Don’t Do This After a Mortgage App

February 24th, 2021

Applying for a mortgage can be a complicated process. What many home buyers don’t realize is that although you may be on sound financial footing when you complete your application, there are actions you could take after your application that could jeopardize your mortgage approval.

This article from NerdWallet explains what you should NOT do, including applying for new credit, missing credit card or loan payments, making any large purchases, switching jobs or making large deposits without creating a paper trail. Your best bet is to get your financial house in order well ahead of when you plan to apply for the mortgage. These tips from Marilyn Lewis at NerdWallet will walk you through How to Apply for a Mortgage. Learn all you can now, so things will go smoothly when you finally find the perfect home.

Wish-Lists Fulfilled

February 17th, 2021

Everyone has their own wish list for the perfect home.During these stay-at-home, pandemic times it may be more and more apparent that the home you currently occupy doesn’t ring all your bells. If that’s the case, check out this virtual tour of Sal Paone’s newest, single-home community Plymouth Valley Estates Read More...

Make a List. Check It Twice.

January 6th, 2021

If a new home is on your holiday wish list, and you’ve been very, very good this year, your dreams may come true. Our newest community, Plymouth Valley Estates, is a great choice. But, there’s another list you might want to consider as you think about your new home selection.  That’s the list of very frequently asked questions we encounter from our buyers Read More...

Home for the Holidays

December 30th, 2020

Looks like we’re all staying home for the holidays this year.  But, that can be a good thing with these ideas from Houzz for creating a fun and festive holiday.  Their ideas include getting creative with decorating, celebrating outdoors and making the most of virtual gatherings with friends and family Read More...

Let there be light

December 23rd, 2020

Holiday lights are beckoning, and there’s no better way to treat the family to a safe and festive outing during this strange pandemic time. Living in the Greater Philadelphia area offers a great advantage with light shows on display at multiple locations both in the city, and in the neighboring ‘burbs Read More...

Winter Weather Home Checklist

December 14th, 2020

Don’t be fooled by our region’s relatively mild fall season.  Winter is still coming – and it’s important to do a few simple things to get your home ready, so your family and abode will be safe and sound. According to Kiplinger’s, one of the most important is checking your smoke detectors, and having your chimney inspected and possibly cleaned Read More...

Winter Weatherizing: Do It Now

December 9th, 2020

You may not think about the benefits of weatherizing until a cold draft is blowing through your windows, or your heating bill suddenly shoots sky high. But, by then, it’s too late. This is the time to prepare your home to stay warm and cozy. The Easy Winter Preparation Checklist for Your Home, published by The Spruce, can help Read More...

Getting Fit for Fall Cleanup

December 2nd, 2020

Yes, the headline is correct.  You need to be in good shape to survive fall cleanup. That’s because lifting pumpkins, raking leaves, and other autumnal activities can be tough on your body, especially your lower back. Now’s the time to stretch and strengthen those muscles. The Philadelphia Inquirer offers these top tips for staying seasonally safe, with instructions from personal trainer and wellness coach Ashley B Read More...

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 Read More...

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...