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The Craftmark Group Celebrates a Successful 2010 with a Total of 262 Sales! January 12, 2011

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The Craftmark Group’s unique combination of supreme value and pure prestige in Maryland and Virginia resulted in an outstanding performance of 262 sales in 2010! A strong supporting role was played by the group’s team of experienced and caring sales professionals, who made sure that each and every homebuyer was shown exemplary service and provided with the home of their dreams. You should consider a home from Craftmark, a proud member of The Craftmark Group, in 2011 – check us out at http://www.craftmarkhomes.com

The Craftmark Group Celebrates A Successful Month with 31 Sales for November! December 2, 2010

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The Craftmark Group’s unique combination of supreme value and pure prestige in Maryland and Virginia resulted in an outstanding performance of 31 sales in just the one month of November, 2010. A strong supporting role was played by the group’s team of experienced and caring sales professionals, who made sure that each and every homebuyer was shown exemplary service and provided with the home of their dreams. You should consider a home from Craftmark, a proud member of The Craftmark Group, too – check us out at http://www.craftmarkhomes.com

The Craftmark Group Honored With 2010 Large Volume Builder of the Year Award by Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association November 18, 2010

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McLean, Virginia – The Craftmark Group, one of the top 50 privately held businesses in the nation’s capital region, has been honored for the sixth time by the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA) with the 2010 Large Volume Builder of the Year Award.

This award is voted on by MNCBIA’s Builder and Associate members based on criteria including professionalism displayed by the builder and its employees, the quality of work of the builder and the working relationships between the builder and its subcontractors and suppliers. The MNCBIA Builder of the Year in the large volume category award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of scheduling, supervision, engineering, quality control and ethics.

In the words of Ken Malm, President of the Craftmark Group, “We are gratified to be recognized as the 2010 ‘Large Volume Builder of the Year’ by the MNCBIA for the sixth time. This recognition is a testament to our employees and vendor partners who all work diligently to provide unique home designs and exceptional client service for all our customers.”

He continued, “The quality recognized by this award can be seen by every homebuyer at our communities throughout the Nation’s Capital area. The enduring excellence that we insist upon as the key ingredient in all of our homes sets us apart at the time of purchase and for years to come. It is a direct result of the teamwork between our executives, homebuilding staff and the associates we have carefully chosen to provide us with the finest building services, materials and features available.”

As befits its status in the Top 100 Builders nationally, the Craftmark Group, consisting of Craftmark Homes and Craftstar Homes, has averaged 350 – 550 sales per year. They are the winners of over 50 major design and quality awards.

Craftmark Homes builds luxury estate homes, single family homes and townhomes in Montgomery, Frederick, Howard and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland, and in the City of Alexandria and Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties in Virginia.

Craftstar Homes builds townhomes, townhome style condominiums and carriage style single family homes in Montgomery, Frederick, Prince George’s, Talbot and Queen Anne Counties in Maryland, and in Prince William County and the City of Alexandria in Virginia.
  
 Full details and directions to their communities are available on their websites at CraftmarkHomes.com and CraftstarHomes.com

Helping Out: Building Industry Executive Brings his Expertise to Habitat for Humanity Projects October 27, 2010

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Kenneth Malm

President of Craftmark Group, a private builder based in McLean.

Charitable giving highlights: Gives personal and corporate financial contributions to and does pro bono projects for Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, the local affiliate of the organization that builds affordable housing.

Personal: Lives in Bethesda with wife, Nancy. They have three grown children.

I’m a builder. I’ve been in the industry since I was 16. I was raised to always be kind and give something back to the community.

Habitat for Humanity was the natural fit for me. Of course, I can help folks by writing checks, but with Habitat, I can be more helpful because we are both builders. In addition to helping to fund their activities, I can help them find projects to build, design those projects and let them use my plans to build. It makes it easier and safer for Habitat to look at a new community and figure out what they can pay for and the cost of the product they’re going to build. That’s where I can step in.

My first significant contribution was a financial donation along with a donation of our four townhouse building lots in Montgomery County. I also gave them the plans to build it.

Now I’m very involved in helping them figure out what they are going to build, where in Montgomery County they are going to build it and how they’re going to get it done.

Besides the fact that I know where all my efforts are going all the way to the end, if you talk to some of the folks that move into these homes, you realize what a positive life-changing experience it is for them. The kids of these families get to grow up in a safe environment and attend schools where they can get a decent education compared to where they were living before where they probably received none of those things. It’s a big deal for these folks and life-changing for their children.

I remember one time we had a breakfast and one of the families spoke about the difference it made for the children. One of the children had just graduated from Harvard because the new home gave them a pathway to go to better schools.

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Three Great Interior Home Improvement Projects for the Fall! October 15, 2010

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Fall is the perfect time to start some new small home improvement projects around the house in order to get your home ready for the upcoming winter holidays when you’ll be too busy to dedicate much time to fixing up your house.

Autumn is traditionally a slow time for a lot of home contractors and home improvement stores and the slumping housing market means that hardware stores and home contractors are hungry for work and many are willing to lower prices on products and services just to stay busy. You can take advantage of this situation by completing some small interior projects around your home while the weather is still nice enough to have the windows open.

Here are three great projects that quick and easy to do for the fall season:

Prep your heating system for the winter months: Even though the weather is warm and sunny now, winter is right around the corner and there’s no better time than the present to get your furnace or heating inspected and checked out by a professional before it’s too late. A simple inspection could save you lots of money and cold nights in the middle of January. If you have a forced air heating system then you’ll want to check air filters, make sure there are no leaks or loose ducts and generally give everything the once over because it probably hasn’t been used in six months or more. If you have to buy any sort of fuel oil then you may want to take this opportunity to look over the tank and valves and make sure you don’t have any leaks or drips.

Add insulation to your home: If your heating system is going to warm your home then the insulation in your walls and attic will help keep the heat locked in tight. Most homes could always use more insulation and it’s much easier to climb around in an attic when the weather isn’t pushing 90 degrees outside. Attics that are free of debris are easy to put new insulation into, whether it be rolls of fiberglass insulation or blown insulation. You can also put additional insulation in your exterior walls, but this can be a large job requiring some specialized knowledge and equipment and is almost always better left to professionals.

Paint those rooms: A lot of people have friends and family visit for the holidays and there isn’t a less expensive and faster way to give a room a fresh new feel than with a new coat of paint. It’s best to paint during the fall and spring because you can open the windows and let the fresh air take care of the paint fumes and dry the walls faster. Paint is relatively inexpensive but if you’re in a hurry and really want a nice finish you can look into hiring a professional painter who can be sure the job is done right and quickly.

All three of these projects will help make your home a warmer and happier place to be for upcoming holidays and long winter nights!

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Nine Reasons to Choose a NEW Craftmark Home Over a Resale! September 22, 2010

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Looking for even more reasons to buy a new Craftmark Home over a resale? U.S. News spoke with a handful of experts and compiled a list of nine reasons to choose a new home over a used home. They include:

  1. Customization
  2. Building Envelope
  3. Green Appliances
  4. Fewer Repairs
  5. Less Maintenance
  6. Warranty
  7. Fire Safety
  8. Concessions
  9. Financing

To read the whole story in full detail, click here! After reading, choose from any Craftmark community to buy a better home today!

DC Area Housing Market is Poised for a Turnaround! July 29, 2010

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While the nation’s housing market struggles amid a sudden downdraft that has once again battered sales, the Washington region appears relatively insulated and poised for a turnaround.

Home-buying activity in the second quarter was well above where it was in the comparable period a year ago, and homes sold more quickly and at higher prices, according to a study compiled by the Delta Associates consulting firm and Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, the local multiple listing service.

“We feel quite comfortable in saying that the bottom has passed in this region,” said Sandy Paul, Delta’s national research director. “But if the national and global economies take a turn for the worse, all bets are off.”

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Live at the Lake with Lake Linganore in New Market, MD! July 21, 2010

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Closing Date for Homebuyer Tax Credit Has Been Extended! July 7, 2010

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On Friday, July 2, President Obama signed an extension of the closing date for the federal homebuyer tax credit! Purchasers now have until September 30, 2010 to complete transactions on contracts that were signed by April 30, 2010.

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Builder Magazine Ranks The Craftmark Group As 48th In The Country! June 10, 2010

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McLean, Virginia – The Craftmark Group, one of the largest privately held homebuilders in the Nation’s Capital area, is proud to announce its rankings on Builder Magazine’s Annual Top 100 Builders list. “The 2009 Top 100,” the lead story in the magazine’s May, 2010 issue, honors the Craftmark Group as 48th in gross revenues and 87th nationally in closings.

“When the housing industry downturn finally hit bottom, our resilience helped catalyze new home sales recovery in the Washington Metro Area,” said Ken Malm, President of the Craftmark Group. “We are honored to have received the QBW 2010 Builder of Integrity Award, which recognizes our affordable quality and dedicated service, as well as our leadership in energy efficiency and savings through our Craftmark and Craftstar Green Energy Star programs.”

He went on to say, “When people see our communities firsthand, they appreciate the prestige we build into every home. With prices and financing still remarkably affordable, our customers can live their dreams right now.”

As befits its status in the Top 100 Builders nationally, the Craftmark Group, consisting of Craftmark Homes and Craftstar Homes, has averaged 400 – 600 sales per year. They are the 5 time winner of the Large Volume Builder of the Year Award, as well as 50 other major design and quality awards.

Craftmark Homes builds luxury estate homes, single family homes and townhomes in Montgomery, Frederick, Howard and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland, and in the City of Alexandria and Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties in Virginia.

Craftstar Homes builds townhomes, townhome style condominiums and carriage style single family homes in Montgomery, Frederick, Prince George’s, Talbot and Queen Anne Counties in Maryland, and in Prince William County in Virginia.

Full details and directions to their communities are available on their websites at www.CraftmarkHomes.com and www.CraftstarHomes.com