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3 Important Things Homebuyers Are Searching For In 2017

new homesCurrently, homeowners across Philadelphia are searching for perfect new homes. Whether they are buying a new home or browsing old homes, however, they want to make sure that their needs are being met and all the items on their home buying checklist are being crossed off.

Though the top three goals among all current home buyers are family needs, privacy, and asset accumulation, there are plenty more property aspects being sought after on the market. Here are some of the most popular features that homebuyers are searching for:

The Perfect Location
Nowadays, for most homeowners, the perfect location isn’t actually in one specific location. An area can only be dubbed the perfect location if it has the necessary locational factors. Buyers aren’t as concerned over long drives or gas prices as much as they used to be, but rather are searching for more up-to-date amenities. Homebuyers want to have access to ride sharing services like Uber or Lyft so they don’t have to worry about transporting themselves. Additionally, they want to be able to walk around outside with no disturbance.

“Younger buyers look for properties that are in proximity to public transportation and that have a good walking score,” said Allison Charlton, a real estate managing broker.

Smaller and Smarter
In the past, homebuyers wanted to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase the biggest luxury homes available. That’s not the case anymore. Homebuyers would much rather go for simplicity with a tech focus than have a large and elaborate home. Buyers — especially millennial buyers — are looking for smart new homes with simple designs.

Energy-Efficient Properties
Though younger buyers certainly emphasize environmentally friendly as top features, the rest of the housing market is leaning towards that way, too.

“Today, not only younger buyers, but buyers in general, are looking for energy-efficient homes,” said Beverly Hills real estate agent Jeff Hyland.

Homebuyers are much more concerned with insulation, seasonal efficiency ratios, and other aspects of energy conservation.

As long as you’re doing plenty of research doing your search and know what it is you and your family actually want in a home, you’ll likely find exactly what you’re looking for. If you want to check out some great new homes in Philadelphia, contact Creekside at Llanerch today.

3 Important Decisions You’ll Be Making During Your Housing Search

luxury housesWhether you’re searching for old Victorian properties or luxury houses, you’re going to have to make a lot of decisions during your search. Because of all these decisions, it’s important to start looking for perfect homes as soon as you think you’re going to be moving so you can figure out exactly what you want inside your next home.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a young first-time homebuyer (33% of all buyers on the market are between the ages of 25 to 24!) or you’re moving into your third or fourth home, you’re going to have to make some very important decisions. Here are some of those decisions you’ll have to make during your next home search.

New Home vs. Existing Home
Buying a new home can be an exciting decision but it’s honestly not for everybody. Although owning your very own home before anyone else has ever lived there can give you a strong sense of pride, you might be more drawn to existing homes, which is completely fine. Since new homes are typically more expensive it might make more financial sense to check out some older properties (though they can be just as pricey in certain cases). If you’re thinking about purchasing luxury houses, however, you’re in luck because you can find both existing luxury homes and brand new ones.

Location Is Everything
Location is perhaps the most important decision you’ll make as a home owner. You might want to live in a large neighborhood or on a quiet country road. You might want to live in an area with an excellent school district if you have kids. Or you might want to just live in an area that is close to a vibrant downtown atmosphere. Whatever you’re looking for, make sure you discuss location with your family before you make an offer.

Property Size
Like location decisions, deciding on the size of your property is extremely important. Consider the benefits of having a large yard but don’t forget about all the yard work that comes along with larger properties. Again, discuss what kind of yard you want to have with your family and take some time looking for the perfect property.

If you want to check out some luxury houses for sale, contact Creekside at Llanerch today.

Moving Into a New Home? Don’t Forget Any of These Essential Items

homes for saleOn average, people spend about 4.2 months shopping for a new home before they make their final decision. As you’re browsing through various homes for sale and looking over luxury real estate options, it’s important to also start thinking about what items you should bring to your new home.

Once you narrow down the homes for sale to one and make an offer, the home buying process will start to move much more quickly. Be sure to include all these essential items as you transition into your brand new home.

Kitchen Supplies
As soon as you move into your new place, you’re going to be spending plenty of time in the kitchen. As you unpack all your stuff, you’ll soon be quite hungry and will need to not only have enough food inside your home during the first few days of you living there, you’ll also need all the other kitchen essentials. Here are some kitchen items you should make sure you have during the first few weeks of living in your new house:

  • Paper towel holder and paper towels
  • Drawer compartment organizers
  • Dish rack and drying mat
  • Cutting board
  • Spatulas and mixing bowls
  • Kitchen table and chairs
  • Kitchen table placemats

Bathroom Supplies
Clearly you’ll be spending some time in the bathroom of your new home from the minute you step foot in the door. Whether it’s the day after your big move and you’re unpacking everything or it’s a few weeks after, you’re going to have to be in the bathroom a few times. Here are all the necessary bathroom items you should consider bringing with you:

  • Floor rug
  • Bathtub mat
  • Plunger
  • Toilet brush
  • Soap dispenser
  • Garbage can
  • Towel rack and towels
  • Toiletries
  • Dental care products
  • Shower curtain, liner, and hooks

Whether you’re buying a new home or are just packing for an upcoming move, it’s important that you bring all these necessary items so you’re not scrambling around town looking for shower curtains and kitchen supplies. Spend some time going over this list before you move so you’re prepared. If you want to find more new homes for sale in Philadelphia, contact Creekside at Llanerch today.

Thinking About Buying a Home? Here’s What Happens Next

real estateMost of the homebuyers on the market today are buying homes for the first time. Currently, of all the prospective buyers looking to purchase real estate, about 52% are first-time buyers.

If you’re one of these first-time homebuyers, you’re probably very excited about starting your new life in your very first home. And you should be excited because this is a major life step you’re making. It’s important that you don’t settle for just any home, however, because you’re going to be staying there for potentially decades. Far too many people see the first home on the market, get too excited about finally living on their own, and make an offer right away. Sometimes this works out in the buyers favor, but there is a very high chance that if you do this you will end up hating the property you have in a matter of weeks or months.

Here are a few things you should look for as you are searching for your first home. And remember, throughout your search, take your time and really consider everything before you make a final decision or an offer.

Determine how much you’re willing to pay on a down payment

Putting a large amount of money down as a down payment is never a bad investment, but you should have an idea of how much you’re going to initially put down, no matter on the property. Putting money down is a great idea for homebuyers because it will minimize the risk involved with buying a home and will provide you with some equity for the future.

Always be thinking about the future

And not just the immediate future, either, the distant future. As you buy your home, you’ll begin to imagine hosting barbecues, holiday parties, and all kinds of fun things to do with your real estate property. But it’s important that you take a step back and think about your future family and all the aspects involved. If you’re a 30-year-old single buyer, you probably aren’t worried about things like school districts. But if you plan on having kids in the next few years, that’s something that is going to be very important to you. As you make your major life decisions, try to always consider the future.

If you want to learn more about the aspects involved when buying a new home, or just want to look at luxury real estate options or new homes in Philadelphia, contact Creekside at Llanerch today.

Buying Vs. Renting: Top Reasons Home Ownership Comes Out On Top

new homesAt a certain point, most people have to weigh the pros and cons of renting vs. buying a home. While renting does have its advantages — fewer responsibilities and more flexibility, to name a couple — there are distinct benefits to buying a new home that renting simply can’t offer. For current home buyers, the top three priorities include privacy, family needs, and asset accumulation. Below, we’ll take a closer look at how owning new homes can help buyers accomplish these goals.

  • You can make the space your own
    When you look at houses for sale instead of ones to rent, you’ll have way more options to customize the space to fit your style and needs. When you rent an apartment or house, you’ll be lucky if your landlord lets you paint the walls or make even small layout renovations. But once buyers move into their new homes, they can do virtually whatever they want. If you want to knock down a non-load-bearing wall or gut the kitchen or guest bath, you’re well within your rights to do so. And if you’d rather switch out carpeting for hardwood or go wild with backyard landscaping, no one’s going to stop you. You’ll be free to put your own stamp on your real estate with home ownership.
  • You’ll have more privacy
    When you live in an apartment building or rented condo, you’re bound to feel a little too close to your neighbors. Whether you’re looking for absolute peace and quiet or you just want a little space between you and whoever lives next door, new houses can provide the privacy you desire. And because you’re not beholden to your landlord or property manager, you won’t have to worry about them inconveniencing you to conduct repairs or a potential tenant tour. If you do need repairs, you can schedule them on your own timetable. And because you’ll own the property, no one can bother you if you don’t want them to.
  • You can build wealth
    Depending on the condition of the home you purchase or the area in which you live, it’s entirely possible to fix up a home and potentially turn a profit if you decide to sell. Making an investment in real estate is almost always a good idea, and home ownership allows you to build equity. Renting, in contrast, does not. It’s also a lot more cost-effective over time. The money that you spend on your mortgage or on the purchase price goes toward an asset; when you pay your rent every month, there’s no long term payoff. Even new houses give you the opportunity to build equity and get a potentially great ROI. The same cannot be said for rental properties.
  • You’ll have stability
    Renters tend to move often. Due to the nature of a lease, that flexibility doesn’t typically allow you to put down roots. For some, that works just fine. But if you’re looking to settle down with a family or simply want to stay put for a while, you should look at houses for sale in your area. Owning a home allows you to truly be a part of a community. For many folks, that sense of belonging is priceless. If you’re tired of moving from place to place, you may be happier if you can find a property you really love and can see yourself in for years to come.

Owning a home can allow you to save money while making a great investment and customize your private living space for the foreseeable future. To learn more about the new homes available in the Philadelphia, Upper Darby, and Drexel Hill area, contact Creekside at Llanerch today.

Searching for a New Place to Live? Here’s What to Look For

luxury real estateThe millennial generation has finally entered into the home buying market and it’s a very exciting time. You’ve probably heard for years that your generation is spoiled, entitled, and lazy, but you clearly have worked hard to get to this point, so let all that noise fall on deaf ears.

It’s time for you to find a great place to live and settle in with your spouse to (maybe) eventually start a family! But what, exactly, constitutes a great place to live?

Here are a few things that the average millennial homebuyer is looking for nowadays:

Luxury real estate

Ask just about anyone on the home buying market and almost everyone will admit that luxury houses are at least atop their dream real estate list. Far too many people think that luxury homes cost a fortune and never pursue anything with the word “luxury” attached to it. That’s not always the case, however. There are plenty of excellent luxury real estate communities that are affordable — you just have to know where to look.

Energy efficient properties

Nearly half — 48% — of homebuyers that are interested in brand new homes admit that “energy-efficiency” is their most desired feature. Millennial homebuyers do enjoy smart appliances, luxurious designs, and other presumably costly features, but they still are quite frugal. Not only do they look for great deals when buying these otherwise expensive items, they also put a tremendous effort in saving on their energy expenses.

Great school districts

Even if you don’t have children now, it’s always a possibility. Millennials are always thinking about the future and considering future children is very important. Make sure that when you’re searching for a great place to live, you do a little research about the school districts beforehand.

Safe and clean neighborhoods

In a recent survey by Urban Land Institute, roughly 50% of survey respondents said that walkability is one of the top priorities in where they would choose to live. If you can’t walk around the neighborhood without feeling unsafe or finding piles of trash, it might not be the best place for you.

If you’re looking for new homes in Philadelphia and are hoping to find some luxury real estate in a safe, clean, and excellent school district, contact Creekside at Llanerch today!

Why is Living in a Great Community So Important?

real estateWhen looking to purchase real estate, if you’re planning on living in the same area with your family for an extended period of time, you have to make sure that the community you’re moving into is of the highest standards.

If you’re thinking about looking at some new homes in Philadelphia, you need to do some research beforehand to ensure the real estate is exactly what you thought it would be and whether or not you’ll be in a great community. If you don’t research the community you’re considering moving to before the actual move, you might end up in a place that you are unhappy with for years and years. Here are a few benefits of staying in a wonderful home that is a part of an excellent community.

You’ll live in a safe and friendly area

According to a recent Urban Land Institute survey, roughly 50% of respondents agree that walkability, which means an area’s friendless and comfort level, is either the top priority or a very high priority when determining where to live. No one wants to live in a home that is surrounded by poor conditions like pollution. Living in a community that takes care of itself, however, is much more rewarding. You’ll be glad you made your decision.

You’ll build everlasting friendships

Living in a place where you and your neighbors ignore each other can make for an awkward living arrangement. If you are in a friendly community, though, you’ll be able to actually build strong relationships with your neighbors and eventually have great friends to spend time with around your homes.

Your kids will have a safe place to play

Chances are there will be other children that are around the same age as your kids in your community. Your kids don’t need much, besides some cool devices and a place to roam around, and if your children have a few friends in the area to play with, they too will develop potentially lifelong friendships with their neighborhood pals.

Your family will always have something to do

Whether you’re having a barbecue outside or just driving around the closest town looking for something fun, you’ll always have an entertaining event, delicious dinner, or fun place to go if you live in a great community.

If you’re thinking about buying a new home and want to check out some real estate and new houses for sale, contact Creekside at Llanerch today!

3 Reasons to Consider Creekside for Your Family’s Next Move

new homesIf you’re thinking about browsing new homes for sale in Drexel Hill, you’re going to have a lot to consider over the next few weeks. You have to decide on where you actually want to live and whether or not it will be a good place for you and your family. Then you have to determine a realistic budget for the entire home buying process, and you have to plan for your new future.

If you want to find new homes in Philadelphia that are located in a wonderful community, consider Creekside at Llanerch. As the premier townhome community in Delaware County, Creekside contains the most conveniently located luxury houses in all of Philadelphia. Here are a few reasons why you and your family will enjoy the location and amenities of Creekside properties.

  1. Just a few miles away from downtown Philadelphia — According to a Realtor.com consumer survey, of all the people who purchased homes in 2016, roughly 33% were first-time buyers. If you fall into the first-time buyer category, you’re probably looking for a place that is close to a vibrant and entertaining nightlife. Creekside is only a short drive away from Philadelphia’s biggest attractions. You’ll even be a short 2.7 miles away from the 69th St. Transportation Center, which means you can hop on a train with ease.
  2. Close proximity to excellent schools — There are some wonderful school buildings located within just minutes of Creekside to ensure your kids get a great education. The Cardinal O’Hara High School is only 3.6 miles away from Creekside; Monsignor Bonner Archbishop Prendergast High School is only 1.5 miles away; St. Bernadettes School is only a half-mile away; and, for the little ones, Hillcrest Elementary School is only a short 200 yards away from Creekside.
  3. Near quality medical centers — You should know that by moving to Creekside, you will be just one mile away from a high quality medical center. Delaware County Hospital is only a few minutes drive away in the event of a family emergency, and it’ll be nice to know your family will be in good hands if anywhere were to go wrong.

It’s time for you to research some great new homes and take the next major step in your family’s life. If you want to look at some of the best new houses for sale in Philadelphia, contact us today!

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