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Top 10 Reasons to Buy a New Home Instead of a Resale

Buying a new home comes with countless benefits for home buyers, from health advantages to money saving features. Here’s our take on the “new versus resale” home debate: Healthy and CLEAN– Let’s face it: no one wants to live in a stranger’s cleaning habits – especially when it comes to areas like your bathroom or kitchen.

Bella Vista – SOLD OUT!

Our popular Bella Vista neighborhood in Harrisburg is officially sold out! This is the second Charter Homes neighborhood (including Fair Hill) to sell out this year. Still interested in owning a home in Mechanicsburg’s Silver Spring Township? Not to worry! Check out our Walden and Walden Crossroads neighborhoods or call us at 800-325-3030.

The Good News Keeps On Coming!

You’ve heard us say that there’s never been a better time to purchase a new home due to incredibly low mortgage rates and great home prices. We’re not the only ones who think so – just check out the excerpts below! CNN Money “It’s now cheaper to buy a two-bedroom home than to rent one in most major U.S. cities . . . rock-bottom interest rates have added a lot of weight to the buy side of the scale”

Newest Lancaster County Model Home Underway at Bishop Woods!

Construction activity has moved into high gear at Bishop Woods, Charter’s newest neighborhood in Lancaster County’s Elizabethtown. John Foltz, the builder for Bishop Woods, is busy overseeing the construction of our new model home while crews from Charter Excavating are working hard to install new roads and infrastructure.

Walden Crossroads Updates – Posh Salon Coming Soon!

Walden Crossroads has made lots of progress this summer – we look forward to welcoming new homeowners and businesses to our buildings under construction! Check out the incredible view from the floor-to-ceiling windows on the top floor of our Ansley home design: Here’s a few sneak peek shots of these new Ansley townhomes. Check out the back:

It’s About Payment, Not Price!

A recent article by John Burns Real Estate Consulting highlights an important fact for homebuyers: Buyers who are waiting to buy a home are risking being “priced out” of the market. Rising mortgage rates and tightening mortgage standards will make it more expensive for home buyers to purchase a home – even if “purchase prices” go down.

How Tall Should Your Bathroom Vanity Be?

Save Your Back Some Stress with an Extra Tall Vanity! Did you know that 30” is the typical height of a vanity? To help you visualize, this standard 30″ size is about as tall as the average kitchen table – simply too short for most people to use comfortably.

Always Get More Detail #34: Extra Tall Baseboards

Don’t Compromise on Character: Get Two Times Larger Baseboards in a Charter Home Let’s face it: sometimes great design isn’t all about functionality – it’s about what looks fabulous in your home. One of the best comments we ever heard from a potential Charter homeowner came during a Parade of Homes open house.

Always Get More Detail #15: Brushed Nickel Fixtures

Watch out, other finishes: Brushed Nickel has taken over as the must-have hardware and lighting finish for new homes. What used to be a pay-for upgrade is now standard in every Charter home. Benefits of Brushed Nickel Fixtures There are many benefits of buying new, and certainly one of them is buying what’s in style right now.

Always Get More Detail #3: Extra Tall Ceilings

Does an extra foot really make a difference? Our Design team thinks so! Walk into any Charter home and you will feel the difference that our “super tall” ceilings make. Benefits of 9 Foot Ceilings in Your New Home: Your home feels airy and big.

Always Get More Detail #28: Kitchen Islands

Kitchen Islands or Peninsulas Included in Every Home We Build! We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: a spacious, usable kitchen island is a must have in a new home. If you love the extra counter space and gathering potential created by a kitchen island, say it with us: “Why pay extra for a must have?”

Sight Lines in Your New Home: A Living Design Primer

At Charter Homes, we create each new home design based on four guiding principles that we call Living Design. These principles include Natural Light, Great Spaces, Timelessness and Sight Lines – because we believe great design ensures you’ll Live Well in your home. Now, we’re taking off our “jargon hats” and sharing our design principles with our readers.

Introducing Falcon Ridge – Charter Homes’ Newest Neighborhood!

Charter Homes is proud to announce the opening of Falcon Ridge, our newest neighborhood! About Falcon Ridge Falcon Ridge is located in Harrisburg’s Lower Paxton Township (close to our Spring Hill neighborhood) and offers single family homes with large estate homesites. Charter Homes’ newest neighborhood near Harrisburg has the best of everything.

Bring Nature Inside Your Home

2012 Design Ideas – Bringing the Outdoors In One of our favorite compliments ever: a homeowner at our Preserve neighborhood loves how her home brings the outdoors in throughout the year. She loves her floor to ceiling windows in the winter, because she and her daughter can sit on the floor and still see outside – making it feel like they’re playing outdoors even when it’s too cold!

Foyer Style Ideas from the Veranda Parade Home

2012 Design Ideas – Making ‘Room’ in the Foyer Regardless of your decorating style, your foyer or entryway can make a dramatic “opening statement” about your home when you and your guests enter.

Fourth of July Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Patriotic Outdoor Decorating Ideas for the Fourth of July Fun Ideas for Decorating Outdoors this Independence Day As Independence Day weekend approaches, check out these fun ideas to make your home’s outdoor space patriotic! For Memorial Day, we shared how to use red, white and blue flowers, American flags and bunting, and even a patriotic bird house to decorate your front porch.

Conservatory at the Veranda Parade Home – Two Rooms in One!

2012 Design Ideas – Repurposing a Space to Create Multiple Rooms One of the favorite rooms of visitors to our Veranda Parade Home was the Conservatory. Many of our gentleman visitors enjoyed the innovative Brewmaster Fan, while the ladies often loved the abundance of natural light.

Veranda Parade Home: Interior Design Inspiration – and Paint Colors!

Design Inspiration from our Veranda Parade Home The 2011 Veranda Parade Home won best in show at the Lancaster Parade of Homes. To celebrate, we’re taking you on a special tour of the home – complete with design inspiration, paint colors and insider tips! As we designed the interior of this home, we were inspired by the subtle power of neutral colors.

Home of the Week: 40 Summer Lane, Walden

Walden “Manning” Home Ready Now Update: SOLD! Visit our Walden neighborhood or call us at 800-325-3030 to find out about more available homes at Walden. Today we’ll be taking you on a private tour of a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home in the hottest neighborhood on Harrisburg’s West Shore: Walden. Welcome to 40 Summer Lane!