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CNN News Report: Buying Beats Renting

CNN and Zillow report in the article “Buying beats renting in most U.S. cities” why home ownership is a much better value than renting–in almost every city across the nation. If you are debating whether to keep renting or make the investment into equity in your own home–this article is a must read, here are some of the key points made in the story:

New Model Sneak Peek: Encore at the Preserve

The new Morgan model is set to grand open on August 18th in the beautiful and stately neighborhood, Encore at the Preserve. Twenty-seven acres of preserved woodlands surround these elegant, secluded new homes in Harrisburg filled with designer features and amenities. Click here for directions.

Last Chance: Walden Releases Final Four McKinley Townhomes Facing TerraPark

Walden, the most desirable and fastest selling neighborhood in Central PA, has released the final four McKinley townhomes facing the expansive neighborhood green space and Terrapark. These are the final greenspace facing McKinley townhomes available in Walden–offering panoramic views of the wide open spaces, tree lined walking trails, and the only all-natural playground of its kind on the West Shore–the TerraPark.

Home Prices Have Hit Bottom: Now’s the Time to Buy!

Need another reason why now is the time to purchase your new home? Let’s add one more to our existing list… 1. Rent is steadily climbing year over year 2. Local economy is improving 3. Mortgage rates are historically low 4. There is a $6,000 closing cost assistance loan available for all new construction in PA

Proud to be the Local Sponsor of HGTV’s Design Star!

Tonight is the grand reveal of the next Design Star on HGTV. The hit reality TV show gives designer hopefuls the chance to display their talents through a series of design challenges judged by some of the most successful HGTV design show hosts–with the grand prize of HGTV producing their own design show.

New Beats Used Again: Up to $6,000 Towards Closing Costs of Your New Home!

PHFA Announces New Closing-Cost Assistance Loan For Buyers of New Homes If the already low mortgage rates, steadily climbing rent costs, and improving local economy weren’t enough to convince you now is the time to buy a new home–we’ve got the latest offer from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency that will make taking the step towards buying your new home simply irresistible.

You’re Invited! Welcome Sophia’s to The Shops at Walden!

One of the West Shore’s favorite restaurants is coming to Walden! Join us for a celebration to welcome Sophia’s to The Shops at Walden, and discover the fantastic businesses already open, or opening soon. Posh Salon and Spa ABSolute Pilates Food, Fun, and Excitement will be served up at this grand celebration!

Windsor Meadows: Final Phase!

Windsor Meadows boasts some of the most beautiful rolling countryside views in all of York County. Close proximity to local shopping areas, dining, and major highways–the location provides convenient commutes and easy errands. And, with the final phase of the of this popular neighborhood selling now, it is your final chance to take advantage of this beautiful neighborhood!

Announcing The Bennett: First Floor Master Floorplan Released at Walden!

You asked–we listened! Announcing the release of the newest first floor master bedroom floorplan at Walden. Last weekend at the Grand Opening celebration of our two new models at Walden and Walden Crossroads, a popular request was for first floor living floorplans in Walden. Well–we heard you and listened, and are happy to announce the release of the Bennett floorplan.

Rent on the rise–it’s time to buy!

Have your rent payments been climbing steadily over the past year? You aren’t alone. According to Trulia, rent payments have increased 5.4% over the past year (ending June 30), while mortgage rates are hitting all time lows. These two factors combined creates the perfect scenario to move out of steadily climbing rent payments and into a new home with predictable mortgage payments and the ability to grow home equity.

Deer Run Commons: New Photos and Neighborhood Updates

See what’s new with one of the most charming village and town home neighborhoods in Derry Township: Nestled in the rolling green landscapes of Derry Township you’ll find Deer Run Commons–an inviting neighborhood of town homes and village homes privately tucked away, yet moments from Hershey attractions, amenities, and Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Final Chance: Only One Home Remains at Versant at Pinehurst!

It’s your last chance to work less and play more at Versant at Pinehurst. The final carriage home at Versant at Pinehurst is set for groundbreaking –and it could be yours! This is the last home to be built in the charming community of Versant at Pinehurst –where low maintenance yards and smart floorplans mean less housework and more time spent enjoying your home and spaces around it.

Fourth of July Decor Ideas: DIY Backyard Style

We share Good Housekeeping’s best DIY decor for your Fourth of July backyard celebrations. As the weather warms up and backyard grills become the most favored way to prepare meals–you know Fourth of July is around the corner. We’ve put together a few of our favorite decor and festive food suggestions from Good Housekeeping’s list of party decor.

Top 5 Reasons Homeowners Chose Grandview, Manhiem Township

Construction has started at one of the most anticipated neighborhoods in Lancaster County–Grandview in Manheim Township! This Great American Neighborhood™ features the best of the old and the best of the new, creating the perfect intersection of a new home with an established neighborhood feel.

Walden and Walden Crossroads: Model Openings and Paint Colors

The Two Newest Models at Walden and Walden Crossroads Open This Weekend–and we have the inside scoop on interior colors and design! Mark your calendar this weekend for the double grand opening celebration at Walden and Walden Crossroads–2 models mean twice the fun! When: This Weekend, Saturday and Sunday (1:00-4:00 pm)

Parade of Homes: Opening Weekend Highlights

Highlights from the Parade of Homes Opening Weekend and Awards Gala Charter Homes had the honor to be recognized at the 2012 Parade of Homes Awards Gala on Friday evening, where the area’s home builders gathered to share a meal and show support to industry players as the awards were announced.

Parade of Homes Starts This Saturday–June 16th

Stop by Bishop Woods and Heritage Strasburg During the Parade of Homes! In case you’ve forgot–the 2012 Lancaster Parade of Homes starts this Saturday June 16th. Charter Homes and Neighborhoods has 2 beautiful model homes featured–we hope to see you there! Bishop Woods, Elizabethtown PA

Making a Statement: Backyard Design

Creating an Oasis with Backyard Design Looking for backyard design ideas to liven up your space? We’ve compiled a few of our favorite ways to add color, depth, and interest to backyard living spaces of all shapes and sizes. Your backyard should be a relaxing oasis that reflects your own personal taste and lifestyle–and we’ve got backyard design ideas for everyone!

Lancaster Parade of Homes: Heritage Strasburg Model

New Model Home at Heritage Strasburg Debuts at Parade of Homes We are excited to unveil our newest model home as a feature in the 2012 Lancaster Parade of Homes starting on Saturday June 16! We’ve given you the sneak peek into the color palette chosen for the home (if you missed it you can check it out here), and given you the details on the upcoming Lancaster Parade of Homes and the designer models featured (and if you missed that too, here it is!).

New Millcreek Model Home: Newest Photos and Paint Colors!

New Carriage Home Model Home in Lancaster County Nestled in the middle of expansive farmland, lush wooded areas, and meandering streams of Lancaster County sits one of our award-winning Great American Neighborhoods–Millcreek. We are excited for the grand opening of the newest carriage style model home set for June 16–the same weekend as the Lancaster Parade of Homes.