Mortgage Rates Drop Again

Now is the perfect time to shop for new homes in NJ. Mortgage rates have dropped to a new all-time low. Your dream home will be more affordable than ever with today’s great deals.

Rates on 30-year mortgages are averaging around 3%, with some dipping below that mark. Rates on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages are even lower, averaging 2.72% in early August.

Mortgage rates fluctuate day to day, but overall are hovering at historic lows. People with high credit scores and substantial down payments can qualify for the best rates.

Are you in the market for a new home this year? Our “Build On Your Lot” program enables you to build any of our floorplans throughout the South Jersey area, whether you own a homesite or not. We have an in-house Land Acquisition Specialist that can assist you in finding a piece of land to build on from Cape May County up to Burlington County.

We offer a wide variety of floorplans for you to choose from to build your dream home. All of our floorplans feature different exterior elevation options and structural options for you to choose from. You will also have the opportunity to pick out every interior and exterior design selection to personalize your home to be your own.

The Phoenix floor plan is a split-level starting with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths in a 1,948 square foot design. Three exterior elevations are available in combinations of siding, brick and stone. Each elevation of this two-story plan has a covered front porch and front gables that create great curb appeal.

Inside, the Phoenix is designed for today’s casual family living. The spacious foyer is flanked by a dining room on one side and the powder room and laundry room on the other. The entrance hall leads straight to the family room, which is open to the breakfast nook and kitchen. A private owner’s suite is on a separate level from the main living areas and upper bedrooms. Alternate layouts and options for customization are available.

Let us help you find a homesite in Camden County, Burlington County, Cape May County, Atlantic County or Gloucester County. We have homesites available ranging from half an acre to just over five acres. If you dream of living at the beach, we can build your new home at the Jersey Shore in Atlantic County or Cape May County.

Live chat with our New Home Specialist Krista, call 856-208-5118 or email general.info@schaefferhomes to schedule a virtual appointment or in-person visit to our model home and design Center in Cherry Hill NJ.

Tips for Relocating From Philadelphia

Are you looking for a new home builder in NJ to help you relocate from Philadelphia? If so, Schaeffer Family Homes can make your transition to the suburbs a great experience.

Life in the South Jersey suburbs offers many benefits:

  • The region is home to some of the top-rated public schools in the country. US News ranked New Jersey #2 on their list of best states for education.
  • The suburbs have lower crime rates than the city. With increased safety comes better quality of life for you and your family.
  • Less traffic means shorter and more pleasant drives to your destination, whether you’re going to work or heading out for a day of shopping.
  • Our communities offer an easy commute into Philadelphia. Carriage Mews in Berlin Borough is a 10 minute drive to the PATCO train station and a 30-minute train ride in. If you drive the full way, it only takes 30 minutes during normal hours and 40-45 minutes during rush hour.
  • You’ll have more space inside your home. Our open-concept designs provide generous living space plus additional rooms for privacy.
  • Bigger back yards mean more room to relax, play or garden in the fresh air. The suburbs offer a higher quality of life for your four-legged family members, too!

Schaeffer Family Homes can build your dream home in one of our communities or anywhere in South Jersey. Our newest community, Carriage Mews, is located in Berlin Borough. We offer seven spacious floor plans to choose from in Carriage Mews. These one or two story homes are customizable inside and out. Carriage Mews offers true suburban living in a brand new home designed and built just for you!

Our Ellis floor plan is 2,161 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Choose from two front elevations with numerous color schemes to customize the exterior of your home. Inside, you can add a sunroom off the kitchen, add a fireplace to the family room or a bay window in the living room, plus many more available options. Base price for Ellis floor plan homes is $368,900.

Get started now to purchase your new home in Carriage Mews while interest rates are low! Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to start planning your new home with a leading new home builder in NJ.

 

Floor Plan Profile: The Winston

If you’re looking for new homes in Berlin Borough NJ, consider a customized home built on our Winston floor plan. At a spacious 3,100 square feet, the Winston is a traditional style two-story home with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths.

The elegant two story foyer is flanked by a private study and a formal living room. The living room opens to the formal dining room, allowing for a smooth flow when entertaining. More casual space is located at the back of the house with an open-concept kitchen, dining area and family room. The option to add a sliding glass door provides easy access to the back yard. Two staircases make getting around the house a breeze.

On the second floor, a spacious carpeted master bedroom features a sitting area and a large private master bathroom. Three additional bedrooms and a second full bath complete the layout.

Using the My Home app on our website, you can customize the Winston floor plan home. Add options to create your ideal home. First floor options include an expanded dining room, additional windows in the family room and living room, a fireplace in the family room, a sunroom off the kitchen and more. On the second floor, upgrade your home with a Jack and Jill bath or a double sink in the hall bath or master bath.

Once you’ve customized the floor plan, the app will move on to exterior choices. Select from three elevations and pick a palette of coordinating colors to bring the home to life.

Finally, you’ll select a homesite from our sitemap. We currently have homesites available in Carriage Mews in Berlin Borough NJ, or we can build a Winston for you through our “Build On Your Lot” program in South Jersey. With all steps completed, you can print or e-mail yourself a brochure of your home to save your selections.

You can also build your dream Winston on a 1+ acre homesite we have available in Southampton NJ. The Winston at 6 Angels Court in Southampton starts at $499,900. It includes the Schaeffer Family Homes Signature Package with a side-entry garage and unfinished basement. Personalize your floor plan and choose your design finishes in this spacious two-story home. Buy now while interest rates are at a historic low!

Live chat with our New Home Specialist Krista or call 856-208-5118 or email general.info@schaefferhomes to find out more about our brand new homes in Berlin Borough NJ.

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!

Try Our Interactive Home Design App

Now you can find homesites and plans for new homes in Berlin Borough NJ from the comfort of your own home. With our new interactive home design app, you can choose your homesite, floor plan, exterior design and colors and even add customized options like fireplaces and bathroom luxury choices.

Start by choosing from our available homesites and communities on an interactive map of our South Jersey building area. There’s also an option to click if you already own your lot homesite.

Next, you’ll be shown an array of home elevations available for that lot. We have a variety of one and two story layouts in styles such as Traditional, Federal, Craftsman and Victorian to choose from.

Click on the house you like best and you can customize your floor plan or take a virtual tour to see how the home will look in 3D.

To customize your floor plan, simply select from a list of available luxury choices. Click on a luxury choice and it will be added to the floor plan on your screen. Sample luxury choices include a gas fireplace in the family room and a double bowl sink in the master bath. Prices for luxury choices and floor plans are clearly displayed each step of the way.

After you’ve completed your floor plan, it’s time to choose the exterior color scheme of your new home. You can choose one of our preselected color combinations or create your own palette from the color choices. Try out several combinations onscreen to choose the one that best expresses your own style.

Now it’s time to put it all together in your customized new home brochure. You can print it out and bring it with you to your first appointment with us. You can even share it with your friends and family to show them what your new house will look like. The brochure will show a color rendering of your home, an illustration of color scheme details, a map of your homesite location with address, and your detailed customized floor plan.

Try our new interactive home design app here. Keep in mind that the app and brochure are for illustration purposes only. Plans, details and pricing will need to be finalized with Schaeffer Family Homes.

Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to learn more about our new homes in Berlin Borough NJ.

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 Holiday Handbook: Surviving the Hustle and Bustle This Holiday Season

The Holiday Handbook: Your Guide to Surviving the Hustle and Bustle This Holiday Season

Pucker up! We are under the mistletoe that is the holiday season. Year after year, Thanksgiving comes and goes in a flash, and before you know it, you’re left scrambling for last minute gifts for your family and friends. Overall, most people would agree that the holiday season is wonderful – people seem happier, tasty treats are always in abundance, and we typically get to enjoy more time with our loved ones. But with the hustle and bustle of seasonal parties and gift shopping, how can we maintain a healthy balance in our lives this holiday season?

 

Decorate your home into a winter wonderland!

Being a homeowner offers you the privilege of decorating however your little heart desires. Maybe you’re a master decorator… or maybe it’s just not your cup of tea? Either way, step out of your comfort zone this season with some fun wreaths, lights and garland! Even if you only put up a few adornments in your home, they’ll brighten your spirits throughout this holiday season (and your guests will love them, too!).

 

Ditch the idea of last-minute shopping!

We all know procrastination can be hard to overcome but pushing off your gift shopping will only make life more difficult. When it comes to finding gifts for your loved ones, plan out what you’ll give to each person with lists. Decide when and where you will buy your gifts. Are you going to order them online? Will you stop at the store during your lunch break? Write everything down on your list and stick to your plan! Don’t forget to schedule out some time to wrap those gifts, too!

 

Strategically plan out work and home schedules

Time tends to slip by quicker than ever during the holidays. Whether you use your phone or a calendar, keep your schedule up-to-date, and consider blocking out times for daily or weekly tasks like grocery shopping, cleaning and doing laundry. If you have a desk job, make sure you are prioritizing and maximizing your workdays in the office. The holidays can be demanding of your schedule and life still carries on in the meantime… it’s important to capitalize on your time spent at home and in the office to end the year on a great note!

 

Don’t completely abandon healthy eating habits.

The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without gingerbread men, delicious pies and grandiose meals! Those holiday dinners and lunches, fresh baked goods and seasonal sweets are awesome – in moderation. Sure, go ahead and eat that sugar cookie! You deserve it! But when January rolls around, keep in mind that you may regret eating every treat that comes your way.

 

Schedule time to work out.

Chances are you’ll be running errands more often during the holiday season, but it’s still important to maintain your physical and mental health! Try to find time to get to the gym or attend a yoga or spin class. If your schedules jam-packed, find alternative ways to stay active! Take the stairs. Walk to the store. Take the family or a friend to go ice skating. There’s always some way to fit exercise into your day! It will help keep your mind clear and your body feeling energized.

 

Set an “end of the year” goal.

Whether it’s for work, your family or yourself, set a goal to reach by the end of December! Make it challenging, yet achievable! Keep the goal positive and fun – not something that will feel like a “punishment” to reach. If you meet that goal, treat yourself in the New Year. It will give you something to work toward and look forward to when the holidays are finally over.

 

Give back!

Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit more than helping others and giving back in any way that you can. Whether you make a monetary donation or volunteer your time, any contribution toward helping others can make a big difference!

If you’re interested in giving back but aren’t sure how, Schaeffer Family Homes would like to invite you to donate to The Wyatt Strong Foundation’s 2nd Annual Toy Drive. This foundation is particularly dear to our hearts, as all the donations are made in remembrance of Wyatt Hopkins, our Construction Administrator, Gail Hopkins’ grandson. All donations will be hand-delivered to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Tennesse by Wyatt’s parents and little brother. For more information about what to donate and how, visit this link: https://www.stjude.org/treatment/services/clinics-and-services/child-life/provide-a-special-event-at-the-hospital/contribute-supplies.html

We also welcome you to schedule a time to drop your items off to our Design Center in West Berlin, NJ. Please contact us here: 856-208-5118 or general.info@schaefferhomes.com to schedule a time to drop your donation off!

DEADLINE FOR DONATION DROP-OFF: Friday, 12/13 by 5pm.

Relax and have fun!

Get festive with an ugly sweater party at your new Schaeffer Home! Or cuddle up on the couch and watch that holiday movie you’ve been longing to see. Even though this season is about making memories with loved ones and giving back to others – you can’t forget to give back to yourself!

 

Maintaining a healthy balance during the holiday season can be so much easier when you stay organized, focused and mindful. Don’t procrastinate! Stay on top of your schedules and to-do lists. Decorate your house with snowmen, lights and trinkets! Create fun and rewarding “end-of-year” goals. Be kind and give back whenever possible! Have a blast with your loved ones and take some time for yourself. On behalf of our team at Schaeffer Family Homes, we hope you have an amazing holiday season. Let’s end this decade with a bang!

 

 

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.

               

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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