Blog Category: Home Buying 101

Home Buying 101: Florida’s Low Interest Rates Mean It’s Time to Buy

Posted On: February 22, 2016 | Categories: News | Home Buying 101
Have you heard about the Federal Reserve’s recent decision to raise short-term interest rates? You may be wondering what this means for mortgage rates and if now is the right time to buy a home. If you’ve been on the fence or unsure about the financial impact of buying a new home, we have good

Why Buy New: Modern Design

Posted On: February 16, 2016 | Categories: Home Buying 101 | Why Buy New
The way we live has changed in recent years, and new homes with open living areas accommodate a modern lifestyle. (Highland Homes' Willow II home plan)You’re always hearing how buying a new home is better than buying an older, resale home. And, you may be wondering just what could be so different?

5 Simple Steps to Make Your Dream Home a Reality

Posted On: February 12, 2016 | Categories: News | Home Buying 101
“Don’t dream your life, live your dreams쳌 — Author UnknownDreaming is a powerful force, and turning your dream into a goal you can achieve is a powerful step towards making your desires a reality. With the right planning, your dream home can become not just a fantasy which exists on your Pinterest

The Highland Homes Difference, From Start to Finish

Posted On: January 29, 2016 | Categories: General Info | Home Buying 101 | Why Buy New
The dream of home ownership is one that many have, and deciding to build your new home can be both an exciting and daunting start on the journey to realizing that dream. We know how difficult it can be to navigate the home building process, which is why we’re here to help explain the positive

Why Buy New — Health and Safety

Posted On: January 17, 2016 | Categories: News | Home Buying 101 | Why Buy New
When looking for a Florida home, similar to buying a car, you have two main options — new or used. In reviewing your options it’s not just about features or design, but also what may lie out of sight. If only houses had a check engine light to help make us aware of potential issues!Today, we’d like

How Does the Federal Reserve Rate Hike Affect Florida Home Buyers?

Posted On: December 21, 2015 | Categories: News | General Info | Home Buying 101
Last week, the Federal Reserve announced its decision to raise short-term interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. And, if you are buying a home in Florida, you may wonder what this means for your mortgage rate.The good news is, in the short term, this Federal Reserve rate hike should

Home Buying 101: What is TRID?

Posted On: November 13, 2015 | Categories: News | Home Buying 101
You may have recently heard your lender or a local newscaster use the term TRID. Since this term is also known as the “Know Before You Owe쳌 rule, we thought you might want to start out by knowing what TRID is!TRID, aka the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, aka the Know Before You Owe rule, is a

Buying Still More Affordable than Renting in Florida

Posted On: September 29, 2015 | Categories: News | General Info | Home Buying 101
When it comes to deciding whether it’s better to rent or buy a home in Florida, there are multiple considerations to make. However, on the financial side, recent research shows that buying a home is still more affordable than renting - even for the Millennial generation.According to the Bloomberg

Home Buying 101 - Crash Course in Mortgage Terminology

Posted On: September 21, 2015 | Categories: News | Home Buying 101
Do the terms equity, escrow and APR sound like a foreign dialect? We don’t want you to be confused about any of the mortgage terms you hear when buying your new home in Florida, so with a little help from Shelter Mortgage and Home Solution Lenders, Inc., we’ve put together a handy mortgage glossary

The American Dream Home: Millennial Edition

Posted On: September 8, 2015 | Categories: News | Home Buying 101
Things are finally looking up for Millennials. It wasn’t long ago that the financial crisis of 2008, and subsequent housing crash and recession, brought a string of unfortunately-timed occurrences for a generation looking to establish themselves in the workforce. Because of this, economists have