Four Reasons You Should Choose New Housing

April 28th, 2014

We have no doubt in our minds that new housing is right for you. You, on the other hand, might need a bit more convincing, so here are four reasons to sway your mind.

  • Reduced Need for Maintenance: An older home is going to need repairs.  Many homebuyers think that if a home passes an engineering inspection that reduces the likelihood repairs will be necessary.  Although an inspector can evaluate the age of the roof and if the air conditioner functions, they aren’t able to determine if the carpet under the couch has a huge wine stain or how the walls will look when the artwork and photos are removed  With a used house you will likely need to repaint many or all rooms.  Carpets may need to be replaced.  Also, an inspector can not guarantee the appliances won’t fail within a few months.  A new home will not have these maintenance concerns.  You will be able to relax and enjoy your new home knowing that the walls are freshly painted, the floors are brand new and nothing is likely to fail anytime soon.
  • Higher Energy Efficiency: According to the National Association of Home Builders, energy-efficiency standards were first implemented in the late 1970s and were most recently updated in 2009.  New homes are expected to meet more stringent efficiency requirements than older homes and new building materials make further improvements possible.  One example is the improvement in doors and windows to prevent cool air from escaping the house.  Older homes have single-pane windows whereas current windows can be triple or quadruple-paned.
  • All New Appliances: New homes come with brand new appliances.  As mentioned above, new appliances are less likely to fail and are covered under a warrantee should anything unexpected occur.  In addition, new appliances are high efficiency and environmental friendly.  This will save you money in appliance repairs and electricity or gas required to run the appliances.  You may think you can just buy new appliances to put in your used home but keep in mind that size of appliances has changed over the years.  You may find it difficult to locate a new appliance that fits in the existing location of your existing appliance.  This is particularly true with refrigerators and washer and dryer units.  A new home is built to accommodate current appliance dimensions.
  • Fire Safety: Fire safety features have improved over recent years and are implemented in newly built homes.  Fire retardant is included in carpeting and insulation.  In addition homes include hard-wired smoke detectors which won’t require you to remember to replace the battery.  You can rest easy knowing that your new home has been optimized for fire safety.

To explore the possibility of buying a new home contact us.

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Real Estate Bisnow Orange County “Getting a Piece of the Multifamily Action”

April 28th, 2014

Brandywine Homes, previously a single-family home specialist, is now leasing its first multifamily property, the 34-unit Cobblestone in south Garden Grove. VP Dave Barisic tells us that attracting the right population for a particular product is completely different between the two property types. “Regardless of demographic differences in income, job type, or age, renters and buyers have very different outlooks on housing, and therefore look for housing in very different ways,” he says. Renters, for example, tend to think shorter term than home buyers, and as a developer “you have to make a lot of adjustments along the way.”

 

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Multifamilybiz.com “Brandywine Homes Kicks Off Leasing at Cobblestone Affordable Multifamily Community in Garden Grove”

April 22nd, 2014

Brandywine Homes has begun leasing at Cobblestone, a 34-unit rental community consisting of both townhomes and flats on 1.1 acres in the heart of Orange County. The property opened for lease this past weekend and within two days, six of the units were reserved.

“The demand has been fantastic, which tells us this was the right product for this market,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing for the 20-year-old homebuilding company. “Brandywine has been interested in expanding into multifamily rentals for many years, and Cobblestone represents an ideal opportunity.”

The development at Hope Street and Westminster Avenue in southern Garden Grove is the second multifamily development for Irvine-based Brandywine Homes, Southern California’s premier developer of single-family infill projects, and it is one of four rental developments it has opened or is building in Southern California.

With a population of 170,000 and a median household income of $55,508, Garden Grove has a rental vacancy rate of 2 percent—much lower than the national rental vacancy rate of 8.2 percent. Estimated median house and condo values increased from $194,500 in 2000 to $450,800 in 2014, and they’re expected to rise 4.9 percent in the next year. Top Garden Grove employers include Prime Healthcare Services, Air Industries Corp. and Driessen Aircraft Interior Systems.

Designed by LSA Architecture, Cobblestone consists of 12 one-bedroom, 16 two-bedroom, and 6 three-bedroom townhomes and flats ranging from 771 to 1,226 square feet. Just miles from Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm, the community also has quick access to the 22 Freeway and Westminster Avenue shopping centers and dining. Little Saigon is nearby, and residents’ children will have the opportunity to attend Garden Groves’ award-winning schools.

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Brandywine Homes Now Leasing at Cobblestone in South Garden Grove

April 22nd, 2014

34 units address need for affordable housing in heart of Orange County

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. – April 22, 2014 – Brandywine Homes has begun leasing at Cobblestone, a 34-unit rental community consisting of both townhomes and flats on 1.1 acres in the heart of Orange County. The property opened for lease this past weekend and within two days, six of the units were reserved.

“The demand has been fantastic, which tells us this was the right product for this market,” said Dave Barisic, vice president of sales and marketing for the 20-year-old homebuilding company. “Brandywine has been interested in expanding into multifamily rentals for many years, and Cobblestone represents an ideal opportunity.”

The development at Hope Street and Westminster Avenue in southern Garden Grove is the second multifamily development for Irvine-based Brandywine Homes, Southern California’s premier developer of single-family infill projects, and it is one of four rental developments it has opened or is building in Southern California.

With a population of 170,000 and a median household income of $55,508, Garden Grove has a rental vacancy rate of 2 percent—much lower than the national rental vacancy rate of 8.2 percent. Estimated median house and condo values increased from $194,500 in 2000 to $450,800 in 2014, and they’re expected to rise 4.9 percent in the next year. Top Garden Grove employers include Prime Healthcare Services, Air Industries Corp. and Driessen Aircraft Interior Systems.

Designed by LSA Architecture, Cobblestone consists of 12 one-bedroom, 16 two-bedroom, and 6 three-bedroom townhomes and flats ranging from 771 to 1,226 square feet. Just miles from Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm, the community also has quick access to the 22 Freeway and Westminster Avenue shopping centers and dining. Little Saigon is nearby, and residents’ children will have the opportunity to attend Garden Groves’ award-winning schools.

 

About Brandywine

Brandywine Homes is a residential homebuilder based in Irvine, Calif., that specializes in challenging infill development. Founded in 1994, the family-owned and operated company has built or developed almost 1,200 homes in 36 small- and mid-sized infill communities, revitalizing some of Southern California’s oldest and most established neighborhoods. Brandywine builds homes that respect and complement the heritage, values and architectural integrity of existing neighborhoods and the people who live there – making a positive contribution to the community.www.brandywine-homes.com.

 

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Should You Worry about Earthquakes with Orange County Homes

April 21st, 2014

Like with everyone else, the recent temblors have got you thinking about how any Orange County home that you’d buy would survive an earthquake. After all, every day that passes without the Big One hitting only increases the chances it will happen.

Consider what could go on if you bought a used home, especially an older one. Unreinforced masonry foundations could crack, damaging the structures above them. Unreinforced walls and chimneys could collapse, burying you and your family under tons of rubble. If your house was built in a liquefaction zone, the ground underneath you could dissolve into mush, swallowing everything above it.

By and large, these are worries you don’t need to have with a new home, which is built with the lessons of previous earthquakes in place. Southern California uses the strictest building codes and zoning laws to ensure any new construction survives temblors. Rest-assured that our new homes follow all these standards.

This doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t take steps to prepare for any major shaking. Strap any tall pieces of furniture, such as shelves, to the walls behind it using kits you can buy in any home center store. Create an emergency supplies kit that contains enough food and water to last at least 72 hours. Know where you can all meet in the event an earthquake strikes when you’re away from home.

If you’d like to tour one of our new homes to see first-hand how they’re built to withstand earthquakes, please contact us.

 

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The Perks of Moving into a New Orange County Home.

April 14th, 2014

California is a beautiful and exciting place to visit, however, it is an even better place to live. Although you have a seemingly endless number of locations to choose from, a great location would be the Orange County area. Fortunately for any potential home buyers, there are many beautiful, brand new Orange County homes for sale. Before you make such a serious commitment, you may be wondering about the benefits of living in Orange County. Why should you live there? Is it worth the travel? Why should you consider moving into a brand new home when you have option of a cheaper, older home? This article will answer these questions as well as other that you may have.

Entertainment & Educational Centers

One reason to consider living in the Orange County area is because you will be in an area where there is plenty to do. For example, one of the most well known theme parks in the world, Disneyland, is located in Orange County. However, there are plenty of other fun and exciting spots that citizens of Orange County have the opportunity to enjoy on a regular basis. Pelican Hill Golf Club, Orange County Performing Arts Center, and Pacific Marine Mammal Center are just a few example of some of the fun places that citizens of Orange County visit to pass the time.

Nature

Another reason to consider living in Orange County is for the simply fact that it is an excellent place to go to and reconnect with nature. There are many beaches and state parks where the whole family can enjoy themselves. Heisler Park, TheCaliCamp, and 1,000 Steps Beach are examples of some beautiful spots that are located in Orange County. Not only can you enjoy the seaside and all of the wild life located in Orange County’s natural parks, but you can enjoy group led activities such as hiking, yoga and surfing in many of these areas.

Schools

You may also want to consider living in Orange County because of the educational options available to your children. Many of these schools will challenge your child appropriately so they will receive the education that they need to continue to further their education in college. A few examples of great schools include the following: Villa Park Elementary School and Canyon High School.

Employment Opportunities

Yet another great reason to live in Orange County is because you will have all sorts of different employment options to choose from. Because of the size of some of the cities located in this area, you will undoubtedly be able to find the job of your dreams, regardless of your profession.

These are many great benefits for living in the Orange County area. However, when you’re searching for a place for you and your family to live, should you choose a newly built home, or an older, cheaper home? Although saving money undoubtedly sounds appealing, we implore you to look into Orange County’s brand new homes.

Low Maintenance

There are all sorts of different reasons to consider a brand new home. For example, newer homes are very low maintenance. Because everything is brand new, you are less likely to experience plumbing issues, foundation issues, and issues with the materials that your home was made from, as well as many other issues that you’re more likely to experience with other, older homes.

Energy Efficient

Another reason to consider purchasing a new home is because newer homes are more energy efficient than older ones. All new homes are required to meet California’s latest code and building requirements. Improvements are constantly being made to appliances, insulation, and the materials homes are made of. In the long run, buying a newer home can save you money.

Community

Lastly, another great reason for choosing a new home is for the community that this home is located in. Not only will you have a beautiful new home, but you will have the option of meeting all your new neighbors who you will undoubtedly have much in common with. You will also have the opportunity to join local country clubs and other community based activities.

Because of all of the many benefits of purchasing your brand new home in Orange County, you are probably impatient to get your new life started. To work out the details of purchasing a new home, contact us today!

 

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What to Look For in New Orange County Homes

April 7th, 2014

Buying a new home is an exciting yet anxious time for anyone. After all, it is one of the largest investments you are likely to make. When you are looking for the right house to buy, you may be tempted to rush in quickly, and not do a lot of research. After all, you are buying a new house.

Before you invest a significant amount of money, and commit yourself a long-term mortgage, you will want to make sure that the house you love is the one that is going to make you happy in the long term. Here are some of the things every home buyer should look for when buying a new Orange County home:

Location and Community

The first consideration should be to deciding the general area where you want to live. How far are you willing to commute to work every day? How close do you want to be to your relatives and friends? If you have children, you will want them to be in a good school; and if they are younger, you will may want to have a good daycare center nearby.

Look at the local shopping, entertainment and recreational facilities. If there is something you do not like about your house, it may be possible to change it. But if you do not like your neighborhood, you only option may be to move.

Enough Room

When shopping for a house, it is best to look beyond the aesthetics and think about if it will actually fit your needs and style. Sparsely furnished model homes can appear deceptive larger than they actually are, so make sure they will hold all your belongings. One way of estimating whether your furniture will fit is by comparing the size of the beds and other furniture in the model home to the size of your own.

Look for Problems

When you find a house you love, remember to look for its imperfections. Closely inspect all areas inside and out with a critical eye. Check the roof, attic, crawlspace, shower, toilets and kitchen. Check around the foundations, looking at the slope of the ground and its drainage capabilities. You may want to invest in a home inspector as a kind of insurance against problems you may not see.

If you do find any problems, the builder will have the opportunity to fix them before you buy. Saving both of you the inconvenience of repairing them after you have moved in. Alternately, depending on the nature if the problems, you may be able to negotiate a discount to compensate you for the defects.

At Brandywine Homes, we are dedicated to building high quality new homes, and to helping people find the homes that suits them best. Contact us for more information about new homes available in our Orange County communities.

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BisNow: Getting a Piece of the Multifamily Action

April 2nd, 2014

Real Estate Bisnow (Orange County)

Getting a Piece of the Multifamily Action

Brandywine Homes, previously a single-family home specialist, is now leasing its first multifamily property, the 34-unit Cobblestone insouth Garden Grove. VP Dave Barisc tells us that attracting the right population for a particular product is completely different between the two property types. “Regardless of demographic differences in income, job type, or age, renters and buyers have very different outlooks on housing, and therefore look for housing in very different ways,” he says. Renters, for example, tend to think shorter term than home buyers, and as a developer “you have to make a lot of adjustmentsalong the way.”

 

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