...

Working OUT in Plymouth Meeting

October 19th, 2020

Many of us are missing our local gym or YMCA during these days of COVID-19. If you live in Plymouth Meeting, home to Sal Paone Builders newest single-home community, there’s a great solution. Plymouth Township’s Parks and Recreation Department has always offered an incredible array of recreational opportunities through the Greater Plymouth Recreation Center Read More...

A Home in a Box!

October 12th, 2020

Image illustration by Boxabl The Sal Paone Builder team loves creating exciting new home designs. So, we’re always interested in what other forward-thinking professionals are dreaming up. Boxabl is something truly unique.  It’s a box that literally opens up into a home! Defined as an Accessory Dwelling Unit, the Boxable is a wonder of design ingenuity that’s delivered in the form of a box, then unfolded into a small living unit Read More...

Creative Study Spaces

October 7th, 2020

If your children’s online back-to-school experience has been a bust so far, maybe a creatively designed study center will make things easier. This Old House offers 27 Inspirational Homework Areas and Study Stations that can help students concentrate, feel comfortable and have everything they need within reach Read More...

Global Window Gazing

September 30th, 2020

If you’ve spent hours just gazing out of your home windows during COVID-19, you might have wondered if others are doing the same. A new website gives you the answer in a spectacular, global way. Window Swap invites people all over the world to upload a video of what they see outside their window Read More...

Accessible Home Design

September 23rd, 2020

Home builders, architects and remodelers are making strides in designing accessible homes. That means individuals who are disabled, elderly or looking ahead with a desire to age in place can increasingly enjoy homes of all styles and designs that are user-friendly, safe – and beautiful. Even an 18th-century farmhouse can be transformed into a comfortable home that’s completely wheelchair accessible Read More...

Refinancing Fee Delayed

September 16th, 2020

If you’re considering refinancing your mortgage and taking advantage of the currently low interest rates, here’s good news. A new fee on mortgage refinances that was set to take effect September 1 has been delayed. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will delay enforcing the fee until Dec Read More...