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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!

 

Tips For Staging Your Home to Sell

Moving into a brand new Schaeffer Family home that’s built just for you is one of the most exciting times of your life. But

Effective staging isn’t just for show — in fact, staging your home the right way will ensure that you maximize its sales price. Take a look at a few of our favorite tips and tricks when it comes to the art of staging:

Declutter: First and foremost, it’s crucial to go through every single room in the home to clean up the “clutter zones,” or areas rife with old keepsakes. Either pack or discard of everything to make the space feel open and inviting.

Decide on Furniture: When it comes to the furniture in your home, it’s essential to make a final decision on what should stay and what should go. Always make sure to keep color, style, and function in mind to make the most confident and informed choice, and really see your home through a buyer’s eyes.

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Accessorize: Decorate with accessories to make your home look its absolute best both in person and in pictures. The vast majority of potential buyers see your home in photos online before they see it in person, so everything you do in your home should be about that crucial first impression.

Stand Out: Make your home appear unique with just a few fun touch-ups. Change the color of your front door to something like red or robin’s egg to stand apart in a neighborhood or hang multiple mirrors on the walls to create a wide open feel.

Keep it Simple: Last but not least, make sure that your home doesn’t appear too personalized, so a buyer can envision making it their very own.

Because a buyer’s first impression could make or break a decision, it’s important to stage your home the right way. When you understand where the eye goes first, as well as what’s pleasant and positive, and what needs a change, you can make the best adjustments to not only impress buyers, but win them over.

When you’re ready to start your new adventure in a Schaeffer Family home in New Jersey, our whole team is right behind you. With the right staging technique, you’ll be well on your way to your dream lifestyle in no time. We can’t wait to work with you to get you moved into a Schaeffer Family Homes community!

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.

Creating a Relaxing and Beautiful Master Suite

Everyone loves to visit model homes, getting to experience a perfectly designed home that you can only dream of! (Who hasn’t envisioned having a luxurious spa bathroom?) While living in a professionally decorated home may not be in your budget, you can use some designer “tricks of the trade” to create memorable spaces for yourself and your family.

To begin with:

  • Timeless design will adapt to a growing family. Beware of anything that’s too trendy.
  • Choose classic finishes and colors for anything permanent (i.e. flooring, wall paneling).
  • Make a statement with furnishings, art, and accessories.

Regardless of its design, your home should reflect you! Especially in the “personal” spaces like the bedrooms. Next to the family room, the master suite is probably the most common family hub. Kids, pets, laundry, toys, stacks of books, art projects… everything winds up here at some point. Yet this space should be your oasis, a sanctuary that is beautiful and practical. Here are some tips for creating an enticing master suite.

  • Look at your basics. How old is your mattress? Your pillows? Your sheets? If you can’t remember, it’s time to replace them. You deserve a good mattress, comfortable pillows and quality bedding.
  • Color theory. The colors you choose matter. Serene hues, like pale blues, greens, lavenders and greys, are soothing. Classic black and white never goes out of style, and is easy to switch around. Browns are warm and comforting.
  • Accessorize. Once you have a color palette and the basics, choose accessories that are useful and relaxing. Good lighting – overhead fixtures and lamps – is practical and decorative. A chaise longue or reclining chair is perfect for creating a cozy reading nook or cuddle corner. If you must have a TV in the bedroom, make it as unobtrusive as possible.
  • Indulge yourself. This is your personal space, so feel free to be whimsical… intense accent colors, animal prints, playful patterns, inspiration from hobbies, travel or a special location. Go for an upholstered headboard in a luxurious fabric or a dramatic wallpaper that feels decadent. It’s your space, make it special.  
  • Organization is key. Once the hectic pace of life takes over, you’ll be so grateful that your closet is organized, the dresser is neat, and everything has a place. It requires some discipline, but hanging clothes up and putting things away will make you feel less stressed.  
  • The spa bath. The bathroom is a greatway to give yourself a little luxury. Organic materials like marble or granite add a sense of grounded sophistication, while good quality accessories and fixtures can make your master bath feel like it’s in a 4-star hotel. Match your towels to the colors you chose for the bedrooms so there is a sense of continuity.

At Schaeffer Family Homes, we design our master suites to be spacious and comfortable – the perfect base for you to create a space that’s all your own. Learn more at SchaefferHomes.com or call us at 856-208-5118.

               

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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