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Personalizing Your First New Home

Posted by Rachel Flint on Feb 27, 2017 3:56:00 PM

Buying your first brand-new home is an exciting experience! Whether you’re building an entirely custom home or purchasing a showcase home (often called a “spec” home) that’s still under construction, you have a lot of opportunities to make your new home a perfect fit for your family. To get as much of what you want in your home as possible while staying within your budget, it’s important to be aware of important decision-making deadlines. Read on to get a sense of the general progression of the construction process and what types of choices you can make at each stage to make your new home an ideal space for your family.

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Topics: Home Building, Home Design

How a Design Studio Can Simplify the Home Building Process

Posted by Rachel Flint on Feb 8, 2017 11:51:41 AM

Building a new home is an exciting time full of important choices, and few of the steps are more fun than picking out the finishes and products to personalize your home. Finding a builder who makes it easy to select your cabinets, paint, flooring and lighting ensures that the building process is a dream – and your dream home becomes a reality!

 

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Topics: Home Building, Home Design

What Comes With a New Home Warranty?

Posted by Rachel Flint on Jan 5, 2017 6:04:28 PM
There are a multitude of benefits to purchasing a brand new home in Des Moines. First, it’s all yours. It’s just like buying a new car; you know the entire history of the home and you get to decide everything about the home from paint color, floor style, and lighting fixtures.
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Topics: Home Building

Norwalk Welcomes New Housing Developments

Posted by Rachel Flint on Dec 12, 2016 12:44:00 PM

 

Norwalk is a growing Des Moines metro community that provides a perfect balance of small-town livability and city convenience. Named among Movoto’s “10 Best Places to Live in Iowa” as well as Nerdwallet’s “Best Places for Young Families in Iowa,” Norwalk has become an attractive place to settle down. Hubbell Realty is currently constructing two new residential communities to meet the town’s growing need for single-family housing.

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Topics: Home Building, Hubbell Realty

Hubbell Realty Brings New Living Options to Ankeny

Posted by Rachel Flint on Nov 27, 2016 9:49:00 AM

Hubbell Homes is proud to announce two new developments in the highly desirable community of Ankeny, Iowa: Siena Hills and Heritage Park at Prairie Trail. Prized for its outstanding schools, robust employment rate, and high standard of living, Ankeny’s population grew 68% between 2000 and 2010, and it’s estimated that in 2015, the number of Ankeny residents was more than double what it was in 2000. These new neighborhoods will help to meet the increasing need for a variety of housing options in this up-and-coming Des Moines suburb.

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Topics: Home Building

5 Benefits of Building in a Newly Developed Community

Posted by Rachel Flint on Sep 30, 2016 4:00:00 PM

While some homebuyers may be hesitant to build a home in a brand new neighborhood, there are plenty of reasons to get in on the newest residential developments going up around the Des Moines metro. The area is currently experiencing unprecedented growth, and the boom in development offers homebuyers exciting new opportunities.

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Topics: Home Building

Living in Des Moines: What You Should Know About the Housing Shortage

Posted by Rachel Flint on Sep 24, 2016 3:00:00 PM

If you’re considering moving to the Des Moines metro, you have a lot of company! Des Moines has captured considerable attention for its many attractive features, including abundant job opportunities, great schools, and a thriving arts and music scene. As Iowa’s fastest growing urban area, it’s attracting a flood of first-time homebuyers. As a result, the local inventory of homes on the market is lower than it’s been in decades, leaving many potential homebuyers scrambling to snap up the few properties available that could meet their needs and fit their budget. 

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Topics: Home Building, Apartment Living, Real Estate

Can I Customize My Spec Home?

Posted by Rachel Flint on Aug 9, 2016 3:30:00 PM
A “spec” (short for “speculative”) home is a brand new home that a builder is constructing before a buyer purchases the house. Sometimes they are also called "showcase homes" because builders are able to showcase beautiful designs and innovative product choices. This is in contrast to a true custom home, which is built from the ground up in consultation with the buyer. Builders conduct extensive research into neighborhoods and floor plans to determine what types of houses in what locations are likely to be most desired by home buyers.
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Topics: Home Building

Buy or Sell First? What to Consider in Financing Your Next New Home

Posted by Rachel Flint on May 20, 2016 3:00:00 PM

 

Should I sell my current home before buying a new one?

The answer to this question is different for each and every homeowner. To come up with the best answer for you and your family, you need to understand your basic home financing options and weigh them against your particular needs, wants, and capabilities.

 

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Topics: Home Building, Real Estate

What Do I Need to Know About Buying My First New Home?

Posted by Rachel Flint on Apr 29, 2016 4:30:00 PM

 Buying a newly constructed home has a lot of advantages! New homes typically require less repair and maintenance and are often covered by the builder’s warranty. Homes built with the latest technology can be much more energy-efficient than older homes. Also, when you purchase a new home before construction is complete, you have the opportunity to select custom features like flooring, countertops, cabinetry, appliances, and fixtures. 

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Topics: Home Building, Home Design