“I wish I’d known that before….” is something we often say to ourselves, especially after making a major purchase or decision. If you’re thinking about buying a home, here are 10 things you’ll be glad you knew in advance – from myths about finance to avoiding neighborhood regret.
Westin Homes, our Builder of the Month, is known for grand rotunda foyers with spiral staircases, a signature feature in many of its plans, including its Carter III model home in Sweetwater. But as our blog explains, this builder also pays attention to many small details that make everyday living effortless and enjoyable.
The average interest rate for a 30-year mortgage recently fell below 4%, prompting the financial advice website Bankrate to call it an “unexpected gift” for borrowers. Low interest rates are just part of an overall positive outlook for today’s homebuyers.
From the HOA to the title company, lots of players get involved when you buy a new home. Your builder sales consultant and real estate agent will usually handle most of the interactions, but it’s still a good idea to know who’s who and who does what.
Chesmar Homes, our builder of the month, is known for creating valued-filled homes that blend open indoor and outdoor living areas with a modern approach to Hill Country design. Their fully furnished model home in Sweetwater, the Ryder, is a great example of the Chesmar style.
From low interest rates to affordable new choices, 2019 is shaping up to be a great year to buy a new home at Sweetwater, whether it’s your first new home, or your ultimate dream home. Here are 5 reasons to discover what Sweetwater has to offer.
Sometimes we get the feeling we’d like a change of scenery, but how do you know when it’s really time to move? Here are 8 signs to think about, from feeling like you need more space, to wanting better schools for the kids.
Today’s homebuyers want home storage amenities such as walk-in pantries and oversized laundry rooms, along with energy-saving features, according to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders. See how Sweetwater’s best-in-class builders are on point with what buyers want.
Pulte’s rooftop balcony in their Nelson model home was included in a recent webinar of top housing design trends from DesignLens, the building industry’s largest online library of photo tours for model homes and master-planned communities.
Some 17 million kids head off to college each year, according to the AARP, but an empty nest doesn’t have to mean at empty life. In fact, it can be the start of an exciting new chapter in life. Here are 6 ways to get started.
From schools and recreation, to activities that will help newcomers feel right at home, here are 5 ways master-planned communities like Sweetwater are checking all the boxes for young families looking for a new home.
“Anything that looks like the work of a detail-obsessed artisan will be right at home in 2019,” predicts Realtor.com. With its nature-inspired design details, Chesmar’s Ryder model home in Sweetwater is right on trend.
One of the most exciting parts about building a new home is getting to choose all the features you’ve always wanted. With a little advance planning, you can enjoy your new home for many years to come by making it ready to age in place.
If you’re feeling stressed, check out these relaxing home plans at Sweetwater. From spa-like master baths to elevated patios, they’re filled with features that will make you say relax and say “Ahhhhh.”
“Neighborhood regret” is a real thing experienced by more than one-third of recent homebuyers, according to a recent study from Trulia. Here are 4 ways can avoid wishing they had chosen a different neighborhood.
Today’s independent-minded empty nesters are choosing new homes ranging from high-rises to ranches. And a growing number are choosing master-planned communities like Sweetwater, where they can enjoy a winning combination of amenities, activities, property protections and more.
For homebuyers who prefer one-story floor plans, Sweetwater offers many single-level homes plans to be built, ranging from more than 1,600 to over 3,200 square feet. Several of our fully furnished model homes and many quick move-in homes also feature one-story designs.
What’s your idea of entertaining? Whether it’s an outdoor cookout, movie night or a formal dinner, we have the perfect home plan for that at Sweetwater. See 5 perfect plans for all kinds of entertaining.
Sweetwater is proud to be home to the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin’s 2019 Benefit Home, now being built by Chesmar Homes on a homesite donated by Newland. Proceeds will benefit HomeAid Austin, working to provide housing for today’s homeless.
From connected appliances to whole-house Wi-Fi, builders today are offering an unlimited array of technologies. But it’s important to remember that it’s not so much about the technology, but the way it fits into our lives.
Successful custom homes are the result of meticulous planning, quality craftsmanship, and a thoughtful infusion of personal style. If this is the first time you've considered building a custom home, let us share a few tips we've learned to make your homebuilding experience an easier one.
With open floor plans more popular than ever, builders are getting creative in providing storage spaces to keep clutter at bay. See 6 innovative ways builders are adding storage spaces that are out of sight and easy to utilize.
Finally, a study has confirmed what we all suspected: people spend much more time in family rooms and kitchens than in formal areas. See how Sweetwater’s homebuilders are designing new homes for the way people live today.
Pulte’s new Nelson model home in Sweetwater is filled with great features, including an open family gathering area, a flex room and a covered patio. But don’t take our word for it. See this model home for yourself with our 3D virtual tour.
Some myths are great, but others need to be debunked, especially if they keep you from achieving an important life goal, like buying your first home. Let our quiz help you learn the facts and get on the road to homeownership.
Building a new home from the ground up isn’t just for buyers of custom homes. Builders in every price range offer the opportunity to select a home plan and homesite, and make personal choices for features and finishes. Here’s what to expect in 10 steps.
Deciding to become a homeowner is a great investment in your financial future. To help you become more familiar with the monthly cost of homeownership, we’ve broken the mortgage payment down into its separate components. After you read our blog, you’ll be an expert on PITI, P&I, PMI and more.
Priced from the low $300,000s, all new Pulte homes in Sweetwater are wired and ready for the latest smart technologies, which have been shown to reduce energy costs, improve security and increase resale appeal.
Lock in a great interest rate. Settle in before school starts. Live green and save green. These are just a few of our Top 10 reasons to buy a new Sweetwater home that you can start loving right away. See them all in our blog.
MUDs, or Municipal Utility Districts, are as much a part of life in Texas as boots and beer, but many newly arrived residents don’t know much about them. Ditto for many lifelong Texans as well. Let our infographic take the mystery out of MUDs for you.
Pulte, the nation’s third-largest homebuilder on the Housing Giants list, has now opened its fully furnished model home in one of Sweetwater’s newest neighborhoods. Pulte offers new homes priced from the low $300,000s in Sweetwater.
Coventry and M/I Homes have a limited number of final opportunities in Sweetwater. That’s great news for anyone looking for a new home they can move into quickly, in time to enjoy a full summer of recreation at the Sweetwater Club and other amenities.
The Texas Hill Country is a popular place for retirement and pre-retirement living, with Austin and other Hill Country cities ranking high on Forbes’ 25 Best Places to Retire List. See how Forbes crunched the numbers, and see our insider’s guide on what makes life great here.
Open floor plans offer advantages for many types of families and lifestyles, but they may not be the best layout for everyone. Check our checklist on the pros and cons of open floor plan living, and see some stunning open floor plans offered at Sweetwater.
What's the difference between buying a new home now, while interest rates are still near historic lows, or waiting until next year, when they are expected to rise? As our new infographic shows, the difference in your monthly payment could add up to the equivalent of college tuition.
With Hill Country style architecture that embraces rustic stone, spacious front porches, metal roof accents and other traditional architectural details, Sweetwater’s new homes are designed in harmony with the community’s beautiful Hill Country environment.
What advantages do master-planned communities (MPCs) offer over smaller subdivisions? From lifestyle amenities to property values, here are 5 reasons why an MPC might be a better choice for your next home.
Houzz has identified 22 interior design trends that experts expect to grow stronger in 2018. Here are seven trends you can see right now at Sweetwater – one for each of our seven beautifully decorated model homes.
You probably wouldn’t buy a used smart phone, so why settle for a used home that doesn’t have the technology and other advantages of today’s new homes? Here are 7 leading reasons why new is better than used.
The “purple room phenomenon” is just one reason home buyers and sellers should strongly consider using the services of a professional Realtor. We offer 5 lists with a total of 36 reasons why Realtors are so valuable.
Shopping for a new home can be exciting, but can also be overwhelming. In Sweetwater, we want to make it easy to choose the right floor plan. You can search, view and compare floor plans with our homefinder tool.
On Saturday, Nov. 11, Sweetwater’s Fall Festival will offer food trucks, live music, kids’ activities and prizes. It will also be a great time to discover 30+ new homes available for quick move-in at Sweetwater.
Close to both Austin and the Hill Country, Sweetwater offers many reasons why you’ll never want to leave the community once you discover your new Austin home here. Our community has many attractions including green-built houses that have floor plans that let you live the way you want.
Austin Texas has grabbed the No. 1 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Places to Live in the USA list for 2017. To come up with the rankings, U.S. News analyzed 100 U.S. metro areas based on quality of life, the job market, the value of living there and people’s desire to live there.
Now open in the Stone Creek neighborhood, Chesmar's new one-story Ryder model has great features for every member of the family, including Fido. The room-sized outdoor living area has a fireplace, making it the perfect place to sit and enjoy the scenic views available from many homesites.
We've blogged about the stunning views from many homesites in Sweetwater's Stone Creek neighborhood, where Chesmar and Westin offer new homes from the $370,000s. The views from inside can be just as spectacular, especially when you step inside Westin's new fully furnished model home, the Carter III.
Chesmar and Westin have opened two new model homes in Sweetwater, showcasing some of the stunning Hill Country views offered in the Stone Creek neighborhood. Both of these new models feature expansive outdoor living areas.
Spring is a beautiful time to drive up to The Summit, an exclusive estate home enclave atop one of the highest points in Sweetwater. With an elevation of 1,235 feet – one of the highest points in Travis County – The Summit is limited to only 30 estate homesites for sale within a gated entrance.
Sweetwater has completed an exclusive enclave of oversize estate home sites perched at a lofty elevation of 1,235 feet, offering spectacular 20-mile views of the surrounding Hill Country and of the 700 acres of dramatic canyons, creeks and natural open space within the community.
Located in a beautiful Hill Country setting near Lake Travis and the Hill Country Galleria, Sweetwater has a sweet deal for visitors during its model home grand opening and “Open House” event this weekend.
As you plan your new home, one of the most important decisions is selecting the floor plan. The arrangement of rooms, the flow from one room to another and the use of space help determine the feel of your new home.
The model home grand opening will take place on Saturday, July 19th from noon to 5pm. There will be a catered dessert bar, pastry demonstrations, and cupcake decorating for the kids. Tour the brand new model and register for prize drawings as well.
The model home Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, June 14th and Sunday, June 15th, from noon to 5. There will be wine tasting, catered snacks, and face painting for the kids. Tour the brand new model and register for prize drawings.
Sweetwater announced the newest addition to its homebuilding family, River Oaks Homes by Centerra. River Oaks will offer luxury Tuscan and Hill Country Modern home plans in the gated Davenport Summit neighborhood in Sweetwater with pricing expected to start in the mid $500s.
Austin is one of the healthiest housing markets in the country. That's according to a new study by Trulia, the real estate tracking website. Trulia ranks Austin as the fifth best city nationwide for home ownership.
Austin shows up on so many “best of” lists that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Colin Pope, editor of the Austin Business Journal, gave us a pretty comprehensive recap, though, in a recent column.
Home buyers are so eager for information about what’s available at Sweetwater that most of our builders are opening temporary sales offices on site now, rather than waiting until their models are completed.
The photograph above might not look like much, but it sure got us excited. This week, these David Weekley Homes construction workers are getting ready to pour the slab on the first home to be built at Sweetwater.
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