Which Mortgage is Right for You?

March 24th, 2020

Unless you’re wealthy enough to be a cash buyer, purchasing a home will inevitably require getting a mortgage.  But, there’s  more to mortgages than you might think. Depending on your circumstances and qualifications, there are actually five different types of mortgage financing. They include conventional mortgages, jumbo mortgages, government-insured mortgages, fixed-rate mortgages and adjustable-rate mortgages. Bankrate.com offers a good overview of the pros and cons of each, along with some pointers on which might be best for your particular situation.

If you have a low income and are wondering if home ownership is even possible, take a look at this article from The Mortgage Reports.  It offers details about mortgage loan programs designed to help you achieve your dream of purchasing a home.  If you believe 2020 may be your year to buy a home, it’s important to be prepared for the mortgage application process before you look for that perfect place.  Use these tips from millionacres.  They’ll help you better understand how much you can afford to buy, and will put you in perfect position for the process to go smoothly.

Happy house hunting!

Six Trends in Kitchen Design

March 17th, 2020

< As the most popular place in a home, kitchens  are always top of mind when it comes to what’s trending.  For  2020, it looks like neutral colors and engineered quartz will reign in kitchen remodels.  That’s according to the 2020 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.  The study identified six of the most popular style and design preferences from among homeowner’s who had recently given their kitchens a new look Read More...

New Homes Go Rustic

March 10th, 2020

If you have fond memories of Grandma’s house, with its lovely Craftsman style and welcoming ambiance, you’ll be happy to know that this warm and wonderful look is a trend that is gaining steam in new home building. The same is true of the rustic Farmhouse style that combines a feeling of strength and permanence through the use of natural materials Read More...

For Builders, Small is Big

March 3rd, 2020

Trends in home building are beginning to change as custom and production builders move away from the notion that bigger is better, turning instead to smaller, more efficient homes. This is just one of the 2020 trends highlighted in a recent Builder online article presenting the view of builders, remodelers, building material manufacturers and market watchers Read More...

4 Questions to Ask Your Plumber

February 25th, 2020

Before phoning a plumber, make sure he’s a pro! That’s the advice from HomeAdvisor, and it’s a good idea to consider as we move into winter’s coldest months. After all, you don’t want your frozen pipes, water heater issue, or septic tank problem to turn into something worse. This article, pennsylvania winter four questions ask your plumber offers 4 tips for making sure the plumber you call will do a great job Read More...

8 Winter Black-Thumb Mistakes

February 18th, 2020

It would seem that keeping plants flourishing indoors over the winter should be easy. After all, you don’t need to contend with rain, drought, deer pillaging and other outdoor challenges. So, why do so many people have trouble keeping their indoor plants healthy?  This article from Realtor Read More...

Everybody into the Pool!

February 11th, 2020

Sal Paone Builder’s newest community in Plymouth Meeting is the perfect place to fight the winter doldrums – with a lap, splash, walk or dip in the pool. That’s because owners of a new home at Plymouth Valley Estates can take advantage of the incredible Plymouth Township Aquatics Center. The center offers two amazing indoor pools, one for laps and adult exercise, and another with slides and fun features for kids Read More...

Paying Too Much for Homeowners Insurance?

February 7th, 2020

Homeowner’s insurance is a necessity, but understanding coverages and costs is not always easy.  That’s why it’s hard to really know if you’re paying too much. A recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted Delaware Valley Consumers’ Checkbook, is a local nonprofit consumer group that can help you feel more confident in the price you pay Read More...

7 Ways to Prepare for a Fire

January 28th, 2020

It’s fireplace and woodstove season – and there’s no better time to be sure your family is prepared in the event of a home fire.  The American Red Cross offers 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire, starting with installing the right number of smoke alarms.  They suggest teaching children what a smoke alarm sounds like, and what to do when they hear one Read More...

Should You Buy a Vacation Home?

January 21st, 2020

Many people dream of owning a vacation home. That’s especially true during the long winters when thoughts turn to escaping the cold and retreating to a home in a warm, sunny location.  But is buying a vacation home a good idea?  Kate Ashford, writing for Forbes.com, offers nine things you should consider before buying one Read More...