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10 Home Security Tips for First-Time Homeowners

Categories: Home Owner Tips, New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: March 13, 2020

If you have recently purchased a new home or are currently looking for a new home in Raleigh, chances are you are excited to move into a new home to kick off the spring season and warmer weather to come! However, it is important to not get swept away in the excitement of decorating and housewarming parties to look past the security risks you will be vulnerable too as a new homeowner.  Mattamy Homes, shares ways to make your new home as safe and secure as you can to get you started off right.

  1. If you haven’t already, access the current security situation of the place you are moving into. If you haven’t yet signed on the dotted line, be sure to move into the safest zip code you can afford. Single-family homes are often located in safer neighborhoods than high-density housing or rental areas.
  2. Be sure before you buy a home, to take it for a test drive. How so? Be sure to drive through the neighborhood during the day and at night. This allows you to gauge what it is like during different times of the week and times during the day. If you can, it’s also a good idea to see if you can talk to anyone living in the neighborhood to see what their thoughts are.
  3. Once you move into a home, one of the first things you can do that will also cover your basis on a security level, is to get to know your neighbors. Get involved with any neighborhood watch programs or simply develop a level of friendship with your neighbors so you can look out for each other, both when you are at home and away. You will rest easier knowing you have a pair of eyes looking after your home when you are gone.
  4. When you do move into your new home, be sure to do an audit of your home when it comes to the home’s entry points and how you might be able to improve upon them from a safety aspect. Whether it be changing the locks or updating them to more secure ones, to changing any garage or entry codes that were previously set, small changes can lead to more safety.
  5. The next thing you will want to do after moving in your home, is identify yourself with where local emergency services are. If you do have a neighborhood watch, get familiar with their training and offerings when it comes to reporting suspicious activity or crimes.
  6. You will then want to focus on the prevention portion of keeping your new home safe. Even if you decide to not get a security system, there are still several precautions you can put in place to keep your home safe. From putting up window coverings or blinds that prevent an immediate view from the street of the valuables in your home, to putting up secondary blocking devices to sliding glass windows and doors so they can’t easily be forced open. Now days with all the smart technology, it could be a good idea to invest into a smart phone app that allows you to do things like shut your garage door, set the alarm etc. if you are out of town and wondering if you forgot to do so.
  7. If you do decide to invest in a security system for your new home, be sure to shop around and do your research first to make sure you select the system that will best suit your needs and then needs of your home. There are so many different options out there and so many scare tactics that security companies may try and use on you, having your main list of concerns and things you want to address handy will be helpful as you shop around for the right provider.
  8. You may have a lot of people entering your new home before and even after you close, such as delivery persons, service vendors, contractors and so on. Be especially mindful of people on your new home, as this gives them instant access to see what valuables you have and if you have a security system and how it might work.
  9. If you don’t plan to invest in a security system, don’t rule out a DIY option. Consider the option of installing a wireless alarm system without paying for the installation or the monthly fee. If the alarm is triggered, it will sound the loud siren which is often good enough to scare most burglars away. You can even consider putting a security sing in your front lawn by your front door, as just the sign alone can act as a deterrent to home intruders.
  10. Lastly, nothing beats being prepared. Putting in the research, knowing what to do and where to go, and securing your home the best you can will leave you with a peace of mind and security when you move into your new home.

 

Mattamy Homes is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For additional information about Mattamy Homes building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

Last affordable spring buying season upon us?

Categories: New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: March 6, 2020

The Monroe Model at Fairview Park in Cary, NC

Is this spring the last affordable buying season upon us for the foreseeable future?

If you have been watching the news at all lately, it seems like any news medium is preparing anyone who may be thinking to purchase a home to do so now. Mortgage rates have dropped to the lowest levels they have been, which last was before the 2016 presidential election. The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is just 3.45%. According to Freddie Mac, a 15-uear fixed rate mortgage also fell to 2.97%, being the first time a 15-year fixed home loan fell below 3% since 2016. Mattamy Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, shares what you should be aware of if you have been debating purchasing a new home this year.

The falling interest rates are increasing the already high-demand in the home buying market, as spring selling season is coming upon us. For most of the country, spring is the most popular time of year to purchase a home.

Realtor.com reports that based on their research and according to the National Association of Realtors, buyers who do manage to buy a new home this year will be incredibly lucky. Experts predict that home affordability is going to worsen in the years to come.

In the fourth quarter of 2019, housing affordability increased among all income levels across the nation and the biggest gains in affordability came for those in high income brackets. Out of the 100 largest metropolitan areas nationwide, 87 saw affordability improvements in the fourth quarter.

So what is contributing to the affordability seen in 2019 and continuing into this year? Low mortgage rates are a factor, however other factors also include including growing household incomes and the fact home inventory that is available is the lowest it has been in years.

Interest rates are expected to stabilize by the end of 2020, so if you have been thinking of purchasing a new home then the time to act is now. Contact Mattamy Homes today, to learn more about how you can get into a new home by summer and take advantage of the amazing interest rates at your fingertips!

 

 

 

Mattamy Homes is a new home builder in Raleigh North Carolina. For additional information about Mattamy Homes building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

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