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New Home Buying Checklist

Most Americans dream of owning a home. In addition to the pride and sense of accomplishment that comes with home ownership, homeowners pay less tax and save money over renting. Home prices tend to rise over time, making home purchase one of the best investments you can make. Despite the numerous benefits of homeownership, many people still worry about the home buying process. This makes sense when you consider the fact that buying a home is one of the largest purchases you can make. It’s important to learn all you can about the home buying process before taking this important step. 
  • Clean Up Your Credit
If you haven’t already, now is the time to check your credit score. This is the number that mortgage lenders look at when determining your rate. A higher score means a lower mortgage rate. Although it isn’t necessary, it’s a good idea to resolve any issues on your credit report before shopping for a home.
  • Determine How Much Home You Can Afford
Figuring out your budget before shopping for a home can save you a lot of heartache later. In order to determine your budget you need to compare the amount of money your household makes each month after taxes to your average monthly expenses and debt. Keep in mind that the more money you put down on your new home, the smaller your mortgage payment will be.
  • Search for a Mortgage Lender
The mortgage process is often one of the most stressful parts of buying a new home. It’s not uncommon for prospective buyers to spend months on end trying to find the right lender. After locating a mortgage lender, prospective buyers need to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Fortunately, there is a way to streamline the process. Most home builders have their own mortgage company, allowing you to keep everything in one place. This makes financing easy and home builders often offer incentives to buyers that finance with them.   
  • Determine Your Needs
Everyone has different needs when it comes to buying a home. While some people focus on the kitchen and amenities, it’s important to distinguish what’s really important. Consider making a list of both your wants and needs. This can help you determine which elements are negotiable.  
  • Research Local Neighborhoods
Location makes a big difference when buying a home. Before viewing any homes, make sure you research the area and the school districts. Even if you don’t plan on having children, homes located close to good schools tend to have a higher resale value. In addition to good schools, make sure you research the local shopping centers, restaurants, grocery stores, and entertainment. 
  • Start Touring Homes
Once you’ve determined the type of home you’d like to purchase, it’s time to start visiting them in-person. Although your real estate agent will help you through much of the process, it’s important to have some questions prepared before touring any homes. You’ll want to gather as much information about the home as possible including the year it was built, materials used, previous owners (if any), and renovations.  New Homes in Frederick County Located close to sought-after schools, shopping, dining, arts, entertainment, and recreation, Landsdale offers a wide range of home styles from five of the area’s most talented and experienced builders. Please contact us to schedule a tour and learn about our builder’s financing options. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Ryan Homes in Frederick MD

Thinking of Switching to a Different School District? Now is the Time to Buy!

Prospective buyers have many things to consider when buying a home. While it’s important to think about home size and amenities, nothing matters quite as much as location. After all, the location of your home has a profound impact on the way you live. For homebuyers with school-aged children, it’s important to research local school districts before purchasing a home. Even homebuyers that don’t have any children can benefit from considering this important, but often overlooked, factor.  The quality of the school district can have a significant impact on both home value and neighborhood. Good School District = Good Neighborhood Typically, a good school district equals a good neighborhood. Housing communities located close to good school districts usually have easy access to transportation, eateries, and entertainment. Homes in good school districts also tend to have higher home values and hold their value even in tough economic times. Evaluating a School District Multiple factors go into determining the quality of a school district. These factors include the age of the schools, condition of their facilities, student-to-teacher ratios, and standardized test scores. Fortunately, prospective buyers can find this information as well as school ratings by doing a quick search on the Internet. Homebuyers Need to Act Fast Families considering buying a home need to act fast if they want their children to start at their new school this fall. The home buying process takes time, and buyers will face stiff competition the longer they wait. It’s important that homebuyers begin the home buying process now. Many people mistakenly believe they have to settle for a smaller or older home in order to get their kids into a good school district. While it’s true that many excellent school districts have established neighborhoods, homebuyers can often find newer, more spacious homes close to good schools. Homebuyers with school-aged children could benefit from purchasing a new home in a planned community. In addition to fantastic location, these communities offer homes planned and built for families and access to state-of-the-art amenities. Frederick’s Fastest Selling New Home Community Located close to award-winning Frederick County schools, Landsdale has move-in ready homes available for immediate purchase. Homeowners can also choose to have a new home built based on their unique requirements and specifications. At Landsdale, we know that you have plans and we are ready to help you reach your goal. We know you want to feel safe, as do our builders and our sales reps. In order to help you keep up with your plans to buy or build a new home, we’re offering both virtual and in-person meetings by appointment.   Our builders are open and ready to help you build the home of your dreams in the timeframe you need! Acting now is the only way to ensure your kids will begin the 2020-2021 school year at their new school. Please contact us for information about our in-person and virtual appointments.
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Frederick County New Home Community, Landsdale, Featured In The Washington Post

Oct. 22, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. EDT

In Frederick County, Md., about 40 miles northwest of the District, the aura is rural. On a recent sunny Monday afternoon, cows grazed in golden fields on farms framed by wooden fences in the shadow of the Catoctin Mountains.

That’s where 30 modern-farmhouse-style single-family residences are rising, part of the roughly 400-acre Landsdale community in Monrovia. Landsdale should have about 800 single-family detached houses and about 300 townhouses when fully developed.

Nancy and Robert Rivas and their children moved there in early October. “We looked for a rancher where we could retire in five years. When we saw the model, we looked at each other and thought we can look forward to the future,” Nancy Rivas said.

Jean and Christopher Mays are watching their house go up now and anticipate moving in next summer. They’ve lived in Gaithersburg, Md., for decades. “We’re really drawn to being in the country,” Jean Mays said.

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Amenities Create A Sense of Community

Amenities Create A Sense of Community in Frederick MDHaving a common area for neighbors to come together enhances the lifestyle of residents, allowing families to bond while creating a sense of well-being.  Every aspect of Landsdale, including the breathtaking views of Sugarloaf Mountain, has been thoughtfully designed to inspire more relaxation, leisure and fun in your daily life. Here you will discover a world-class amenity park that is ready for you to enjoy the minute you move in. In the heart of the community is a 6,000 square foot Craftsman-style clubhouse, where you will find spacious entertaining areas, a state-of-the-art catering kitchen and luxurious locker rooms. Outside, catch some rays on the sun deck or read a book under an umbrella while your kids splash around in the resort-style zero-entry pool, 8-lane Olympic-size pool, and kiddy pool. This is the perfect community oasis for friends and family to gather, relax and have fun. For more recreational activities, lace up your tennis shoes and have some friendly-competition on our tennis courts or other sports courts, explore the hiking and biking trails, take your kids to play on one of our playgrounds or tot lots, catch a show at our outdoor amphitheater or have a picnic on one of our beautiful open lawns. With delightful landscaping and crisp, clean mountian air, the natural beauty of life at Landsdale is truly unparalleled. With so much magnificent scenery to explore, it’s easy to be active and social.
Landsdale is truly a community, where it’s not just about the home, it’s about the lifestyle. Whether you enjoy playing sports, taking a dip in the pool, going for a long walk with breathtaking views or gathering with neighbors at the clubhouse, you’ll find every modern convenience and luxury you’ve come to expect – and some you wouldn’t. Perhaps most exceptional of all is the incredible natural beauty surrounding Landsdale that makes you feel that no matter what you’re doing, you’re living somewhere very special indeed. If you're considering moving, give some thought to the lifestyle you want for yourself and your family. Odds are that the perks of your new home extend well beyond your property lines.
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Three Smart Choices For One-Level Living At Landsdale

One of the biggest home design trends in recent years is the first-floor owner’s suite. Historically, this product has been most popular with empty nesters looking for smaller active living space without stairs and additional upstairs space for guests. Today, more and more younger families are opting for this style of home as well, as it provides a more flexible living environment with easier access to primary living spaces, added privacy and separation, and plenty of room for everyone to spread out comfortably.

Ultimately, the decision to select a home with a first-floor owner’s suite is personal. That is why Landsdale is offering homeowners three new and diverse one-level living floorplans to choose from.

Landsdale Frederick MD New HomesThe Foster, by Ryan Homes, offers the convenience of one-level living while still having the space of a two-story home. It features a luxurious private owner’s suite, lavish owner’s bathroom and huge walk-in closet, two additional bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a two-car garage, and 2,374+ square feet. The foyer and fo  rmal dining room give a feeling of openness and light, flowing seamlessly into the open kitchen and spacious great room with a large center island and dinette, both perfect for entertaining or simply spending time together as a family.

 

Lennar Frederick MD New HomesThe Bonnington, by Lennar, expertly blends the need for space with the desire for efficiency. This beautiful two-story home features a deluxe first-floor owner’s suite with spa-like bathroom and super shower, three secondary bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a two-car garage, and 2,892+ square feet. A library is adjacent to the formal dining room and the entry hall leads into the open concept gourmet kitchen with large breakfast nook and a great room with vaulted ceiling, ideal for an open, easy flow while hosting parties or family gatherings.

 

Winchester Homes Williamsport Model Frederick MD New HomesThe Williamsport, by Winchester Homes, features single-level “ranch-style” living in an open and inviting floor plan including a large owner’s suite, two generous secondary bedrooms, two to three baths, a two-car garage and 2,440+ square feet. At the front of the home, the foyer is flanked by a formal living room and dining room, while to the rear, you’ll find the family room and an expansive kitchen that’s perfect for casual get-togethers with family and friends. The lower level is a blank canvas that can be customized to match your lifestyle needs.

The options to personalize these exquisite home designs are endless. Whether you are seeking additional bedrooms or bathrooms for your growing family and guests; flex spaces like a sunroom, finished recreation room, or home office; or additional features and upgrades – we can meet your needs and help you build the perfect home to complement the way you live.

At Landsdale, you really can have it all – the home you want in a resort-style community with the perfect location. Live the lifestyle you been dreaming of! Request more information, or schedule a visit to Landsdale today.

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Join us for exciting home events during the month of February.

We're excited about the upcoming events happening at Landsdale!

FALL IN LOVE EVENT: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH FROM 12-4PM

Mark your calendar!  Come out and celebrate Landsdale's Fall in Love Event. Meet new neighbors and make new friends. Enjoy sweet treats and fun stuff for the kids!  Tour our newest site release - large home sites with breathtaking views!  Have a sneak peak of our gorgeous second model home under construction with a first floor owner's suite!  Come learn why Landsdale is the hottest new home address and what it means to "Come home to Cozy"!

PRESIDENTS DAY CELEBRATION: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH FROM 11AM-6PM

Mark your calendars and visit us at Landsdale during the weekend of February 17th and take advantage of our special Presidential Savings event!  Extended hours for the Mitchell at Landsdale - 4506 Monrovia Boulevard, Monrovia, MD  21770

MUDDY BOOT TOUR: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH FROM 12-4PM

Walk through our newest addition to the beautiful portfolio of homes by Ryan at Landsdale.  The Foster features a wide-open floorplan with first floor owner's suite.  The second floor has a loft and two additional bedrooms.  The  Foster has 2,371f+ sq.ft. with up to 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Sit on your included front porch and enjoy a glass of lemonade this summer while taking in the glorious view of the nature preserve!

RSVP to any of these events by calling 301-882-4755.

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Toys for Tots at Landsdale

CalAtlantic Homes Sponsors Toys for Tots Program at Landsdale in Frederick, MD

We’re excited to announce that CalAtlantic Homes will be a National sponsor of the Toys for Tots program and that our Concord model at Landsdale will be a drop off location for new toys.

The mission of the Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. This message of hope will help the recipients become responsible, productive and patriotic citizens.

The Toys for Tots Program strives to achieve an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children, and to unite all members of local communities in a common cause.

The campaign kicks off on Wednesday, November 8th and will run through Sunday, December 10th. To keep this toy drive going strong, we’ll host an event on Sunday, December 3rd from 11:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. in the Concord model at Landsdale. Feel free to stop by and drop off an unwrapped toy and while you’re here, we’ll have refreshments for you to enjoy!

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to help children in our community. For more information on the Toys for Tots program, please visit https://www.toysfortots.org/Default.aspx.

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Landsdale Offers New Monrovia Homes Like None Other

Here in the heart of Frederick County, Maryland — at Landsdale, where the air is fresher, the homes are finer and the amenities more amenable too.

Come home to a home like none other at Landsdale.

These new Monrovia homes (from luxury builders the likes of Winchester HomesCalAtlantic Homes, and Ryan Homes) offer the best of the best. These new homes are designed to suit the unique needs of today’s modern Maryland homebuyer. Whether that means more space for a growing family to sprawl; a low-maintenance, one-level lifestyle; or something in-between, Landsdale has what you’re looking for, in spades.

Come home to a locale like none other in Frederick County.

Life at Landsdale is all about relaxation and fun, so much so your daily life will feel like vacation. And sure, we mean the amenities (They’re so great, but I digress…we’ll get there.) but also the incredible natural beauty surrounding this incredible community. Take a leisurely stroll — and take in the breathtaking views of Sugarloaf Mountain, the picturesque rolling hills, the lush farmland dotted with red barns. Strategically positioned where Montgomery, Frederick and Howard Counties converge, Landsdale offers an ideal home base for residents who work and play in the many thriving cities nearby.

Come home to a community like none other at Landsdale.

Kick back after a long day, or wake up on a lazy summer Saturday morning to indulge in a tennis match or a dip in the pool, or even just a cocktail and conversation with your new favorite neighbor at the clubhouse. The options are endless when the community’s amenities include:
  • A 6,000 square foot Craftsman-style clubhouse
  • An eight-lane Olympic-size pool
  • A zero-entry leisure pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Playgrounds and tot lots
  • Sport court and open spaces
  • Walking/biking trails
  • And an outdoor amphitheater, too.
Interested in learning more about new homes in Monrovia? Request more information, or schedule a visit to Landsdale today.
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Maryland First Time Home Buyer Credit.

Choosing to purchase a home is one of the smartest and biggest decisions of your life. It takes a lot of time and commitment to navigate the complex purchase process. There are a number of things you can do to save money on your new home. First Time Home Buyer Programs in Maryland Many non-profit organizations offer down payment assistance programs to first time homebuyers in Maryland. Some cities and counties even offer a Mortgage Credit Certificate or MCC. An MCC is a federal tax credit program for first time homebuyers. When purchasing your first home, it’s extremely important that you learn all that you can about the home buying process and the programs available to help you. Maryland HomeCredit A Maryland HomeCredit can save you tens of thousands of dollars throughout the life of your loan. When combined with a home loan through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Mortgage Program, purchasing your first home in Maryland has never been easier! The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development offers down payment assistance as well as a 30-year fixed interest rate. The Maryland HomeCredit doesn’t save you money on the purchase of your home. Instead, it provides eligible homeowners with a federal tax credit that reduces the federal tax liability owed. The value of this tax credit is 25% of the value of mortgage payments up to $2000. This credit can be claimed every year that you own your home. Eligible homeowners can apply for a Maryland HomeCredit through an approved mortgage lender. In order to be eligible, the home you purchase must be in Maryland and you must meet the income requirements and home purchase price limits set by the Maryland Mortgage Program. Also, the home you purchase must be your primary residence and you cannot have owned a home within the past three years. New Home Community in Frederick, Maryland If you’re thinking of purchasing a home in Maryland, look no further than Landsdale in Frederick County. Landsdale features gorgeous new construction single-family homes and townhomes and a variety of first-rate amenities. Landsdale has everything that you could ever want in a community. Please contact us for more information.
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What You Didn’t Know About Monrovia, MD

Located in southeastern Frederick County, just one mile south of New Market, Monrovia is one of the safest and most family-friendly towns in Maryland. This small town has a population of 433 people. With only one neighborhood, Monrovia is the 252nd largest community in Maryland. Employment Unlike many other towns, Monrovia has a unique mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. The town is home to a number of managers, teachers, professionals, construction workers and builders. More people working in Monrovia work on computers or math than 95% of other places in the U.S. Safety Monrovia’s crime rate is lower than the country’s average, making it an extremely safe place to live. This small town has fewer renters, college students and young children than many other towns in Maryland. Monrovia is an extremely quiet and peaceful town. Raising Children Monrovia is a fantastic choice for families with children. The town has an excellent school district and a large population of college-educated adults. In fact, citizens of Monrovia are among the most educated in the nation. Since many families call Monrovia home, children living here have plenty of opportunities to build lasting friendships. History Monrovia is brimming with history. During the 17th century, American Indians used to land to fish and hunt. European settlers began arriving during the 18th century. The town began with a flour mill and a saw mill. The flour produced by the mill was said to be of such good quality that it was sold all the way to Brazil. The town’s general store, Wood-Walker General Store, did more business than any other store in Frederick County. In 1880, Monrovia was the largest community in the New Market election district. New Homes in Monrovia, MD If you’re thinking of moving to Maryland, please consider Landsdale, Frederick County’s new planned community. Landsdale has a variety of brand new single family homes and townhomes available in Monrovia, MD. This gorgeous new home community features beautiful views, family-friendly amenities and brand new homes with some of today’s most sought after features. Please contact us for more information.
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