When looking at new homes in Richmond to buy, it is important to educate yourself on the basics of mortgages. Familiarize yourself with the terms and practices of mortgages, so you can be prepared for what is to come. Once you understand these basic things, home buying doesn’t seem so stressful.
To help you in this process, here are some things you need to know about mortgages:
1. You should get fully pre-approved. The initial mortgage pre-qualification gives you an estimate of how much you can afford based on the information you give to get pre-approved. Getting pre-approved can give you a more specific amount you can afford and the monthly payments.
Summer is officially heating up, and while we love getting out and enjoying the beautiful weather and all the things to do in Richmond, the sunshine and warmer temperatures can have some pretty unfavorable consequences on your home’s monthly energy bill.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, newer homes average $241 a year to maintain while homes built in the 1980’s average $633 annually – that’s more than 2.5 times a newer home. Add that to the increase you’re likely to see during the summer months and you can see why it is important to have energy-efficient features built in to your home.
Available for immediate move-in, we currently have two quick delivery homes available in the Courtyard Homes in the Tarrington on the James community. These move-in ready, maintenance-free homes are perfect for growing families or those who desire a more relaxing lifestyle while maintaining proximity to all that Midlothian and the surrounding areas have to offer.
Priced at $559,950, a luxury move-in ready home on Lot 30 features the popular 3,008 square-foot Hampworth home plan.
The Fourth of July is one of our country’s most proud moments in its history, and every year it is one of the biggest celebrations for our country. There are always events going on throughout the day, and we top it off with a grand show of fireworks at night. Richmond, a city full of history, is a prime place to celebrate Independence Day in 2016.
To name a few, here are some ideas for you and your family to do to celebrate this Independence Day:
CarMax FREE Fourth of July at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: All visitors to the garden will receive FREE admission throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 4. All who come will get the chance to see a one-of-a-kind beautiful garden along with entrance to the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. There will also be activities for children including live music and a parade. Go and see all the red, white and blue at the garden on the Fourth.
In a town full of history and adventure, there is no better place to spend your summer than in Richmond, Virginia. Instead of just reading about the history of Richmond, get out and experience it through the architecture, monument-lined cobblestone streets and outstanding museums. Along with the 400 years of history to be seen, there are many other exciting activities waiting for you in Richmond this summer.
To name a few, here are a few things in Richmond to include on your summer bucket list:
Visit the Beautiful Gardens
If you love colorful, beautiful gardens, Richmond is your paradise. There are many different gardens and parks to visit that you will fall in love with. Recognized as one of the nation’s best botanical gardens, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a must see for all.
When looking for a home to move into, it seems to always take a long time to find the one that has everything you want and the way you want it. Location, floor plan, appliances and so much more are the elements of the house you want but can’t find all together in one house. The solution: build a new house or buy a quick delivery home.
Boone Homes, a local Richmond home builder for almost 30 years, can cover both for you. Quick delivery homes are new homes that are already under construction and can be ready to be moved into within a few weeks or months. Buying a quick delivery home will reduce the amount of time it takes to build a home from scratch while still allowing you to select many of the features you want in your new home. This is one of the best routes you can go because you will get your new home quicker, and it will have everything you have been looking for since you personalize it yourself. It can also be less expensive and cause less stress than a new home.
What is the one thing everyone loves? It can be enjoyed with all types of food no matter the time of day: breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert. The answer, as you probably guessed by now is BACON.
To find all the bacon you want served in all different kinds of ways, be sure to come out to the 4th Annual Richmond Bacon Festival on June 12 at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market to celebrate all things bacon. This festival is sure to be everything you have ever dreamed about. Kicking off at 11 a.m., there will many vendors in food trucks and at tables to amaze you with their bacon creations.
Deciding on a home plan is one of the first, and one of the most important selections a home buyer will make. For some, the decision comes easily, but for others, careful review of the many plans available and options for customization is necessary before a decision can be made. Boone Homes offers a variety of floor plans and customization options, and is happy to help buyers choose the plan that will work best for their families.
Here are four of our favorite plans:
1. Waterhaven: The Waterhaven is a new dynamic floor plan designed specifically for Ellington at Wyndham in Glen Allen. This floor plan offers a two-car garage, four bedrooms, with an optional fifth bedroom, up to four-and-a-half baths, an optional basement and an optional finished attic. This plan features a spacious open foyer, first floor private living room or optional study with optional built-in bookcases, formal dining room, designer kitchen with separate breakfast area and large walk-in pantry, expansive family room with optional built-in bookcases, large mudroom with optional cubbies and large laundry room. The second floor includes an elegant owners’ suite with two huge walk-in closets and dressing area, an owners’ bath with soaking tub and a spacious loft with optional built-in desk and bookcases.
Local custom home builder Boone Homes is excited to announce that just one home remains within the intimate, maintenance-free community of Club Villas at Founders Bridge in Midlothian, Virginia.
This energy-efficient, quick move-in home features maintenance-free living that is perfect for families, active adults or even business professionals.
Featuring the two-story Creekmore floor plan on homesite 15, 16262 Maple Hall Drive is priced at $579,900. This move-in ready home is all brick and features three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and a two-car side-entry garage on 3,000 square feet. The spacious owner’s suite is located on the main with a bay window and spa-like bathroom featuring ceramic tile, separate jetted tub and a large glass-surround ceramic shower. Also found on the main level is a sunroom that offers a beautiful view of the lake, formal dining room, open living space, powder room and family room with cozy accents such as the 10-foot coffered ceilings and built-in bookcase along the fireplace. The kitchen has many upgraded appointments that include a butler’s pantry, a deluxe island with raised bar, fluted corners and end panels, granite countertops, heavy molding on the kitchen cabinets and an oven tower. Adjoining the kitchen is the breakfast area with patio access that overlooks the golf course. The two secondary bedrooms with full baths are on the upper level, along with a loft space and game room.
Boone Homes builds homes with hospitality and a positive residential experience as our top priority. Quick delivery homes move the home buying process along quickly so that you can live in the home of your dreams in no time. There are currently two quick delivery homes available in our Bellingham at Twin Hickory community in Glen Allen.
Our all-brick home at 5232 Belva Road, Glen Allen, Virginia 23059, provides a luxurious exterior design that features a two-car garage and an open-concept family room that opens up to the spacious back patio. Here, residents will enjoy one-level living with the Merecoft floor plan, which has three bedrooms and three baths, priced at $522,165. Providing privacy and expansive rooms, it features a large owner’s suite on the first floor that has two walk-in closets, tile shower and an oval tub with tile surround. The first floor also includes a guest room with a full bath, a study, a convenient laundry room, an open kitchen with an island and granite countertops, a large family room and formal dining room. Upstairs in this home, you will find a private third bedroom, which is perfect for guests or older children so that you can have a true one-level living experience. Ample unfinished storage space is available on this home’s second floor, which allows you to customize the home to your liking. It is located near Short Pump shopping and dining, the local YMCA, public libraries, parks, Route 288 and other convenient destinations.
Boone Homes, a local Richmond custom home builder for nearly 30 years, is the perfect choice for creating a home that is everything you imagined and more. In addition to providing high quality custom homes, Boone Homes’ homes are the epitome of easy living by involving you in nearly every step of the process and customizing any part of offered floor plans to meet your needs. Boone Homes is very particular about each community as a whole and not any two homes look the same, yet they all flow effortlessly together.
Boone Homes is also set apart from other home builders in the area because many communities feature homes that are either low maintenance or completely maintenance free! Thanks to the excellent homeowners association, exterior maintenance on many new homes includes snow removal, gutter cleaning, painting, trash removal, annual mulching and complete yard maintenance.
The pairing of Serenity and Rose Quartz brings a sense of calm and relaxation into one’s home. Rose Quartz is like a gorgeous blush sunset, while Serenity is a naturally calming, ocean blue. Both colors work well in rugs and upholstery, wall paint and decorative accessories. The colors complement one another especially when combined in solids and patterns with different fabrics, bedding, throws and pillows, candles, etc. Here are some of the ways that interior design experts say you can use these shades in your home:
1. In the living room, use Pantone’s Serenity to turn the space into an almost coastal, open and airy room, perfect for combatting the stresses of the day. Calm down with soothing baby blues, grey and white combinations. Use accent rugs, throw blankets and pillows, lamps and artwork in peaceful colors. Or try a statement blue armchair or chaise lounge.
Are you ready to go green? For St. Paddy’s Day, that is? The Richmond area is filled with all kinds of activities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, from family-friendly festivals and fundraisers, to authentic Irish feasts that would please Saint Patrick himself and pubs with plenty of green drinks. Here’s a quick run-down of some of the area’s biggest and best things to do this month to explore the area, have fun and celebrate the luck of the Irish.
1. Paddy’s Palooza: This exciting family-friendly festival brings together Richmond residents of all ages, with moon bounces, pony rides and a petting zoo, face painting, local craft vendors, live music, bagpipes and Irish dancers, all for a fantastic cause. St. Paddy’s Palooza benefits the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancers. There will be tons of food choices, provided by Grapevine Restaurant, Gregory’s Grill, Sticks Kebob, Sweet Lew’s Kettle Corn and Gelati Celeste, and refreshing green beverages (adult and kid-friendly) will be available. Enjoy special performances by St. Andrew’s Legion Pipes & Drums, Crossroads Irish Dance, and Thistle and Shamrock Dance Academy. The event takes place Saturday, March 12th, 2016 at the Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Dr. in Glen Allen. The St. Baldrick’s head shaving runs from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm; the festival is 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/richmond for details.
Marsha Pillow is Boone Homes’ newest Sales Associate. She is a seasoned sales professional in the new home market, having sold new homes for 12 years in the greater Richmond area.
Pillow has always enjoyed the real estate industry, especially working in new home construction. She also enjoys being involved with the marketing side of the business.
Pillow is well-suited for new home sales because of the fact that she is able to combine her love of people with her love of matching and creating a home for her customers. She simply enjoys spending time with others, and is skilled at listening to them and finding out about their wants and needs in a home. She enjoys doing the leg-work to find the home that is suited best for them, and making it unique, as it becomes their own design and plan.
Boone Homes is pleased to offer top-quality crafted homes in the Richmond area for nearly 30 years. Whether you are starting from scratch in your new-home search or looking to buy a move-in-ready home, Boone Homes has the perfect house for you to call home. Check out these quick-delivery homes in Glen Allen, Virginia in the community of Ellington Woods at Wyndham that are available now:
12721 Ellington Woods PlaceQuick-Delivery Homes at Ellington Woods in Wyndham in Glen Allen, Virginia
1. Floor plan: Eastcourt
Buying a home is a major decision, and whether you plan to move soon or want to purchase a home to rent or re-sell, it is important to make sure you are making a sound financial investment.
If you’ve been thinking of investing in a new custom home in Richmond, the news is good. According to Zillow, an online marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with real estate data and information, Richmond is predicted to be in the top 10 hottest housing markets in 2016.
By comparing home value appreciation, recent income growth and current unemployment rates, analysts were able to determine the hottest housing markets that would contribute to the nation’s overall home value growth of approximately 3.5 percent in 2016.
Boone Homes is proud to announce that we made it to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s list of top 10 home sales in the Richmond area for December 2015. Three of our beautiful new homes sold for a combined total of $3,524,574, ranking in at numbers two, three and seven on the list. The Richmond Times-Dispatch is a prominent daily newspaper in the state of Virginia with both print and online versions of its coverage material.
All built in 2015, the homes that received recognition through the publication are located in our popular Kinloch Coach Homes community in Manakin-Sabot. Located at 849 Elmslie Lane, the second top home sold has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms and more than 4,600 square feet of living space priced at $1,292,270. The third most expensive home sold in Richmond, priced at $1,240,354, features four bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms and 4,220 square feet. Ranked as the seventh most expensive home sold is a 4,760 square foot home that features four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and is priced at $991,950.
Boone Homes strategically constructs residences with homebuyer experience as the top priority! Our selection of quick delivery homes expedites your move-in process so that you can be a part of this one-of-a-kind residential experience at Kinloch Coach Homes. There are currently two quick delivery homes available in the Kinloch Coach Homes community in Manakin-Sabot.
Our home at 624 Longfield Road provides panoramic views of the community’s woodland through the expansive windows that greet you as soon as you walk through the front door. Featuring Kinloch Coach Homes’ new Westover floor plan, this two-story open floor plan home has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and is priced at $724,500. Providing both private and spacious environments, it features a covered porch off the kitchen, breakfast area and family room, a large owner’s suite with a dressing area, two walk-in closets and a spacious bathroom suite on the first floor. The second floor includes private full baths for guests, bedroom spaces that can be adapted to suit your needs, a center loft and a bonus room!
Boone Homes’ selection of quick delivery homes are constructed with you in mind; you’re guaranteed a quicker move-in process with the same community-rich experience, making now the perfect time to take advantage of available opportunities within the popular community of Dominion Park at Wyndham! Currently, there are four quick delivery homes available in Dominion Park at Wyndham and the model home is also now open for sales. Floor plans include two four-bedroom, three-bath homes and two six-bedroom, four-bath homes. Prices of available units range from the $530,000s to the $570,000s.
The time has arrived! Members of Henrico Business Leaders (HBL) and their guests are invited to join Boone Homes at the first Third Wednesday Social of the year. This is the perfect opportunity for networking and to help local business thrive, so start the New Year off right and come out for this exciting monthly event.
Henrico Business Leaders is an organization designed to build rapport between residents and employees of Henrico County. As one of the many networking events held each month by the HBL, this recurring social event allows like-minded leaders to develop and maintain business relationships and share ideas that lead to the strengthening of community relations. Professional networking is obtained through the hosting of events like the Third Wednesday Social that promote the continuous improvement of business and residential life in Henrico County. The goal of retaining the Henrico County populace is achieved through the support HBL gives to organizations that benefit the sustenance of educational and residential excellence in public and private sectors, including civic groups, regional businesses and community organizations.