Fall Maintenance Tips From Brandywine Homes

September 24th, 2018

You’ll enjoy at least two maintenance advantages when you finally move into one of our Brandywine Homes. First, our mild weather year-round means you don’t have to worry about dealing with the snow and frost that homeowners suffer in colder climes. Second, because your home is new, maintenance chores should take no time at all. But you don’t want to skip these tasks because they get you into the habit of doing them every year at this time. Regular maintenance is one of the keys to increasing the value of your house. 

Maintain your heating systems.

Inspect your fireplaces and chimneys to make sure they’re free of creosote, which can ignite and start a fire. If you don’t know how to check out your chimney, have it inspected by a professional chimney sweep, who can also clean and perform any necessary maintenance. Keep the flue closed when not in use. Check your furnace filter and replace it, if needed. Be aware that these filters work in only one direction, so insert them properly so you don’t inhibit airflow. Read More >

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10 Topics To Consider As You Think About Downsizing

September 17th, 2018

The children are grown and moved out. You are retired or almost ready to retire. You’ve dusted those shelves and swept those floors one too many times. For whatever your reason for moving out of your large family home, here are 10 topics to consider as you think about downsizing:

1. How Much Home Can You Afford? Do you want to build a dream retirement house? Would you like leftover cash from the house you are selling for your retirement? How much resale value do you want to anticipate in the new home? Answering these kinds of questions with a financial planner can be a great place to start.

2. What Kind of Neighborhood? Do you still love to have young children running around? Would you prefer a quieter retreat? Do you need a little buffer from your neighbors? Do you need to be closer to doctors, health-care facilities, etc.? Do you like bike paths, walking trails, parks nearby? Read More >

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Long Beach Business Journal: “BizBrief: Today’s News To Know”

September 13th, 2018

September 13, 2018 | Business Journal Staff

All Homes Purchased In Newest Northeast Long Beach Community
Brandywine Homes announced yesterday that all 131 single-family homes in its Riverdale community in Long Beach have sold, with many homes still under construction. As of August, 48 homes in the northwest Long Beach gated community had been completed and moved into. Remaining homes are expected to be completed in December, according to Brandywine Principal Dave Barisic. Homes range in size from 1,925 to 2,242 square feet, with prices starting in the low $600,000s. Riverdale is the company’s largest project to date, Barisic stated in a press release.

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September 12th, 2018

131 Homes Sold in a Record 12 Months in the Tight Housing Market of South Bay 

LONG BEACH, Calif. Brandywine Homes announced today that all 131 single-family homes in Riverdale have sold out just one year after the grand opening of the gated residential community in northeast Long Beach.

Sales have been consistently brisk at Riverdale, the only new residential development located in the South Bay, where there is short supply and high demand in the housing market. The revitalized coastal city is also within easy reach of Los Angeles and Orange County, making it ideal for commuters who work in these cities. Read More >

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Avoid Old House Problems With a New Brandywine Home

September 10th, 2018

As a first-time home buyer or someone looking for better property, you’re also considering older homes. Many have traditional charm, bigger yards, full-grown trees, and well-established neighborhoods. They may also save you money over newer Brandywine Homes. That is, if you’re willing to deal with time and expense of common old house problems.

No Insulation
Go back 50 years or so and houses may not have any insulation. Most builders believed that four inches of dead air inside the cavities of the framing provided enough protection from heat or cold. Any discomfort could easily be mitigated by a good furnace or air-conditioner, powered by cheap and abundant energy. Think about the cost and effort of adding insulation to an older property. You won’t face that issue in our new developments because all their structures are weather-proofed to the latest residential standards. Read More >

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7 Ideas for the Ultimate Housewarming Party at Your New Brandywine Home

September 3rd, 2018

When you move to a new Brandywine Home, it’s a good idea to take some time out for celebration. You’ve just made a life-altering decision for yourself and your family. What better way to celebrate it than by throwing a housewarming party? This is a good way to get to know your neighbors and to get together with friends and family whom you haven’t met in a while (probably because you’ve been so busy with the process of buying the home).

A lot of people tend to skip this because they think it will be too much work. You just spent all this time choosing and buying a home, and you’ve also had to put a lot of energy into moving. Do you really want to take the trouble of cooking and decorating just so you can have some guests over? Here are a few reasons why you might want to have a housewarming party and effortless, elegant ways to host one: Read More >

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