10 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

November 13th, 2017

Thanksgiving brings us together to celebrate some of the best qualities of human existence: family, friends, food, football and naps. However, the joy of celebration is easily overcome by the strain of preparation. Don’t let your Thanksgiving holiday become an obligation; follow these ten tips for a stress-free event that will leave you feeling organized, grateful and ready to gobble.

1. Set plans early.
Are you traveling or hosting this year? Talk with friends and family members well in advance and figure out your plans. Once you establish where you’ll be celebrating, you can begin sorting out logistics such as travel arrangements and accommodations for out-of-town guests. Read More >

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Who Says You Can’t Crowdsource Your Dream Home?

November 6th, 2017

These days, you see crowdfunding for everything. People are using crowdsource sites such as GoFundMe to help families who are down on their luck. Other sites, such as Kickstarter, provide a way for individuals to obtain the money needed to start up a business or fund a short film. But all you really want is a down payment for the house of your dreams. Is there crowdfunding for that?

As a matter of fact, there is.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Approved

According to a recent Marketwatch article, the privately-held mortgage banking firm CMG has started a pilot crowdfunding service called HomeFundMe. Each donor to the HomeFundMe campaigns can give up to $7,500. For those who earn less than their area’s median income, CMG will match $2 for every $1 raised, up to $2,500 or one percent of the home’s purchase price. Those earning more than the median income can receive a match of up to $1,000. The service is free to homebuyers who have pre-qualified for a Fannie or Freddie loan from CMG Financial and have undergone housing counseling from an independent agency. Read More >

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Brandywine Homes: A Commitment to Quality and Integrity

October 30th, 2017

Would you like to know more about Brandywine Homes, what we stand for and how we work? We are happy to share that information with you!

Who We Are

Brandywine began in 1994 with a mission to take existing sites no longer useful and transform those sites into communities of single family attached or detached homes that boast sustainable living, comfort and affordability for home buyers while complementing the aesthetic of the area that surrounds them. We start from the ground up, doing the acquisition, entitlement and development ourselves. This requires strong partnerships with local planning departments and redevelopment agencies to fully understand the intricacies of each unique area that we work within so we can tailor each project to be a dove-tail fit with its market. Read More >

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13 DIY Halloween Decorating Projects for Your New Southern California Home

October 23rd, 2017

You’ve just purchased a new house in Southern California, and you want to be sure it looks best for the upcoming holiday. Thirteen might be an unlucky number, but today, it’s your lucky way to find fun DIY ideas to maximize your space, make the most of the upcoming season and enjoy some spooks and thrills on your new property.

You’ve just purchased a new house in Southern California, and you want to be sure it looks best for the upcoming holiday. Thirteen might be an unlucky number, but today, it’s your lucky way to find fun DIY ideas to maximize your space, make the most of the upcoming season and enjoy some spooks and thrills on your new property.

1. Deck your walkway with ghostly lanterns. Simply wash out old white or clear milk cartons, fill them with white Christmas lights, and use a Sharpie to decorate them with spooky faces. You can make your faces friendly, creepy, or anything in between! Read More >

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15 Days to Organize Your Home in Less Than One Hour a Day by November 1 (Part II)

October 16th, 2017

If you’ve read our last blog on how to prepare for the holidays by November 1st in less than an hour a day, welcome back! We’ve got yet another list for you to follow so you and your friends and loved ones can celebrate the upcoming seasons in comfort and confidence. So read on:

(Continued from Part I)

Oct. 17: Allow easy access to your pet supplies. Houselogic recommends you arrange all your puppy stuff in one area. Install hooks near the door to hang leashes, and place shelves or cubbies to hold bowls, toys and pet food.

Oct 18: Organize your magazines. Dust off any stray magazines lying around and arrange them neatly on coffee tables and other suitable counter tops. Read More >

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Turn Your Orange County House into An Orange County Home

October 9th, 2017

What do you believe differentiates a house from a home? For many people, a house is a building that gives them a sense of security. A house is also a place that provides basic needs. What is a home? We believe a home is a place you can run to when you want to escape the distractions of the world. A home is also a place that provides you with the emotional and mental support you need daily. Do you want to feel this way about your new home?

Once your new house begins to tell a story of its own, the house will eventually turn into your home.

Take A Step Back….And Breathe

We understand when you eventually move into a new house you can worry so much about the interior design, the paint, the decor, the furniture, etc. When you worry so much about these jobs, you will become stressed and frustrated. We recommend you take some time to relax and just breathe. You do not want any form of stress to enter your new home, right? You can just relax and let all the ideas come to you. You need to take some time to treasure your new home. Read More >

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Los Angeles County Homes for Sale: Bedroom Ideas For Your Little Sports Fanatic

October 2nd, 2017

This bedroom at Castella is sure to make your little one feel right at home.

Moving forces everyone to adjust and adapt to all the changes we will face. Moving also forces us to develop routines that are fresh and new. However, we can all adjust after very little time, but what about our children? Young children may need to take additional time to adapt to new surroundings, and they will sometimes be upset about leaving their home to move into another one.

Children will form a heartfelt connection to their home, especially if that is the home they have lived in since they were a couple of days old. Children also develop lasting connections with their bedrooms; informing them they will have a new bedroom can be a huge blow to their system. It can take some time for your child to adjust to the thought of having a new bedroom, but there are some things you can do to help your child adjust. Read More >

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Organize Your Home in Less Than One Hour a Day by November 1st (Part I)

September 25th, 2017

Now that the kids are in school, you can take a little breather. But not for long — the fall and winter holidays are just around the corner. You can still get ready for the festivities to come, however. This to-do list, inspired by house logic, shows how you can organize your home in less than one hour a day by November 1st.

Oct. 1: Remove old holiday decorations. Do you still have that Easter bunny lawn decoration near the foot of your driveway? Shamrocks or Valentines on your front door? Time to take those down. And go through all your holiday decorations stored in your home, throwing out the ones you haven’t used in three years.

Oct. 2: Get rid of your kids’ old school clothes. Now that the school year has started, you already have a good idea of what items your kids have outgrown. Set them aside to donate or give away. Read More >

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Five Ways to Destress Your Home

September 18th, 2017

You have a busy life that can turn frantic in the blink of an eye. Sometimes, it feels as though there’s no respite from the day-to-day pressures that follow you wherever you go. Your home, however, shouldn’t be adding to that stress! We’ve got some great ideas, from carving out a relaxing nook to keeping your house fresh and clean with less effort on your part, that will help turn your home into the amazing retreat you deserve. Watch your stress slide away when you finally arrive at home with these great suggestions.

Create a Relaxing Corner

You need a cozy nook where you can let the world disappear and curl up with a good book, settle back with a cup of coffee, or just breathe in serenity. Some great ideas: Read More >

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Four Tips for Couples Looking for a New Home

September 11th, 2017

If you and your spouse are on the market for a new home, house hunting can be an exciting experience done correctly. There are a few things, though, you should both make sure you are on the same page about before getting serious about buying. Here are four things you and your spouse should review together before you start hitting open houses and deciding on your dream neighborhood to live in.

1. Keep Commutes in Mind Read More >

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