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The Path to Your New Napolitano Home

Categories: Articles, Homebuying | Posted: May 31, 2017

Hampton Road’s premier home builder has built quality new home communities in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Moyock for over 40 years. Our highest priority is your continued satisfaction. It’s no wonder the purchasing process is so heavily focused on education and customer service. The systems and procedures we have in place from contract to closing ensure that every customer enjoys the absolute best new home buying experience. Check out the main steps that lead to being a happy Napolitano Homeowner!

  1. Contract: Congratulations! You are on your way to a new Napolitano Home. You now have 2 weeks to customize your color and option selections!
  2. Preferred Lender: Get pre-approved by a Napolitano Homes Preferred Lender in order to secure the best available rate and to qualify for closing cost incentives!
  3. Pre Construction: Napolitano Homes obtains a site plan and building permit and then stakes out your homesite in preparation for construction.
  4. Foundation: Dig and pour footing, foundation walls, install sand, and pour slab – we’ve broken ground and your new home is officially in the making!
  5. Pre-Con Meeting: Your personal Site Builder and Sales Counselor will schedule a meeting for you to review your personal selections and walk your homesite, which is a great opportunity to ensure everyone is on the same page!
  6. Envelope: Your home starts to take shape! We frame the walls, roofing, install exterior doors, cornice, brick skirt, and siding during this stage.
  7. Mechanical: Mechanical rough-ins are installed and inpected: plumbing, HVAC, and electrical.
  8. Framing Tour: This is your opportunity to walk through your home with your Site Builder before the drywall is installed. They will point out to you exactly what is in the “skeleton” of your home!
  9. Interiors: Your home is coming alive with your personal selections: we install interior trim and doors, insulation, wallboards, paint, fireplace, cabinets, ceramic tile, flooring, final interior finishes, appliances, and all final municipal mechanical inspections take place.
  10. Exterior: Your yard needs to look great, too! We complete your landscaping package and sod.
  11. Prepare for Closing: We’re almost there – just some final cleaning and building inspections (QCI) by your builder. It’s time to have the utilities transfered into your name!
  12. Orientation: The final walkthrough takes place the day you close on your Napolitano Home. Your Site Builder will take you on a tour and explain the many features of your new home.

DONE: You did it! You visited the closing attorney after the Orientation Meeting and you received the keys to your brand new Napolitano Home!

If you would like to follow these steps towards your own dream home, check out our communities map and see what’s available! Please contact Dylan Hawkins today at 757-435-6936 if you have any questions.

Back to School Special at Western Branch Reserve in Chesapeake

Categories: Announcements, Homebuying, Specials | Posted: August 23, 2016

Back to School Special

Western Branch Reserve by Napolitano Homes is having a Back to School Special: HALF OFF Options up to $25,000!

Do you have a favorite floorplan picked out and have your eye on a beautiful quartz kitchen countertop, a bright and airy Sunroom, or luxury finishes in the Master Bath/Spa? Let Napolitano Homes help with this amazing special and take up to $12,500 off the price of options and upgrades. Hurry, this promotion ends on September 15, 2016!

Western Branch Reserve
3302 Reserve Trail (View Map)
Chesapeake, VA 23321
757-606-1234
[email protected]

Western Branch Reserve is NOW SELLING in Phase 2. Act now to reserve the homesite of your choice and build the home of your dreams! This is an exciting new community in the Western Branch area of Chesapeake, located off Bruce Road. It is currently the ONLY new homes neighborhood where children can attend K-12 in the highly coveted Western Branch public school district. Starting in the mid $300s, Western Branch Reserve consists of 70 single family homesites, and features 8 new home designs.

*Half off options up to $25,000 applies to the Western Branch Reserve neighborhood only, and the promotion may not be used at other Napolitano Homes communities. Promotion ends 9/15/16

Home “Sweet” Home – A New Home Buyer’s Journal, Part 3

Categories: Home Sweet Home, Homebuying | Posted: September 21, 2015

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Eric and Jordan Sweet have made it through the contract, selection, and preconstruction stages (if you missed the first two posts, catch up with their story here). Now comes arguably the most exciting part: watching a new home come to life from the ground up! In this portion of the Home “Sweet” Home Buyer’s Journal, follow along as the foundation is poured, the walls start to go up, and the Framing Conference happens with their site builder Mike Smith.

HOME “SWEET” HOME, Part 3

The foundation is poured

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I will say that when you first see your home laid out in concrete you stand in the middle of it and look around to try to imagine how your home will be the same size of the model. DO NOT freak out the house looks much smaller just looking at the floor outline but trust us we pulled out the tape measure and it is exactly the same size as the model.

To the windows, to the walls!

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Our home was taking its shape it is so cool to see all of your rooms now coming to life. You can start to imagine you kitchen and living room. It really sparks the creative juices on pinterest to start playing the color scheme and layout you want in your home. All of a sudden your home goes from 2D to 3D as the first and second story walls go up.

More than building!

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I definitely want to take time to express that building our home was much more than just a foundation or a frame. It is the connection between you, your spouse and your builder and their agent. We felt welcome the second we stepped foot into the Riley model. Tara (the builder’s agent) has not only been someone we could go to for advice but someone who has become a friend to us. Also it is hard to remember sometimes but no one is perfect including your builder. Reality: you will find mistakes in your home! This was a hard idea for us to swallow at first but you have to remember that everyone is human including yourself. There are times when we got frustrated and would come to Tara and she would calm our worries and say “I’ll take care of it, don’t worry”. She stopped out several fires for us and it really made me think about how important it is to have a good relationship with your builder. Second reality: if you think that your builder is the only builder out there to make mistakes, you are mistaken.

Framing meeting with Mike!

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This meeting really helped us to feel better about the attention to detail our builder has. All the issues we found after the framer’s were done just as twisted boards were fixed before we came into the home with Mike for our framing meeting. We walked through the home and he pointed out all of our extra options we added and where outlets were to be placed as well as the next stage of building that were could be expecting.

Taking an active role in our building

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We were at the home site every chance we got and we had to chance to meet several of our contractors. The one pictured above is the guy that was putting insulation in the garage during our framing meeting. We stopped and talked with him and he explained a lot of details about the type of insulation being put into the house. Being active with our building process allowed us to learn a lot of little details about the materials in our home that we would have never known.

The siding is on!

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Wow that wood frame finally comes to life when we saw the siding on our home. We differed from the original color scheme a little with the color above the garage so we were very excited to see the color in real life instead of just small squares of sample Hardie Plank. It is beautiful and exactly what we wanted!

As you can see, the Sweet’s home is really coming together, and it’s time to start on the interior finishes. Keep an eye out for the next journal entry that describes the details and excitement of a home nearing completion!

Home “Sweet” Home – A New Home Buyer’s Journal, Part 2

Categories: Articles, Home Sweet Home, Homebuying | Posted: September 9, 2015

Eric and Jordan Sweet’s journey continues  as they describe the selections process, The Home Buyer Seminar, The Pre Construction Meeting with Mike Smith (Viridian Reserve’s Site Builder), and their excitement to see the beginnings of construction on their very first new home together. If you missed Part 1, catch up here to fill yourself in!

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HOME “SWEET” HOME, Part 2 

So many options!!!

I (Jordan) start by saying it is a wonderful thing that Napolitano gave us a 2 week window to decide all of the options we wanted our home because we certainly needed every minute of it! You never realize how many options you have to pick out to build a home until you start. We have always worked together as a team really well but picking out everything from what color outlets we wanted to the tile we wanted in our master bathroom was really starting to test that. Tara and Julian were so wonderful about helping to settle many, many style debates we had. We would come to the model almost every day and they would welcome us in to help continue picking out options. They always welcomed us in and were always happy to help us. Your eyes started to glaze over after the first couple of pages of options but having someone to help throughout the process is wonderful. Wait can we really do this? Are we having buyer’s remorse? – Oh yes this moment has come. When you start seeing all the options you wanted cause money signs to constantly pop up in your eyes, you feel overwhelmed to say the least. We started to question if we could really afford this home and if we were making the right decision. We never thought that these ideas would pop into our heads after finding our perfect model. We talked to Tara about all the feelings we were having and she calmed all doubts when she said “All homebuyers experience this at one time or another.”

My Notebook

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I am very Type A, if I do not have organization I can get easily overwhelmed. My solution to our moment of buyer’s remorse was to create a notebook. I knew if I could just organize my thoughts I would calm down and we that this was still an obtainable goal of building a home. Tara and Napolitano loved my notebook taking several pictures of it to share with other homebuyers that might need that organization too. I have everything about our home in this notebook. I have the flyer to the floor plan, every addendum we ever had, any and every paper the builders ever gave us, our contracts from the bank and the builder.


We have a sign!! Look at our fence!

Sold in Viridian Reserve fencing in

This was such an exciting moment for us, after signing all of the paperwork and picking out our options this was the first time that it actually felt real to us that we were building our very first home. Neither Eric nor I had ever bought a home much less built one so the amount of excitement we felt to see a sold sign on our lot is unexplainable.

Home Buyer Seminar, meeting our neighbors

At the Home Buyers Seminar, Eric met with John Napolitano. Unfortunately I had to work so he had to go solo on this mission. He was very impressed with John and stated how he was very personableand made sure that he answered all questions that everyone had. At this meeting we learned what to expect throughout the building process from the builder and what they expected from us at certain times. This meeting offers a great opportunity to meet other Napolitano home buyers who signed contracts around the same time.

Meeting with Mike!

The building blocks of our home were down and at this moment it all becomes very real. “We are building a home!” Our meeting with Mike was a very informative meeting, we sat down in the model home and laid out before us were he plans for our home. He went through every feature and option we chose to ensure that it was plotted on the master plans that all the contracture would use. We then walked with Mike and Tara out to the home site and he talked with us about the different features Napolitano adds. One that really stuck out in my head as an example of them going above and beyond is the hurricane fasteners they add that is not required in the area.

Stay tuned for the next Home “Sweet” Home Journal entry, where Jordan and Eric start to see their homesite transform from an empty dirt space to the home of their dreams.

Home Buyer Seminar at Bennetts Creek Square

Categories: Announcements, Homebuying | Posted: August 26, 2015

Last night, Napolitano Homes hosted another Home Buyer Seminar at the Bennett’s Creek Square Clubhouse, located in Northern Suffolk. Speaking to a crowded room of over 35 Napolitano Homes buyers and prospects, John Napolitano led the discussion on the many facets of buying, building, closing, and owning a home. This unique seminar is an incredible opportunity to not only meet and talk with your builder, but also to learn about the processes that Napolitano Homes has in place for transforming an empty homesite into your dream home that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

John Napolitano John Napolitano Home Buyer Seminar

 

As we often say, our mission at Napolitano Homes is to provide every customer with the absolute best new home buying experience. We truly feel like the Home Buyer Seminar is a great example of the myriad ways Napolitano Homes goes above and beyond in services for our customers. Few, (if any) new home builders in Hampton Roads provide this type of informational seminar, which we host every 2 months or so. John Napolitano spends about an hour speaking to the group, and then opens the floor to a questions and answers session. John covers many important topics over the course of the evening, including detailing each conference you can expect with your site builder (Pre-Construction, Framing, and Orientation), what happens if you have a question about your home that the site agent can’t answer (Customer Inquiry Form), what is involved in the Closing Process (remember to put power, gas, and water in your name!), and what to expect once you own your home (understanding your warranty, the 12 week service request, and year end inspection). Furthermore, John stresses the importance of studying your Maintenance Manual, a guide that John himself painstakingly studies adds information to every year that provides tips and suggestions for keeping your house running at peak condition. Home maintenance begins at day 1!

The Home Buyer Seminar is not just informational. While food and refreshments are served after the info session, friendships form at these events as neighbors come together and break the ice, well before moving in to their new homes. Last night’s seminar had many different communities in Suffolk and Chesapeake represented, including The Townes on the Square, The Vineyards Nouveau Series, Bob White Landing, Viridian Reserve at Hickory, and Hanbury Manor.

If you would like to attend the next Home Buyer Seminar, please email our Marketing Director, Dylan Hawkins, at [email protected]!

Home “Sweet” Home – A New Home Buyer’s Journal, Part 1

Categories: Articles, Home Sweet Home, Homebuying | Posted: July 9, 2015

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Eric and Jordan Sweet are currently building their dream home in Viridian Reserve at Hickory. The Sweets instantaneously fell in love with this Napolitano Homes new home community in Chesapeake, VA, and they wanted to chronicle their experience with several journal entries that describe the excitement and events that come with the new home building process. The first entry is their search process, and the reasons they chose Napolitano Homes as their new home builder!

HOME “SWEET” HOME, Part 1

Where do we begin?

We scoured Zillow for months in search of our first ever “perfect home”. We found several builders and neighborhoods we liked and from there toured many models only to find so many fell short of our expectations. There were nice communities and designs offered, but none had that, “A HA..THIS WAS MADE FOR US” feeling.

So our search continued…

There were times thru the process where we felt close to a buying decision only to find out there were many list pages of extra cost options not included with the home we were considering. That made the decorated model home we favored instantly loose its WOW factor. We were disappointed and back to square one a few times over.

Our “A HA” moment!

Exterior2As soon as we walked in the Napolitano “Riley” model home at Viridian Reserve in Hickory, Chesapeake we knew it was the home for us! We fell in love with the spacious feeling the tall ceilings provided and how extremely open the floor plan was. It had a gorgeous, unobstructed view from front to back. We also loved the option for a bedroom downstairs because it gave our guest more freedom and privacy when visiting. They would have the entire first floor to themselves to wake and have breakfast on the screen porch, without waking us, if they wished.   We loved the size of the master bedroom and bathroom. It is so open and airy with the high ceilings and big windows.

Kitchen and Family RoomTara Strauser, builder’s agent, greeted us and showed us around. The Riley is her favorite model too so she was very thorough at explaining all that was included and optional from the start. We were relieved to hear her tell us more that was included than not. Tara had worked with Napolitano Homes a long time and knew the builders quality, plans and features well. It was such a wonderful experience to deal with someone who did not feel like a sales person but rather a helpful friend, there to guide us thru the process.

Please follow along as the Sweets continue their journey. There is much to learn about the contract process, selections, pre construction meeting, building process, closing, and beyond!

Pre Grand Opening Prices in Hanbury Manor!

Categories: Announcements, Homebuying, New Homes Chesapeake | Posted: June 9, 2015

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Construction may still be underway on the Hanbury Manor sales model, but several excited new homeowners have already purchased their dream homes in the newest Napolitano Homes neighborhood in Great Bridge at special Pre Grand Opening Prices. Located just off of 168 on Hanbury Road West, Hanbury Manor opened with 9 available homesites in Phase 1 priced from the $360s. Buyers can choose from NINE different floorplans, including 2 ranches, and three different homes that have Master Down options. There is definitely something for everyone!

LARGE 10,000 square foot minimum homesites, renowned Great Bridge Schools (Great Bridge Intermediate and High Schools are less than 1/4 mile away), incredible floorplan options, and much more make Hanbury Manor an ideal choice!

The Great Bridge area of Chesapeake, Virginia is well known for its rural, relaxed, country feel that is well removed from the hustle and bustle of city traffic and headaches, yet is still conveniently located to an abundance of shopping, food, and entertainment. Hanbury Village is a half mile away, which consists of a Harris Teeter, a Walgreens, and several restaurants. There aren’t enough days in the week to check out all of the restaurants and shops along Battlefield Boulevard, including many national chains as well as local favorites such as Lockside Bar and Grill on the Elizabeth River.

With the way this new neighborhood is moving, Pre Grand Opening Prices will certainly not last long. So schedule a tour today by calling Tara Strauser at 757-718-6322, and take advantage of being one of the first to call Hanbury Manor “home sweet home.”

Napolitano Homes – Hanbury Manor
Single family homes in Great Bridge starting in the mid $300s
1101 Madison Lynn Way
Chesapeake, VA 23322
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Build Your Dream in 2015 in Bob White Landing in Suffolk

Categories: Homebuying, New Community of the Month, New Homes Suffolk VA | Posted: February 3, 2015

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Now is a great time to make your dream of owning a new home a reality in Bob White Landing!

Interest rates are currently at their lowest point compared to all of last year (and we hear there might be a bump about when the weather starts getting warmer). A very limited number of homesites remain. Check out Bob White Landing today and see why this wonderful neighborhood in the Bennett’s Creek area of Suffolk is one of the best values for your investment in the entire area and won’t last much longer!

Why choose Bob White Landing? With huge 1/3 acre lots, a community pool and clubhouse, adjacent natural areas and trails, kayak launch on Bennett’s Creek, easy access to all of Hampton Roads, and full brick homes, it is easy to see why neighbors in Bob White Landing love where they live. Families and empty nesters alike enjoy many different floorplans that have gourmet kitchens, plenty of square footage, and thoughtfully designed layouts that make daily life a breeze.

If you have any questions about Move-In Ready homes or building your new dream home in Suffolk from the ground up, please contact Sheri and Marshall at 757-686-4790 or [email protected]!

waterfordBob White Landing – from the mid $300s
Model open daily from 12 – 5pm
218 Purple Martin Lane
Suffolk, VA 23435
757-686-4790
[email protected]

5 Housing Market Predictions for 2015

Categories: Articles, Homebuying | Posted: January 6, 2015

Here is a great article from Realtor.com, giving their opinions on what’s in store for the US housing market in 2015. Like any year, Napolitano Homes always hopes that the future is more successful than the past, but it’s looking like 2015 may have the economic predictors in place that benefit both buyers and sellers. We look forward to seeing that happen!

From Realtor.com: It’s a new year—and the outlook on the housing market is definitely brighter. After all, 2014 was the best year in the U.S. economic recovery since the recession of 2008-2009.

With an accelerating economic recovery fueling job and income growth, prospects are good for homeowners and would-be home buyers.

1. Mortgage Rates Will Head Back Up

The flip side of the improving economy is that (sigh) mortgage rates will inevitably head up again. We’ve had a great run, but the honeymoon is over, and it’s time to settle in for a relationship that balances job growth with higher-but-still-reasonable interest rates.

The Federal Reserve has indicated it will increase the federal funds rate—which has an indirect but significant effect on mortgage rates—next year. The rate has remained near zero since December 2008.

Although the Fed might wait as late as early 2016, realtor.com® Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke suggested the increase will come in mid-2015, and mortgage rates will increase ahead of the Fed’s move.

“Our forecast for housing assumes the 30-year fixed rate will reach 5% by the end of 2015,” Smoke said. “The one-year adjustable rate will likely rise less if much at all, and accordingly, we are likely to see a shift into more adjustable and hybrid mortgages over fixed.”

2. Millennials Will Set Up House

The millennial generation is beginning its ascent—and no, not all of these youngsters born between 1981 and 2000 are living with their parents as they struggle to pay off student loan debt. Sure, they’ve faced huge challenges in the job market, but employment is improving, and older millennials are planning ahead.

About 65% of first-time home buyers are part of this older millennial group (ages 25-34), Smoke noted, pointing out that these young adults are at an age when many marry and start families.

“Millennials make up around 65% of first-time home buyers,” Smoke said. “Of the millennials who are buying a home, 86% indicate that their motivation is a change in family size.”

But with tough credit qualification standards and limited credit history, he added, millennials are expected to buy more in affordable areas in the Midwest and the South.

More than two-thirds of household growth in the next five years is expected to come from millennials, according to Smoke. This generation is bigger than the baby boomer generation, so even though its youngest members will be only 15 in 2015, the market is only beginning to feel its impact.

3. Builders Will Break New Ground

Although total housing starts (construction on new housing units) barely broke 1 million in 2014 and was driven by multifamily homes, Smoke noted the pace will pick up in 2015 and shift in focus.

“We are forecasting 16% growth in starts, driven now more by growth in single-family starts, which we are expecting to grow 21%,” he said.

But shortages of labor and building product material will limit further growth in single-family construction and will keep overall supply tight.

“The constraints on new construction supply factor into our assumptions about existing home sales growth and overall tight supply of homes for sale,” Smoke added.

4. Credit Will Continue to Be a Major Factor

Strict mortgage qualification standards are keeping many consumers, especially younger ones, from buying a home with a bank loan. This situation has remained about the same for the last four years, although it’s possible that various new federal housing policy initiatives might help loosen those standards in 2015.

If not, it will increasingly become clear that lack of access to credit is holding back the housing market.

“If you just look at the distribution of credit scores, at least 10% of current homeowners with mortgages would not qualify for a new mortgage today,” Smoke said.

Opening up access to credit would be a game changer in the housing market, Smoke noted, allowing 500,000 to 750,000 would-be buyers who are now cooling their heels to achieve the dream of homeownership.

5. We’ll Close Out the Foreclosure Crisis

It’s been seven years since the housing bubble burst and foreclosures skyrocketed, but in 2015 we’ll see the end of that era. Already this year has seen a major improvement in the composition of sales—that is, there are fewer foreclosures and short sales in the mix.

“We are on pace for foreclosure inventories to end 2014 down more than 30%, and next year should see a slightly greater decrease as foreclosures fall to normal levels,” Smoke said.

But while these trends will be apparent nationwide, housing is still a local issue.

“The situation differs in every market, even every neighborhood,” Smoke added. “Each has its own unique, long-term trends in home values, which reflects local demand and supply conditions.”

First Time Home Buyer Seminar at The Vineyards

Categories: Homebuying | Posted: August 20, 2014

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On Tuesday, August 26th, Diana Jordan of Napolitano Homes and Chris Fountain of Towne Bank Mortgage are leading a free Home Buyers Seminar. Rent is expensive, and mortgage rates are low. Diana and Chris help you answer the following questions:

  • Is home ownership for me?
  • Is now a good time to buy? (Spoiler Alert: YES! Mortgage rates are still very low)
  • What if I don’t have a down payment saved up?
  • What if my credit score isn’t great, can I still get a mortgage?
  • How can I buy a Napolitano Home sooner rather than later??

In addition to great information, there will be food, drinks, and door prizes! A $100 gift card is up for grabs! The seminar begins at 6pm on August 26th, and will be held at 949-D Vineyard Place, Suffolk, VA. Please call Diana at 757-284-1845 to RSVP.