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Our Maryland Homebuilders Win Awards of Excellence

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The Advantage team was excited to accept 5 awards at this year’s Frederick County Building Industry Association’s Awards of Excellence!

… And the awards keep coming! Our new home builders in MD were honored to receive 5 awards at last week’s Frederick County Building Industry Association’s Awards of Excellence. Each year, the awards recognize the best of what Maryland homebuilders have accomplished. From new home, commercial or remodeling projects, to marketing materials, sales models and more, the awards celebrate FCBIA members’ products and services that provide quality and value to the community. Our team took home the following awards: Continue reading “Our Maryland Homebuilders Win Awards of Excellence” »

Advantage Homes Recognizes Employees

Each year at our company awards ceremony, we honor our staff’s passion and dedication to building, designing and selling new homes in Maryland. At this year’s company holiday party, we recognized the following exceptional employees:

Outstanding Service Provider: Dino Broccolino, Sun Trust Mortgage
This award is presented annually to a subcontractor or supplier who demonstrates service above and beyond what’s expected.

Trade Partner of the Year: Larry Flohr, Robert A. Tull Plumbing
This award is presented annually to a subcontractor or supplier who best demonstrates the most outstanding quality and service to Advantage Homes during the year.

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Advantage Homes Wins Great American Living Awards

Our list of accomplishments keeps getting bigger and bigger! We’re proud to announce that we received three awards at the 2012 Great American Living Awards (GALA), a regional competition that recognizes excellence in design, interior merchandising, land planning, community amenities, sales, sales management, marketing and media. Judged solely by new home industry professionals, the following awards were presented to us:

• Winner — Best Design & Architecture: The Westbridge model at Crown Pointe
• Winner — Best Design & Architecture: The Van Buren model at The Mill at Clearfield
• Award of Merit — Best Design & Architecture: The Innsbruck model at Valley View of Damascus

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Bryan Voltaggio Loves his Advantage Home Kitchen

We were thrilled to see this recent Washington Post article about a celebrity in one of our Frederick homes! Chef Bryan Voltaggio, runner-up on the sixth season of “Top Chef” and owner of Frederick restaurant Volt, was recently interviewed about his home kitchen — in one of our very own Advantage Homes.

“I like that it feels like a professional kitchen environment,” says Voltaggio, “and we have space to entertain a lot of people.”
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Advantage Homes Wins National Social Marketing Award

Advantage Homes is honored to have been named a Silver Award Winner in the National Sales and Marketing Awards, presented by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Sales & Marketing Council.

We were named a Silver Award Winner in the “Social Marketing” category — as well as a finalist for a Gold Award — for our social media campaign this past year. Our campaign includes blogging, email marketing, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and other various social bookmarking and SEO efforts to promote our Maryland new homes for sale.

The nation’s largest competition for sales and marketing professionals and communities, The Nationals showcases winners in distinguished national, regional and local publications. Now in it’s 31st year, this annual event pays tribute to superior sales and marketing achievements by individual professionals, homebuilders and associates, and sales and marketing councils.

Congratulations to all the honorees!

$500 to Amazon.com, On the House!

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We are excited to announce our second Facebook giveaway — a $500 gift card to Amazon.com! This summer, we gave away a $500 gift card to Lowe’s Home Improvement through the Advantage Homes Facebook page.

Participants can enter the Amazon.com giveaway simply by “liking” Advantage Homes on Facebook. When we reach 1,000 fans, we will randomly select a winner from the fan base.

Our giveaways are our way of rewarding our supporters with a gift to help them with their home. Plus, expanding our social reach to our current and potential homeowners throughout the region helps us keep you updated on Frederick homes for sale and Maryland new homes.

What would you do with $500 to spend at Amazon.com? The possibilities are endless!

Visit the Advantage Homes Facebook page for your chance to win $500 to Amazon.com!

For more information on Advantage Homes, LLC, please visit www.advantagehomesusa.com.

Advantage Homes Commits to Building the Next Generation of ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes

Advantage Homes, LLC today is announcing that it is committing to build and label its homes to meet the new and more rigorous ENERGY STAR requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) for 2012. Advantage Homes has already built numerous new energy efficient homes that have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR to date, representing a significant savings on utility bills while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions.

“We’re proud to be making a commitment to continue building ENERGY STAR qualified homes in 2012,” said Advantage Homes President Rick Centra. “By stepping up to the new requirements, we’re going to be offering customers state-of-the-art performance in our energy efficient homes with a comprehensive package of features that deliver greater value, quality, and comfort than ever before.”

Homes built to the new, more rigorous requirements (referred to as “Version 3”) will be at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and will include additional features to give them a performance edge of 20-30% compared to typical new homes and even more when measured against most re-sale homes on the market today.

ENERGY STAR qualified homes that earn the label in 2012 will be built with a comprehensive, building science-based approach that features:

  • A detailed package of home envelope air sealing, properly installed insulation, and high-performance windows to deliver comfort, durability, and lower utility bills.
  • A high-efficiency heating, cooling, and ventilation system designed and installed for optimal performance.
  • A complete water and moisture management package to protect roofs, walls, and foundations.
  • ENERGY STAR certified lighting and appliances that help reduce monthly utility bills.
  • Third-party verification, with independent inspections and testing by a certified Home Energy Rater.

“EPA has raised the bar for what families can expect when they buy a new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR,” said Jonathan Passe, Acting Chief of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Residential Branch. “Builders who meet the new ENERGY STAR requirements are making a strong statement about their leadership and commitment to providing American homebuyers with truly energy-efficient homes that offer lower utility bills and greater benefits for the environment.”

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, save money, and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners, committed to improving energy efficiency in homes, products, and businesses.

Advantage Homes Honored with 8 FCBA Awards of Excellence

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The Frederick County Builders Association held their annual Awards of Excellence last evening at the Ceresville Mansion in Frederick, Md. We were honored with 8 awards in 4 divisions for our Frederick homes for sale in Urbana Highlands and Brunswick Crossing. Thank you for your support as we continue to build quality, award winning homes in Frederick!

Here’s a list of our 2011 FCBA awards:

Building Division
The FCBA Building Division Awards of Excellence offer recognition to Home Builders who provide customers with superior and creative new home designs which are sensitive to today’s home owners’ needs and livability and make appropriate use of the environment, technology, and materials available. Designs in Custom Home, Condominium, Single Family, and Townhome are to be functionally valuable and cost effective.

Best New Home Design, Townhome $300,000–$400,000
The Brentwood, Urbana Highlands

Best New Home Design, Single Family $400,000–$500,000
The Jefferson, Brunswick Crossing

Outdoor Living Division
The FCBA Outdoor Living Awards of Excellence offer recognition for creative and functional designs of outdoor spaces and landscaping, which enhance the home or community.

Best Landscaping Under $10,000
The Asbury, Brunswick Crossing

Marketing Division
The FCBA Marketing Awards of Excellence offer recognition to homebuilders that provide buyers with superior design and livability in Single Family, Townhome and Condominium. Entries are judged on overall continuity with a marketing program.

Best Sales Center
The Asbury, Brunswick Crossing

Best Sales Model, Townhome $300,000–$400,000
The Cambridge, Urbana Highlands

Best Interior Merchandising, Townhome $300,000–$400,000
The Brentwood, Urbana Highlands

Best Interior Merchandising, Single Family Home $400,000–$500,000
The Asbury, Brunswick Crossing

Media Marketing Division
The FCBA Media Marketing Awards of Excellence offer members recognition in advertising based on concept, originality, design and how it relates to the target market.

Best Website
AdvantageHomesUSA.com

For more information on Advantage Homes, LLC, please visit www.advantagehomesusa.com.