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Eight Must-Have Apps for New Homeowners

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When purchasing a new home, there’s tons of paperwork to keep track of. The last thing on your mind at closing is finding a lawn care professional or figuring out how to use your fancy new appliances. Luckily for you, there’s an app for that. From moving to meeting neighbors to home security, we’ve narrowed down the list of great apps for new homeowners to our eight favorites.

Common Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make — And How to Avoid Them

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When it comes to firsts, buying a home for the first time can be one of the most exciting, intimidating and overwhelming experiences for many buyers. Most first-time homebuyers are not equipped to go through the process alone and even when they have help, there are common mistakes that they make time and again. Here is your list of important information to know as a first-time homebuyer. Understand and avoid typical pitfalls of buying your first home, such as: *Not inspecting your new home *Only shopping for used homes *Buying a home that isn’t in a great school district  *Not having a complete picture of your finances *Getting so stressed you stop shopping for you home

Weird — But Common — Questions About Shopping for a New Home

As soon as you begin the new-home shopping process, a whirlwind of questions are bound to flood your brain, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. Don’t worry, it’s only natural; buying a new home can take a while and there are many weird yet important questions that may enter your mind as you walk the path to your dream home. There’s no question too weird or too personal when it comes to buying a home, so don’t be afraid to ask. To help you out, we compiled a list of common questions — and answers — that may pop up during the process."

When Renting Costs More Than Homeownership

In a world of rising rent costs and record low mortgage rates, one might think homeownership is the way to go. In certain markets, it’s actually possible that the costs of homeownership are well below your monthly rent payment, which for many renters has surpassed half their income. Might make you think twice about living in that tiny apartment space, right? If so, it might be time to speak to a real estate expert. Before you go out and make an appointment yourself, here are a few professional tips that can help you figure out what to do when renting costs more than homeownership

How to Read a Floor Plan

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When shopping for a new home, you’ve likely collected a number of project brochures, each with four or more available floor plans. Making sense of this collection of floor plans to find those that best fit your needs and desires can be a daunting task. To make it easier to envision your new home from the perspective of a floor plan, we asked for advice from Steve Moore, senior partner in BSB Design, Inc., in West Des Moines, Iowa. With eight offices nationwide, BSB has been a pioneer in residential home space design since 1965. Moore suggests re-visiting each model home on paper with the following in mind to make the process easier:

Home Upgrades that Pay Off

A surprisingly large amount of the money you spend on your new home will be determined by the options and choices you make — and those options are forever changing. For example, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, both considered pricey upgrades for years, are now standard in most new homes. However, going with the most common (or lowest) denominator is not always the best way to save — or spend — your dollars. For maximum functionality and a healthy return on investment, consider the following upgrades for your new home:

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

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Show Mom how much you care with a Mother's Day gift from the heart. Take a look at these fun craft ideas that will make your Mom's day special!

Home Building Process Step-by-Step Guide

Are you wondering how the construction process works while building a new home? Building your new home is exciting, especially when you understand how the process works. To help you prepare for and understand your new home’s construction, this article outlines the typical steps your builder will take in the construction of a home and will help keep you abreast of what happens at key stages.


An Irish blessing from all of us at Riverside Homebuilders. May you always have walls that keep you out of the winds, laughter that keeps you happy, loved ones that stay by your side, and dreams that all come true. Enjoy this delicious Irish Stew compliments of Riverside Homebuilders!

Yearly Maintenance Tips for Your New Home

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When purchasing a New Home, most people probably first think of the financial responsibility. Don’t let yourself forget, however, about the time and labor that home ownership also requires. Just like regular oil changes for your car keep your engine happy and healthy, keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks will keep you from future headaches and wasted money. It can be intimidating to think about these various tasks, especially if you’re a new homeowner. It’s a long list — there’s no denying that. The good news is that you can do the majority of it on your own without much experience. Google is your best friend, and if you really get stuck, call up your local handyman to help you out. In order to maximize your efficiency and actually get all of these tasks done, you might want to create a home maintenance calendar for yourself. Whether online or on paper, you can jot down small, regular tasks for each weekend and not be too overwhelmed. We’ve listed tasks that need to be done monthly, quarterly, and biannually. Do what works for you and your schedule, and as long as all these things get accomplished, your home will be happy for years and years to come!

10 Steps to Select the Right Builder for YOU!

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Selecting the right home building company for your needs and for the type of new home you seek is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your home buying process. Fortunately, there are some proven ways to speed up the research and selection process and to help ensure that you find a quality builder who’s a good match to construct your new home.

Easy DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for your Valentine

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No one actually wants a stuffed puppy holding an "I Love You" pillow heart for Valentine's Day, so why not create a sweet DIY gift that your Valentine really will love? You can't go wrong with these DIY gifts and they are Pinterest-approved and super cute. Guaranteed V-Day victory!

Homeownership to Increase in 2017

If you’ve even contemplated homeownership, either as a brand new homebuyer or someone experienced in buying and selling, you’re probably familiar with the well-known home search website Zillow.

Lucky Black-eyed Pea Salad

Considering black-eyed peas luck goes back to the legend that the town of Vicksburg, Mississippi ran out of food while under attack during the Civil War. The town folks discovered a stash of black-eyed peas and forever after considered them lucky. Here is a new black-eyed pea salad recipe to try for 2017!