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Newlywed searching for a new home?

Categories: New Homes in Apex | Posted: July 19, 2019


Fall has quickly become the new “it” wedding season. Will you find yourself in the same boat, newly married this Fall? Chances are, home buying may be on your horizon as you begin to start a new chapter in your life and might be like one of the many newlyweds in the home buying market this year. Buying your first home can be a huge task to take on together as a couple, especially if neither of you know the process you need to take in order to buy a new home. Royal Oaks, a Division of Mattamy Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Apex, shares tips you can use as you take on the home buying process together.

First things first, be sure to get your budget, credit score and financing taken care of as your first priority. This will give you your starting place as to how much home you can comfortably afford, so you can search accordingly.

The next thing you will want to look at is the neighborhoods that appeal to you and how far away you will be from work, but also any recreation you need in your daily life. For example, if you spend a lot of time downtown and work downtown, choosing a home 30 minutes away in the suburbs might not be the most practical choice for your lifestyle and commute. This can also affect your budget in the gas mileage you will have to invest daily.

Once you find an area that is most desirable for you to move, consider the size of the home you can afford and will need over at least the next five years. It is best not to purchase a home that suits you now, but one that will suit you five, seven or more years from now as well. Buying a home that is perfect for the two of you, but will be cramped if you decide to have a baby in the next couple of years could force you to have to move sooner than you may want. So, plan on a home you can grow into.

Be sure to figure in not just what your mortgage will be each month, but what you plan to spend on utilities, cable, car payments, student loans, food, furniture, credit cards, and other activities such as eating out, entertainment and so on. This way you can sit down together and figure out what your monthly expenses are, what you should allocate to bills, saving and “fun” money. Then you can be sure you don’t buy more house than you can afford and have to sacrifice a social life because you are “house poor.”

Another important thing you will want to keep on the forefront of your mind as you search will be safety and the locations that you look in. Be sure to investigate the safety of the neighborhoods you are looking in and see what the crime rates are like in those areas. You may be able to find a great deal on a home, but you don’t want to sacrifice safety for a good deal. Even though you won’t be living alone, it won’t be a smart move for your marriage or future family.

Lastly and most importantly, be sure to keep the communication open when it comes to not only searching for and purchasing a new home, but also what comes after you finally move in. Upkeep on the home and ongoing chores can create stress or issues in a marriage if they aren’t discussed ahead of time. Talk about who is responsible for what, if you want to divide and conquer or split the household chores evenly. Also, be sure to consider one another’s schedule. If one partner has long hours and a hectic work schedule, and the other has more free time, consider picking up some of the household duties and taking them off their plate so they don’t have to mess with it during the time they do have to enjoy at home.


These simple tips will start you off on the right foot for your new home and new marriage as well.



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


Floor Plan Spotlight: The Spruce

Categories: New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: July 12, 2019

If you are in the market for a new home in Raleigh this summer season, chances are you have been spending many hours of your days on the hunt for the perfect home or floor plan. Mattamy Homes, formerly Royal Oaks Homes, just made your home search one step easier! Not only does Mattamy offer a large portfolio of highly coveted floor plans, but the quality for the price is unbeatable!

If you are looking for a home that is not a small starter home, but no so large you will lose your little ones in all the additional space, consider looking at The Spruce floor plan Mattamy Homes offers.

This stunning 2-story home plan offers 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a half bath. It includes a 2-story garage and is a spacious 2,187 square feet.

You will enjoy showing off your new home and entertaining on your back patio that adorns this home, as well as a covered front porch which makes a perfect place to sit and enjoy the scenery around you with a cup of coffee or a cool iced tea as you enjoy the beautiful breezes of North Carolina.

All of the bedrooms in this home are located on the second floor, making it ideal for those who have kids and don’t want to be having to walk up and down the stairs to tend to them in the middle of the night. There is also a loft located upstairs, which makes an ideal playroom, office or additional space for hobbies.

The owner’s suite features a walk-in closet along with a separate bath and shower. It is a true getaway spot to go to every evening!

The first floor of the spruce plan includes a dining room, family room, laundry room, mudroom and kitchen. Those of you with kids know the benefit of having a dedicated mudroom on your main floor, especially kids who play sports and have lots of equipment they need to store for easy access as they head off to practice.

The kitchen is the heart of a home, and that is no different in this floor plan. The stunning kitchen in The Spruce plan is adorned with stainless steel appliances, a diagonal tile backsplash, and granite countertops.

Do yourself a favor and contact Mattamy Homes today to learn more about this amazing home plan and plenty more they have to offer! There is a floor plan for anyone to fit their needs. Imagine being able to spend the holidays in your new Mattamy Home!



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


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