Archive for the ‘Prince George’s County Luxury Homes’ Category

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Interest Rates Still at Historic Lows

Now is a great time to buy a Mid-Atlantic Builders home! At around four and a half percent, interest rates are still at historic lows. According to Quicken Loans CEO Bill Emerson, home affordability is at an all-time high, making this an excellent time to invest. Watch Bill Emerson’s full interview with Fox Business below.

At Mid-Atlantic, we offer a variety of loans to those who buy our homes. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans require a low down payment of only three and a half percent at signing. For those who qualify, Navy Federal Homebuyer’s Choice and Veteran’s Affairs (VA) loans require no down payment at signing. Review our list of approved lenders, and visit a Mid-Atlantic Builders sales office today to learn who is the best fit to finance your new home!

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Meet the Staff: Matthew Wilson

Here at Mid-Atlantic Builders, we have many new hires. Meet Matthew Wilson, our Assistant Sales Counselor at The Villages of Savannah in Brandywine, MD! Matt is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park and started with Mid-Atlantic Builders in October 2012.


Matt’s favorite part about his job as an Assistant Sales Counselor is building a lasting connection with customers and their families.  Being involved with them in the exciting journey of building their homes is something that he looks forward to every day. Matt is also a technology wiz! He is great at making customers’ ideas come to life by demonstrating virtual walkthroughs of homes, which help customers envision what their homes will be like before they are built.

Come meet Matt at The Villages of Savannah so that he can tell you about our sizzlin’ summer sales and promotions!  He is happy to help you build the Mid-Atlantic home of your dreams!

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Helpful Countertop Selection Tips

When you’re working on interior selections for your new Mid-Atlantic Builders home, choosing the right countertop stone slab may feel like a weighty decision – and it is! But don’t worry; I have some helpful tips to consider that will make it easier and enjoyable.

Selecting your Dream Stone

First, use tools that are easily accessible to start your preparation. The web has great resources for motivation and inspiration. Browse websites such as Pinterest, or Houzz to get an idea of colors that match your style.

Next, visit our Design Studio! Located at The Villages of Savannah model home, we have a wide variety of countertop stone slabs. During your Design Studio visit, you will get a hands-on experience with what we have to offer, and find slabs that match what you’ve been envisioning or seeing online.

Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting

STONE – Every stone has its advantages and disadvantages. Some etch more easily; others are highly durable. Some are cool and ideal for bakers; others can tolerate hot pans and dishes with ease. Investigate the different kinds of stone and what works best for your needs.

COLOR – It is important to decide how your countertop will function in the overall scheme of your room. Will it be a contrast or an accent? Do you want the color of your countertops to blend with other elements, or to highlight them?

MOVEMENT AND CHARACTER – Variance in the slab, such as the amount of veining, swirls, pebbles, or flecks, will also impact whether your countertop is a contrasting, complementary, or statement element in your room. Consider what part of the kitchen you want to stand out most, as that will factor into your ultimate selection.

FINISH – Highly polished, textured, matte, natural – there are several options when it comes to countertops. Finishes help create the overall look of a room. Do you want your room to have an Old World look? A modern look? Knowing your overall desired look will help you move quickly through the slab selection process.

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Maintaining Your Septic Tank

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Welcome to a Seller’s Market

Home Prices are Increasing Inventory is LowHousing Starts are Rising Rapidly!  These are just a few of the headlines that greet me every time I open the paper or a news site.  The message is clear; the housing market has officially become the seller’s market.

The cover story in the current issue of Washingtonian magazine takes a deeper look at the DC area and how the lack of inventory is causing prices to rise and the search for a home to become more and more competitive.  This new rise in pricing seems to be sustainable, due to several factors including increased demand, low inventory, and lending practices.  Lending practices have become much more stringent, and mortgages issued today are on a stronger financial foundation.  This significantly reduces the risk for a second loan collapse.

Existing home sales are not the only market seeing a recovery.  According to an article in the New York Times, housing starts are also rising at a rapid rate.  We are at the highest level since 2006.  Construction spending was also up 12% in 2012.  We are slowly and steadily rising to our pre-recession levels.

In a seller’s market, there is no time to wait to start building the home of your dreams.  Come into one of our sales centers today to start the process on your new home!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

A Look Behind the Walls

This past weekend, visitors to our Beechtree model were treated to a behind the scenes tour of an Amherst that we have under construction.  Trevor Webb, the Personal Builder for Beechtree, was on hand to walk interested people through the home as well as answer any questions they had.

This tour highlighted the energy efficiency measures that go into every single Mid-Atlantic Builders home.  Since much of what we do can’t be seen once drywall goes up, this was an excellent opportunity to show exactly how we are keeping Mid-Atlantic homes green and saving our homeowners money every month.

Walls with Spray Foam

Participants in the tour were able to see firsthand the spray foam package that is applied behind all exterior walls of our homes.  This seals up the house so that it is resistant against air getting in and out of the house.  This causes the thermal envelope to be tightly sealed, which translates to hundreds of dollars in savings for our customers on their gas and electricity bills. Trevor also demonstrated what a HERS rater is looking for when they come and do inspections.  It is because of all these energy efficient measures that we are able to achieve an average HERS score in the high 50’s!

Friday, November 9th, 2012

FEATURED TRADE PARTNER: CHARLES P. JOHNSON & ASSOCIATES, INC.

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In a recent post we talked about our trade partners who were honored by the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA) for Associate Member of the Year Awards.  Over the next few weeks we are going to highlight the hard work and dedication that our trade partners provide to ensure that our homes are built to the highest quality.

Before a home can be built, there is a significant amount of behind-the-scenes planning and prep work that goes into making sure the homesite is ready for construction.  A driving force in getting this accomplished is our civil engineer, Charles P. Johnson & Associates (CPJ).  We have worked with this exemplary company for the past ten years and they have played a huge role in preparing the civil engineering work for many of our communities.  CPJ provides site engineering, grading, and landscape design and survey services to help place our homes on a particular homesite.  This helps us ensure that drainage surrounding the home is safely conducted away from it to avoid leakage into the home.

According to CPJ’s Director of Operations, David O’Bryan, “Any company is only as good as its people.  We have been working with Mid-Atlantic Builders for many years and the folks at Mid-Atlantic Builders are really the best.  Everyone at CPJ enjoys our relationship and it is what keeps us successful as well.  We find that we team up with the best companies that share our values of Excellence, Integrity, and Respect.  Congratulations to Mid-Atlantic for their 10th Builder of the Year award.  We are proud to be considered part of their team.” We share CPJ’s philosophy and offer our sincere congratulations on their company’s win for MNCBIA’s Consultant of the Year.  It is well deserved.

By affiliation with the best trade partners, we are able to deliver quality in every aspect of our homes and home building process.  Charles P. Johnson & Associates helps us ensure that our construction process sets off to a great start.  Working with the best civil engineering firm in the area provides Mid‑Atlantic Builders and its customers with the peace of mind that our homes are built right.

Friday, August 26th, 2011

A Special Veteran’s Dream Home

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Last week I described the highly beneficial Specially Adapted Housing grant offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  One of our customers has already taken advantage of this wonderful opportunity!  We are working with Deborah Massey to build her a beautiful Somerset home that meets her accessibility needs.  Ms. Massey, a disabled Veteran, had been looking for a home for almost a year when she thought of having a new home built for her unique needs rather than trying to modify an already built home.  She found her way to The Villages of Savannah in Brandywine, Maryland and fell in love with Mid-Atlantic Builders because we were able to accommodate her unique needs through our customization process.  Ms. Massey is especially excited about the elevator that we were able to work into her floorplan.  This is just one of the many modifications our staff of designers made to reconfigure her home so that it complied with SAH guidelines.  I will describe these modifications as we follow Ms. Massey throughout her entire home-building journey.  If you believe this program may benefit you, please visit the Specially Adapted Housing website or feel free to contact myself or any of our sales counselors to get more information.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Mid-Atlantic Builders’ Fireplaces Keep You Warm This Winter

There are very few respites from the cold of winter. Other than a steaming mug of hot chocolate, I can’t think of a better way to melt away the chills of winter than by snuggling up next to a roaring fireplace. At Mid-Atlantic Builders a ready-to-light gas fireplace comes standard in all of our homes. Most other builders can’t say the same.

Many other local builders are cutting building costs by turning once-standard features into a la carte add-ons. At Mid-Atlantic, though, a home just isn’t a home without a fireplace.

Even as a standard feature, our fireplaces are larger (42”) than the optional (33”) fireplaces offered by our competition. And because each unit is entirely gas operated they are safer to use, easily started (just a flick of a switch) and can be a cheaper way to stay warm this season.

Additionally, Mid-Atlantic Builders allows customer’s to add several fireplaces throughout their home. Enjoy a romantic evening in your Owner’s Suite while the blazing embers set the mood, or relax with a book in the lower level Recreation Room while warming your toes in front of glowing logs. With the largest selection of mantels and surrounds of any builder in town, there are plenty of choices as to how you want your fireplace to look.

With fewer hours of daylight and cold and icy weather ahead, finding joy in the small comforts of your home shouldn’t be about costing more, it should be about enjoying more.

Learn how you can stay warm this winter. Stop in to any one of Mid-Atlantic Builders’ five communities in Southern Maryland. Come in to one of our models to discuss our current promotions, from a free Finished Rec Room to a contribution of $10,000 toward closing costs. Stop by Beechtree in Upper Marlboro, Woodmore North in Mitchellville or our new Villages of Savannah in Brandywine.

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Veterans Call Mid-Atlantic Builders Home

Photo From Flickr: merriewells

Today is Veterans Day and I would like to take a moment to thank the active and retired servicemen and women of our armed forces. It is because of their brave work that we can enjoy safety, peace of mind and freedom at home.

Many servicemen and women live in and around the Washington area. With Andrews Air force Base, the Naval Academy and Fort Mead located near several of our communities, it is no surprise that many members of the armed forces have decided to live in a home built by Mid-Atlantic Builders.

I am always happy to see our young men and women return safely, but I am even more honored that they end their day in a Mid-Atlantic home.

To find your new home, click to customizable your new home to fit your family and lifestyle.

To schedule an appointment, contact me by email at jlavery@midatlanticbuilders.com or call me at 301-627-9230.

Mid-Atlantic Builders has five communities in southern Maryland. Come in to one of our models to discuss our current promotions, from a free finished Rec Room to a contribution of $10,000 toward closing costs. Stop by Beechtree in Upper Marlboro or our new Villages of Savannah in Brandywine.

Thanks once again to our veterans.