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Credit Challenge

Credit Challenge

There are reports that over 30% of credit reports contain incorrect information! One of the most unnerving things that can happen to a new home shopper is to discover something incorrectly reported on their credit report. Often, these incorrect entries are damaging to their credit rating, and some could even be severe enough to prevent that home shopper from buying a home! We tend to put a lot of faith and trust in credit reporting companies, but they make mistakes too, and when they do, swift action on your part can prevent these errors from ever being seen by banks ...
A Hand Up… Not a Hand Out

A Hand Up… Not a Hand Out

Grand Homes and Homes for Hope tackle World Hunger Together - One Home at a Time Grand Homes has partnered with Hope International, a Christian Charitable Organization, to give families in underdeveloped nations a hand up to help them get out of the devastating cycle of poverty, disease, and hunger. Grand Homes, along with their vendor partners, broke ground on the home in the beautiful McKinney, Texas community of Wilmeth Ridge. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the home will be donated to Hope International and used as microfinance loans awarded to small business owners in ...
Navigating Home Builder Websites

Navigating Home Builder Websites

At some point, usually early in the search for a new home, most shoppers will visit several home builders’ websites. These sites are extremely helpful, and they highlight many things that shoppers should consider as they start their search. In addition to the beautiful pictures or new homes and communities, there are some other very important parts of the builder’s website you’ll want to make sure you notice. Most home builder’s websites are broken down into a few important sections. The first page you’ll encounter is called the Home Page. A builder’s home page is a carefully crafted virtual “storefront” ...
Should I Get A Real Estate Agent?

Should I Get A Real Estate Agent?

  I recommend that all home buyers use an agent if they think they need an ally when they purchase or sell a home. A great agent should be able to help you find an amazing deal, expose you to properties that you may not know existed, and many have extensive experience dealing with home builders. While the internet is a great tool and can help you get a ton of information, a real estate agent is a valuable asset when you’re going over contracts and gathering data for you while you’re getting your research together, and even setting meetings ...
You're Getting email From Billions of Builders...now what?

You’re Getting email From Billions of Builders…now what?

You’ve started shopping for a new home on the internet. You’ve registered with a few builders and new home websites, and now, your email inbox is filling up with emails from what seems like every builder in the city! You probably didn’t expect it, and now, you’re not quite sure what to do. Here’s a little insight into how builders and developers handle online inquiries or registrations. Builders have several ways of getting information about people that may want to buy a home, and a few ways of reaching out to these people. Builders have automated email campaign systems and ...
On The Set with Hot On!, Natalie Woods & Ron Corning

On The Set with Hot On!, Natalie Woods & Ron Corning

On The Set with Hot On!, Natalie Woods & Ron Corning Home Shopper Magazine recently spent time with Natalie Woods and Ron Corning, while they were shooting new Hot On! Homes TV show content at the beautiful Grand Homes model home in the Lake Forest Community in McKinney, Texas. The two-day shoot, led by Hot On! Homes VP of Production, Jarrod Oram, covered topics such as how to handle a counteroffer from the builder, registering with a builder, how to build your home on paper, foreclosures, and the many different types of homesites available to home shoppers today. “The mission ...
Walk Your Homesite … Where You Build Matters!

Walk Your Homesite … Where You Build Matters!

You’re finally ready! You know the home that you’re going to build, decided on options, settled on a price. You’ve got it all; What, When, and How. All that matters now is Where! Homesites are as unique as you are. Each one has a different view, has a slightly different orientation, contains different landscaping features, and is uniquely located within the community. And, what’s most important, living in your home on one homesite will be slightly different than living on another site. After the selection of your floor plan, choosing your home site is the most important new home decision ...
Credit CPR

Credit CPR

Is your credit gasping for breath, limping along… or worse? A lousy credit score can increase your interest rate, swell your monthly payments, or even prevent you from getting a new home. If you need to give your’s a little first aid, here are the steps you need to get your credit on the road to great health! The first thing to do to improve your credit is to stop using credit as much as you can while you conduct an honest credit assessment. So, put your credit cards in your desk drawer and give them a rest. It’s like ...
Build Your Home On Paper First

Build Your Home On Paper First

Before you actually build your home, you may want to undertake another kind of construction project. But for this job, you won’t need a hard hat, hammer and nails, you’ll need paper, a pencil, and a ruler. Building your home on paper, before you begin shopping for your new home, will help you understand the things you want in your new home, how your new home will be organized, and what you can and can’t get! One of the best ways to increase your confidence and ensure you get the very best home you can is to build it on ...
Having A Counteroffer CRISIS?

Having A Counteroffer CRISIS?

You’ve done some negotiating with the salesperson, and you’ve made an offer for the home of your dreams! You shake hands with the salesperson and leave the meeting feeling great, filled with the hopeful anticipation that the builder will accept your offer, and you can purchase the home. Then you get the phone call from the salesperson that politely tells you that he has some good news! You can get the home and everything you want in it, you’ll just have to come up on the offer a little bit. Your heart goes from flying high to dropping back down ...
Do The "Why" Workout To Build Home Buyer Muscles!

Do The “Why” Workout To Build Home Buyer Muscles!

Buying a new home isn’t so different from building one. If you start with a solid foundation, you’ll probably create a great home. Many home shoppers move through the new home shopping and buying process in the wrong order. Rather than sitting down to decide what they want or need in their new home, and then going out and finding it, they started looking at new homes and communities first, and then decided what they want in their new home based on what they’ve seen. It may sound simple, but the most important thing to do before you start the ...