Dragas Mortgage Company is on stand by waiting to assist you with the mortgage process. DMC has a proven track record of helping first-time & experienced homebuyers achieve the American Dream of affordable homeownership. We promise, it will be all TRICKS no TREATS.
Tall Snapdragon Annual
Naturally occurring Autumn leaves are a welcomed sight this time of year. The crisp orange, yellows and reds can be seen falling all around town; leaving bare branches until next Spring.
Some believe that colder temps mean the end of beautiful flowers & trees. BUT quite the contrary, you can still have colorful flowers of your own during the fall and winter months. There are numerous plants that thrive during these colder months. Take a look at these photos for some fresh ideas of flowers that would look great in your container garden, patio, or spacious yard.
Black-Eyed Susan Perennial
October marks the start of Autumn & Harvest Time. Take a drive around the community and you’ll be greeted by spooky grins, charming smiles & hollowed eyes of plump, orange pumpkins.
We searched high & low for our favorite Pumpkin Character Designs. and narrowed them down to these 12. These pumpkins don’t require carving; they’re all fun & easy DIY projects for the entire family. You’ll only need paint, accessories, & a little bit of creativity. Decorated pumpkins are a great addition to apartment & condo patios and entryways! Do you live in a Dragas community? Send us photos of your festive pumpkins & we’ll post them on our page!
For more tips on family projects, housewarming gifts, DIY interior design , & even landscaping tips for your patio or small garden, head over to The Dragas Companies Pinterest Board. Happy Pinning!
Check out these pumpkins done by our Designer, Katie!
Was Yours One of them?
Are you ready to move up into a new home, but fear that your current one won’t sell? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that home sales have reached 5.17 trillion sales for the year– averaging 14,164 a day. So, the odds are in your favor.
People have varying reasons for why they want to move. Financial reasons are important, but just as important are the non-financial factors. Some want to move up into a larger space, while others are looking to downsize due to an empty nest. Safe communities & good school districts are other highly cited reasons.
No matter the reason or type of home you desire- from Villas to Townhomes to large Single-Family Homes, our Dragas Communities (with amenities to boot) are sure to fit your lifestyle.
Life Hacks for your Garbage Disposal
Maintaining your garbage disposal is crucial to the life & longevity of the machine. The chief way to maintain your garbage disposal is by being careful of what you drop down that abyss. Hard chicken bones, starches, egg shells, and fibrous foods (like celery) should be tossed in the garbage can. Such items can damage the Garbage Disposal blades or at the very least diminish its performance.
To keep your disposal functioning at its best be sure to drop a few ice cubes down there biweekly to wipe off debris that is stuck in the ridges of the blades. And if you’re looking to freshen it up a bit, a few orange peels should do the trick!
If you’re planning on carving a pumpkin this season, please refrain from putting the “pumpkin pulp” into the garbage disposal. It will harden on the blades & clog your drain. Each year Roto-Rooter reports hundreds of claims of destroyed garbage disposals, at the hands of a Jack-o-Lantern. Happy Harvest Season!
When people consider purchasing a home they often make a wish list of what they want from the home based off long-term value and perceived benefits. Number of bedrooms, two-story vs. one-story, proximity to entertainment venues, and of course the sales price are all common factors considered.
According to Keeping Current Matters (KCM), there’s another variable you should consider when buying your home- your net worth. The average American family has a net worth of about $77,300, and about 61.4% ($47,500) of that is home equity! As a homeowner your net worth will be over $100000 higher than that of a Renter.
Looking to increase your Home Equity? Choose which Dragas Home is right for you on dragas.com.
Recently the housing market experts at Keeping Current Matters shared Harvard University’s Top 5 Reasons to purchase a new home:
1.) Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available.
Homeownership allows households to amplify any appreciation on the value of their homes by a leverage factor.
2.) You’re paying for housing whether you own or rent.
Either you’re paying down your own principal or you’re paying down your landlord’s principal.
3.) Owning is usually a form of “forced savings”.
“Forced savings” refers to the tendency of homeowners to consciously save money each month for the payment of their mortgage.
4.) There are substantial tax benefits to owning.
“Homeowners are able to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from income…On top of all this, capital gains up to $250,000 are excluded from income for single filers and up to $500,000 for married couples if they sell their homes for a gain.”
5.) Owning is a hedge against inflation.
“Housing costs and rents have tended over most time periods to go up at or higher than the rate of inflation, making owning an attractive proposition.”
Owning a home of your own just makes sense. The question is which Dragas Community houses the home for you? King’s Pointe at Western Branch, Hadley Park at Greenbrier, and Spence Crossing at Princess Anne all boast a variety of floor plans and amenities sure to fit your lifestyle and needs.
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Is the rhythmic sound of a leaky faucet all too familiar to you? Don’t panic! A common cause of faucet leaks is worn out washers. Overtime the rubber material of the washer wears down, giving way to a leak. Believe it or not, this is a repair job you can do yourself!
Before you replace the washer be sure to turn off the main water supply and remove the faucet handle & valve stem assembly cover. After you get those out of the way- take out the old, worn washer, & replace it with a new one.
It’s as simple as that. Happy Maintenance Monday!
“Thank you for excellent service. The whole Dragas Company has been a positive experience. They helped me through the handicap adaptations. Thanks!”
-Gary, King’s Pointe at Western Branch
When you purchase a Dragas home, you get more than just a structure with walls & beams. You get a pleasant, efficient experience. We give you a well-designed home in a well-planned community at a reasonable price. Our customer service is woven throughout the entire process. Even after you settle into your home, our Warranty Team stays on hand to assist. No matter your background or lifestyle, we take major strides to provide you with Affordable Excellence.
We’ve all heard that old cliche–
“Good things come to those who wait”
That may be true when it comes to the Tooth Fairy, but in regards to the housing market, you may want to think twice before taking heed to that advice.
Currently mortgage rates are holding in the low 4%, but economists are predicting those rates to rise steadily in the coming months. Take a look at the infographic above to get a better understanding of why it pays to not wait.
Dragas Mortgage Company is a great resource for information on new construction and condominium financing. DMC offers a variety of loan programs to fit your financing needs. For a personalized loan consultation go ahead & give them a call today.
Lush Living is on the way.
At the corner of Volvo Pkwy & Bishopstoke Dr. stands Hadley Park, the newest Dragas Community in Chesapeake. This neighborhood will feature 92 luxury villas with 2&3 bedroom floor plans.
A Look Inside:
- Designer Kitchens w/ Breakfast Bar
- Option of a downstairs Master Suite
- 42″ High Wall Cabinets
- Wide Interior Doors
- Modern Recessed & Pendant Lighting
- Sliding Glass Doors leading to Private Patio
- Energy Efficient Features
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Want to keep your house looking like a Dragas Model Home?
Everyone loves to reap the benefits of a clean home- no dishes in the sink, no dust on the ceiling fans, ring-free tubs, crumb-free counter, etc… BUT most of us don’t love the idea of setting aside the time to make our home worthy of the white-glove test.
Keeping in mind that every chore is not as pressing as others, divide your household chores up into daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal tasks. When it comes time for the monthly and seasonal chores be sure to make a “cleaning playlist” beforehand. Listening to your favorite tunes while cleaning up makes the tasks more enjoyable. You can also enlist the help of friends & family members to knock out the seasonal duties faster.
Looking for more housekeeping tips? Follow The Dragas Companies on Pinterest.
Life Hacks for your Bathroom
Toilet Woes. We’ve all been there. So without using any “potty language”, here’s a quick lesson in dealing with clogged toilets.
First things first, if the toilet is threatening to spillover, shut off the water supply by turning the valve located behind the toilet, right above the floor.
Next, do your best to remove about half of the water from the toilet.
And now for the fun part– start plunging, making sure you have a tight seal. The suction action should eventually make the water go down. When it does, turn the water supply back on & flush the now unclogged toilet.
[If the Plunger doesn't seem to be working, you can use a Toilet Auger]
Looking for fancy living, without the fancy price tag? We’ve got you covered.
The condominiums of King’s Pointe at Western Branch are sure to give you the most bang for your buck. This Dragas community is within walking distance to numerous entertainment venues, including Chesapeake Square Mall & a Rec Center.
With the option of 2-3 bedrooms, downstairs Master Suite, parties in the clubhouse, relaxing strokes across the pool, or grilling in the cabana– King’s Pointe truly lets you Live Like Royalty. Prices start in the mid 100′s so you can probably own your dream home for less than you’re paying in rent. Want to test that theory? Call us.
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Trees, Ponds & Greens.
Hadley Park at Greenbrier is the newest Dragas community to hit Chesapeake. This quaint neighborhood is made up of only 92 luxury villas, offering you the privacy you’ve been seeking. Located just off Volvo Pkwy., Hadley Park is a short trip away from good eats at nearby restaurants, exercise at Chesapeake City Park, and shopping at Greenbrier Mall or Crossways Shopping Center.
Whether you’re looking for 2 or 3 bedrooms, a downstairs or upstairs Master Suite, stainless steel appliances, or even a private patio– you can find it here.
Hadley Park at Greenbrier is PRESELLING: (757) 410-0087
Who said that living in a condo meant you can’t have an eye-catching garden?
• 2-liter plastic bottle, empty and clean
• Clothesline rope, twine, or wire
• Washers (two per bottle if rope or wire is chosen)
• Seedlings (herbs, vegetables, or other plants are all OK)
To secure the bottles, you must make two holes at the bottom of the cylinder and two at the top of the bottle. See the pictures for an example.
In addition to the holes to pass the rope, you need a small hole in the bottom of the bottle. The water used to irrigate the seedling needs to drain.
After that, thread the string through a hole and pull out through the other.
Note: Many people have asked how to make sure the bottles do not “slip” on the rope (or string or cordage). Either tie a large knot in the rope or tie the knot around a washer.
Then simply stretch and attach the rope to the wall.
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No matter your stage of life– there’s a Dragas Community for you. Our communities all come complete with features & amenities to make your life just a little bit more relaxing. Several of the Dragas floor plans offer the convenience of a first-floor Master Suite. All of our communities come complete with the peace of mind of Dragas Warranties.
Looking for something to do with the kids?
Head out to Town Pointe Park this Saturday for Children’s Festival! Elmo will be making a special appearance along with characters from Super Why & Daniel the Tiger. Games, giveaways, food, and storytelling are the perfect recipe for a great family weekend (and after park nap).
“Sixty eight percent of Americans feel that now is a good time to buy a home.”
–And with good reason. The availability of new homes has increased significantly in recent months as builders are constructing new developments to meet demand. Attractive mortgage rates and streamlined homebuying processes are enticing more & more Americans to step into the housing market once again.
Ready to move? Our three newest communities just may be what you’re looking for. Check out some of the Dragas Communities today.
The housing market is leaning in your favor. Whether you’re out to sell or out to buy, chances are you too can be a statistic!
Contact Dragas Mortgage Company today to get the selling and buying process started!
It’s no secret that Millennials are underrepresented in the housing market.
Mounting student loan debts and high rents are cited as the two biggest hindrances keeping them from homeownership. Despite the statistics, Millennials (persons aged 18-34) are expressing the most confidence in the strength of the housing market. The Zillow Housing Confidence Index (ZHCI) stated:
Overall confidence in the U.S. housing market is up, driven by a perception of strong current market conditions and strong homeownership aspirations among both current owners and renters.
Founded in 1968, we have developed more than 35 condo communities in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, helping more than 5,000 owners and their families realize the dream of home ownership. Whether you’re a Millennial or an experienced homebuyer, our goal is to build you a comfortable, affordable home.
Families and friends of those who live in Dragas communities have experienced “The Dragas Way”. Here at The Dragas Companies we do our best to break the process down in a way that is easy to understand and remember. We make it a point to walk you through the process and give you the security of a dependable Dragas Warranty long after you’ve settled in.
Joyce is a homeowner at The Grove at The Arboretum who recently had this to say about her Dragas experience:
“I was very impressed with the service that was provided and how professional the personnel was. They explained the process in a way I understood and provided additional information to my questions. Very impressed!” –Joyce, The Grove at The Arboretum
We take pride in hearing the words of satisfaction from our Homeowners.