Upgrades to Orange County Homes that Are Worth the Investment

May 25th, 2015

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When you buy a new Orange County home, you’re faced with an almost limitless array of upgrades to customize the purchase to your exact taste. Some choices are fairly obvious. You want to pick the upgrades that you and your family can use, such as an extra bedroom to accommodate a child rather than a loft.

As for other design options, how do you pick them? The following are a few guidelines:

Put it in the kitchen and bath.

The rooms that impress visitors and buyers the most are your kitchen and bathrooms. So it makes sense to put most of your upgrade money into these rooms. If the budget allows, add higher-quality appliances, high-end countertops, and custom kitchen cabinets that stretch to the ceiling. Consider whether you really need tubs in all the bathrooms or if a larger spa-like shower would make more sense for your busy lifestyle. You’ll enjoy the fruits of your decision every day and will most likely get a high return on your investment when you sell.

Bring in light and privacy. All the large windows in your new home flood your interior with natural light. But they also expose what you’re doing inside to neighbors and passersby. If you want to Read More >

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GlobeSt: “Brandywine Launches a Second Townhome Project”

May 19th, 2015

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By Kelsi Maree Borland | Los Angeles

NORWALK, CA—Brandywine Homes has announced plans for its second townhome project in the L.A. area this year. The developer purchased a two-acre parcel in Norwalk, CA, to build the Sunstone, a 31-townhome community. It plans to break ground on the development this month, and will bring the for-sale homes to market in September of this year. The community will be ready for move-in in March 2016.

“Norwalk is an ideal place for this new home community because of its centralized location to job centers in both Orange and L.A. Counties, its proximity to freeways and its access to great shopping and local schools,” Dave Barisic, VP of sales and marketing at Brandywine Homes, tells GlobeSt.com about the company’s attraction to the area. Brandywine is also under construction on a townhome community in Arcadia, CA. That community sits on just under an acre of land, and will have 17 three-story townhomes. The developer is also opened Seabright, a townhome community in Costa Mesa in Orange County, earlier this year. Read More >

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Press Telegram: “New townhome development in Norwalk will soon break ground”

May 19th, 2015

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Brandywine Homes will begin selling new townhomes at 11009 Pioneer Blvd. in Norwalk this September.

By Phillip Zonkel, Long Beach Press Telegram POSTED: 04/20/15,

 NORWALK >> The City of Norwalk is scheduled to have one of the largest, if not the largest, townhome developments in more than 20 years by the spring of 2016.

The 31-unit, almost $15 million gated community, located at 11009 Pioneer Blvd., is across the street from Little Lake Park and will feature two- and three-bedroom stucco townhomes ranging from 1,100 to 1,462 square feet. The units will start at $400,000, said Brett Whitehead, president of Brandywine Homes, the Irvine-based residential home developer.

Developers will break ground this month on Sunstone, which will be marketed to first-time homebuyers earning between $80,000 and $100,000 a year, Whitehead said. Read More >

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Is Seabright Near A Starbucks?

May 18th, 2015

You can take it for granted that Seabright, our new home community in Costa Mesa, includes spacious gourmet kitchens with the latest energy-saving appliances, inspired master suites with oversized oval soaking tops, and high-tech interiors wired for state-of-the-art communications and networking. We’re known for delivering these amenities as standard features in our new developments.

However, just as important as the construction and physical appearance of any residential property that you buy is its location. In particular, a recent report on CNBC stated that when a Starbucks enters a neighborhood, property values soar. It revealed that from 1997 to 2014, homes throughout the country have appreciated an average of 65 percent. In that same time, homes located near the coffee franchise have gone up by 96 percent.

The reason for the price hikes should be fairly obvious if you like coffee. You want to live near Read More >

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Glossary of Common Terms New Homebuyers Should Know

May 11th, 2015

Congratulations! You are ready to buy your first home. This is a very exciting time. You may find the real estate process to be a little confusing though if you haven’t purchased a house before. It has a vocabulary of its own which can seem like a foreign language if you are a first time homebuyer. To help reduce any confusion let’s review common terms that new homebuyers should know.

Mortgage Lender 

The mortgage lender will provide you financing options and help you determine what type of mortgage you can afford. Over the life of the loan you will be paying the mortgage lender each month. Before settling on a mortgage lender many people interview a few to find out which will provide the best interest rates. 

Mortgage Application

After you have determined which mortgage lender to select, you will need to fill out a mortgage application. This document indicates the details of the mortgage you are seeking including how much money you will be borrowing, how long you will be paying off the loan and what the interest rate will be. In addition you will need to provide a variety of personal information such as bank statements, W-2s, and Social Security numbers. The mortgage lender will Read More >

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Get Artistic and Think Outside the Box to Organize Your New Home in Torrance, California

May 4th, 2015

Everyone makes an effort to keep their new home organized, at least for a while.  But after a few months, you might find that everything is becoming chaotic again.  You might be an organized person, but if you have a family, it’s normal to have a bit of clutter.  However, you don’t want things to get to the stage where you start feeling it’s getting out of control. So it’s a good idea to organize your new home in such a way that it will be easy for you to maintain it in the future.  Here are a few ideas to help you get settled in and organized in your new home in Torrance.

Pack What You Need. 

The best time to begin your organizational efforts is before you move.  You’ve probably been living in your old home for a while and you know where all the clutter is.  There are probably many things you’ve been thinking about getting rid of—clothes you don’t wear, paperwork you don’t need anymore, books you haven’t touched in years and toys that your kids have outgrown.  It’s always difficult to throw things away.  But it’s psychologically less difficult to pack the good stuff and leave the stuff you don’t need behind (to be packed up and disposed off later).  Just pretend that you’re going on a long vacation and take all your favorite things with you.

Pack Similar Things Together. 

This article from Real Simple magazine says you need to keep Read More >

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