Delaying your new home search could cost you your dream home!

When it comes to your new home search, there’s no such thing as “starting too soon.”

Whether you plan to build your new home next year or five years down the road, now is always the perfect time to start looking. After all, it’s likely one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in your lifetime… and unless you’re Bill Gates or Elon Musk, it should be treated that way!

Choosing your builder, your floorplan and your new home’s location takes time and research. Nowadays, most of us won’t even eat at a new restaurant without Googling the full menu and combing through reviews on Yelp! While finding a new home may be a quick pursuit for some, building your dream home can (and should) be a lengthier exploration. Every builder you meet should provide you with the proper tools to make informed decisions throughout your search.

At Schaeffer Family Homes, our New Home Specialists strive to provide you with a full understanding of our building processes, pricing, timeframes and included features. We know the importance of being honest and realistic when setting expectations for building your dream home!

The move-in time frame can vary from builder to builder based on many factors. When you build in a Schaeffer Family Homes community, the process typically takes between 7 to 10 months from the Agreement of Sale. On the other hand, we also offer the option to build through our “Build On Your Lot Program,” which is generally a 10 to 12 month time frame from the Agreement of Sale. “Build On Your Lot” offers you the flexibility to build where you want in South Jersey, as long as you have a piece of land to build on!

Most homeowners who’ve built through our “Build On Your Lot” program came to us without one key element: a homesite! Fortunately, our Land Acquisition Specialist, Josh Adams is available to assist you in finding a homesite that works for your budget and needs. Finding a homesite is where time and patience is essential. Depending on where you’d like to live and what you desire in a property, it’s not always as simple as it seems. Some areas of South Jersey don’t have many buildable homesites available, and even if you’re looking in an area with an abundance, you may feel that none of them are the right fit for your new home. Once you do find your ideal homesite, it still takes about 10 months from signing the Agreement of Sale until you can move into your new home!

Now, we already know what you’re thinking… “So, once I have my homesite, why would it take 10 months to build a home?”

Well, there are many factors that go into the “Build On Your Lot” process. Unlike building in a community (where our homesites are “turnkey” and fully improved), this process starts with a 60-day due diligence period and a homesite inspection. Following the homesite inspection, we’ll need to get the proper building permits through your township. From there, we also need to fully improve your homesite prior to construction. Your home is then hand-crafted with great care over a 4 to 6-month period. Seems lengthy, but you know what they say… “If you don’t take the time to do it right, when will you take the time to do it over?”

Nevertheless, whether you build with Schaeffer Family Homes or not, we want you to be equipped with the tools you need to feel confident in your final decision. You may be able to find a new home tomorrow, but discovering your dream home could be a different story!

Whenever you’re ready, we’re here to get your new home search started. Feel free to contact us at 856-208-5118 or e-mail general.info@schaefferhomes.com to get started in your new home search today!

Build Your Dream Home at 0 Marlboro Ave in Cherry Hill, NJ

Featured Homesite: 0 Marlboro Avenue in Cherry Hill

 

If you’ve always imagined building your dream home in Cherry Hill, we’ve got the perfect location for you! Meet our newest homesite in Camden County: 0 Marlboro Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. At just under ½ an acre, 0 Marlboro Avenue could be the ideal location for your beautiful brand-new Schaeffer Family Home!

When you build with Schaeffer Family Homes, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from one of our many different floorplans and design the home you’ve always yearned for! Behind the homesite at 0 Marlboro Ave is vacant green acres owned by the township, allowing you the potential to create a beautiful backyard oasis with plenty of privacy. 0 Marlboro Avenue also provides you with the ability to connect to public water and sewer for your utilities.

Located in the heart of Cherry Hill, 0 Marlboro Avenue is situated next to Cherry Hill West High School. Just down the street, you’ll find many of your favorite shops, delicious restaurants, and convenient grocery stores. Getting into Philadelphia is also a breeze – within only about 15 minutes, you can easily drive across the bridge into Center City! Or if you prefer to travel by train, you can hop on the PATCO at the Haddonfield Station, which is about 10-15 minutes away.

Not only does 0 Marlboro Avenue give you the opportunity to build your dream home in a great location, but you’ll also be able to design and personalize your home just the way you envisioned it to be. At our Design Center, you will choose all of your luxury structural options, design selections and color schemes to make your home your own! Building a new home doesn’t have to be daunting or difficult – we’re here to listen and help you through the entire process to make it as seamless as possible. If you’re interested in learning more about building at 0 Marlboro Avenue in Cherry Hill or have general questions about building a Schaeffer Family Home, please contact us at 856-208-5118 or e-mail general.info@schaefferhomes.com. We can’t wait to help you and your family get started in their new home search!

 

 

 

 

Schaeffer Family Homes Wins MAME Awards

Schaeffer Family Homes, a three-generation home builder in NJ, was recently honored with two prestigious awards from the Builders League of South Jersey.

At the League’s annual MAME Awards, Schaeffer Family Homes won two renovation awards for “Best Renovated Kitchen Under $100K” and “Best Renovated Kitchen Over $100K.” The awards were presented on November 13 at Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Director of Sales Christie Redner and Land Acquisition Specialist Josh Adams were also recognized as new members of the “Million Dollar Club.” The distinction honors top-producing building and remodeling professionals and we’re proud to have these two on our team.

MAME is an acronym for “Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence.” The criteria for eligible building and renovation projects includes functionality and visual appeal. Winning designs must provide excellent value to the customer and demonstrate good design.

See images from the award ceremony on our Facebook page.

Schaeffer Family Homes takes pride in building top-quality homes at an affordable price. We serve the South Jersey in settings from rural retreats and beachside homes to urban areas and planned communities. We can help you find your ideal location or build a home on land that you already own.

Our catalog of plans is filled with home designs that can be used as is or customized to suit your particular needs. Once you choose your plan, you have the pleasure of making it your very own when you visit our 3,000 square foot design center to choose the details that will personalize your home.

We’re always alert for ways to improve our products and services, and we offer the best options at an affordable price. All our homes are 100% Energy Star certified. We offer a comprehensive set of warranties including a 2-year mechanical warranty, 10-year structural, 50-year vinyl siding and more.

We value our customers and prove it with three follow-up customer satisfaction surveys for every home. Our president uses the information returned in the surveys to continually enhance our offerings.

Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to get started building your new home with an award-winning home builder in NJ.

The Ellis: Jump-Start Home at Carriage Mews in Berlin Borough

The Ellis: Jump-Start Home at Carriage Mews in Berlin Borough

              Another Halloween has gone by in the blink of an eye, and Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! Soon enough, our belly’s will be full of turkey and the holiday season will be in full swing. If you’ve been searching for your dream home, we’ve got the perfect gift to add to your list: The Jump-Start Ellis at Carriage Mews in Berlin Borough!

              At Carriage Mews, the Jump-Start Ellis at 102 Reena’s Way will be crafted on .34 acres with a settlement timeframe of only 7 months! Complete with 2,327 finished square feet, this beautiful 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom Ellis will feature a Full Basement Foundation, 2-Car Side-Entry Garage, Sunroom, and so much more!

              The Ellis’ stunning exterior will include a Full Front Porch with Partial Stone, giving you the perfect outdoor space to step up your decorating game for future holidays! Every time you come home, you’ll be invited inside by your gorgeous Foyer and Living Room, where you’ll make amazing memories in the many years to come. You’ll fall in love with the first floor’s open layout between the Kitchen, Dining Room and Family Room, as well as the additional Sunroom that leads you to a Sliding Glass Door with Rear Steps into your backyard. On the second floor, the spacious Master Bedroom and Bathroom will feature an expansive Walk-In Closet and a Tile Shower Seat in the large Stall Shower. You’ll also find 3 additional second-floor Bedrooms, a Hall Bath, and a convenient Laundry Room that’ll save you the hassle of lugging dirty clothes downstairs. The Full Unfinished Basement will offer a Walk-Up Well with a Sliding Glass Door and additional Daylight Windows, as well as the ½ Bath rough plumbing for a future finished basement!

              Why spend this holiday season dreaming of a “White Christmas,” when you could be dreaming of beautiful color schemes for your brand-new cabinets and countertops? Reserve the Jump-Start Ellis today to personalize your new home’s interior colors and finishes! Treat yourself and your family this holiday season by investing your dream home built by Schaeffer Family Homes. For more information about the Jump-Start Ellis at Carriage Mews in Berlin Borough, call us at 856-208-5118 or e-mail general.info@schaefferhomes.com!

Community Profile: Carriage Mews

The Carriage Mews community of new homes in Berlin Borough NJ opened this fall with 16 homesites. Carriage Mews is surrounded by numerous opportunities for shopping, entertainment and dining. Commuters will appreciate the conveniently located train stations for New Jersey Transit and Patco. Philadelphia and Atlantic City are within easy driving distance.

Schaeffer Family Homes offers 7 home plans to choose from in Carriage Mews. No matter which plan you choose, your new home is guaranteed to have these standard features and more:

  • 9’ ceilings on the first floor
  • Central air conditioning
  • Crown molding and chair rail in dining room
  • Low maintenance vinyl siding
  • 30-year dimensional roof shingles
  • 2 phone lines and 2 cable lines
  • Front yard landscaped bed and sod
  • Concrete driveway
  • Aristokraft oak kitchen cabinets with crown molding
  • NJ Energy Star certification
  • Quality Builders Warranty Corp. 10-year structural warranty
  • Poured Concrete Basement Foundation with GMX Ultrashield and 30-year warranty
  • 42-inch Aristokraft oak kitchen cabinets with crown molding
  • NJ Energy Star Certification with 30% or more better energy performance than “code”

Our Carriage Mews floor plans range from 1,856-3,100 square feet and have 3-5 bedrooms and 2-4.5 baths. We offer a variety of one and two story plans in styles and layouts to suit your needs. Homes in Carriage Mews start in the $350’s. Lot sizes range from about 1/3 acre to more than half an acre. When you build with us, you can be in your new home within 8-10 months of signing the Agreement of Sale.

The Blake floor plan is a 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath home that can be customized with Victorian, Craftsman, Federal or Traditional exteriors. The foyer is flanked by formal living and dining rooms. The open-concept kitchen and family room are ideal for relaxed family living. On the second floor, the master suite is joined by three additional bedrooms, a second full bath and a laundry room.

We have a Quick Move-In home available at 102 Reena’s Way. This 2,327 square foot Ellis B floor plan home has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and is offered for $399,900. The home has a formal living room, open-concept kitchen and family room, first floor powder room, and a laundry room located on the second floor with all 4 bedrooms.

Call us today at 856-208-5118 to schedule a tour of this home or to learn more about your options for customizing a floor plan of your choice in the Carriage Mews community of new homes in Berlin Borough NJ.

EXTENDED: Get Off the Fence Sales Event!

New Home South Jersey

 

As bright colors and sweet autumn scents settle into South Jersey, picture yourself sharing a 

holiday meal with your family in a brand new home. There’s never been a better time to fall in love with a Schaeffer home!

At Schaeffer Family Homes, we believe that the home buying journey should be as easy and rewarding as possible. That’s why we’re extending our Get Off the Fence Sales Event with two available exclusive bonus packages to make your home even cozier.

The rule is simple: sign a contract by November 5th, and then choose your exclusive bonus package:*

GET CLOSING

You’re that much closer to Moving Day with $5,000 towards closing costs.

 

GET PRETTY

A perfectly appointed home is all yours with a $5,000 credit toward work with our interior designer.

 

Whether you’ve always wanted privacy, impeccable interior design, or the best appliances out there, we have a bonus package that’ll make pumpkin-spice season sweeter than ever. The joy and spirit of the fall and winter holidays are present in a Schaeffer home year-round… feel the love!

Make sure to grab your favorite package before someone else does. The perfect home for you is waiting with open arms! Please visit our website, or contact us at 856-208-5118 with any questions.

*Must sign a non-contingent contract by 11/5/18 including initial deposit. Incentives are offered on a first come first serve basis. Only one incentive is available in each category. Each incentive has a non-cash value not to exceed $5,000. Must use Builder’s Preferred Lender. See Sales Representative for more details.”

Schaeffer Family Homes Featured Employee: Meet Christie!

At Schaeffer Family Homes, our team knows that a home isn’t just a living space — it’s a place where families grow together. Between all of those special milestones and everyday moments, a home is where we make our lifelong memories.

Featured Employee Christie Schaeffer Homes

From start to finish, our dedicated Schaeffer family ensures an easy, smooth, and rewarding experience for everyone we work with. When we build your home, we build a living space that we’d want for ourselves, and no one understands these family values better than Christie Redner, our very own Director of Sales and Design Center Manager.

Just a week after graduating from Penn State, Christie began her career in new home sales, and has since changed the lives of families for 12 years and running. The incredible impact that Christie has made on Schaeffer Family Homes for the past 7 ½ years is felt by all!

Everyone who meets Christie can instantly sense how bright, kind, and genuine she is, so it’s no wonder that she’s the perfect person to assist customers on the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. With a family of her own, Christie knows how important it is to treat homeowners with respect and care throughout every step of this exciting process.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to show someone that their dream home can become a reality,” Christie says. The many “thank you” emails and cards that she receives after move-in day is just a testament to

 the wonderful work that she does day in and day out. We can’t say enough about Christie, but many happy homeowners reflect our thoughts exactly with their rave reviews…

“Christie is the best! I don’t know how we could have gotten through the process without her.”

 “Christie Redner… She’s amazing to work with and will keep you focused.” “Christie went above and beyond! I’m not completely sure how she put up with all of the questions we had.”

Featured Employee Christie Schaeffer Family Homes

Outside of the office, Christie loves traveling, going to the beach, walking her dog, and spending time with her daughter, Willow, and husband, Dan in their warm and comfortable Schaeffer home. Yes, Christie was once a customer of ours! She chose to build a home on her own land, so she knows exactly what a Schaeffer homeowner goes through in the building process. This is one of the many reasons that the service she provides to our customers is top of the line, and why spending time with her is so much fun.

All of us at Schaeffer Family Homes want to thank Christie for the positivity she brings to our office and our homeowners every day! We can’t wait for you to see what a joy she is to work with. For more information on our homes and communities, please visit our website, or give us a call at 856-208-5118.

Get Off the Fence Sales Event

Get Off The Fence

 

Summer has already made the leap into fall — are you ready to get off the fence, too? As bright colors and sweet autumn scents settle into South Jersey, picture yourself sharing a holiday meal with your family in a brand new home. There’s never been a better time to fall in love with a Schaeffer home!

At Schaeffer Family Homes, we believe that the home buying journey should be as easy and rewarding as possible. That’s why from September 29th through October 29th, we’re offering exclusive bonus packages to make your home even cozier.

The rule is simple: sign a contract by October 29th, and then choose your exclusive bonus package:*

 

GET SHOPPING

Buy your appliances, light fixtures, and outdoor furniture with a $5,000 Home Depot Gift Card.

GET CLOSING

You’re that much closer to Moving Day with $5,000 towards closing costs.

GET SPRITZED

Say goodbye to dragging the hose around the yard with a $5,000 credit toward a sprinkler system.

GET GRILLING

It’s instant outdoor festivities with $5,000 toward a 12×24 concrete patio PLUS a propane grill.

GET PEACE & QUIET

You’ll love your neighbors even more with a $5,000 credit toward a white vinyl privacy fence.

GET PRETTY

A perfectly appointed home is all yours with a $5,000 credit toward work with our interior designer.

 

Whether you’ve always wanted privacy, impeccable interior design, or the best appliances out there, we have a bonus package that’ll make pumpkin-spice season sweeter than ever. The joy and spirit of the fall and winter holidays are present in a Schaeffer home year-round… feel the love!

Make sure to grab your favorite package before someone else does. The perfect home for you is waiting with open arms! Please visit our website, or contact us at 856-208-5118 with any questions.

*Must sign a non-contingent contract by 10/29/18 including initial deposit. Incentives are offered on a first come first serve basis. Only one incentive is available in each category. Each incentive has a non-cash value not to exceed $5,000. Must use Builder’s Preferred Lender. See Sales Representative for more details.”

Fun Fall Activities in South Jersey

Pumpkin patch

 

Autumn in South Jersey is jam-packed with fun things for families to do. From pumpkin and apple picking, to hay mazes and corn-based entertainment, to Oktoberfest to Halloween, there are a million ways to fill the fall days. Here are some of our favorites…

Fall Festivals – You name it, you’ll find a festival for it. Music, arts & crafts, beers, local foods, Halloween, harvest. Here are a few of our faves:

Highlights include a car show, petting zoo, food trucks, craft vendors, beer gardens, rock wall, live music. 

Highlights include hundreds of craft and art vendors, scarecrow making, carriage rides, live music. 

Wineries / Vineyards – It’s party time at the vineyards, too!

Cape May Court House – Natali Vineyards

Wine tastings, local vendors, live “jazz-blues”, the annual grape stomping contest.

Tastings, tours, sangria, wine slushies. Local food and crafts. Bring your own food for a picnic in the vines or order from our menu. Live entertainment.

 

Fall Fun on the Farm – It’s no secret that South Jersey has tons of family farms… and fall is a glorious time to visit. These are just a few of the farms with fun fall festivities.

Highlights: Wagon rides, pumpkin patch, pedal cart racetrack and kids’ corn maze.

Highlights: Hayrides, a corn maze, petting zoo and pick-your-own pumpkin patch.

Highlights: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pick-your-own pumpkins, corn maze.

Highlights: Hayrides, pumpkin picking, bonfires, face painting, goat and alpaca farm

Highlights: Hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkin, pumpkin painting, treasure hunt and hay-bale maze

Highlights: Hayrides through the apple orchard, pumpkin patch, pick-your-own apples and pumpkins

Highlights: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn maze, rubber duck races, corn cob blaster

Highlights: Pumpkin patches, corn maze, campfire hayrides

 

Halloween – Halloween festivities are as unique as pumpkins!

Wear your witch’s hat and enter the hat contest. Stop in the shops with your hat and see what deals await you! 

Highlights include pumpkin painting and games, crafters and food vendors, the haunted house at the Corson Gandy Barn, and a hayride through the farm. Please bring a non-perishable food item. 

 

What You Can Do About Rising Home Prices

Living Room

 

Did you know that rising lumber costs have “increased the price of a single-family home by over $7,000?” With homebuilding prices continuing to rise, where does this leave you, the potential homebuyer? You want to take the best deal, but you may not feel a real sense of urgency.

This is where Schaeffer Family Homes comes in. Our team wants you to know about these impending price increases so that you can make a smart decision today to positively impact your future. Our gorgeous floor plans are ideal living spaces for families of all sizes, and are priced extremely well — but costs will inevitably rise in the future.

If you come by today to lock in your price, you’ll have your dream home for none other than your dream price.

In today’s housing market, your best bet is taking the leap when the best opportunity presents itself, and Schaeffer Family Homes has that opportunity ready for you. Today’s the day to lock in your price and make your greatest choice yet.

Schaeffer Family Homes is dedicated to creating stunning, spacious homes with top-notch materials and features that reflect your lifestyle. Not to mention, our team is always ready to go the extra mile to make the entire journey as smooth and worry-free as possible. That being said, we’re on hand at all times to walk you through questions or concerns.

To learn more about how the Schaeffer Family Homes difference can impact your life, please visit our website, or call us at 856-208-5118. We look forward to making your dream home a reality!

               

We are proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are substantially more energy-efficient than homes built to the minimum code requirements. Our ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are independently verified by a third-party Home Energy Rater to ensure they meet ENERGY STAR energy efficiency guidelines. These homes are better for the environment and better for you. Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified new homes at http://www.energystar.gov/

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