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Tips for Organizing Your Closet

February 18th, 2019


Once you’ve gone through the Marie Kondo method of purging and decided that everything left brings you joy, it’s time to thoughtfully store it. Whether you’re dealing with small closets or massive walk-ins, there are many ways to maximize the space available. These simple and inexpensive ways to organize your closet will make your life much easier:

1. Use Hanging Shoe Organizers for More Than Shoes
All those little cubbies in a hanging shoe rack just scream, fill me! You can roll up jeans, leggings and other bulky items and just slide them in and out. Read More >

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Five Simple Ways to Save Money for Your First House

February 11th, 2019

A home will likely be one of – if not the – most expensive purchases you ever make. And for many, assembling the appropriate funds can be difficult. But over time, and if done correctly, you can easily put away enough money for that all-important down payment. Consider these easy ideas for saving money, so the dream of home ownership can be yours!

1. Set up an automatic savings plan. Some companies will roll over a percentage of your paycheck directly into a savings account for you. If you work for yourself, be diligent in earmarking a certain amount every month to a dedicated bank account meant only for your house savings. And of course, look for an interest-bearing account. Read More >

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Five Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Secure

February 4th, 2019

Now that you’ve moved into your new home, you may want to try to make it a bit more secure. Even if you live in a safe neighborhood an ounce of prevention can still go a long way. Many of our Brandywine communities are gated, but you still may feel just a little bit safer with these tried and true ideas in place:

1. Window Coverings – During the day open them and let the light shine in, but once it gets dark, close them. They provide privacy and give the illusion that people are home, especially if a light is on. If you’re not going to be home you can have electronic ones drawn from your smart phone or you can hire a neighbor to open and close them for you. Read More >

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San Dimas – a Western Town in Southern California

January 28th, 2019

One of the latest communities we’re in the process of rolling out is Saddle Creek. It’s located in San Dimas, a city nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County. The temperature is similar to a warm Mediterranean climate, and it’s known for hot, dry summers. During the winter snow settles on the San Gabriel Mountains for a pretty snow-capped view. The current population is around 35,000.

It was first explored in 1774 and then later developed in 1837. It became known as La Cienega Mud Springs because of nearby mud springs that were known as a healing place. In the late 1800s the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad arrived paving the area for local businesses and a new name…San Dimas. It became a thriving agricultural community producing wheat, oranges and lemons. Eventually it became a stop on historic old Route 66. Read More >

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Five Energy-Efficient Features To Have In Your Home

January 21st, 2019

What you don’t see your new home is as important – and sometimes more important – than what you can see. This behind-the-scenes action includes built-in energy efficiencies that help your comfort level, your pocket book and the environment.

Here are few items to look for when you’re searching for the perfect home for you and your family:

Tankless Water Heaters – Instead of a traditional water tank where you are required to store 40 to 50 gallons of heated water at a time, a tankless water heater provides instant hot water when you turn on the tap utilizing a lot less energy. Read More >

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Five Upgrades That Will Boost Resale Potential

January 14th, 2019


When it comes to purchasing a home, we all have our own personal reasons. Some people purchase their ‘forever’ home with no thoughts of moving anytime soon. Others see certain home purchases as a mode of investment, meaning they’ll live in a place for a few years and then move on.

If you’re a buyer who is planning the next step in your financial path, then upgrading your home prior to selling may be in your future. Here are five upgrades that will pay off big when you go to sell:

1. Energy efficient improvements. From new windows to updated insulating, home buyers are not just enthusiastic on helping the environment, but also putting money back into their pockets. Slashed utility bills are a great motivator for buyers. Read More >

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How to Let Your Travel Adventures Inspire Your Home Décor

January 7th, 2019


The riches and experiences of traveling can often be recreated in your home invoking memories of past journeys. Special items picked up along the way can be incorporated subtly into everyday use and décor with a little thought and careful placement. Following are some ways to show off the memories and souvenirs you’ve collected during your holidays:

Caribbean Pops of Color
The Caribbean islands are known for their vibrant color palates. Fun tropical accessories like pillows, tea towels and fabrics purchased in street markets can be placed in rooms like kitchens and bathrooms for fun pops of color in unexpected places. Don’t overdo it though – a little pop goes a long way! Read More >

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10 No-Nonsense New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

December 31st, 2018

The chaos of the holiday is over, and you’re ready for a fresh start and a return to your routine. Maybe you’ve already made a great New Year’s resolution: to lose weight, to save money or be healthier. The question is, what about your home – the place where you’ll spend more time than any other this year? These ten no-nonsense resolutions will help you improve your home and lifestyle for 2019. Read More >

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Decorating Your Table With Wine Glasses In Your New Home

December 24th, 2018

Wine glasses are so much more than just the things we sip from in the evenings. Sure, their long handles and wide bases are perfect for holding that delicious dinner beverage. But wine glasses can go further than you ever imagined. Next time you’re holding a dinner party, grab some extra wine glasses from your pantry and use these tips to include them in your table decorations.

• First, turn the glasses upside down, then fill the bowl with almost anything. Flowers, beads, lights, and ornaments, or even a handful of tulle or lace can make an eye-catching design.

• When upside down, wine glasses make excellent candle pillars. This elegant design incorporates the previous upside down wine glass idea with candles, which always add elegance to a table. Consider using an array of colored candles to match the colors of your party or to match the season. Read More >

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Your Children and Your New Brandywine Home

December 17th, 2018

You could gush on for hours on what you like about the Brandywine Home that you intend to buy. The open floor plan or the stainless steel appliances, just to name few.

So why are your kids not as excited? Not only do they whine and moan about the new digs but they’re openly hostile about your planned move. Put yourselves in their little shoes for a second. Your parents just told you that we are moving to a new house in a few days. You don’t know why since you’re perfectly fine with the only house you’ve ever known. You suddenly have to leave all your friends and your school to deal with something that is unknown and scary. It’s no wonder that you don’t want to go.

You can spare your kids all this grief and your attendant anxiety, and get them just as excited about the new house as you are, by following these easy tips. Read More >

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