Brandywine Homes to Build Residential Community Offering 25 Townhomes in Duarte, Calif.

November 29th, 2018

Oliva Expected to Be Open for Sale in Summer 2019

DUARTE, Calif. Brandywine Homes has acquired 1.26 acres in Duarte, Calif., and plans to build Oliva, a community offering 25 three-story townhomes. Brandywine has broken ground on the new neighborhood and plans to open the property for sale in summer of 2019.

“The San Gabriel Valley has everything people living around the L.A. area are looking for: jobs, entertainment, shopping, dining and more,” said Dave Barisic, principal in charge of sales and marketing for Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “Unfortunately, the supply of new housing for those who want to live in the area is very low. We hope to ease that with the homes at Oliva.” Read More >

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Gifts That Give Back

November 26th, 2018

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the holiday shopping spree is in full force. It’s easy for pressure to mount as you strive to find the “perfect gift” for everyone on your list while balancing holiday parties, decorating, and, you know, the usual work, home, and family responsibilities.

This is the season of giving, after all, and there are a lot of organizations that need help at this time of year as they strive to make the holidays joyous for those who don’t have as much.
If you’re trying to find a balance between giving to family and friends and giving to those in need within the confines of your budget and ability, consider doing both of those things at once. Here are a few ways to give and give back at the same time. Read More >

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Be Thankful For Your Beautiful New Home This Holiday Season

November 19th, 2018

Thanksgiving is coming up fast. Will you be home? Will you make a turkey? Will you invite friends and family over to celebrate? Will you be untraditional and have it catered? Or make a butternut squash lasagna with a pear and gorgonzola salad and garlic bread? Whatever your plans this year, don’t stress about it! Thanksgiving is a time for thankfulness. With that in mind, we’ve put together some tips to help you get the most out of your Thanksgiving feast.

First, infuse your days with thankfulness. That’s what this holiday yearns for. So gather your family and practice it. Practice it every day leading up to The Great Day of Thanks. If you have children (or even if you don’t) cut out a tree from brown paper, or paint one, and purchase fake leaves from the dollar store. Read More >

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Student Loan Strategies To Consider Before Buying a Home

November 12th, 2018

About 70 percent of college students who graduated in 2016 had an average of $37,172 in student loans, according to US New and World Report. And more than half of millennial graduates don’t have a clue as when their student loans will be paid off. If you’re a member of this group, this loan can appear as a black mark on your credit report, making it difficult to afford a home because it’s a drain on your finances. The following strategies show how you can deal with this debt before buying one of our Brandywine Homes.

Know all you can about your loan
It’s understandable that you didn’t want to deal with loan details while you were busy with school. But now that you’re working, the only way you can make informed decisions about your loan is by knowing all you can about it. Find out details like who your loan provider is and their contact details, how much is left, when payment is due, and whether there’s a grace period. This period is the number of months that can pass before the first payment is due. Use this period to come up with an effective payment strategy. Read More >

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Tips for Moving with Older Adults to a Brandywine Home

November 5th, 2018

 Many older adults embrace the changes that mark the different stages of life. This can include moving in with younger family members or downsizing to one of our convenient Brandywine Homes. We’re diplomatically not assigning an age to an “older adult,” but perhaps you have one or more in your family or are part of that demographic yourself. For this segment of the population, moving can be particularly stressful, especially from an area that has been home for decades. The following are a few tips to minimize issues while upping the excitement that new digs can bring.

Nobody likes to lose control by being told what to do. Bring your parents into the home-buying and moving process as soon as you can, so they become willing team members. Ask their opinion on potential housing choices, what bedroom in the new homes they would prefer, or what decor to put in their new room. Ask them what it was like when they moved into their first home and whether they have any advice.

Commemorate The Past
That antique Victorian sofa may look like an over-sized piece of dated furniture to you. But to your mom, it may have been the first item she and her late husband bought as a married couple or the site of many family gatherings. It represents the family’s past, which she understandably may not want to discard.

If you intend on bringing such large mementos into your new home, be sure to take careful measurements of the room they’re going into and the doors they’re going through to ensure that they fit. It may help you to explain to mom that you can’t take this treasured heirloom due to size restrictions.

Whatever you do, don’t rent a storage unit to keep stuff that doesn’t fit because you’ll be racking up fees and postponing the inevitable disposition of things you can no longer use. Treasured possessions can be gifted to family members who have the space to store them or sold at auction. Stuff that doesn’t sell can always be given to a thrift shop that brings money in to mom’s favorite charity.

Increase Familiarity
Pictures can serve an important purpose. Take pictures of your elderly aunt’s room, the inside of closets and drawers, and the arrangement of bric-a-brac on the wall. When you unpack her room, use those pictures to duplicate how items were previously sorted and organized. Your aunt is more likely to feel that she is moving from one familiar place to another, rather to some place foreign.

If you want more tips on moving or want to take an older loved one on a tour of our model homes, 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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