February 19 2019

Take Advantage of Builder Incentives Now at Riverstone

by Erin

Houston new construction home at Riverstone

The search is over when it comes to looking for a new Houston home that is built to last. Fort Bend County’s most popular master-planned community, Riverstone, offers amazing amenities, glorious views, and beautiful neighborhoods. The top builders in the country have come together at Riverstone and are now offering some very attractive incentives for their homes for sale in Houston.

 

Purchase a Meritage home by February 28th and enjoy 2.875 percent interest for the first two years! Meritage Homes are beautiful, well-crafted, showpieces designed around the needs of a growing family. This low-interest rate offer may be just what you need to take a key into your hand at Riverstone.

 

Taylor Morrison is offering buyers $7000 towards closing costs on built-to-order or move-in ready homes at Riverstone. Taylor Morrison’s 100 years of family-pleasing building experience shines through at Riverstone. Every design is a beautiful statement-maker.

 

Darling Homes offer two great incentives: Purchase your home by March 31st and receive $10,000 towards your closing costs. Close escrow on your new Darling Home by April 30th and receive a very special interest rate for the first two years. Darling Homes offer luxury designs on larger lots in a gated section of Riverstone. 

 

Purchase a Perry Home at Riverstone by February 28th and choose from three amazing offers. Opt for $10,000 towards closing costs, a $10,000 credit to use at the design center, or upgrade your appliances AND receive custom blinds. Perry Homes offer elegant, stately, comfortable homes at an exceptional value that has been an American favorite since 1967.

 

Newmark Homes is offering a $35,000 design center credit for homes in the gated Avalon section or choose a home in The Grove section and receive $20,000 in design credit. Every penny can go toward interior upgrades because either purchase will include an outdoor kitchen absolutely free! Make your purchase by February 28th to take advantage of this offer.  

 

Sitterle Homes is offering Riverstone buyers up to $25,000 in savings so you can customize with any upgrades you wish! Sitterle has been designing custom homes for Texas families for 50 years. They are known for their exemplary customer service and unique, high-quality designs. 

 

Luxury builder, Westport Homes, is offering up to $50,000 towards a pool or A/V equipment for their million-dollar+ design at 8 Majestic View. If your family is looking for the ultimate dream home, you’ll want to consider this magnanimous offer.

 

Gather the family and come on over to Riverstone to find your dream Houston neighborhood, and enjoy these special values.  Contact the sales office by calling 281-778-2222 to schedule your viewing.

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February 13 2019

Grand Central Park Builds Community around a Connection to Nature

by Erin

Dog running at Grand Central Park new community in Houston

The depth of the connection to nature you will find at Grand Central Park is unsurpassed. Residents enjoy exclusive access to The Grandeur, a self-guided nature hike that takes you through some truly breathtaking lush, forested beauty.  Paved pathways are perfect for biking or pushing a stroller to watch the fisherman at the lake or access soulful Trillium Park.

 

Frisky Biscuit Dog Park will be opening soon with a handy wash station, play areas, and engaging play equipment. Twilight Park will feature exercise stations and a playground. Mystic Pond will have a festive lighted gazebo, a firepit, and a fishing pier out onto the water. The 13-acre Lake House amenity complex will offer air-conditioned event rooms, a fitness center, a resort-style pool, and a lovely view of the lake. The best way to stay tuned on the grand amenities coming soon to Grand Central Park is to sign up for the mailing list!

 

Surrounded by this idyllic landscape, you’ll feel miles away from the world yet right next door, and accessible via a paved pathway, you’ll find 336 Marketplace. This is Grand Central Park residents’ favorite shopping destination offering a Kroger, Michaels, Marshalls, Ross, HomeGoods, DICKs Sporting Goods and many more retail establishments.

 

Grand Central Park’s Director of Fun keeps residents engaged with an on-going calendar of community-building events and activities.

 

Grand Central Park is located just minutes north of The Woodlands in beautiful Conroe, TX. Metro Houston is just 36 miles south via Interstate 45.

 

Gorgeous new Houston homes by the area’s top builders, beautiful surroundings, and a sense of community connected to nature like no other contemporary development can offer. Your new home search comes to an end at Grand Central Park.  Subscribe to the mailing list to learn more about the remarkable Grand Central Park community.

 

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February 12 2019

Sienna Plantation Ranks No 1 in Texas

by Erin

Sawmill Lake Club at new Houston development Sienna Plantation

The No. 1 top selling master-planned community in Texas, Sienna Plantation attracts buyers with an alluring mix of modern home designs by builders, world-class amenities, excellent schools and a commitment to year-round fun. 

 

Occupying 10,800 lush acres in Missouri City, Sienna Plantation is well-placed to provide easy access to premium shopping, fabulous dining and diverse amusements in Sugar Land and Houston.

   

The signature “Sienna Life” offers an outstanding slate of amenities including four recreation complexes, five resort-style pools, eight lighted tennis courts, more than 100 miles of trails, numerous parks and playgrounds, sports fields, a golf club, and a private horse stable. An onsite lifestyle team plans nearly 50 events per year for residents.

 

Sienna Plantation’s Sawmill Lake Club is the newest social hub offering a freeform pool, fitness center overlooking the lake, firepit seating, a playground with a zip line and more.

 

New amenities and new homes are on the horizon with the imminent opening of Heritage Park this year. The new neighborhood will feature designs by Chesmar Homes, M/I Homes, Newmark Homes, Lennar, Perry Homes, Meritage Homes, and Westin Homes. Large homesites will be available and the area will feature a new dog park.

 

Young residents will spend their academic years at neighborhood schools including seven on-site Fort Bend ISD schools — four elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. 

 

All of which adds up to an enviable lifestyle sure to please every member of the family. Visit the Sienna Plantation Homefinder Center at 5777 Sienna Parkway, Suite 100, Missouri City, TX 77459.

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February 12 2019

February Realtor of the Month: Julie P. Tuggle

by Erin

Julie Tuggle Headsho

The New Homes Directory.com realtor of the month is Julie Tuggle, broker, and owner of Carolina Buyer’s Agent.  Julie has been consistently providing content for our Charlotte market real estate update for the area of Charlotte, NC. Julie opened her firm in 1998 after four years of working for a traditional broker.  She foresaw a need for a firm that solely represented the needs of buyer’s interests in the Charlotte area and created just that by giving them the negotiating advantage.

 

A dual agency is a firm where the listing broker represents both the seller and buyer in the same real estate transaction.  A dual agent is obligated not to divulge any confidential information to either the buyer or the seller and must conduct themselves in a hands-off manner.  Unlike a dual agency, Carolina Buyer’s Agent is focused on the specific needs of the buyer and specializes in For-Sale-By-Owner homes.  Julie and her team are committed to representing you by putting your needs at the forefront.

 

If you are in the search of a new home in Charlotte and would like a realtor that has your best interest in mind, be sure to contact Julie Tuggle with all of your home buying needs.  

 

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February 11 2019

The Four Seasons at Terra Lago offer home designs with you in mind

by Erin

Four Seasons at Terra Lago Kitchen in Riverside County

The Four Seasons at Terra Lago is an active adult community for those that are 55 years and over looking to live a life of luxury located in Indo, CA. This new Riverside neighborhood offers ten unique home designs such created by homebuilder K. Hovnanian Homes. 

 

Spanning approximately 1,559 square feet of space, the Black Hill home design includes a two-car garage, great room, and owner’s suite with a spa bath. It also includes an oversized laundry room with ample space to fold clothes, as well as spacious walk-in closets. There is even an optional bonus room for a possible movie theater or game room for the kids to enjoy. The open and airy kitchen floor plan will take you to another state of mind with its lavish features. Take advantage of the opportunity to entertain in a gourmet kitchen with recessed can lighting, ample granite slab counter space, modern GE® appliances, and durable Daltile® flooring that’s durable and makes for easy cleanup.

 

The Murray Peak floor plan provides a one-story home design with 2,411 square feet of living space, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a 2.5 car garage. This plan offers large walk-in closets, powder room, and an attached bath and walk-in closet in the guest bedroom. You’ll also enjoy a formal dining room, private den, and ample storage space for all of your Knick Knacks. The open floorplans offer optional guest suits for those extended holiday guests, and easy access to rear yards to appreciate indoor and outdoor living.  Spacious laundry rooms with room for folding. 

 

Established in 1959, K. Hovnanian Homes is known as “The First Name in Lasting Value®.” This home builder has always focused on financial strength and award-winning standards of homebuilding quality, as well as an authentic commitment to customer satisfaction.  K. Hovnanian Homes has been a recipient of the prestigious National Housing Quality Award and has spanned its services over states such as New York, California, Virginia, Texas, Florida, and Arizona. K. Hovnanian has also donated $1 Million to 9/11 relief efforts. Put your trust in a home builder that keeps the interest of their home buyers and the community around them in mind.  Schedule your visit with the sales office of The Four Seasons at Terra Lago to begin your journey to home ownership with K. Hovnanian.

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February 1 2019

Avila by Lennar Homes Includes Everything on Your Checklist and More!

by Erin

development of homes for sale at Avila in San Diego County

Located in Vista, California, the new developments of single family residences at Avila include everything on your checklist with its Everything’s Included® program. At Avila, “Everything’s included and every room’s connected.”  This program is unlike any other providing high end features and upgrades in your new home with absolutely no cost to you. Conveniently live an indulgent lifestyle while still preserving your budget when you make the decision to purchase a new home in San Diego County. 

 

If you’re in the search for a tech-savvy home, your new residence is filled with smart products such as the Echo Dot, Echo Show, and Baldwin® Evolved smart lock, Honeywell Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat, Ring Video Doorbell Elite, and the Samsung Smart Things Hub.  Leave the instruction manual and hard labor to the pros as Amazon employees set up and activate all of your connected devices within your home.  If that wasn’t enough to sign on the dotted line, you will also receive 90-day Smart Home Support to ensure that every question is asked and concern is addressed, although there may not be very many at all. 

 

If it isn’t already, the kitchen will become everyone’s favorite room in the house once they set eyes on all of its gourmet features fit for a chef.  Enjoy taking the guesswork out of entertaining guests with features including a GE Profile 36” stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator, black/stainless steel freestanding range, microwave hood combination, and built-in dishwasher. Your master suite will become an oasis of relaxation after a long day’s work.  Relish in the shower with acrylic pan, shampoo niche and Emser Tile within a framed glass enclosure.  Soak your stresses away in the luxurious soaking tub with surrounded cabinet panel and white quartz deck with 6” splash and ¾” polished edge detail. Your white quartz countertops and 8’ door height at the entry will create a spa-like atmosphere you’ll never want to step foot out of. 

 

The homebuilder, Lennar Homes, has been one of America’s leading homebuilders since 1954. Lennar Homes pride themselves in creating reliable, high-quality homes for their homeowners to create lasting memories in as well as striving to deliver the best possible home value and doing so with integrity. Discover your next home with a builder you can trust who has served over one million families across America and contact the sales office of Avila to schedule your viewing. 

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January 25 2019

Pardee Homes Keeps Community First at Verano at Aliento

by Erin

Clubhouse at new development Verano at Aliento in Los Angeles County

Home Builder Pardee Homes has developed a new residential community within Los Angeles County in the low $500,000’s. The new homes in Santa Clarita, CA, Verano at Aliento offers upscale single story homes precisely for active adults 55 and over.  Experience up to 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and up to 2, 470 square feet when looking into your newfound LA home. The quaint neighborhood of Verano features amenities such as a resort-style pool, vertical community garden, Wi-Fi workstations, private wine lockers, and a community spa for unwinding after a long day.

 

Take a glance at the Plan2 home design offering 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with approximately 1,670 square feet of living space.  Choose from either a Traditional Farmhouse or Interpretive Farmhouse with included features such as convenient USB drop zones, slab granite countertops and white cabinetry in the gourmet kitchen, and a spacious master bedroom suite with a luxurious bathroom and generous walk-in closets. If you believe extra space is needed for those holiday visitors or a home office, the Loft options are sure to suit your needs.  Choose from the options of a junior master, guest suite, or the 2 bed guest suite to boost the level of living space in your home. 

 

Efficiency is key at Verano at Aliento.  The home builder has literally thought of everything ensuring that their homes are health, energy, earth, water, and home smart.  All homes are energy smart with LED lighting, Low-E windows, and a Wi-Fi thermostat.  Your water smart home comes with a Rinnai® tankless water heater, water efficient toilets, and Delta WaterSense® labeled faucets.

 

Pardee Homes has made themselves a household name in both Southern California and Nevada since establishing in 1921.  They continue to provide smart solutions to their homebuyers with new construction homes that they can trust. Pardee Homes have been recipients of many awards that reflect their integrity and commitment to the communities they build and continue to invest in. The National Association of Home Builders Green Building Corporate Advocate of the year and Builder magazine’s America’s Best Builder are just a few of the amazing accomplishments that Pardee Homes has achieved for their outstanding building practices. Safety is the priority for Pardee Homes above all else.  They are the first to receive the Voluntary Protection Programs Designation for twelve years consecutively which recognizes effective worksite-based safety and health.

 

Create memories in a home community that you can trust at Verano at Aliento by Pardee Homes. Contact the sales office today to schedule your viewing.

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January 23 2019

Enjoy Spectacular Living in Sienna Plantation – the #1 Selling Community in Texas

by Erin

Children playing at waterpark in Sienna Plantation community

Annual lists of the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities are out, and not only is Sienna Plantation No. 1 in Texas, it’s No. 14 nationwide.

 

530 families bought new homes in Sienna Plantation in 2018, drawn by wow-packed amenities, high-ranking Fort Bend ISD schools K-12, an ideal location and on-site shopping and restaurants. Stretching the imagination for amenities, Sienna Plantation offers over 100 acres of parks, 35+ miles of trails, two resort-style waterparks, on-site Sienna Stables, the 160-acre Camp Sienna sports park, two fitness centers, golf, and Sawmill Lake Club – the community’s newest recreation complex.

 

Acclaimed Fort Bend ISD operates seven campuses on-site from elementary through high school. Year-round sports leagues, activities and resident events keep Sienna Plantation families engaged and connected. Plus they enjoy close proximity to Houston and the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, Sugar Land, and historic Missouri City. Major retailers include H-E-B, Walmart, Kroger, Aldi, CVS, and more, as well as numerous restaurant options, from doughnuts to fast casual to family favorites, with more are opening all the time

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Award-winning builders in Sienna Plantation are building in a variety of neighborhoods for families of all sizes. From budget-friendly first homes in vibrant surroundings priced from the $200,000’s to large custom luxury estates reaching into the $600,000’s and beyond, every family can find their perfect home at Sienna Plantation, and each comes with the signature Sienna lifestyle.

 

Everything your family needs to create the life you’ve always wanted is here at Sienna Plantation. Come explore the good life! 

 

Contact the Sienna Plantation Homefinder Center at 281-778-7777 for information. Better yet, come see us!

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January 22 2019

Viridian Offers an Array of Amenities in the Perfect DFW Community

by Erin

Sailing Center at Viridian new home community in Dallas

Viridian’s 2000-acre master-planned community redefines resort-style living. Homebuyers can enjoy an emphasis on luxury through the amenities presented, but also feel the full embrace of the natural beauty of the surroundings. These new homes for sale in Arlington, TX, are just 20 minutes from both Dallas and Fort Worth’s bustling downtowns making it easily accessible to local entertainment and shopping for residents, but nature is still center-stage. This master planned community encompasses 850 acres of lakes and open space, wetlands, and languid waterways, as well as 150 acre wooded conservation; Viridian has earned coveted Gold Certified Signature Sanctuary status from the Audubon Society. Viridian’s commitment to preservation and sustainability is matched only by its commitment to its residents. 

 

Choose from 15 outstanding Dallas/Fort Worth home builders that offer floor plans that range from chic townhomes to single-family detached homes in a range of price points, to custom home builders, and luxury million-dollar estates. No matter your decision, you’re sure to be pleased with the impeccable attention to detail throughout every square inch of your Viridian home.

 

Viridian residents enjoy neighborhood schools with diverse and challenging academic standards by the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, outstanding park and playground facilities, multiple pools, watersports, fishing, hiking and biking adventures, and a sailing school to top it off.  Enjoy ease of access to the Lakeview Event & Conference Center, a premier event facility within the Viridian community perfect for a small business conference or an upscale family celebration.  Unparalleled amenities, beautiful homes, and thriving natural surroundings all close-in to DFW. Viridian is everything you could possibly dream of for your family for years to come. Visit the sales office located at 4010 N Collins St. #7, Arlington, TX 76005 to learn more about scheduling a viewing for your new Arlington home.

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January 18 2019

4 Major Mistakes to avoid when buying home

by Erin

woman with keys in hand

Without doing your research, it may seem like the only major step in the home buying process is to find the home of your dreams.  There is so much more to the journey of becoming a new homeowner and it can be easy to make a few mistakes along the way.  Here are 4 major mistakes to avoid when purchasing your first home.  

 

1. Emptying your savings 

You’ve worked hard for your money and worked even harder to save every dime for the ultimate goal of one day purchasing a new home.  Where would your finances be if every penny went into your new home purchase and you were forced to begin the process of saving all over again?

 

Be sure to save enough money to cover both the expected and unexpected costs of buying your first home.  This will include your down payment, closing costs, moving expenses, and cost of possible repairs. Don’t rush the process of buying a home if you are not ready financially.  Take your time to become financially prepared and save as much as you can. This is a lifetime investment.  You should be able to have a little breathing room when it’s all said and done.  Who wants to eat Top Ramen in their brand new gourmet kitchen?

 

2. Not taking advantage of first-time home buyer programs

First time home buyer programs can provide you with so much knowledge prior to going through the home buying process.  It is very beneficial to spearhead the process head first with as much knowledge as possible. Make sure to take all of the necessary steps to ensure that you are fully equipped to proceed in the home buying process and take advantage of the free recourses that are available to you.

 

3. Thinking a home inspection is not needed

Some buyers want to save a few dollars by not having an official home inspection completed prior to purchasing which in turn puts them in a position where they are actually spending much more than they initially expected. 

Real estate agents see this type of thing happening more often than not.  In today’s climate, many home buyers are more interested in closing in on a home before someone else does.

Avoid falling through a rabbit hole of ongoing repairs because you were blindsided by a nice paint job.  Be sure to include the price of a professional home inspector into your home buying budget so that there are no surprises or hiccups on your journey to becoming a homeowner.  Think about it.  You’ll have to get an inspector either way, so why not start off right. 

 

4. Making decisions based on your emotions

 

House hunting can be a very joyous experience. You can easily fall in love with that claw foot bathtub in the master bathroom or the stainless steel appliances in the gourmet kitchen.  Leading with your emotions rather than common sense and your budget in mind can place you in a difficult position when making wise decisions.  The home may seem perfect at first glance, but there may be underlying issues that may come up down the line that you may not be prepared for. When making decisions based on how you feel rather than what you know, you may find yourself trying to make your budget fit the house rather than the house fit the budget.   You can put yourself in a bind when spending more money than you can actually afford.  Try your best not to allow your emotion to guide these important decisions. 

 

All and all, be mindful of each step you take during your home buying journey.  Be prepared and gain the knowledge it takes to make smart moves when closing the deal on the home of your dreams. 

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