Springtime + New Home Search = A Winning Combo

Because spring is such a popular season for house hunting, it is the perfect time to remind homebuyers why a new home could be the best option out there! At Miller & Smith, our new homes provide a more comfortable and convenient place for families to live than many pre-owned homes can. There may be some of you who have already begun to look for a place to call home, which is why we want to remind you of the reasons why a new Miller & Smith home should be on your radar this spring season!

 

Feel the spacious and airy designs – New home layouts are designed so that there is plenty of space to be comfortable, move around, and enjoy all of the activities your family loves. The open plan designs found in all Miller & Smith homes encourage quality time with family and friends and create a more convenient lifestyle for you.

The Aria at West Park Brambleton

 

Think about making it yours – Is it just us, or does the spring season bring about a whole new wave of inspiration? Along with refreshing other aspects of your life in the springtime, purchasing a new home allows you to choose the features finishes, colors, etc. that will make a new home YOURS! Take some of that inspiration you’re feeling and envision a Miller & Smith home as your own when you visit our communities.

Get a real feel for the community – Unlike in the winter months, homeowners are now emerging from their abodes and showing off some of the amazing outdoor amenities in each of our communities. When you visit any Miller & Smith community this spring, you’ll see kids running around the park, neighbors cooking out on the grill together, and other homebuyers exploring the neighborhood.

The playground at Cayden Ridge

 

Imagine entertaining with ease – Some of the most important aspects of Miller & Smith home designs are the spaces that allow homeowners to easily entertain. In the springtime, it’s even easier to imagine your family hosting a barbeque in the backyard, participating in a neighborhood progressive dinner, or simply entertaining a few friends out on the deck.

Visit with a spring in your step – Not only are plants springing into action, but you may be too! It’s not a surprise that spring is a popular season to get things done, because better weather also means happier people. With a spring in your step, get ahead of your new home search and visit our model homes while you are feeling motivated by the new season.

For information about all of our new home communities, visit millerandsmith.com!

Cozy Up Your Miller & Smith Home For Fall

Everyone’s favorite season for pumpkin spiced lattes and walks through foliage filled parks is finally here! This season, give your new Miller & Smith home a few quick and easy updates to make it feel even more like fall. Check out our suggestions for an ultra cozy home to enjoy right now:

Accessorize your furniture

By loading up your couches and chairs with some warm accessories, you will never be without a comfortable spot to watch movies or read a good book. We recommend thicker and softer fabrics for any pillows or throw blankets you are going to add to your furniture, like flannel or sheepskin.

The Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

Update your outdoor spaces

Just like you can add blankets and pillows to the indoor furniture, you can also add cushions to your outdoor furniture so it is more comfortable to enjoy these spaces longer throughout the year. If you’re a family who wants to enjoy the outdoors all year round, an outdoor space heater can also be a great investment.   

Warm it up

As the days are getting shorter and you crave some more light in your home, fire up the fireplace or light some candles. Not only will this create a relaxing atmosphere, you will be able to smell all of the scents that remind you of autumn, like cinnamon, nutmeg, firewood, and pumpkin.

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The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

Add some layers

As you start to layer your clothes for the chillier weather, you can also layer in your home! Adding (and even layering) area rugs prevents you from having to scurry across hardwood floors in the colder months. If you want to add other cozy details, you can add tablecloths or runners to other surfaces in your home.

Pile on the bedding

Because our region is beginning to feel the effects of fall weather, you are most likely turning off your AC already and opening the windows to take in the crisp breeze. Since the nights can get a little bit chilly, you will need some extra layers on your bed, like a throw blanket, flannel sheets or even more pillows.

Become one with the outdoors

The fall season introduces us to many beautiful colors on the changing trees, in apple orchards, pumpkin farms, and even seasonal flowers. Bring all of these beautiful colors into your home with a festive wreath or fruit display.

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The Union Station at Signal Hill Station

If you’re looking for the perfect new home to move into this fall, look no further than all of Miller & Smith’s immediate delivery homes available at Signal Hill Station and Aspen North at Lake Linganore. The sooner you move in, the sooner you can decorate for the season!

The Ingredients for Your Perfect Neighborhood [Infographic]

Realtor.com recently published a list of the ingredients that make a neighborhood great according to a handful of experienced realtors. Below, check out which Miller & Smith communities have these neighborhood features nearby.

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Looking to Purchase A New Home? Why Fall is The Best Time to Move

You may know that spring is the most popular house-hunting season, with all of the open houses and new home construction popping up. At Miller & Smith, our new homes are being built year-round to give you the best options for you and your family when the timing is right. Contrary to popular belief, the fall season is the perfect time to move into a new home, and below are just a few reasons why!

More options – While spring is known as the most popular season to look for a new home or even purchase one, summer is the most popular season to move because kids and school employees are on summer vacation. Since many homebuyers aim to move before the school year starts, the fall season means less competition for you and more inventory to choose from, including an array of brand new immediate delivery homes!

It’s all about you – Movers, decorators, etc., are usually busiest during the summer since, as we have stated, this is typically the busiest moving season.  Purchasing a new home in the fall means that you won’t have to wait as long for service providers to assist in helping you complete your new Miller & Smith home. You will be at the top of the priority list!

End-of-year sales – According to Trulia.com, “In particular, September is a great time for buying carpet and paint. October means lawn mowers go on sale, and appliances and cookware are cheaper in November.” This time of year is ideal for purchasing everything you will need for your new home, whether it is décor, or kitchenware! Luckily, all new Miller & Smith homes come fully equipped with incredible appliances and most are EnergyStar, which means one less thing to worry about! 

All about timing – Aim to move before winter hits, because winter weather can be very unpredictable and throw off or even delay your moving process. Also, the holiday season can be a very busy time of year, so moving into your new home before then will ensure that you are less stressed when the holidays roll around. 

Possible tax breaks – In a recent article from Trulia.com, David Hyrck, a New York tax advisor, stated, “Property tax and mortgage interest are both deductions you can take for your whole year’s worth of income, even if you closed on your home in December.” Who doesn’t want to save a bit of money when it comes to taxes? Purchasing a new home in an ‘off’ season like fall could help you save even more money.

If you are ready for a brand new Miller & Smith home for you and your family, visit our website to learn more about all of our new home communities and homes that are move-in ready now!

Sources: http://www.trulia.comhttp://www.realtor.com

Townhomes: The Perfect Entry Level Home or If You’re Looking to Downsize

If you’re in the market for a new home, there are many options to consider, such as location, price, and style. At Miller & Smith, not only do we have new single-family homes available, but we are also expanding our brand new townhome communities in amazing locations. Continue reading below to discover the many benefits of owning a brand new townhome, why many homeowners love them, and where you can purchase a new townhome from Miller & Smith!

In more recent years, townhomes have made a huge comeback in the new home market. These homes are perfect for entry-level homebuyers and millennials who are tired of paying the high rent costs, in addition to those who are looking to downsize. Townhomes are also a great alternative to higher priced single-family homes because they still provide the same feel with other added benefits. There are many reasons that families choose to purchase new townhomes as opposed to single-family homes in the market today, and here are just a few!

·      Ideal locations: New townhomes from Miller & Smith are conveniently located near, and often times within walking distance, of popular shopping, dining, and recreation, while still being far enough from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

·      Less maintenance: Townhomes offer many of the same benefits as single-family homes without a ton of maintenance like exterior upkeep and yard work, so you can spend more time relaxing in your new home. 

·      Comparable to single-family homes: New townhomes from Miller & Smith offer the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms as many single-family homes, in addition to modern, open floor plans and garages. 

·      Sense of community: Shared community features and amenities create a social environment where your new neighbors quickly turn into friends and there are plenty of opportunities to connect with your community.  

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Evermont Trace at Brambleton

Here at Miller & Smith, we currently offer brand new townhomes at Signal Hill Station in Manassas, VA, and will be expanding our townhome communities to Brambleton, VA, and Frederick, MD. Brand new townhomes from Miller & Smith provide stunning architecture with contemporary floor plans and design options for today’s living! To view immediate delivery townhomes available now at Signal Hill Station in Manassas, VA, visit millerandsmith.com/immediate-delivery-homes/.

For more information on our townhome offerings in Virginia and Maryland, visit millerandsmith.com and make sure to sign up for updates on all of our new home communities here: https://www.millerandsmith.com/sign-community-updates/.

Sources: http://realtormag.realtor.orghttps://www.newhomesource.com

Miller & Smith: Setting the Gold Standard in Homebuilding

While homebuilding might not qualify as a designated sport in the upcoming “Summer Games,” you might be surprised how much we have in common with those competing internationally this week. Whether it’s a commitment to excellence that’s second to none or setting the gold standard in our industry, we celebrate what it takes to make dreams a reality, both at home and abroad!

Discipline: The Regime of Champions

Dreams of glory often drive individuals to become world-class athletes. But those athletes need a lot more — including dedication, time and sweat — to become topnotch competitors. Michael Phelps, for instance, swam nearly 50 miles a week and consumes a staggering 12,000 calories a day, all to build and maintain a peak physical form for the games.

Miller & Smith applies a similar discipline to its own daily business. Just as world-class athletes, we follow a strict series of steps to create incredible homes that stand the test of time. We also put quality building materials into our properties to deliver the greatest possible structural integrity and energy — think of these as the home equivalent to a healthy diet. What else is included in our regime? Outstanding weatherization systems, well-insulated roofs for proper ventilation, and specially engineered plumbing fixtures that enable cleaner water and better conservation. Take care of your body (and your home) and it will take care of you.

Perseverance

In 1981, an 18-year-old Doug Smith told his father, co-founder Gordon Smith, that he wanted to join the family business, Gordon famously responded by telling him to get back to him whenever he turned 30.

What happened over those next 12 years is akin to the intense persistence needed to develop into a world-class athlete. Doug kept his eye on the prize, went to college, received an MBA from Harvard, and developed his professional muscles into solid skills through experience working for Procter and Gamble and real estate firm, Jones Lang LaSalle. When he finally made it to Miller & Smith, he had to work his way up from the warranty department, and only ten years later reached his goal of becoming the company’s president and CEO.

That level of persistence builds great athletes, and great careers. It has also played a huge role in helping us make it through the industry’s highs and lows over the decades — from massive interest rates to depressions to booms to busts to the recessions that follow —Miller & Smith continues to come out on top every time.

Setting the Gold Standard

Remember when gymnast, Kerri Strug went on to gloriously win the gold in the 1996 summer games? After a devastating ankle injury, the world watched with bated breath as Kerri hurdled down the runway, tumbled over the vault and stuck her very best tumbling pass. One moment changed everything — Kerri went on to win the gold, led the USA Women’s team to victory and cemented an iconic moment in history of the summer games.

At Miller & Smith, we may not have twisted a ligament to win an award, but we frequently experience the thrill of wowing more than 20,000 homebuyers in over 120 communities and earning 400+ awards for design and construction excellence along the way.

With an intense attention to detail in our designs, discipline in our daily business and a perseverance that never quits, we enjoy creating an experience where one moment and one visit can change everything.

Market Update: DC Metro Real Estate Trends

If you keep up with everything happening in real estate right now, you know that different factors in the market can change at the drop of a hat. Because it is important to know about the home market before you choose to buy, we are here to keep you up to date! Discover the latest trends in real estate in the DC Metro area, where many of Miller & Smith’s new home communities are located and now selling!

Redfin, a popular national real-estate brokerage, recently conducted a survey that provided specific insights into the current real estate trends of the DC Metro Area. Despite factors like a 25% increase in requests for home tours year over year and a continued rising consumer confidence in the housing market, the demand for homes is “relatively weak” according to Redfin, who reported a 4.3% decrease in demand year over year. The survey also reported a 17% decrease in the inventory of home year over year in the region, which Redfin says could be the cause of less demand. According to Redfin real estate agent, Dan Galloway, inventory is the lowest in the most highly sought after price range, between $380,000 and $800,000. 

Galloway continues to explain why right now is a great time to buy a home while the region is focused on other things. “Buyers should take advantage of the remainder of the summer. The political class is out campaigning, which means the pool of buyers will be smaller and there will be less competition.” This is especially true in the D.C. area where preparations for the big election are in full swing. 

So, what does this mean for you, the homebuyer? Although the inventory of homes for sale is lower than usual, Miller & Smith has both to be built homes and immediate delivery homes available in the most sought after price range in many of our new home communities. Our communities in the DC Metro area include Embrey Mill (Stafford, VA), Signal Hill Station (Prince William County, VA), Aspen North at Lake Linganore (New Market, MD), with even more coming soon to Loudoun County, VA! To explore all of our new homes for sale, visit millerandsmith.com because now is the perfect time to find your dream home with Miller & Smith.

Sources: redfin.comhomesnap.comdc.curbed.com

The Perfect Time To Be a Homebuyer is NOW!

You may have heard people going on and on about how great the real estate market is right now from a buyer perspective, and we have to agree with them! Years ago, new homes were very different from homes today, and with characteristics like higher mortgages and smaller spaces, there is no comparison to the options that are available in 2016. Discover why it is a great time to be a homebuyer below according to a recent article from realtor.com!

The options are unparalleled

New homes today have gotten closer and closer to being “custom” homes with options to fit the needs of any family. At Miller & Smith, we offer many different types of homes including townhomes and single-family homes, each with their own optional features and designs that help tailor your home to the way you live.

New homes have all the bells and whistles

Back in the day, things like HVAC, granite countertops, and hardwood floors were considered luxury add-ons to a new home, which tacked on additional costs. Today, many of these “luxury” features are included in all new Miller & Smith homes! 

Homes are more energy efficient

As society becomes more environmentally and fiscally responsible, we have catered to those concerns when building a home! Our new homes are all equipped with energy efficient appliances and thermostats that are Energy Star rated. Not only are our homes energy efficient, but we also take environmental responsibility very seriously, so you know that materials used to build your new home are very environmentally friendly.

The Internet makes home-buying easy

Even before you decide to come and visit one of our brand new model homes, you can learn so much about the homes, community, options, and more on our website, including photos and videos! On our YouTube channel you can watch tours, interviews, and more, and on our social media pages, you can keep up with the latest happenings from Miller & Smith.

Mortgage rates are still at record lows

According to Realtor.com, mortgage rates are among the lowest they have ever been, with the average hovering around 3.63% for a 30-year fixed mortgage rate. Money that you put into a home today goes a lot farther than it has in the past 40 years, not to mention that new homes today offer far more living space, better features, and modern home designs. 

Take it from realtor.com when they say, “it’s quite possible that there has never been a better time to be a homeowner.” Interested in taking advantage of the home buying market right now? Visit millerandsmith.com to learn more about owning a brand new home in Virginia, Maryland, or Delaware!

Sources: realtor.com

Infographic: How to Keep Your New Home in Tip-Top Shape

 

Your brand new Miller & Smith home is squeaky clean now, but if you don’t keep up with a cleaning routine, it could get messy a lot quicker than you would think! Check out our brand new infographic below for some tips on how to keep your new home in tip-top shape room by room!

Our Dream Kitchen Must-Haves

When you think of your dream kitchen, what do you envision? In every Miller & Smith home you will find beautiful kitchens with design features that will make all of your dreams come true! Take a look at many of the must-have kitchen features in brand new Miller & Smith homes! 

The Union Station at Signal Hill Station

The Union Station at Signal Hill Station

Granite Countertops

Today, granite countertops are on the top of everyone’s list! Not only is the look and feel of granite amazing, but also it comes in many different colors, and is heat-resistant! These are just a few reasons why granite countertops are available in Miller & Smith homes! 

The Grand Central at Signal Hill Station

The Grand Central at Signal Hill Station

Large Island

One of the home features that many Miller & Smith homeowners love is our Signature Infinity Island. The infinity island or other generously sized kitchen islands allow for plenty of counter space to cook, entertain or be a kid’s homework spot.

The Verde at Victory Lakes

The Verde at Victory Lakes

Open Plan

When you are carrying a hot pan or sharp utensil, the kitchen is the last place you want to be cramped for space. Open kitchen layouts allow for more room in the kitchen so while you are prepping the salad, someone else can be making dessert and you won’t get in each other’s way! 

The Beachcomber at Millville By The Sea

The Beachcomber at Millville By The Sea

Seating

We think that many others will agree when we say that the kitchen is a central part of a home! It is where families come together to spend quality time, whether it is for dinner, game night, or just to catch up after school and work. Therefore, we think that plenty of seating is important. All of our home designs allow ample seating around the island, where you can fit 4 or more stools.  

The Silverton at Aspen North

The Silverton at Aspen North

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting is a stylish way to bring softer light into your kitchen, without sacrificing brightness or style. Pendant lighting is usually placed above kitchen islands and comes in a variety of options! 

The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

Stainless Appliances

The luxury of stainless steel appliances is on many people’s must haves list and for good reason! We offer many Stainless appliances options, including many that are EnergyStar rated ones. Create a luxurious feel, while saving on your energy costs with these high quality products.

The Calahan at Aspen North

The Calahan at Aspen North

Hardwood Flooring

Kitchen flooring has seen a large transition over the years. While tile used to be the most popular kitchen flooring option, hardwood is a more coveted style in today’s new homes. 

Visit https://www.millerandsmith.com for more information on the homes featured!