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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!

 

Featured Team Member: Meet Gail!

“I would give Gail Hopkins a shout out. She is their warranty representative. If I had any issues, she rectified them very efficiently. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with her in that regard.” – Michelle M.

When you’re looking for the right building team, you need people who aren’t only great at what they do, but also love what they do. At Schaeffer Family Homes, our team loves nothing more than helping homeowners like you find and settle into your dream home in the absolute best neighborhood of South Jersey. This week, we’re excited to introduce you to our incredible Construction Administrator, Gail Hopkins!

There’s so much to love about Gail, but it’s her passion for others and what she does that has made such a positive impact on both our team and our homeowners. With over 20 years of experience working in the new home building industry, Gail has brought an invaluable amount of expertise, dedication, and customer care to her role since she joined our team in 2014, and it shows throughout her work day in and day out.

When it comes to the future of Schaeffer Family Homes, Gail says she’s most excited about the chance to build quality homes that are made to last. In her role, she especially loves the opportunity to assist homeowners with building and caring for their dream homes. It’s no surprise that Gail’s family values extend far beyond her work in the office — when she’s not working with us, she’s spending time with her family and 2-year-old grandson.

We’re so happy and proud to have you on our team, Gail! Thank you for all of the positivity you bring to those around you. For more information on our homes and communities throughout South Jersey, please visit our website or give us a call at 856-208-5118. Gail can’t wait to work with you to help bring your dream home to life!

Builder Spotlight: Meet Jason!

Schaeffer FamilyThere are few things more special than sharing the feeling of home with your family. Between milestones and everyday moments, your home is the safest and most comforting place in the world. Only someone who lives and breathes the value of family knows how to build the homes that families deserve, and we’re proud to say that at Schaeffer Family Homes, that someone is none other than our wonderful leader, Jason Schaeffer.

When he first stepped into his role, the first thing that Jason did was incorporate the word “family” into the company name. “We are truly a family company. My mother still works for the company, as do my brother and wife. We have many employees who have been with us for decades and all of our employees are treated as family.” Best of all, when you buy a home with us, you become a lasting part of this Schaeffer family.

Before purchasing the family business from his mother and father in 2006, Jason worked in construction as a service and warranty manager, a sales manager, and eventually an operations manager for many years, in which he oversaw about 1,000 homes being built. Everything he’s learned about the industry through his past experiences have helped to shape his role today, and we’re grateful for the chance to learn from him every day!

Since the very beginning, Jason has put a significant emphasis on exceptional customer service. The happiness of his homeowners is his number one priority, which all starts with a rewarding building experience. Because GuildQuality provides Schaeffer Family Homes with real market research from homeowners, Jason pays special attention to what you say, so he can ensure that the work he does significantly enhances your life.

Having grown up in Berlin Borough, Jason has always been close to where our headquarters and design center are today. After spending time traveling and working after college, Jason settled into the new home industry and has been here ever since. Jason married his high school sweetheart, moved to beautiful Haddonfield, and lives there now with his wife and three sons.

It’s no surprise that Jason’s love of family and community doesn’t stop when he’s not in the office. In fact, his favorite thing to do in his free time is to enjoy moments with his family, whether that’s going on trips, relaxing at home, or attending his children’s sporting or music events. He also pursues aviation — did you know that Jason is a private pilot? If he weren’t the owner of Schaeffer Family Homes, he’d be flying planes!

When it comes to the heart and soul of your home, there are no better hands to be in than Jason’s. With an unmatched eye for aesthetics, design, and function (fun fact: Jason was given a scholarship to attend the Accademia di Bella Arti in Florence and was a professional sculptor after college), and an immense amount of love and care for his work and his homeowners, Jason is the co-pilot you want on your homebuilding journey.

All of us at Schaeffer Family Homes would love to thank Jason for being the greatest leader and inspiration of all. Our work is a fulfilling adventure each and every day, due in large part to the man that helps to make the magic happen. For more information on our homes and communities throughout South Jersey, please visit our website or give us a call at 856-208-5118. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home!

Featured Spotlight on Our Design Center

There is so much to consider when buying a new home. Once you’ve selected your new home builder (Schaeffer Family Homes, of course!), you still have to choose a community, a model, and a home site. And that’s just the beginning!

The next part, though, is really fun! At our state-of-the-art, 2,000 sq. ft. Design Center, virtually all of the components that make up a home are on display, from light fixtures to roofing samples, faucets to countertops. Every selection, choice, and upgrade is here for you to see, the way it would really look in your new home. This is a “one stop shop”, designed to make the new home selection process as enjoyable and easy as possible.

Not only do you get to take advantage of our award winning Design Center, but you’ll also enjoy the services of our professional design consultant, Christie Redner, who will expertly guide you through personalizing youDesign Center Photosr new home!

She’ll help you answer such questions as: What kind of front door do you want? Do you want a bull-nose landing on your staircase? What color marble should the family room fireplace surround be? Which mantle do you want for the fireplace? What about a home automation system that can provide security, temperature, and lighting control?

At Schaeffer Homes, we never want you to settle. We give you plenty of choices, so you can create the home that’s right for your family – the home you’ve always dreamed of! Learn more here!

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.

Featured Floor Plan: The Winston

A stunning 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom open floor plan, The Winston embodies  Schaeffer Family Homes promise of comfort and warmth for families of all sizes. Built with the highest quality and greatest care, this home is a place that tells the unique story of your family.

Winston Kitchen

When you open the door to The Winston, you’re greeted by a two-story foyer and spectacular turned staircase that glows with natural light from a vast window. Marvel at the beauty of high, vaulted ceilings and enough room for all of the furniture and decor pieces you’ve ever wanted.

You’ll feel the charm of this gorgeous home throughout each room, including a first-floor study, a large living and dining room, and a spacious kitchen that leads to a comfortable family room complete with a rear staircase. Share holiday meals, host friends, and enjoy the simple pleasures of everyday life.

In your large master suite, relax in pure luxury with a private bathroom that offers an incredible soaking tub and separate stall shower. The master also includes a large walk in closet. The ideal place to start your mornings and end your days, your master suite caters to all of your leisure needs.

Beyond the master suite, you will find 3 additional bedrooms that are spacious in size along with another full bath. At over 3,000 sq. ft., The Winston includes plenty of space and can be personalized to be the home of your dreams. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the Winston model. Choose from 3 alternate exterior choices including one that has a front porch that is perfect for morning cups of coffee. If more space is required ask about adding a sunroom off the kitchen or expanding the dining room.

Winston Entrance

If you’re looking for a warm and welcoming place that reflects your style and ensures comfort day in and day out, The Winston is the home for you. And of course, you can rest assured that our team at Schaeffer Family Homes provides the most rewarding and smooth building process, so the moment youstep into your new home feels as sweet as can be.

 

For more information on The Winston, please visit our page, or give us a call at 856-208-5118. We can’t wait to work with you!

Design Trends Making a Comeback

When it comes to interior design, a single trend can be the talk of the town for years and then essentially fall off the planet. Remember avocado-colored furniture and wallpaper borders? Yeah, we don’t want to either… But in 2018, we’re seeing a major comeback happen; you won’t believe the trends that are heating up again with the help of a little modern flare!

In your spacious and comfortable Schaeffer home, your interior design makes you feel just as good as the high-quality structure and building materials that we provide you with. Draw some inspiration from these timeless trends and get ready to give your home a makeover that you’ll love for good!

 

Living Room

You may know all about the “millennial pink” craze that has taken the nation by feminine storm, but did you know that good old fashioned blue and white is making its way back into homes? This classic color scheme gives off a peaceful, somewhat nautical vibe, and is being revamped with modern patterns and textures in living rooms. Once popular in the 90’s, these colors are happy to be making their way in 2018!

living room decorating

If we’re playing music from the 60’s and 70’s on our iPhones, then why can’t design trends from this time make their way back into our modern lives? Believe it or not, Macrame is all the rage — again! Macrame is beautiful, knotted rope that’s designed in creative ways to make hanging planters, wall hangings, and more. Take a trip back to yesteryear and find a spot on your wall for an ode to the best decades of all!

 

Bathroom and Kitchen

If it’s hard to believe that brass is back in style, we don’t blame you! This staple of the 1980’s was in such abundance that homeowners eventually wanted to be as far from it as possible. But now, brass doesn’t signify something common — it’s now a sign of luxury. It’s softer, less harsh and shiny, and inexplicably trendy. Try brass fixtures and accents in your bathroom and kitchen for a sleek, sophisticated look.

Although it seems as though all white or all dark, minimal and modern kitchens are the chic way to go, it’s good to know that kitchen colors are coming back! Just like the 50’s and 60’s, cabinets are sporting colors again, this time with fashionable hu

es like classy navy and elegant hunter green. Get ready for the heat of the kitchen as the greatest room in the house is ready to pop again!

 

Bedroom

You’ve probably thought long and hard about how you want your Schaeffer bedroom to look. If you’re a sucker for light, pretty colors but you’ve been swayed by the ultra-modern color trends of today, we have good news for you: pastels are back! Yes, you heard that right. Light pinks, greens, blues, and oranges are back in style, only this time, they’re understated and calm, giving your space a relaxed, modern vibe that doesn’t feel retro.

“Contemporary wallpaper” may seem like two contradictory terms, but believe it or not, this widely used trend of the past is now coming back into the spotlight! Decorative wallpaper can now be used not just to give color to your walls, but to show your creativity and unique eye for design. Since monotone colors has been in for so long, vibrant modern prints truly highlight your originality. We’re excited about it!

Interior design is a great way to show off your singular style. Just like the physical components of your home, the way it looks and feels on the inside plays a part in how you feel everyday. We love that while some design trends are fun to look back on, others are simply timeless.

When it comes to the inside of your home, get inspired by the design ideas with true staying power — they may make your home as home-y as can be! For more information on our homes and communities in New Jersey, please visit our website, or fill out our contact form. We look forward to working with you!

               

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