10 Ways to Start Planning Your SoCal Summer Cookouts Now

May 21st, 2018

Even though the much of the country this year is still thawing out from winter, here in Southern California, it’s time to start thinking about summer! Do you have Memorial Day plans? What about 4th of July? Do you usually host a cookout, but want to kick it up a little this year? What about those spontaneous Saturday nights that you just want to have friends over in your backyard?

Well, sometimes throwing a party seems a lot easier than it really is. Cooking, cleaning, and decorating can take a lot of time, leaving you too exhausted to enjoy your guests. That is why we have put together some food prepping tips as well as some simple decor tricks to help ease your hosting spirit: Read More >

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How to Choose a Home Your Kids Will Love to Visit

May 14th, 2018

There are a number of reasons why a single adult might be looking for a new multi-bedroom home. Perhaps you like to host parties with friends who stay the night, or you’re a retiree hoping to keep a few guest bedrooms for visiting family. Others simply like the spaciousness of having a variety of rooms to work with. However, as most of us know, the number one reason is divorce and separation. This is so commonplace that a child with parents who are still together now seems more unusual than the classic nuclear family. Whether the split with your spouse was a friendly mutual agreement or there’s still a few hurt feelings in the air, the one thing you can always agree on is the wellbeing of the children you made together. Read More >

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Pamper Mom in Your Brandywine Home for Mother’s Day

May 7th, 2018

There’s a standard drill you’ve been going through for Mom every Mother’s Day. Buy her flowers or chocolate and then take her out to lunch or dinner with the family. While these rituals can be fun, they may be getting a bit staid if you’ve been doing them for years. Why not change things up a bit this year by keeping the celebration in your new Brandywine home? Here are a few suggestions. Read More >

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Home Buying Tips for Single Parents

April 30th, 2018

The vast majority of buyers in the housing market are either individuals on their own or couples looking to buy a home together. As a single parent, you’re in a unique position of looking for a family home with only one adult you can count on: yourself. Not only are you taking care of your family and saving up for a down payment on a single income, without a partner to fall back on, every decision involved in the process is yours to make. Whether you’re feeling the stress or loving the freedom, buying a home as a single parent can be challenging, so we’ve put together a few quick pointers to help you prepare for the journey ahead that will hopefully end in owning the perfect home for you and your kids. Read More >

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Five Ways to Make a New House Feel Like Home Before Unpacking

April 23rd, 2018

There is a huge difference between buying a new house and buying a home someone else has lived in. A new house smells like fresh building materials and new grass, every surface is pristine, and there are no lingering little maintenance issues to worry about because you are the very first owner and occupant. Without the subtle signs of being ‘lived-in’, however, new homes can also have a subtly empty and impersonal feel, especially before you unpack.

No matter how excited you are about the house, many new homeowners have trouble feeling like the place is really theirs until they go through some symbolic claiming rituals like sleeping there for the first time or hanging up their collection of family photos. Sometimes, it doesn’t feel like home until you fill it with your furniture, but here at Brandywine, we want every new homeowner to feel at home immediately and to help, here are five ways to make your mark on a new home before the first box is unpacked. Read More >

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Five Great Home Features for a Multi-Generation Family

April 16th, 2018

When looking for a new home, the structure of your family will make a big difference in the kind of home that will work best for you. While a little one- or two-bedroom home might be perfect for a lone professional, the bigger your family, the more complicated your home needs become. While the ‘standard’ home buyers are young families or couples looking to settle down, many families today are made up of more than just two generations. If you are searching for a home that can provide a comfortable lifestyle for you, your children and your elderly parents, it’s important to realize the features that will make this enjoyable for everyone. Here are a few pointers on home features to find for your multi-generational family. Read More >

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Five Fun Ways to Spend the First Night in a New House with Your Kids

April 9th, 2018

If you, like many parent homeowners, have just bought a new house to raise your kids in, no one is more excited than the children themselves. Moving to a new place is always a big experience for children, especially if they’re old enough to understand home ownership and the implications, like no more landlords, and the freedom to modify the house however you want. Even if you managed to hold together things like bedtime, teeth brushing and good behavior throughout the move, that first night surrounded by boxes in a brand new house is often more excitement than most kids can handle. Most likely, they’re bouncing off the walls, eager to unpack boxes, explore the house, and in general chattering up a storm. Let’s face it, tonight isn’t going to be a normal routine night for any of you, so you might as well make it special. Read More >

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How to Prepare Your New Home for the Family Pets

April 2nd, 2018

If you have just bought a brand new home or are thinking about doing so, there is one concern every homeowner needs to think long and hard about: Pet ownership. For those of you who already have a pet or have had a pet in the past, you probably already know about more than a few of the common concerns. Accidents and claw marks on the nice floors, fur in the carpets and dander in the air ducts are all serious considerations, especially when you’re planning on protecting the value of a new home. Fortunately, homes were built to last and with only a few preventative and maintenance steps, you can ensure you, your family and your animal companions can all live comfortably together in the new place. All you need is a little forward thinking.

1) Choose a Safe Place for Food Bowls
For well-trained pets that already know how to behave in a home, the messiest part of pet ownership is often the area where you place the food and water bowls. Without hands, dogs and cats can’t pick up their food one bite at a time or sip their water. Food bits and droplets almost always hit the floor, sometimes together creating moist disintegrating food puddles. We can all agree you don’t want this to happen on carpet or wood floors. Choose a tiled or linoleum area for the food and water bowls, preferably in an out of the way place in the kitchen where messes are easy to clean up. Read More >

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10 Things Most Homeowners Forget When Shopping for a New Home

March 26th, 2018

So you’ve just bought a brand new home, or are at least thinking pretty seriously about it. Most people, when buying a new place, are either moving from a rental situation or selling an older, smaller home and moving up to something better. That said, the one thing you can be sure of about a brand new home is that you have to bring everything with you. There will not be a stick of furniture, an abandoned curtain rod or a secret stash of left-behind sponges. For this reason, it’s important not just to move your current things in, but to make a shopping list of things you’ll need to fully furnish the home. Read More >

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Five Things You Don’t Have to Worry About with a Brand New Home

March 19th, 2018

As someone currently looking for a home, no doubt you’ve done just a little bit of internet research on what you should look into and the steps you should take. Time and time again, you’re going to come across dire warnings to do your “due diligence” and investigate a house thoroughly even after you fall in love with everything on the surface. However, beyond the basic inspection and appraisal required by most mortgage lenders, these warnings only apply to homes that have had previous owners and have seen a lot of “mileage.” When you’re considering a brand new home freshly completed by professional homebuilders, these warnings don’t apply. In fact, there are a lot of things you don’t have to worry about when buying a brand new home. Here are our favorite five: Read More >

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