Archive for December, 2011
In a couple of days, millions of Americans will uncork the champagne and toast to the prospect of a rosy new year, full of fresh possibilities. Your New Year’s resolution may be as simple as cleaning the hall closet in your PA new homes, or as daunting as burning the calories from the holiday binge eating we all seem to indulge in this time of year.
Here at S&A Homes, our resolutions tend to be a bit different. Our job is to make sure we keep our customers happy during 2012 by building the homes people are looking for and building enough of them! So, how exactly do we forecast projected housing starts and settlements? Well, here on Main Street, we tend to look at Wall Street first and then factor in for our local economies, job growth in addition to intangibles that can drive housing markets up or down.
So what is on the horizon in 2012? First, looks like (hold breath and cross fingers) 2012 may just be the pivotal year that housing has been hoping for the last several years. Let’s first look to Wall Street. On Dec. 20, good news broke in the housing sector, and we are optimistic that the trends will continue to hold their weight throughout 2012. Read More→
Buyers looking for Pittsburgh new homes know the power of Zillow. It houses (pardon the pun) all pricing data for listings, pending sales and sold homes throughout the nation, and is one of the most powerful websites out there to help buyers sort through homes and get a feel of what price is right for their next new home.
Zillow also crunches the numbers on all of that data to see which housing markets are faring well and what others need a little TLC. So the numbers are out this year and Pittsburgh, once again, makes the list for one of the top 5 housing markets with the best home price increases during 2011. This is no small feat, considering the nation’s housing prices are down 4.1% overall as a whole.
So, what are the top 5 housing markets experiencing price growth? Read More→
S&A Homes, one of area’s largest Pittsburgh builders, walked away with yet another Housing Excellence Award at the 2012 Builder’s Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh. The hugely popular Hawthorne model home was the recipient of the Best Single Family Home in the Pittsburgh Region from $251,000 – $450,000.
The home is more than deserving of the award. Its family friendly layout features ample living space in all of the right areas and the ever popular craftsman-style exterior that buyers are seeking today.
The home is a big hit in terms of energy efficiency too. Featuring a dramatically low HERS Score of 63, the Hawthrone home offers home buyers nearly twice the energy efficiency of the typical new construction home built today, and saves them hundreds of dollars a month in utility savings. Read More→
The holidays are in full swing and Christmas is just 9 days away! For all of you last minute shoppers, trying to think of great gifts on top of baking cookies, wrapping and finishing shopping can be almost impossible. Trying to customize those gifts for those on your list who recently moved in to PA new homes can be an even tougher task.
Well, don’t worry! We have taken all of the guess work out of this year’s holiday madness. If a new homeowner is on your holiday list, then all the answers you need are below. Here are the Top 5 Gifts for New Homeowners:
5 – Is your gift recipient a first time homebuyer? Nothing will welcome a former renter to homeownership more than a new tool set! Fun for those fixer upper types and practical at the same time!
4 – Gift card to a local restaurant. The hassle of moving, unloading boxes and getting little ones adjusted to a new home is more than a little overwhelming. A night out at a sit down restaurant is the perfect way to recharge those batteries. Read More→
Home sellers and PA new home purchasers alike are looking for positive trends in the housing market. At times, it can be difficult to sort the fact from fiction. This person says it looks bad – that person says it looks good. How do you really know? Outside of some very credible sources (we have quoted the Wall Street Journal a few times this year), the only way to really know is to look at the data. Sometimes digging into the numbers and analyzing them to figure out which way is up and which way is down is the only way.
Last week, HousingZone.com did just that and bundled up all of the relevant housing statistics, including an analysis of the national employment situation, to come up with a heads or tails of the housing market.
Some of the key takeaways? Read More→
You’ve seen us post a few times about our brand new website, but we haven’t had a chance to brag about some of the things that truly set it apart and make YOUR life easier. You can peruse our available quick-delivery homes, see pictures of our homes, learn all about the building process and even view our entire portfolio of floor plans in one place.
Perhaps the most helpful feature of all, however, is our Online Assistant that is available to chat with you, real time, 7 days a week. Our Online Assistants are not service call representatives. They are former field sales consultants that used to work with our buyers of PA new homes in person and know our company inside and out. That means you have access to the most up-to-date, accurate information from the experts 7 days a week before you ever need to step foot into one of our communities. Read More→
Anyone who was brave enough to venture out of their WV new homes this past week to fight for a parking spot and stand in long lines at the shopping mall is probably dreading the next trip out. But, the kids can’t miss a chance to see Santa and get their picture taken, right? Right! Except this year, head over to Worthington Village in Bridgeport, WV and you can skip the crowds you would normally be fighting off this time of year. Read More→