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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What Homeowners Insurance Doesn’t Cover: You Might be Surprised

April 10th, 2017

Homeowners insurance is an invaluable investment that helps to secure and protect your home, and the items within its walls. However, while insurance will protect your home from a variety of things such as theft, as well as fire and wind damage, there are many things that homeowners insurance doesn’t cover that often surprises homeowners. It is important that you are aware of what your homeowner’s insurance does cover, so that you are not surprised by a rejected claim. If you are wondering what homeowners insurance doesn’t cover, here are a few common things not covered by your insurance that homeowners find the most surprising. Read More >

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How to Allergy Proof Each Room of Your Home

April 3rd, 2017

Even in sunny Orange County, you look forward to spring because of the longer days and the blooming of trees and flowers. But with the season of colorful renewal comes plenty of pollen as well as mold spores wafting through the air. If you suffer from allergies, being outdoors can prove a major challenge as you sneeze and itch your way through major allergens.

While there’s nothing you can do about the outdoor onslaught, you can avoid problems inside your own home by following these allergy-proofing tips for each room. Read More >

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Top 10 Things to Do when Moving into Your New Orange County Home

March 27th, 2017

Congratulations on your new Orange County home! While we do everything we can to make home-buying as easy a process as possible, you still have to move in. And that’s something you and your family need to do on your own. To make that go easier, here are the top 10 things to do.

1. Inspect the home.
We know you’ve already gone on a walk-thru with one of our staff. And we do our best to make sure that the space you move into is spic and span. But it won’t hurt to go on a private inspection just before you move in. Make sure that we’ve adequately addressed any issues you initially pointed out. Look for any last-minute concerns that need to take care of, such as a spot of dirt here or a non-working smoke detector there. If you uncover any problems that you can’t address quickly, let the management office know. Read More >

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