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Featured Employee: Meet Ashley!

From the moment we first meet to the moment we hand over your keys, our team works hard to ensure that your home building journey is as enjoyable as can be. At Schaeffer Family Homes, we’ve done away with the idea that buying a new home means months of stress; instead, we’ve turned the process into something fun.

 

We believe that the beginning sets the tone for the rest of the way — which is why we’re so happy to have Ashley Fortunato as one of the first people you’ll interact with! As one of our sales specialists, Ashley’s positivity shines through in everything she does, and we can’t wait for you to experience her incredible energy.

 

Anyone who’s ever met Ashley can instantly sense her kind, caring heart, so it comes as no surprise that prior to joining the Schaeffer family, Ashley worked as a medical assistant as well as a coordinator for a non-profit that helps illness/injury patients coordinate fundraisers. With a lifelong passion for helping others, there’s no one who embodies our mission better than Ashley.

 

When it comes to her role, Ashley says that she’s most grateful for the supportive work environment that inspires her every day. “Everyone that works for Schaeffer really loves their job, and therefore, goes above and beyond for customers,” Ashley says. “It’s exciting to be part of a family-owned business where you’re able to get to know your customers and help them build their dream homes!”

 

Before coming into work every morning, Ashley particularly looks forward to learning something new. Whether it be something about the homebuilding process or products on the market (or advice from a colleague!), Ashley is always open to new knowledge and experiences so she can continue to provide the best service possible.

 

Outside of the office, Ashley is most likely hanging out with her friends and family, and exploring the diverse food scene in Philadelphia. She also loves to spend quality time with her two beautiful rescue dogs, and fosters dogs whenever she can (see, we told you she has a huge heart!)

 

All of us at Schaeffer Family Homes want to thank Ashley for everything she does for our team and our homeowners! For more information on our homes and communities throughout South Jersey, please give us a call at 856-208-5118. We love working with Ashley, and we know you will too!

Buying Your First Home: Here’s What You Need to Know

You’ve heard there’s no place like home, but the truth is, there’s no place like your first home. Think about it: you’ve just made your biggest financial (and most emotional) decision yet, you’re finally switching from renting to owning, and most importantly, you’re taking a giant step toward the rest of your life… It turns out that your first home really is the most special place in the world.

 

If you’re thinking of buying a new home or are about to start the process, you’ve probably read up on mortgages, compared new homes vs resale, etc. But do you know what to bring to builder meetings? How about current promotions? Some things get overshadowed by the “big points,” but at Schaeffer Family Homes, we believe the little details matter… So we put together everything you won’t find in a simple internet search:

1) Your First Home is Less Overwhelming

We’re not saying that buying a home isn’t stressful, but the entire process with your first home is typically less overwhelming than with your next. Your first time buying a home, you’re probably not as concerned with getting all of the features and finishes absolutely perfect — but more so just excited and focused on owning your own space in a location that makes you happy.

 

Pro top: Enjoy every minute of the ride, even the lengthy parts, because it’s all worth it in the end.

2) You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Do you believe you can’t afford a home you truly love? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. But that’s why we’re here to tell you that you might be able to afford so much more than you think. In fact, you might even up paying less for your mortgage than for your current rent… in a much better space that you own.

 

Pro tip: You can get a preapproval even while you’re still renting! Go check out where you stand (you might be amazed).

 

 

3) “Sooner Rather Than Later” is Your Mantra

When it comes to home ownership, there’s no better time than right now. (Guess all of those “seize the moment” quotes were right…) Of course, with interest rates at a current low point, buying your first home sooner rather than later means you can stop throwing money away (and by that, we mean renting), and start owning something that gives you so much back in return.

 

Pro tip: Just take the leap! You’ll be glad you did.

 

 4) Don’t Give Up Your Favorite Things

Of course, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but when it comes to your first home, what’s on the outside matters a whole lot too. Your new home’s location is going to make a difference when it comes to your job and your social life, so make sure to consider convenience — how close are you to stores, restaurants, and bars? How long will it take you to get to work?

 

Pro tip: It’s okay to experience lifestyle changes (i.e. driving to work for the first time instead of walking), but don’t overlook the certain things you favor the most.

 

5) Listen To Your Parents

You might be wondering why we’re giving you childhood advice in a blog about owning a home, but hear us out. Bringing someone who knows and loves you (and who you trust) to your builder meetings will help you see things clearly. Whether a parent, a sibling, or another important figure in your life, having someone else’s opinion that you value can make a world of difference.

 

Pro tip: It’s always okay to sit back, take a deep breath, and consider a new perspective.

 6) Ask Questions

If you’ve ever been told to “ask a lot of questions,” now you finally have a good reason to. We are here to help you throughout this entire process and want to make sure that you are absolutely clear about every detail of building your new home!

 

Pro tip: You’re the buyer! Don’t be afraid to ask!

 

Last but not least, we want you to know that this whole process is going to be emotional. Your home is a big deal (the biggest deal, actually), so you’re going to feel a lot of different emotions. But even if you’re doubting everything you’re going through, remember that owning your first home is a feat that should make you proud.

 

Building your vision from the ground up is so much more than just a process. It’s one of the most special things you can do. Looking to buy your new home in South Jersey? Contact Schaeffer Family Homes at 856-208-5118 to make your first home buying process a breeze!

 

Say Hello To Our Jump-Start Phoenix Home!

Grab your sunglasses, your flip flops, and your favorite chilly drink — it’s summertime and the moving’s easy! Do you have fond memories of backyard BBQs and front-porch hangouts under the night sky? Schaeffer Family Homes is excited to introduce you to a jump-start home that’s just as cozy as the heart of summer…

Say hello to our Phoenix Model, located at 111 Shive Place, Burlington Twp, NJ 08016, a 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home with 2,120 total square feet of wide-open space to personalize however you wish.

Past a grand, full front porch with stone columns, you’ll be able to walk inside and feel the difference in a living space that loves you right back… from the oversized kitchen with a large center island to the expanded master bedroom to the full basement that leads out onto a half-acre yard, life here really will be as sweet as can be.

If you don’t want to wait longer for your new home to be built, we don’t blame you. We understand that everyone has their own unique timeline when it comes to their new home, and your personal preferences should always come first. With our jump-start home, you can have it all sooner — because that’s how it should be.

Best of all, we’re now offering a special summer incentive as our way of saying thank you for choosing us to bring your dream home to life. If you purchase this jump-start home between now and the end of July, you’ll receive $5,000 to put toward your choice of interior finishes in our design center!*

For details or to schedule an appointment to discuss this contemporary and comfortable home priced at $391,900, please contact 856-208-5119 or general.info@schafferhomes.com. We can’t wait to meet you! Happy summer!

*Must use Oak Mortgage or Full Cash Purchase to receive incentive. Only available for Non-Contingent Purchase Agreement signed by 7/30/19.

Curb Appeal: Preparing Your Home To Sell

When it comes to selling your old home, there’s nothing like a first impression — which means your exterior should be in its been shape ever. When potential homeowners come to visit, it’s important they experience that “special feeling” from the get-go… a beautiful, clean, and depersonalized space can make the magic happen.

 

From your lawn to your flowers to your gutters, there are so many easy ways to make your outdoor space as appealing as your home’s interior. If you’re unsure where to start, don’t worry! When you work with Schaeffer Family Homes, we’re right behind you to ensure that you stage your home effectively, and feel confident and secure with every decision.

 

Are you ready to beautify your old home’s exterior so you can settle into your new Schaeffer home? We’re ready too! Take a look at a few of our favorite tips to enhance your curb appeal, win homeowners over, and sell your old home faster than ever:

Lawn: This may go without saying, but caring for your lawn should be one of your biggest (and first) priorities. From mowing the grass to raking leaves to pulling weeds, “grooming” this part of your yard ensures a clean, dignified aura that potential homeowners can feel immediately. The grass is greenest in your own front yard!

 

Real Estate Signage: There’s almost nothing more noticeable than that “For Sale” sign in your front yard. Of course, potential homeowners are going to see this sign and make instinctive judgments about how both you and your realtor view your home, so make sure the sign is appealing, clean, and represents you well!

 

Flowers: What says springtime better than vibrant, colorful flowers? Adding pops of color to your exterior, whether on your porch, on the sides of your walkway, or around your mailbox, creates a sense of warmth and liveliness. In the spring, flowers like yellow daffodils, pink peonies, and white tulips bloom beautifully.

 

Driveway: After years of use, your driveway naturally loses its original spark… The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get it into tip-top shape — pressure washing your driveway will make it look as good as new without breaking your wallet. When homeowners walk up to your home, they’ll get squeaky clean vibes!

Mailbox: Your mailbox may be one of your favorite staples, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t use a little work. Touch up the post with a fresh coat of paint (you could even repaint your front door with a matching color). All in all, make sure that it looks clean and fresh, and if it’s too worn down, there’s no harm in getting rid of it.

 

Roof and Gutters: As much as it may feel like a chore, cleaning your roof and gutters will make a world of difference to someone who’s seeing your home for the first time. This means clearing out any branches and debris, reattaching loose gutters, and even replacing the roof if it’s completely necessary.

 

Photography: Today, about 88 percent of homebuyers start their process online, which means aesthetically pleasing photography puts you at an advantage. Once you’

ve spruced up your outdoor space, enlist the help of a skilled photographer to snap some “glamour shots” that will entice homeowners to come see the real thing!

 

At Schaeffer Family Homes, our team ensures that your road to move-in day is just as smooth and enjoyable as you deserve. When you stage your home the right way, potential homeowners will be able to envision making it their own — which puts you one step further to settling into your brand new Schaeffer home!

Come see our Featured Floor Plan… The Willow!

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Schaeffer Family Homes invites you to come see the gorgeous brand new Willow model that is available at 1317 Spruce Street in Voorhees! We will be hosting an Open House for this Move- In Ready Home on December 30th from 12 to 4pm.

This spacious two-story residence features 2,846 square feet of living space, with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a 1-car front-entry garage. It has an open floor plan with a combined great room/kitchen. The kitchen includes granite countertops, beautiful cabinetry, a butler’s pantry, and a large island. You’ll also find a formal dining room, a convenient mudroom with drop zone and built-in bench, and a gas fireplace in the great room.

The second floor master bedroom suite features dual walk-in closets, and a deluxe bathroom with double vanity and walk-in shower. There are three additional bedrooms, an additional bathroom, and the laundry room.

Dining Room

The Willow also has an optional third floor bonus room, which you can see in this home. There is a welcoming front porch, and upgraded flooring throughout the home, too. It is priced at $349,900.

This lovely home is located in a desirable school district, in close proximity to 295 and Philadelphia. For more information about this home or any others, call us at 856-208-5118 or visit SchaefferHomes.com.

The Schaeffer Family is dedicated to the mission of providing families in New Jersey with quality built affordably priced new homes for over 60 years. Visit SchaefferFamilyHomes.com or call 856-208-5118 for more information. 

Now Is the Time To Make Your Move!

As of April 1st, 2017, Schaeffer Family Homes will be taking a $4,000 price increase across the board on all our models in our communities, spot lots, and on your own lot. The reason is due to an increase in the cost of lumber. According to Eye on Housing, lumber costs have remained pretty steady since 2014. The price of lumber, from framing to structural panels has increased up to 30 percent in recent weeks.

Since this cost is something we can not avoid, our prices in turn have to go up. We wanted to make our customers aware so they can lock in the lower pricing NOW! How can you do this? Sign an agreement of sale by 4/15/17 and we will honor our lower pricing. This saves you $4,000. We will also take contingencies and lock in the pricing for up to 60 days. Call Alexis at 856-208-5118 or by email at Alexis@SchaefferHomes.com for more information or to ask any questions. If you have been on the fence, now is the time to make your move! We hope to see you at one of our models or communities soon!

The Schaeffer Family has been dedicated to the mission of providing families in New Jersey with quality built, affordably priced new homes for over 60 years. Visit www.schaefferhomes.com or call 856-208-5118 for more information.

Final Opportunities to build a NEW home in Cape May Court House!

The Essex Model

Hawk’s Landing is located just minutes away from the Jersey Shore. This community offers home buyers the luxury estate living while being just 45 minutes from the exciting night life of Atlantic City. Conveniently located near Route 9 and the Garden State Parkway, Hawk’s Landing is located at the end of Brooks Avenue. The quiet road is home to many beautiful communities and custom homes. Its peaceful and lush wooded setting make it the perfect place to call home.

We have just one homesite remaining in this community. 2 Hawk’s Landing is a spacious corner homesite. It boasts views of the picturesque Sand Barrens Golf Course. Any of our models will fit here. Choose one of our ranch style homes like our Roanoke or Newport or build a larger two story home such as the Essex, Phoenix Model, or Winston. Our homes are backed by numerous warranties adding to your peace of mind. Personalize your brand new home at Schaeffer Family Home’s Design Center located in West Berlin, NJ.  We estimate 8 -9 months for delivery of your brand new home.

If you miss out on the last remaining homesite on Hawks Landing, there are a few opportunities on Fish Hawk Lane which is the street right before Hawk’s Landing. Customers can purchase any of these lots and build one of our models through the Build on Your Lot Program. Call us to learn more about building your new home in desirable Cape May County. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Schaffer Family has been dedicated to the mission of providing families in New Jersey with quality built, affordably priced new homes for over 60 years. Visit www.schaefferhomes.com or call 856-208-5118 for more information.

 

Happy New Year From Schaeffer Family Homes!

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All of us at Schaeffer Family Homes would like to wish you a safe, happy, and healthy New Year! We enjoyed welcoming many new families into their new homes in 2016 and look forward to the next year ahead. Our models and sales centers will be closed December 31st and January 1st in observance of the holiday. As always, feel free to call Alexis at 856-208-5118 for more information or to book an upcoming appointment to learn more.

This past year we introduced 3 new models including The Willow, The Jaxon I, and The Blake. We look forward to building these homes throughout South Jersey.  Be on the lookout for spot lots in the Camden County area as well. We are excited for another great year. Thank you to all our customers and homeowners. Happy Holidays!

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The Willow

 

Schaeffer Family Homes is dedicated to the mission of providing families in New Jersey with quality built, affordably priced new homes for over 60 years. Visit www.Schaefferhomes.com or Call 856-208-5118 for more information.

               

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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