Five Ways to Create Lasting Holiday Memories In Your New Home

November 27th, 2017

If you are like many people you know, you do not have too much time at the end of the day for extra activities. However, the holidays are approaching, and you want to do something special for your family. You want to turn your new house into a home for the holidays. There are no limits to what you can do to create a Christmas atmosphere at your home, and one of the best things about decorating for Christmas is that you do not have to break the bank to do this.

1. Bows Here, Bows There, Bows Everywhere

You can purchase festive ribbons and tie them to chairs, doorknobs, plants, etc. When you see bows during the holidays, don’t they automatically put you in the spirit of the holidays? You can easily find ribbons to fit the theme of your holiday decorating idea.

You do not have to only use red ribbons or green ribbons. You can choose floral colors, plaid colors, or you can choose silver ribbons or gold ribbons. If you love re-using items and saving money, we suggest you carefully tie and untie your ribbons so you can easily store them for next year.

If you want to get your creative juices flowing, you can always watch YouTube videos and visit Pinterest for ideas on how to tie your bows into ribbons. You may actually be surprised at how good you are.

2. Don’t Forget The Door

While you are tying bows on your doors, chairs, etc. inside your home, you can create a holiday atmosphere before people even enter your home. If you are a fan of wreaths, you can hang a wreath on your front door and your back door. You do not have to limit yourself to only the front door and the back door. You can hang a wreath on any door in your home.

3. Let’s Eat Together

If you want to get in the spirit of Christmas before the day actually arrives, you can purchase dishes that remind you of the holidays. You may even have some dishes stored in boxes when you moved. Do not be afraid to pull out the festive dishes. You can use these dishes for your dinners leading up to Christmas, or you can place the dishes in your kitchen for your guests to see. Have you ever thought about decorating your home with dishes?

4. Turn Off The Lights And Light A Candle

How long has it been since you purchased candles? If you want to create a special atmosphere in your home, feel free to use candles in your dining room or kitchen area. You do not have to eat a large meal to create a special dining atmosphere. However, if you have small children, they should always be watched closely when the candles are lit.

5. Let’s Have Family Time

If this will be your family’s first time in a new home this holiday season, we encourage you to set aside some family time. If you create a holiday atmosphere in your family room or living room, your family can come together and have an enjoyable conversation. Your children can discuss their Christmas wish list, and they can even create Christmas cards and Christmas pictures to send to their family members and their friends. When the time comes to decorate your Christmas tree, everyone should be encouraged to help. Even the smallest family member can pitch in.

You can have an enjoyable time this holiday season, even before the day arrives. You can create lasting memories this entire holiday season. Are you ready to create incredible memories and new traditions in your new home?

Are you looking for a new home in Orange County, Long Beach or the Los Angeles metro area for the holidays? Brandywine Homes is opening six new communities this year offering a combined 265 single-family homes and townhomes. Click here for more information.

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Four Benefits Professional Landscape Lighting Can Add to Your New Southern California Home

November 20th, 2017

When moving into a new home, you should take a moment to consider the benefits professional landscape lighting could bring to your new home. Not only does adding professional landscape lighting to a home provide function by properly illuminating your property at night, but also, proper landscape lighting can improve the nighttime aesthetics of your home by dramatically changing the way it looks at night. If you are in the process of buying a new home, here are just a few of the reasons to consider adding professional landscape lighting to your new home.

Increased Security

One of the primary reasons to add more lighting around your home is to increase your home’s security. Multiple studies have shown that a house being well-lit deters criminals, as burglars would rather break into a home that is darker, as this will give them more seclusion and reduce the likelihood they will be caught. When a property is illuminated at night, it makes it more visible to neighbors and passers-by. Simply adding a few lights around your new home could prevent the threat of a home invasion. Read More >

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10 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday

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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