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Need To Sell Your Home This Winter?

Categories: Homeowner News, Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh custom homes | Posted: November 1, 2019 | Comments Off on Need To Sell Your Home This Winter?
Winter Home Sales

Winter Home Sales

If you are currently in the market for a Pittsburgh custom home or know that is on the horizon for you this upcoming winter season, many homeowners hesitate to list their current home for sale during the winter months. The winter season is typically looked down upon for putting homes on the market and most realtors may even recommend you wait until spring. However, Parry Custom Homes shares why a study by Redfin indicates that selling your home in the winter months might actually be to your benefit.

While spring may be the home-shopping season for many, listing your home for sale in the winter can give you the upper hand in a lot of cases. When buyers are shopping for homes in the winter, they tend to have more of a sense of urgency. Redfin, an online brokerage, found that the average seller nets more than asking price during the months of December through March, than they do from June through November. Homes listed in winter also sold faster than homes listed in the spring, surprisingly enough.

These findings may have many people in a rush to put their home up for sale before spring, but timing for home sales is always based on supply and demand. The best way to determine this is to check your area to see when might be the best time for you to sell your home, if you aren’t on a time crunch.

Check the number of days on the market for your city and the recently sold listings. If most homes are sitting for more than 60 days, it will be safer to hold off until spring when more buyers enter the market. However, if properties are selling quickly, then you can take that as a green light to list your home.

A few tips to help your home sell fast are:

1.) Schedule a tune-up. Be sure the main issues buyers look at like heating and maintenance are up to speed, as well as clean gutters, air filters, and clean windows are in place. A well kept home is a home that will sell much faster.

2.) Price Your Home Right. If homes are going on the market as quick as they are going off, then you have the flexibility to test the market and price it higher. However, if it is the dead of winter and the market is not as bust, it’s best to price it reasonable to draw in buyers.

3.) Brighten your home. Often times, the winter months are gray and gloomy. Be sure to make your home warm and inviting from the minute the buyer drives up. Warm up your curb appeal with clean landscaping and cool-weather plants, and make sure chipped paint and cracked window seals are taken care of. A welcoming house will sell, even in the winter months.

Putting this knowledge to use when listing your home this winter may have you selling your home quicker than you imagined, especially if inventory in your area is already low this winter season!

 

 

Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.

 

New Vs. Used Homes: What will it really cost?

Categories: Homeowner News, Homeowner Tips, New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: November 20, 2018 | Comments Off on New Vs. Used Homes: What will it really cost?

 

New Home Advantages

New Home Advantages

If you are a buyer in today’s market looking for new homes in Pittsburgh, very likely you may be facing the choice of buying a new home versus purchasing a resale home. Especially with how hot the housing market has been the past few years, more and more buyers are coming against the age-old “new versus used” dilemma. While a move-in ready resale home at a lesser price may sound appealing, if both options are on the table it may be a better and healthier option for your family to strongly consider a brand new home. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares reasons why new homes can be the best route to go for your family and your health.

When it comes to resale versus new homes, what exactly makes a new home healthier for your family?

A new home is dry which reduces the risks and worries of hidden mold for your family. Mold is a common culprit when buying an older home and with a new home, you’re able to remove that risk for your family.

A new home is also a pest-free home, which means you can lessen your exposure to pests and not have to worry about calling pest control the first week living in your home. New homes also provide safety when it comes to fall and burn opportunities, which can create more peace of mind when moving in.

Two other big pluses with a new home are the fact they are contaminant fee and new homes reduce the levels of lead and other harmful chemicals that are in the home. It also will be well ventilated, pushing contaminants away from living areas.

Choosing a new home will also more likely than not, give you the benefits of more energy savings components like thermal control. The major push and advancement in the preservation of energy in building means your new home is less likely to have extreme temperature swings.

Lastly, when choosing a new home you wont have to worry about how the previous owner maintained the home. Resale homes can look nice from the exterior, but sometimes it is what is hidden behind the walls that can come up later to haunt you (and your wallet.)

 

 

Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.

 

Need To Sell Your Home This Winter?

Categories: Homeowner News, New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Need To Sell Your Home This Winter?

 

If you’re currently in the market for a new home in Pittsburgh, or know that is on the horizon for you as winter approaches, you may thing you need to hold off until spring before putting your home on the market. Many homeowners hesitate to list their current home for sale during the winter months. The winter months typically are looked down upon for listing homes and some realtors may even recommend you wait until spring. However, Parry Custom Homes showcases why a recent study by Redfin proves that selling your home in the winter months might actually be a good thing.

While spring may be the home-shopping season for most, listing your home for sale in the winter can give you the upper hand in a lot of cases. When buyers are shopping for homes in the winter, they tend to have more of a sense of urgency. Redfin, an online brokerage, found that the average seller nets more than asking price during the months of December through March, than they do from June through November. Homes listed in winter also sold faster than homes listed in the spring, surprisingly enough.

These findings may have many people in a rush to put their home up for sale before Spring, but timing for home sales is always based on supply and demand. The best way to check your area to see when might be the best time for you to sell your home. If you aren’t on a time crunch, it is important to understand your local climate.

Check the number of days on the market for your city and the recently sold listings. If most homes re sitting for more than 60 days, it will be safer to hold off until spring when more buyers enter the market. However, if properties are selling quickly then you can take that as a green light to list your home.

A few tips to help your home sell fast are:

  • Price Your Home Right. If homes are going on the market as quick as they are going off, then you have the flexibility to test the market and price it higher. However, if it is the dead of winter and the market is not as bust, it’s best to price it reasonable to draw in buyers.
  • Schedule a tune-up. Be sure the main issues buyers look at like heating and maintenance are up to speed, as well as clean gutters, air filters, and clean windows are in place. A well kept home is a home that will sell much faster.
  • Brighten your home. Often times, the winter months are gray and gloomy. Be sure to make your home warm and inviting from the minute the buyer drives up. Warm up your curb appeal with clean landscaping and cool-weather plants, and make sure chipped paint and cracked window seals are taken care of. A welcoming house will sell, even in the winter months.

These simple tips could have you in your new home come spring, opposed to just getting around to setting your home then.

 

Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

Tips For Hosting a Housewarming Party

Categories: Homeowner News, Homeowner Tips, New Homes in Pittsburgh | Posted: October 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Tips For Hosting a Housewarming Party

 

Tips on throwing a housewarming party

Tips on throwing a housewarming party

If you are currently looking for new homes in Pittsburgh or have recently moved into a new Parry Custom Home, you are probably very excited to show it off to your family and friends! Especially with the holidays right around the corner, you might even be hosting the holidays at your home this year. Throwing a housewarming party is always a great way to show off your new home and get together with friends and family at the same time. Here are some great tips on how to celebrate your new home with a stress-free housewarming party.

First, keep it simple! When you first move in your home, your guests are not going to expect it to be fully furnished and immaculate upon their first visit. As long as it is set up to have a great time, they will be thrilled and you will be too.

If you haven’t unpacked your entire house, you can still throw a housewarming party. Just be sure your kitchen, living area and bathrooms are unpacked and fully stocked. This will give you and your guests space to celebrate comfortably, as you still settle into your new home.

Next, be sure to provide directions to your new home. A lot of new homes are in new communities and aren’t registered correctly in the GPS. Be sure to give them detailed turn-by-turn instructions so they can avoid getting lost, and you can avoid all of the “where am I?” phone calls.

If weather is nice, it is a great idea to take advantage of your outdoor space and take the party outside as well! Setup your backyard patio with chairs, tables, a string of lights and food as you enjoy the nice nights before cold weather officially rolls in.

When it comes to your menu, be sure to make it easy. Keep it simple while still keeping your sanity, by serving finger foods or family-style dishes. You can even just pick up frozen appetizers from the grocery store- no one will know the difference!

Next, make your guests feel at home by turning on lamps, lighting cozy candles and playing some music in the background. You can also setup an area for drinks so guests can easily help themselves. This is a party after all! Everyone, including yourself, should enjoy themselves.

Once your guests arrive at your house, take them all on a tour. Even if your home isn’t prepared in each room, your guests wont care and will be excited to see your new home. This is also a great way to get decorating and home improvement tips at the same time!

Lastly, be sure to invite new neighbors to your housewarming party. Not only will you get to know your new neighbors but also you will give a good first impression by this friendly gesture.

 

Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.

Fall Home Organization Tips

Categories: Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Homeowner News, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: September 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Fall Home Organization Tips

 

Fall Home Organization Tips

Fall Home Organization Tips

Although it may say September on the calendar and Fall is just weeks away, the temperatures still have a more summer tone to them for most across the U.S. at the moment. Over the next week as temperatures settle into what Fall typically brings, flip flops will need to be retired for the year and pumpkin spice has officially taken over everything from the grocery store to the coffee shops. As the leaves turn their beautiful autumn colors and the weather grows cooler, it is a great time of year to focus on home organization before the holidays roll around. Parry Custom Homes, a Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares simple organization tips that you can implement into your own home this fall season.

One of the number one things most people probably need or wish for in their home, is more closet space. When the time comes to pull out all your cozy fall sweaters, boots, coats and all the other voluminous clothing that the colder months typically bring, it can leave your closet bursting at the seams.

Fall is a great time to re-consider how your closet space works. Maybe consider adding built-ins into your closet for more storage space, or extra shelving for more space to store your day to day items. You can also create alternate storage using bins and even moving them to other closets or attics in your home, for non-seasonal items you won’t need for several months.

You can also add some décor flair to your closet as well. Go for color in your closet by adding some beautiful costal gray paint that can give life to a boring white closet. If you have the room, add some pictures or cute jewelry holder accessories that are both fashionable and functional.

For seasonal items in your home, consider using your hall closets or extra spaces for additional storage. Many people miss out on extra storage space in their home, but just not being creative or visualizing places where they can get more storage. There are several pre-built closet built-ins or ideas you can find online, where you can build in additional storage in a decorative for functional way. Consider addition a hall built in bench by a back door. Not only can you set backpacks, purses and other things on top of the bench, but you can build it so the top lifts up for storage underneath. Where it’s shoes, sports equipotent, etc. you will have more functional space and storage that you did before. Add some coat hooks above the bench and you’ve created a create cubby space that can house a multitude of things.

While the weather is still nice, consider hosting a garage sale for any items you need to part with that are cluttering up your home or taking up too much storage space. You can also donate any items you no longer need to a local cause and help out while organizing your home.

Lastly, consider a place for all your outdoor tools that will need storing this winter. Gardening tools, rakes, leaf blowers and so on are all things that tend to clutter up the garages for most people. Re-think and reorganize your garage space and utilize the space up top by adding shelving or hooks toward the top part of your garage, so you can store the items out of the way but still get to them when you need them.

These simple fall organization tips can make a big difference for your home and have you more organized going into the holidays so you won’t have to address a cluttered space then.

 

 

Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

6 Reasons To Buy A Home This Fall

Categories: Homeowner News, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: August 3, 2018 | Comments Off on 6 Reasons To Buy A Home This Fall

 

2016: The Year To Buy

2016: The Year To Buy

If part of your weekend plans are looking for Pittsburgh on your lot builders to build your new home, Parry Custom Homes gives you 6 reasons why this fall is a great time to be a homebuyer in today’s market.

Homebuyers in 2018 are in luck, since interest rates are still at an affordable low lever, even though the market has picked up in the past few years. Even thought they may creep up at any given moment, it is still a fact that home loans are at historic lows.

Some people may remember interest rates being at 18.5 percent in the ‘80’s. Even if home prices are higher in some markets, buyers will still save hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of their mortgage and the low fixed rate of today.

Another huge reason why so many are planning to buy if they haven’t already, is the fact that rent prices have skyrocketed across the U.S. and in many places, the rent is the same or more than a mortgage payment. In fact, rents outpaced home values in 20 of the 35 biggest housing markets in 2016. The hike for rent prices in 2018 is predicted to rise another 8 percent.

For most people, it doesn’t make sense for them to keep throwing away rent money each month, especially if it equates to the same or more than a mortgage payment. More people are realizing this trend and taking advantage of the low interest rates while they can in buying a home and forgoing renting.

Another reason why so many more Americans are able to purchase a home and leave renting behind is because they no longer have to save up huge down payments in order to purchase a home. There are a variety of programs to help homebuyers afford to make home buying a reality.

Other big factors this year that will lead to a large push in homeownership are the stabilizing home prices, mortgage insurance deals, and major tax breaks for homebuyers. All of these things are adding up to a great buyers market this fall!

 

 

Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.

Your Morning Routine Requires More Energy Than You Realize

Categories: Custom Home Builders in Pittsburgh, Homeowner News, New Homes in Pittsburgh, On your lot builder Pittsburg, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: July 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Your Morning Routine Requires More Energy Than You Realize

 

Daily Energy

Daily Energy

How much energy do you think it takes to power the life you live on a day-to-day basis? A recent article on SaveOnEnergy.com highlighted how much energy it can take to just fuel your morning routine on a daily basis. If you’re currently on the hunt for a Pittsburgh On Your Lot builder this spring to build your new home, you can probably only imagine how much energy that takes from your days as you search online for hours at a time. Parry Custom Homes, shares a breakdown of how we use our energy on a daily basis, for the good and for the bad.

When doing your day to day tasks, you may not realize how much energy you use on a daily basis. However, when you consider all of the electronics that are involved in your day to day life, there is a lot of energy being spent in your daily routine that you probably never stopped to realize!

In today’s modern living society, we are able to use energy without even having to work for it or think about where it comes from. To make it easier to understand the energy usage of basic daily activities, researchers at the online energy marketplace SaveOnEnergy.com converted these tasks into units of human activity. Any physical action like walking up a flight of stairs, taking out the trash, lifting weights after work, uses energy just like the electricity in our homes does. Comparing the two shows how much we benefit from electric power permeating our daily lives.

Checking your email and reading the news on your iPad requires little energy to do. However, it truly requires the same energy as climbing almost 29 flights of stairs. That is nothing however, compared to the energy it takes to make a cup of coffee. That task requires the same energy it would take to scale 383 flights of stares, which would be the same as climbing the total of two Empire State Buildings.

 

 

Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.

Millennials buying homes in the suburbs

Categories: Buying a Home, Custom Home in Pittsburgh, Homeowner News | Posted: April 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Millennials buying homes in the suburbs
Millenial Buyers

Millenial Buyers

If you are currently looking for a Pittsburgh custom home, you most likely are one of many currently looking for a new home as spring is officially in full swing and the buying market is heating up. If you are looking in more suburban locations of Pittsburgh, you may have noticed that the age of those looking around you is younger than you might be used to or anticipated. You yourself might be a millennial looking for a new home in the suburban areas of Pittsburgh. Parry Custom Homes explains why there is a trend of younger buyers in suburbia then we may have seen in past years.

Believe it or not, the National Association of Realtors’ Home Buyer and Seller Generation Trends report recently released an article that said people who are 35 years of age and younger make up the largest group of homebuyers in the market today, and 67% of those buyers are first-time homebuyers.

What is even more interesting is that many people are under the impression that millennials have no interest in homeownership and have no interest in buying a home in the suburbs. However, this has not been the case in the most recent years as the market has reflected. Millennials continue to make up the largest share of homebuyers in annual surveys conducted by the National Association of Realtors and 2016 is no different.

So why is it that the age of those buying in the suburbs is getting younger than we have seen in years past?

As millennials age, they have become more traditional in their buying habits. This means, you can find them choosing homes in the suburbs rather than city living like many might think.

Some 35% of buyers in 2015 were millennials, up from 32% in 2014, and their median age was 30, according to NAR. Those in the ages of 36 to 50, made up 26% of buyers, the second-largest group, and had a median age of 42.

So, if you happen to be a millennial looking for a home in the suburbs in today’s market, know that you are not alone and you may have a lot more in common with your new neighbors than you might have planned- age being one of them.

No matter what stage of life you may be in, whether you’re starting out with your first home or looking to downsize from your long-time family home, Parry Custom Homes is able to cater to all buyers in the market and help them find the right fit for their lifestyle and life stage.

 

 

Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.

Savvy Gardeners Understand Climate and Weather

Categories: Homeowner News, Homeowner Tips, New Homes in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: March 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Savvy Gardeners Understand Climate and Weather

 

Spring Gardening Tips

Spring Gardening Tips

If the impending spring season and warmer temperatures have you ready to get in your garden, be sure to study up on what plants will work best in your environment. Savvy gardeners keep one eye on the sky and the other on their plant beds. They give nature a nudge by understanding the climate, learning how to read the weather and then creating a landscape that fits. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares information on how to grow the best garden possible.

It’s good to know what the weather is doing, why it’s doing it and what it will do next. If you go with your climate and soil, your garden will be much more successful and if you choose the appropriate plants and tend to them well, you’ll save money because there’ll be fewer failures.

Learning how to read clues about upcoming weather can result in a more productive garden.

You can predict whether there will be a frost by noting the temperature and the rate it changes at dusk, can predict whether dew will form. Calculate the atmospheric humidity and you’ll know how likely it is to rain or snow. Watch the clouds for approaching weather fronts and gathering storms.

Soil and climate are closely linked. At the extremes, desert soils are sandy while tundra soils are low in nutrients because vegetation is so limited.

The more sand you have, the faster it will drain, so you might need to irrigate. Clay retains water and is very fertile because it stays wet it tends to be cold in spring, so you can’t work it or plant it early in the year.

Silt is very fertile. Loamy soil, which is best of all, has approximately equal parts of clay, sand and silt.

Then there are microclimates, which can vary depending on the size and shape of your property.

Lower terrain may have lower temperatures than higher terrain. Exposure to sun and wind can create a dry microclimate even in areas with adequate rainfall.

When you have a few days of unexpected 65-degree weather, people may think they can plant. But nature has a way of getting even and it’s best to stay with the tried and true. Things aren’t what they used to be, but nobody can be certain what the weather is moving toward.

 

 

Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.

Myths about millennials and ownership

Categories: Homeowner News, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: March 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Myths about millennials and ownership

 

When it comes to the millennial generation, many have assumptions made up in their head of what a typical millennials financial choices are. However, how do you know what is primarily false or true with this generation? Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares feedback from a recent article by CNBC explored this generation more and the financial choices they are making that may surprise you.

The study found that the aspirations of millennials and past generations remain the same, it is just that it might take the millennial generation longer to be able to afford the same things as their previous generations.

Successful companies such as Netflix, Uber and Spotify often lead people to believe that the future is more about renting than owning. However, when it comes to big purchases that doesn’t seem to be the case with millennials as most people might assume.

Currently about 53% of millennials own their own home and an overwhelming 88% of millennials aspire too when they can financially afford it. Although the sharing economy is thriving, millennials still plan to and when they can afford too, purchase their homes and cars opposed to renting or leasing them in the vast majority.

Another myth when it comes to millennials is that they are afraid to put down roots. This was also found to not be true, as millennials are buying homes in both rural and metropolitan areas when they have the financial means to do so.

Although this generation may be transitional when it comes to what they choose to purchase and their consumer preferences, the core big ticket items such as a car and a home are things that they are still wanting to purchase and can when they have the financial means to do so.

However, something that may be higher than in past generations is that a good portion of millennial homebuyers will buy a home to rent it or be a landlord, opposed to just living in the home as the sole purpose of purchasing it. The popular Airbnb craze can be partially to blame, as they see their home as an opportunity to make money as well.

So, if you are a millennial in the market for a new home know that you are not alone. And if you are an older generation shopping for a new home, know that you may compete against or live next to a millennial in your next home purchase!

 

 

 

Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.