The Five Best Apps for Your Home

June 19th, 2017

The smart home revolution has been kicked into high gear in recent years allowing you to control nearly all your home’s electronic features from anywhere on the planet. But while the technology continues to improve and broaden overall applicability, the sheer amount of app options can be completely overwhelming for those who aren’t tech experts but still want to experience the benefits of a smart home. Here are five of the best apps for your home that can help you join the wave of the future of smart home technology without having to be a techie. Read More >

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The Basics of Multigenerational Living in Southern California

June 12th, 2017

The cost of living is high, particularly in Southern California–and many jobs aren’t offering raises fast enough to keep up with it. For this reason, among many others, many families are turning to multigenerational living options. It’s not a new trend. In fact, multigenerational living in Southern California has been around for years. The difference is that now there are homes specifically designed with this idea in mind.

The Benefits of Multigenerational Living
Typically, young adults can’t wait to get out of their parents’ houses and out on their own. Their first apartment is a huge milestone, even if it’s a tiny closet of a room shared with a roommate. As those young adults age, however, they discover multigenerational living has a number of financial advantages–and as a result, they’re moving home with mom and dad. Benefits of multigenerational living include: Read More >

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Top Five Reasons to Move to Riverdale in Long Beach

June 5th, 2017

Long Beach offers convenient access to both Los Angeles and Orange County, boasts a stunningly developed waterfront and offers urban sophistication in a hip downtown, while older used homes or plentiful, new developments are quite a bit scarcer. If you’ve been looking for an up-to-date single-family abode at this desirable city, here are the top reasons to buy a home at Riverdale.

1. The kids will finally get their own bedrooms.
As your kids have grown up, they’ve been clamoring for their own spaces. Reward their patience with a room of their own. Even our entry-level plan allows your boy and girl to each get a territory. Up your choice to Plan 3 and the five-bedroom/two-bath will accommodate a large family. Read More >

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Top 10 Home Upgrades that Pay Off at Resale

May 29th, 2017

Whether you’re buying your first home, moving up to better digs or downsizing as an empty nester, you’ll be faced with a delightful array of interior design choices at Brandywine Homes. You should certainly pick the options you find most appealing.

But if you intend on selling your home down the line, you may want to stick with upgrades that pay off at resale. To help you out, real estate authority Zillow analyzed the effect of certain design choices on housing values. Here are their top home upgrades and what percentage increases they add to resale values. Read More >

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Why Urban Infill Homes Are Cooler than Suburban Tracts

May 22nd, 2017

Provence in Yorba Linda

Urban infill homes are cooler, which is why we build them all around Orange County for hipsters, families, and empty nesters. Because they’re built on undeveloped or otherwise vacant land within established communities, they offer many advantages that suburban tracts far out in the boonies don’t. Check out the reasons why you should be looking at these types of developments.

Easier Transportation
Business and industry site themselves inside existing communities for better access to transportation services and to take advantage of a larger pool of potential employees. Reaching these workplaces may take hours from developments built in far-off areas. Read More >

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Seller’s Remorse: Why It’s Common, And What You Can Do About It

May 15th, 2017

Selling your home is a monumental step in your life, and it’s perfectly normal to feel sadness or experience fear during the process. If you think you’re overreacting because you feel sad or are having second thoughts, you’re not, and you’re certainly not the only one who’s felt that way. Seller’s remorse is actually very common.

Your home is a big part of your life. It’s probably the largest investment you’ve ever made, and it’s the setting where a lot of your fondest memories took place. When you look at your home you don’t see walls and carpet, you see your life played back like a movie. You see laughter, love, and a lot of firsts. Those memories are tied to your home, so it’s normal to feel like you’re saying goodbye to them when you say goodbye to your home. Read More >

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Mother’s Day Events Around Orange County

May 8th, 2017

It’s understandable that Mom wants to spend Mother’s Day at home with the family or if you want to leave Mom by herself on that day as you take the kids somewhere else. But you still want to honor your favorite lady with a special celebration for the occasion. You can have both. Before or after that special Sunday, you’ll find many Mother’s Day events happening around Orange County. Here’s a sampling of the best.

Stroll through the gardens.
West Floral Park ranks as one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in North Santa Ana because of its vintage homes and large lots. On Saturday, May 13, from 10 am to 4 pm, Open Garden Day invites you to stroll through residential gardens that are only open to the public on this day. You’ll tour beautiful backyards and water-saving front yards, shop at a garden bazaar, learn at gardening lectures, and admire vintage cars and motorcycles. Quell your hunger and thirst at several food trucks. Admission is charged. Read More >

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Big Credit Score Changes Are Coming to Orange County Homes for Sale

May 1st, 2017

If you’re still looking to buy one of our Orange County homes for sale, then you already realize how important your credit score is in determining whether you get a mortgage and what payment terms you end up with. Big changes are coming to how that all-important number is coming. They’re being implemented later this year by VantageScore Solutions, an organization created by Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, the big-three credit bureaus. If you’re making an effort to become more financially responsible, these modifications should mean good news. Read More >

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Does Your Homeowner Insurance Cover Damage from the New Airline Electronics Rules?

April 24th, 2017

All politics aside, the latest U.S. travel policy is clear. Personal electronics larger than a smart phone are to be placed in checked baggage for flights to the US from such Middle East airports as Cairo or Dubai. Devices that need to be checked include cameras, laptops, tablets, game units, e-readers, and DVD players. But what happens when these devices are damaged inside baggage on your trip? You may be surprised to learn that your homeowner’s insurance covers you.

Options
Ironically, the Transportation Security Administration advises packing fragile electronic devices in carry-on bags, which is what you’ve always done. But this suggestion is nixed by concerns that terrorists may use such devices as explosives on commercial flights. Unfortunately, such concerns don’t make your electronics any hardier, and if they’re damaged, here are your options. Read More >

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Homes For Sale: How To Choose a Neighborhood

April 17th, 2017

If you’re in the market for a home you’re no doubt thinking of what the home itself should have. A whirlpool bath, or granite counters, or a beautiful garden.

Sure, amenities are important. But it’s also important to focus on the right neighborhood. The best policy in home shopping is to choose an area that has everything you need and want. Then you focus on the specific homes and what you want within them.

Why? Well, neighborhoods vary. If you have children, the quality of a school district can have major impacts on the cost of homes. And that’s only one example. Neighborhoods vary in their safety, the number of parks, and just about any factor you could name. So, what’s the best way to choose the right neighborhood for a home? Here are 3 tips. Read More >

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