2 New Models Opening This Weekend at Potomac Shores

2 New Models. 1 Grand Celebration

We’re getting ready to open the doors to our brand new Brighton II and Torrington model homes at Potomac Shores, and we want you to be there for all the fun when we do.

Join us this weekend, November 11-12 from 10am to 6pm, at Northern Virginia’s premier resort-style community.

We’ll have refreshments for you to enjoy while you tour these new models and experience our voice-enabled Smart Home, featuring Amazon Alexa technology.

Regardless of which home design you ultimately choose, you’ll be treated to some incredible limited-time incentives when you purchase your home at Potomac Shores, including:

  • FREE Finished Recreation Room*
  • FREE Stainless Steel Appliances*
  • FREE Granite Counters*
  • FREE Hardwood Floors in the Kitchen*
  • PLUS Closing Cost Assistance*

Best of all, you can save even more and move even sooner when you choose one of our Move-In-Now Homes — be sure to ask about special pricing available on these stylish, fully upgraded homes!

While you’re touring the homes, you can also enter to win our Grand Opening Grand Prize, a $250 American Express Gift Card.*

Can we plan on seeing you this weekend? RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Send us a message now to RSVP, or get directions to Potomac Shores here.

*Offer valid on new, full-priced contracts written for single-family homes from Brookfield Residential at Potomac Shores by 12/15/17. American Express® is a trademark of the American Express Company, and its use does not imply an affiliation or endorsement. Must attend event to enter Grand Prize drawing. Pricing, financing, availability, terms and incentives are subject to change without notice. See a Brookfield Residential Sales Manager for details.

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The 5 Benefits of Homeownership You Can’t Ignore

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On the fence about owning a home? Sure, renting offers the unparalleled flexibility that only a time-defined lease can. But what does homeownership offer? Here are five of the biggest reasons why owning a home is a smart decision.

1. Homeownership Builds Equity, Wealth

Think of how much money you spend on rent. Now think about how much of that money you’ll ever get back. The reality of renting a home is that it’s essentially throwing money away every month.

Homeownership comes with the real potential to build wealth through equity and property value increases. Over time, as you pay your mortgage, you’re building future wealth that can benefit your family years down the road. The more you think of your new home as a savings plan for the future, the more homeownership starts to make sense.

2. Knowing Your Monthly Payment

Have you ever approached the end of a lease only to receive a notification from your landlord informing you that your monthly rent will increase should you sign a lease extension?

Assuming you choose a fixed-rate mortgage, you’ll know exactly how much you’ll pay every month, giving you a better understanding of your monthly costs. You won’t have to worry about a landlord increasing the price on you unexpectedly because fixed-rate mortgages will spell out your principal costs and interests from the very beginning.

3. There Are Tax Deductions, Too

In most cases, you can get an income tax deduction on the mortgage interest you pay every year, which is something that isn’t offered for monthly rent payments. There are also a wide variety of additional homeowner tax deductions that you may be eligible for as well.

4. You Can Make a Home Truly Yours

Let’s face it, beyond applying a fresh coat of paint and decorating, the majority of landlord-owned properties don’t allow for true customization. With a new home that you own, you can personalize it to your vision from the very start. And if you want to do something else with your home down the road, it’s totally up to you because it’s all yours!

5. A More Stable Lifestyle

Some people don’t mind moving around a lot. Others find a lot of value in being able to settle down for longer periods of time. If you’re among the latter group, only homeownership comes with the guarantee that you can stay as long as you want, without having to worry about changing priorities or needs of a landlord.

Learn more about the benefits of homeownership, or start your search for your new home in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware or Washington, D.C., right now by visiting our website.

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Tour 5 Stunning Homes at Wilson’s Grove on November 4

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If you’re a fan of spectacular home design, you won’t want to miss this exclusive showcase of five of our most stylish, innovative home designs in Gambrills, MD.

Join us for the Wilson’s Grove Parade of Homes on Saturday, November 4 from 11am-4pm.

Throughout this free event, you’ll be treated to refreshments while you explore five spacious single-family homes that are ready for year-end move-ins, including the luxurious Fillmore model!

Planning on joining us for this event? Reserve your spot now by using the button below or call (410) 721-2713 for more information. We hope to see you there!

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Join Us for an Afternoon of Light Fare and Local Beer at Mayfair

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Home tours, food and beer. That’s a recipe for a delightful afternoon at one of Loudoun County’s most popular — and most affordable — townhome communities.

Join us on Saturday, October 28, from 1pm-5pm, at our Mayfair community in Purcellville, VA, for a special Home Tours & Hops Brew Tour.

This free event will feature the flavors of local brewery Belly Love Brewing Company plus light fare and, of course, tours of our stylish, innovative new townhomes.

You won’t want to miss this afternoon of fun because we’ll be sharing more about how you can own a new home for as little as rent.

We’ll also show you Mayfair’s incredible selection of Move-In-Now townhomes while you’re here. You can save big when you choose one of these already-built townhomes, and you’ll also receive a free finished rec room plus paid closing cost assistance when you purchase before November 30!*

Let us know if you’ll be joining us by clicking the button below or by calling (540) 441-3450 today. We hope to see you there. Cheers!

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*Offer valid on new, full-priced contracts written for select new townhomes at Mayfair by 11/30/17. Rec room incentive valid on select Move-In-Now Homes only and must settle by 12/31/17. Prices, financing, availability, terms and incentives are subject to change without notice. See a Brookfield Residential Sales Manager for details.

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Don’t Miss the Party in the Square on November 4 in Annapolis

Party in the Square | Admirals Square | Brookfield Residential

You’re invited to get a taste of good vibes and great living in one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most treasured cities.

Join us in Annapolis at our Admirals Square community on Saturday, November 4, from 5pm-8pm, for a special Party in the Square.

Take to the courtyard of this sought-after community and catch up with current residents as you enjoy live acoustic music, refreshing drinks and light fare. Our models and Move-In-Now Homes will be open for tours for you to explore, too. And stick around as the sun goes down — we’ll top off the night with s’mores by the firepit.

This is a great opportunity for you to experience the modern Annapolis style — it’s also your last chance to take advantage of special year-end savings, too! Plus, you’ll save even more when you choose one of our stylish, fully upgraded Move-In-Now townhomes, which are ready for quick moves before the end of 2017.

Let us know if you plan on joining us! RSVP below or call (410) 216-2190 today. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Before You Buy Your First Home, Join Us for This Free Seminar

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On the way to purchasing your first home, or still weighing the benefits of owning versus renting? No matter where you are in the homebuying process, if you’re considering buying a new home for the first time, you probably have plenty of questions.

Don’t worry, we have the answers.

Join us for our First-Time Homebuyers Seminar on Saturday, October 28, from 1pm-4pm, at our Oakview Village community in Glen Burnie, MD.

Throughout this free seminar, you’ll learn everything you need to know to help you buy smart and save big on your first new home.

In addition to getting answers to all your most important questions, you’ll also learn about:

  • All the steps involved in buying a new home
  • How to reduce your down payment and closing costs
  • Understanding the tax savings and benefits of homeownership
  • PLUS: How to pre-qualify for a home loan

As a special bonus for attending, you’ll receive special savings and up to $15,000 to use for closing costs for a Brookfield Residential townhome at Oakview Village.* You can also save even more when you choose one of our Move-In-Now Homes — check out the incredible selection of homes that are ready for quick moves before the end of the year.

Want to join us for this great event? RSVP now by clicking below or by calling (410) 761-2840. We look forward to seeing you there!

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*Use of a Fannie Mae Homeready 95% LTV Conventional 30-year fixed-rate loan with BP SPMI with financed MI. Must use builder’s preferred lender and title company. Based upon a loan amount of $280,560, credit score of 760, rate of 4.125% and 3.529% APR. Monthly total PITI payment of $1,642, after estimated tax savings of $344, the monthly payment would be $1,298. Taxes included in monthly payments are estimates only, based on current rates, and are subject to change without notice. Seller concessions of $15,000 to be used towards closing cost. Final payment will be based on actual purchase price, tax and insurance costs. Credit and collateral are] subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Programs, pricing, amenities, incentives, rates, terms, guidelines and conditions are subject to change without notice. The information contained herein (including but not limited to any description of lending programs and products, eligibility criteria, interest rates, fees and all other loan terms) is subject to change without notice. Offer expires 12/15/2017 and is limited to specific Brookfield Residential home types and homesites at Oakview Village. Credit and income restrictions may apply. Please see a Brookfield Residential Sales Manager for details.

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5 Essential Tips for Choosing the Right Moving Company

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So, you’ve found the perfect new home? The next step is to get ready for your big move.

This is an exciting time for you and your family — as it should be! But with all of the moving companies available to you and competing for your business, it can feel a bit overwhelming, so we’re here to help.

Here are five key tips for choosing the right moving company.

Tip 1: Get a Referral

Before you begin your search, don’t forget to ask your friends, family or coworkers for recommendations. If any of them have had a good experience with a specific company, they can get you pointed in the right direction.

Tip 2: Ensure They’re Licensed and Insured

Any reputable moving company will be properly licensed and insured under the guidelines required by the state and federal government. If you’re planning on moving out of state, it’s always a good idea to check to make sure your potential mover is registered with the federal government. The Department of Transportation offers a free company lookup tool on its website for interstate moves.

Tip 3: Get a Moving Estimate in Writing

Shop around for reputable movers to find out what the going rates are for your move. It’s a good idea to request an in-person estimate, and when asking for a quote, be sure it includes everything you’ll need moved, including your garage, storage shed, the basement, etc. You’ll want the estimate in writing so you can hold your moving company to the costs they quoted for you on moving day.

In the off chance that the price changes on the day of your move, require that they provide you a new written estimate that both you and they sign before moving begins.

Tip 4: Avoid Movers Requiring Cash Deposits

As a general rule, don’t work with a mover that demands a sizable deposit ahead of your move. Reputable companies don’t often ask for one, and this can be a telltale sign of moving fraud.

Tip 5: Keep in Mind Quality vs. Price

Buying a new home is a significant investment, but that shouldn’t deter you from spending a little extra to work with a moving company that you know will treat your belongings respectfully and deliver on promises. When it comes down to weighing options, always consider which mover will be able to provide your family with the best experience.

For more moving advice and checklists, visit the Department of Transportation’s “Protect Your Move” website. And check out our website for additional moving tips and resources.

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Be a Part of the 4th Annual Potomac Shores Fall Festival This Weekend

4th Annual Fall Festival

Fall is a fabulous time to find out what life at Potomac Shores is all about. That’s why you’re invited to join all the fun at its 4th Annual Fall Festival this Saturday, October 7, from 12pm-3pm.

Bring the whole family to enjoy an afternoon at this beautiful master-planned community in Prince William County, just 30 miles south of Washington, D.C.

Here’s what Potomac Shores has planned for you:

  • Petting Zoo
  • Strolling Magician
  • Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin Decorating
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Tidewater Grill Tasting
  • Dixie Bones BBQ Lunch
  • Pony Rides

While you’re there, be sure to explore the Woods Edge neighborhood, which is home to our stylish, innovative single-family home designs. And be sure to check out our new Kensington II model, featuring our voice-enabled Smart Home technology.

Tour Potomac Shores’ models throughout the day for chances to win $500 Visa Gift Cards from the community’s homebuilders. The more models you visit, the more chances you have to win!

Want to attend? Be sure to RSVP here!

About Potomac Shores
Potomac Shores is a resort-style community that overlooks the historic Potomac River. In addition to its expansive collection of all-inclusive amenities, Potomac Shores is home to a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and Clubhouse, making it one of the most sought-after new home destinations in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Learn more about this award-winning community, which was named the “Community of the Year” in 2016, on its official website today.

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4 Great Places to Pick Pumpkins in Northern Virginia

Pumpkin Patches in Northern VA

Pumpkins are some of the best natural decorations you can add to your home during the fall season, and we all know how important it is to have pumpkins around as Halloween approaches.

Sure, you could go to the grocery store to pick up a pumpkin or two, but visiting the farm to pick the perfect pumpkin is a fun and memorable experience in and of itself.

So if you call Northern Virginia home, here are the four pumpkin patches located near Brookfield Residential communities we recommend you visit this fall.

Hill High Farm | Winchester, VA

Located near our Snowden Bridge community, The Pumpkin Patch at Hill High Farm is about so much more than just pumpkins. Once you’ve chosen the perfect pumpkin for your home, enjoy a daytime hayride, a trip through the petting zoo, or find your way through the massive corn maze.

Pumpkin Village | Leesburg, VA

Visit the ever-popular Pumpkin Village in Leesburg, and pick from a huge selection of locally grown pumpkins and stick around for a wide variety of kid-friendly activities, including moon bounces, the corn bin, pony rides, live entertainment and much more.

Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA

Not far from our Mayfair community in Loudoun County, Great Country Farms offers pick-your-own crops throughout summer and fall. And now through October, you can pick pumpkins here, too!

Yankey Farms | Nokesville, VA

Just a short drive from Avendale in Bristow, Yankey Farms is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 30 and features a fantastic pumpkin patch, corn maze and other fun activities for one low cost.

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5 Things to Do in Leesburg This Fall

Things to do this fall

Few places look as amazing as Loudoun County in the fall, and that’s especially true of Leesburg. With its historic downtown and beautiful natural backdrop, it’s a can’t-miss destination for local tourists, and it’s an even better place to call home.

Planning out your fun fall activities? These are the five things we recommend you check out if you live in the area or are planning on visiting.

Leesburg Fall Fine Art Festival

One of the top fine art festivals in the country, the Leesburg Fall Fine Art Festival returns for its sixth year on September 23-24. This annual event showcases work from nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. You’ll be able to peruse the exhibits, which include painting, jewelry, sculpture, photography and more, as well as meet and interact with the artists themselves. Best of all, this event is completely free to attend!

Pumpkin Village Fall Festival

Get your kids into the fall spirit with the always-popular Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park, which is open from September 16 through November 7. Activities include wagon rides, zip lines, moon bounces, a hay maze, pony rides, petting zoo and so much more.

Leesburg Air Show

Bring the whole family for the 8th Annual Leesburg Airshow on Saturday, September 30. Featuring educational aviation displays and awe-inspiring aerial acrobatic demonstrations, this fun, affordable event will be held at the Leesburg Executive Airport and is open from 11am to 4pm.

Leesburg’s First Friday

Every first Friday of every month, historic downtown Leesburg hosts its popular “First Friday,” which includes live entertainment, art exhibits, wine tastings and so much more. On October 6 and November 3, Leesburg’s specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants will stay open until 9pm or later, and many of them will offer free refreshments or discounts.

Virginia Wine Country

Of course, if you’re more of a choose-your-own-adventure type of person, you can simply hit the road and explore the countless wineries in Leesburg and nearby areas. You make a wine getaway and discover all that Virginia Wine Country has to offer or just take a day trip and enjoy the beautiful scenery as nature’s beautiful colors change with the new season.

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