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A right given to a third party to use a portion of property for certain purposes, such as power lines or water mains.


The exterior face of a home, including the materials (like brick or stone) used on that face. At EDWARDS HOMES, you get to choose your elevation treatments, or architectural styles, in addition to a selection of colors for each of our plans. So the house you buy will look like your house, not the one next door.


The construction of the skeleton structure, or framework, of a house.

floor plan

An architectural drawing showing the overall layout of a home. The size and shape of each room, as well as any optional configurations of those rooms, are shown on the floorplan. At EDWARDS HOMES, most of our communities offer several plans from which to choose: single-story plans, two-story plans, etc.

HOA (Homeowners Association)

In many new communities, an association of homeowners is formed. The Homeowners Association (HOA) is responsible for enforcing the rules and regulations of the community, and also for the maintenance and upkeep of any common areas, including community centers, swimming pools, health club facilities and landscaping.


See lot, below.


Each new community is divided into individual lots, or homesites. In most EDWARDS HOMES communities, a homebuyer gets to choose their homesite and the home plan that suits them best, with some restrictions to insure a varied neighborhood.

lot premium

A charge paid by the buyer of a special lot that is either larger or in a more desirable location than the other homesites in the community.

master plan community

A large community, with homes built by several different builders, in a wide variety of prices. Master plan communities usually include community centers, pools and other recreational facilities. Often there are commercial districts with shopping and entertainment within the master plan.


An item in a home that is not a standard feature. EDWARDS HOMES offers many items, for an additional charge, that help personalize your home to fit your lifestyle. Options can range from fireplaces and appliances to pre-wiring and room configurations. See upgrade.


A group of homesites within a community. Most homebuilders sell all the lots within the current phase before moving on to the next phase of the community. The benefit to the homebuyer is that construction activity is focused in one small area at a time. So when you move in to your new home, most of the construction for neighboring homes will be completed quicker. Builders "release" a new phase when the current phase is almost sold out. This means that there is now a completely new selection of lots, available for purchase.


See floor plan.

punch list

A written list of items which need to be fixed, repaired or replaced during construction just prior to the final walk-through.


A non-binding agreement to purchase a home at a future date. Often, a reservation is taken for a specific lot in an upcoming phase, giving the buyer the first opportunity to purchase that lot when the phase is released. A reservation usually requires a deposit.

standard feature

A specific item that is automatically included when you purchase a new home. Standard features may include a specific style of cabinets, or a specific type of countertops. EDWARDS HOMES homebuyers can personalize their home by choosing from a range of no-cost colors for their standard features.


Often a homebuyer can choose to upgrade to a higher level of material or style in several areas of their home (e.g., granite countertops instead of formica, or ceramic tile floors instead of carpet) at an additional cost. At EDWARDS HOMES homebuyers can choose from thousands of upgrades to truly personalize their home.


A buyer's final inspection of a newly built home prior to move-in. At EDWARDS HOMES, the walk-through includes an orientation with instructions on how to maintain certain items in the new home, as well as a review of the 1-year limited warranty coverage.


A plan to fix or repair specific items of your home according to the warranty terms. At EDWARDS HOMES, we offer a 1-year limited warranty that includes a structural warranty; a warranty on electrical components, heating or cooling systems, and plumbing; and a warranty for all other components of the home. Elements of the warranty are reviewed with the homeowner at the time of the walk-through.



Not sure if buying a new home is right for you? These thoughts help you understand the distinct advantages of homeownership.


Buying a used home means inheriting someone else's idea of style and taste. But with a new home, you create a home that's everything you want and more. Just the way you want the day you move in. Check out our thoughts on why we believe buying a brand new home is better than buying a used home.

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