Kreiser New Homes Blog

Kreiser Construction builds Quality, Affordable, On-Time New Homes in Lebanon County. Through our blog we hope to educate, encourage and motivate you as you search for a new home, purchase a new home and pay off your new home mortgage. In addition, we'll let you know of happenings in and around Lebanon County.
Jan
17

Tips: First Time Home Buyer

Tips: First Time Home Buyer
Are you a First Time Home Buyer? If you are, I highly encourage you to take a look at this list of tips for the First Time Home Buyer. The list provides you with 32 Helpful Tips.  You don't want to make mistakes buying your first home.  Some of the mistakes you can make can take a toll on you both financially and relationally. Why put both of these at risk? The original article from Home...
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Dec
10

Home Safety Tip: Smoke Alarms

Home Safety Tip: Smoke Alarms
Diagram of where to put smoke alarms. The top ...
I've developed a bad habit.  I use to be quite faithful in checking the batteries on my home smoke detectors/alarms, choosing to change them when the time changed in the spring and the fall. I began to get lazy a couple of years ago when the spring clocks were moved several weeks earlier and the fall clocks were moved a couple of weeks later. Add to this the fact that I justified that I they ...
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Oct
07

40+ Tips to Help You Survive Your Next Move

40+ Tips to Help You Survive Your Next Move
My family of 5 at the time last moved over 12 years ago. I'm not a fan of moving ... I don't like chaos.... I don't like disorganization ... I don't like stress ... all of which appear in this stage but they are inevitable when you are ready to embark on different life stage whether that be downsizing, job change or the fact that your family is growing. How do you manage this event?  I came a...
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Jan
16

Mortgage Free Americans

Mortgage Free Americans
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Did you know that according to a recent analysis by the real estate site Zillow 29.3 percent of Americans surveyed do not have a mortgage?  When you do the math, that translates into nearly 21 million Americans who own their homes free and clear.  Imagine what the feels like. What steps are you taking to be mortgage free?  What savings tips would you share with those who are doing t...
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Jan
14

Are you Paying More for Home Insurance?

Are you Paying More for Home Insurance?
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Did you pay more for insurance in 2012?  If you did, you're not alone. According to a survey completed by Bankrate , 37% of respondents paid more for home, health, auto, or life insurance this past year as compared to 2011.  As I read the report, the thing that struck me the most was a statement made by J. Robert Hunter, director of insurance for the Consumer Federation of America. ...
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Jan
09

Saving Money on Your Car

Saving Money on Your Car
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You may be wondering why I'm sharing about saving money on a new car but I think it's imperative to helping you purchase your new home as a first-time home buyer. Several days ago I asked the question: Is Your Car Killing Your Home Ownership Dream? I truly believe that for many people this is truly the case.· I just finished reading Marc Frons ' NY Times Blog entitled, What I Learned the Hard Way ...
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Jan
05

Is Your Car Killing Your Home Ownership Dream?

Is Your Car Killing Your Home Ownership Dream?
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Recently I sat down with a young couple at their request.  They wanted to speak about their finances.  Things were feeling tight and the uncertainty of their job situations was increasing their stress.  You could easily see it in their eyes.  As well, you could see it in their serious, quiet demeanor. After laying out their expenses, placing the numbers in an Excel Spreadsheet ...
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May
24

Can I afford a New Home?

Can I afford a New Home?
Are you still humming and hawing over whether it's a good time to purchase a new home?  According to the latest NAHB Report on the Economy , the single family housing market is improving after a slight pause in April.  What's driving this?  The affordability of housing .  In other words this is a great time to shift from renting to owning .  Keep in mind that as more homes...
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May
23

6 Lawn Management Tips

6 Lawn Management Tips

There is just something about a well manicured lawn. · I really don't know what it is.· I never understood why my dad took such great pride in our lawn when growing up in Southern Ontario until, you guessed it, I became a home owner myself.

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Apr
09

What's the Last Box You Should Pack?

What's the Last Box You Should Pack?
Here's a really good question I recently stubmled upon in a newspaper ad.  What's the last box you should pack when moving?  This tip will help you eliminate some moving chaos. We've all done it as we've approached moving day.  We've packed something we need.  Rather than blame your spouse for their "stupidity", take ownership of your next move by preparing.  How can you d...
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Mar
29

4 Items to Disassemble when Moving

4 Items to Disassemble when Moving
Learn how you can save time, money and damage by simply disassembling some of your furniture before moving it. A couple of weeks ago, I tried to get a large, borrowed bed into our house basement.  My first attempt left a gouge in the stairwell ceiling.  My second attempt, had me removing the door to the basement.  Finally, I realized that the best way to accomplish this task in such...
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Mar
23

5 Ways to Reduce Moving Costs

5 Ways to Reduce Moving Costs
I'm typically a person that doesn't like surprises.  I like life taking place in an orderly way. When it comes to my home finances, the same goes.  I don't like surprises.  Yes, I do understand that emergencies do take place but even in those case I like to be prepared.  When it comes to moving day, ensure that you do not get an added surprise in your wallet.  Here are 5 w...
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Mar
14

5 Things I Find Hard about Moving

5 Things I Find Hard about Moving
For 20+ years I never moved.  In fact my parents lived in the same house for 47+ years.  Moving was definitely not part of my life until the year 2000.  During that year, my family of 5 moved two times within an 8 month period.  The first move was the result of our landlord at the time selling our house and buying one across the intersection.  That move involved rolling ou...
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Oct
24

Can I make changes to the standard Kreiser Construction floor plans?

Can I make changes to the standard Kreiser Construction floor plans?
Kreiser Construction is available to meet with you to help create the home of your dreams and achieve your vision. · A fee may be charged for changes depending on the extent of the change. · A price for your floor plan changes (if applicable) · will be provided to you for your approval and a signed addendum by you will be required prior to formal floor plan changes being made.
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Jun
28

3 Steps Toward Reaching your Home Ownership Goal

3 Steps Toward Reaching your Home Ownership Goal
Can you afford to buy a new home as a first-time home buyer? As a potential First-Time Home Buyer, the idea of saving for your first home can seem like trying to bicycle of a mountain with a 60% grade . . . Impossible! In fact, a recent poll by the National Association of Home Builders emphasized this very fact: "non-owners identified saving enough money for a down payment and closing costs as the...
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Jun
22

Warning: Renting Home or Apt Not in Your Best Interest

Warning: Renting Home or Apt Not in Your Best Interest
Yet another report has coming out indicating that rental prices are going to increase.  Learn more about what the Harvard Study says about the Rental Bubble. According to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies’ latest report on America’s rental housing, "Rental markets are now tightening, with vacancy rates falling and rents climbing". Here are some additional highlights from the articl...
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Jun
20

4 Ways to Kill the American Dream

4 Ways to Kill the American Dream
There is a threat on the horizon.  There's "an unprecedented assault on housing that threatens to derail nearly 100 years of national policy promoting the value of home ownership" states the NAHB and "much of the public remains largely unaware of the potential catastrophe that lies ahead".  Here is a list of reasons why we face such a threat: A sharply limited availability of long-term, ...
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May
26

Should I Buy or Rent a Home in Lebanon County

Should I Buy or Rent a Home in Lebanon County

To buy a new home or rent?  That is the question.  Read on to learn what the experts are saying?  Do their findings apply to the quiet and beautiful area we call Lebanon County, PA? As I attempt to track trends in the U.S. housing industry, I have recently come across several articles pertaining to the question: should I rent or buy a home? According to CNN Money, if you live in Bos...
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May
12

3 Options for Obtaining a Home Mortgage

3 Options for Obtaining a Home Mortgage

When my wife and I purchased our first home just over 10 years ago, I thought the only place I could get a mortgage was the bank. Surprise, surprise! Read more to learn what options you have in a Home Mortgage.

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Mar
21

3 Important Facts about New Home Builder Kreiser Construction

When it comes to building a new home, timing is everything.  As I write this blog from Southern Ontario, I watch first hand the frustration that many hopeful new home owners face.  Delay after delay.  The frustration on their faces says it all, "my builder let me down."  As you consider building a new home, please do your research so you don't have to face the regrets, frustrat...
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