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Hot On! Home Shopper Magazine was created to help the home buyer navigate the process of buying a new home while getting the very most out of the experience. Take a look and see why Home Shopper Magazine is a one of kind population. Check out the full issues or scroll down and read the home shopping tips directly. Either way, we can't wait for you to check out what we've got.

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Cover-summer-2020

This issue of Home Shopper Magazine is completely filled to the edges with great ways to make your new home that perfect place you have always dreamed about. Find out how to go from zero to new home in no time at all in the pages of Hot On! Home Shopper!

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Amenities A-Plenty! What About Those New Home Communities?

Amenities A-Plenty! What About Those New Home Communities?

Builder-included community amenities can add value to your life and put money in your pocket! In addition to the beautiful features you can add to your semi-custom home, community amenities are important to your quality of life and your home’s resale value. Amenities, such as community pools, walking trails, community centers, parks, or exercise facilities, come in all shapes and sizes. They will usually be some of the first things that the builders display on their websites or a new home salesperson will tell you about when you enter their model home. And, let’s face it, amenities are significant. They ...
Home Buyer Homework!

Home Buyer Homework!

List makers may love the thought of preparing questions to ask during an onsite visit. Even if you’re not fond of lists, it’s a good idea to bring some questions and expectations with you to the model home that you can ask the salesperson. After all, they will be “prying” into your personal life to get the information they need to try to sell you a home. There are a lot of pieces to the home buying puzzle. Homebuyers should do their homework so they can put the home buying puzzle pieces together in the correct places. Here are some ...
Are New Homes Really Better Than Pre-Owned Homes?

Are New Homes Really Better Than Pre-Owned Homes?

The decision to buy a new home or an older one can be complicated because there are so many things to consider as you get closer to a buying decision. Things like your current needs and possible resale value are both critical parts of this decision. Everyone wants to get a great deal, but the home also has to fit into their lifestyle. Here are a few things to consider to help make that decision a little bit easier.My builder says I’ll have equity in this home the minute I buy it. What does he mean?What he means is that ...
Are Windows, Lightbulbs, And Solar Panels Worth The Investment?

Are Windows, Lightbulbs, And Solar Panels Worth The Investment?

Some options that builders offer seem expensive upfront but can be well worth the money when you move in and start living your best life in your new home. Here are a few questions and answers to help you understand energy efficient items you may want to consider when purchasing your new home.I’ve heard that CFL bulbs are filled with poison gas and need to be disposed of carefully. Is that true?Because CFLs contain mercury, the EPA recommends that you bring old CFLs to qualified recyclers (such as the Home Depot) rather than just throwing them away. Why is an ...
Is It Easy Being Green? 5 Common Questions & Simple Answers About Energy Efficiency

Is It Easy Being Green? 5 Common Questions & Simple Answers About Energy Efficiency

When buyers start searching for their new home, they are looking for the best value for their money. Energy efficiency is an integral part of building and living in a new home. The home building industry understands that saving energy is vital to the planet, and some of these new appliances and materials can save homeowners a significant amount of money. Since the country began focusing on saving energy and using sustainable, eco-friendly resources, a new vocabulary has worked its way into many new home discussions.How much money can I save if my home is energy efficient?The amount of money ...
The Mortgage Maze: How And Where Do I Start?

The Mortgage Maze: How And Where Do I Start?

How and Where Do I Start? Home buying can be fun, although there are some aspects of the journey can be more stressful than others. The mortgage process can be one of those. How do I apply for a mortgage? Applying for a mortgage is simple, but you’ll need some information to complete the application. 1. First, you’ll need to know your monthly income. 2. Second, you’ll need to know the sum of your total monthly debt payments. 3. Third, you’ll need to know your credit score (though if you don’t, the mortgage company will pull your credit to obtain ...
Don’t Tip Your Hand… On Your First New Home Visit

Don’t Tip Your Hand… On Your First New Home Visit

Builders have a slight advantage when you visit their model homes. When you walk into a beautiful model and are greeted by a professional salesperson with freshly baked cookies, you may be looking around at the lovely home, but the sales rep is looking right at you! Not only are these model homes stunning, but you are also very excited and emotional about looking at new homes! It’s hard not to get a little ahead of yourself when you’re looking at a beautiful model home. Builder sales reps understand your eagerness and have been trained to help you move down ...
Constructive Thoughts about New Home Construction. What To Expect?

Constructive Thoughts about New Home Construction. What To Expect?

During the home buying process, there may be many exciting highs and some unexpected challenges, but once you’ve signed the contract, you move to another exciting phase: Building your New Home. Managing your expectations, especially during the building process is important to do before any hiccups arise! The building process lands in the hands of the Construction Manager. For large builders, each community may have a Construction Manager who oversees the crews for each home. For smaller builders, once Construction Manager may oversee the crews in all communities. Equipping yourself with as much knowledge as possible as you embark on ...
Do You REALLY Need An Agent? How Real Estate Agents Save You Time And Money

Do You REALLY Need An Agent? How Real Estate Agents Save You Time And Money

How Real Estate Agents Save You Time & MoneyLately, home buyers have started to believe they can act as their own real estate agent. That may be fine for some, but, for most of us, that is a heavy load to carry during what can already be a stressful (good stress is still stress) adventure albeit exciting time. So, “Do you need to use a real estate agent to work with me, even if I can go directly to the builder and negotiate my own deal on my behalf?” The short and long answers are, “Yes!”Yes! Get Yourself A Real ...
Getting The Website Willies? Where To Start YOUR House Hunt

Getting The Website Willies? Where To Start YOUR House Hunt

Today, most home shoppers start their new home research online. But there are many websites and new home destinations that feature homes, apartments, ranches, townhomes, condominiums, or land, so where should you start? In addition to that, all home builders and developers have websites. There are also national real estate websites, local brokerage websites, and the buy and sell ugly houses folks. It’s easy to get lost before you even take your first “virtual” step! Looking at all these options can give you the website willies!When it comes to new home construction or homebuilders, an ‘aggregator website, like Hot On! ...
Understanding “Builder Speak” –Terms to Know - Before You Go

Understanding “Builder Speak” –Terms to Know – Before You Go

What 15 Terms Should You Know Before You Go? Many industries have a vocabulary and list of acronyms that roll off “insiders’” tongues and the homebuilding industry is no exception. The entire “dictionary” of words and terms is worth learning before visiting a homebuilder’s new homes; but, let’s start with a few of the basics you could benefit from knowing about the community before your first onsite visit to a builder’s homesites so you can understand the lingo sales people use that is not-so-familiar to the rest of us! Builder Liaison or Community ExpertA Builder Liaison is another term for ...
Which are the best Upgrades for YOUR NEW HOME?

Which are the best Upgrades for YOUR NEW HOME?

What is more enticing than to walk into a professionally staged model home and seeing the upgrades these designer beauties offer? Not much.Model homes showcase a builder's best work, and, visually, they do not disappoint. But options and upgrades can be expensive. Make sure that you’re aware of what you really need and what you want in your new home before you start to negotiate with the builder. Here are some things to consider when you begin your home search. They can help you fall in love with the home you can afford! Determine your baseline budget and how much ...