August 18 2009

Easton Park: Affordable Communities in Tampa

by brook

Tampa New Homes

Mirroring the activity of many popular markets, housing trends in the Florida Gulf Coast dictate that the affordability of new homes in Tampa, FL continues to increase. A good example is the appealing price range upscale communities such as Easton Park.

The three Easton Park communities (The Winds, The Breakers, and Nature’s Corner) offer buyers an excellent location nestled in the best of both worlds, giving a rural feel while seconds away from city life. Placed within one of the most popular areas in Tampa, these homesites are ideal for commuting to jobs, schools, hospitals, and the University of South Florida – all within easy access to downtown Tampa.

What about the homes themselves? Easton Park residents enjoy beautiful homes situated on gorgeous conservation landscapes. Standard MI Homes features, such as functional floorplans, spacious kitchens, and


visually appealing architecture (like the sunken master suites) are all part of the design. If desired, new owners can enhance their homes even further with the help of a 5,000 square foot design center. Other bonuses include Energy Star Certified appliances, a 30 year structural transferable warranty, and a Brinks security system. For community amenities, Easton Park offers something for everyone: paved, partially covered walking paths, a sparkling pool, and (of course!) a tot-friendly playground.

We mentioned affordability; but how low are we talking? Prices for living in this desirable community start at $169,990, and top out at $273,990. The square footage for these fantastic homes begins at 1,480 and goes up to 3,400. Touring the models is sure to be a treat; but living in one of these homes is even better! Stop in to see what’s available at 11053 Ancient Futures Drive, Tampa, FL 33647 for Easton Park 50’s; for Easton Park 65’s or 75’s, visit 20268 Ravens End Drive. Office hours are Sunday and Monday 12pm-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday 10am–6pm. They are available by phone at (813) 356-0122 or (813) 413-9106. 

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August 18 2009

Homebuyer Tax Credit Ending Soon

by brook

The homebuyer tax credit could be ending soon. Although polls show that the President’s stimulus package failed to impress average Americans, there is one component of the federal spending program that many are happily benefitting from: the $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers. Now, with markets bottoming out and recovering nationwide, it appears this is one spending measure that may have done its job.

According to a Bloomberg report released this week, confidence increased in three of four market regions, led by a jump in the Northeast. The South was the only area where housing market confidence fell. The report also disclosed that combined sales of both new and existing homes have risen for four out of five months since January. The National Association of Realtors projects 350,000 additional first-time buyers will own homes thanks to the tax credit.

But now, as the end of summer nears, many of these prospective buyers are scrambling to locate properties and close deals. Why? Because the clock is ticking for borrowers; the expiration for the first-time homebuyer tax credit is November 30, 2009. But that’s not all. 

According to a Reuters report this week, borrowers need to have their offers accepted by the end of September to assure lenders enough time to beat the November 30 federal deadline.

Is there still time for first time home buyer benefits and prospective buyers to take advantage? If they act now. With most escrow periods lasting between 30 and 60 days, the window is quickly closing. To receive an $8,000 credit to put toward upgrades, landscaping, or repairs, the time to buy is now.

However, if you’re still saving up for a down payment or cleaning up your credit history – making a 2009 purchase an unlikely option – you still have something to look forward to. Experts cite record-low mortgage rates and pockets of economic strength as signs that home buying is more fathomable than it was last year.

In any case, real estate experts concur that the market is on a sustainable path. And while there is a concerted industry effort to extend the tax credit program into 2010, it appears that such a prospect is unlikely at this point. In a nutshell: Qualified buyers should act before it’s too late. 


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August 17 2009

New Energy Saving Fremont Homes!

by racheal

Fremont Energy Saving New Homes

A beautiful new Fremont California home that’s just the right size, in a location that’s close to everywhere you need to be, and built with energy saving technology. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Rosewood Gables by SummerHill Homes, one of the top green builders in the bay area.

Rosewood Gables meets new home ENERGY STAR® ratings and ComfortWise® program guidelines, which increasing energy savings throughout your new home. With dual-pane vinyl windows and sliding doors built with Low-E glass, will guarantee to improve energy savings through your new home. All exterior doors feature full weather stripping, and your high-efficiency forced-air gas furnace with electronic ignition and energy-saving electronic set-back thermostat will keep your new Fremont home a steady temperature all year long and  you save money on your energy bill. Some other energy saving futures include energy-efficient 50-gallon gas water heater with recirculation pump to all fixtures and pre-wire for ceiling fans in living room and master bedroom. Did you know that running a ceiling fan not only saves energy instead of running your air conditioner, but also only coast a penny a day to run!

These new energy saving fremont homes are located in Fremont’s popular Irvington District. The 106 homes at Rosewood offer a wide selection of home designs in three unique collections with all the space you need and all the comfort you desire. Richly detailed Artisan-style, English Cottage, French Country and Spanish architecture resembles that of a European village. With plenty of charm and visual thrill, each new home features a superb kitchen and a spacious master suite. Rosewood Gables also offers a one-third acre park at the center of the community!

Rosewood Gables presents 40 fashionable new green homes community for sale in Fremont Ca, with traditional single-family homes with 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5-3 bathrooms, and up to approximately 2,574 square feet with private rear yards perfect for barbecues and parties.  Conveniently located in Fremont’s Irvington District, Rosewood Gables is close to the best of the Bay Area. Access to an activity of cafés, boutiques, a theatre and a planned BART station and well-regarded schools, parks and cultural opportunities are just steps from your door. Rosewood by SummerHill Homes is where you can find an energy saving new home ideally located in one of the top green building states, beautiful California!



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August 17 2009

Las Vegas, Making Your New Home Solar Power And Energy Efficient.

by racheal

Las Vegas Solar New Homes

As a member of the Environments for Living Program, Pulte Homes Inc. offers remarkable features like low VOC paint, air filtration systems and solar power. Known as an Energy Star partner, Pulte ensure that their appliance packages guarantee low energy use with high comfort and durability.

Pulte Homes and their family of builders, Del Webb and DiVosta, are always exploring new “green” home systems, construction materials, and neighborhood amenities, and energy star benefits. Pulte Homes Nevada division with the Southern Nevada Green Building Partnership has development Villa Trieste community, featuring homes and a community design focused on energy and water efficiency.

A fun lifestyle with picture-perfect views emerges into Summerlin Master planned Community with its newest community, Villa Trieste. Villa Trieste’s all new homes for sale offer two-story home with floor designs from 1,487 to 1,960 square feet, 2-3 bedrooms, and 2-2.5 bathrooms. Villa Trieste is a 'green' community, offering water and energy efficient homes. These Las Vegas new homes for sale features LEED certification, is built under the Environments for Living® - Green Certified program, and is equipted with solar power panel roofs!

Las Vegas Solar Homes

Solar Power is a non polluting energy source that offers you an opportunity to consume less energy and help to conserve the environment. Plus depending on your usage habits, you may even be able to save a few more dollars with lower electric bills every month so you can take advantage of the benefits of a green home. When the system creates more electricity than your home consumes, the electric meter spins backward and you receive credit from your local utility. Producing renewable energy naturally by solar power which is a non-polluting energy source this process also offsets peak electricity usage. Solar Power helps to predict and fix your monthly expenses and protects against rising energy prices. Solar Power helps your pockets as while as making living “Green” as easy as a flip of a switch with Solar Power reducing oil and natural gas use by offsetting peak electricity demand.

Each one of these new Las Vegas homes is provided with, SunPower® solar roof paneling, environments for Living®-diamond level package (with 3-year heating and cooling guarantee), 100% ENERGY STAR® certified, In2 Networks eco-Concierge dashboard, envelope insulation system with blown-in cellulose, Low-E dual pane windows with vinyl frames, 15 SEER-rated air conditioning system, Rinnai® tankless water heater, digital programmable thermostat, gas range and gas dryer hook-ups, energy efficient gas furnace jump ducts from all bedrooms, pre-wire for ceiling fans in master bedroom and great room, fluorescent lighting in garage, laundry and master closet. Each one of these amenities is developed to provide the most energy efficient home and most of these amenities are fall with in the energy tax credit.

It’s no wonder why Villa Trieste is a "green" community, offers energy efficient and water efficient living as well as being built under the Environments for Living® - Green Certified program.

Villa Trieste new homes in Las Vegas located in the Village of West Park at Summerlin Centre and located to the west of the 215 Beltway between Sahara and Charleston. Residents of Villa Trieste will enjoy the communal amenities of West Park like the community pool and park, and the convenience of nearby shopping, entertainment, schools and employment centers.



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August 16 2009

Million Dollar Green Homes in the Bay Area

by brook

Looking for a top-of-the-line green home – something you can be proud of for its grandeur and location, while feeling good about its environmentally-friendly sustainability?
If so, consider visiting Redwood Gate from Summerhill Homes. A stunning neighborhood that blends 45 new homes with a prestigious Palo Alto, CA address,

Bay Area Energy Efficient New Condos

Redwood Gate is just minutes from a vibrant downtown district and the area’s most highly regarded schools. Better still, the Redwood Gate homes are green in structure, but built with classic design in mind. With up to 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and approximately 2,424 sq. ft., the homes feature granite slab countertops with full backsplashes, stainless steel kitchen sinks with a Kohler® polished chrome pull-out spray faucet, and beautiful GE® Monogram and Profile stainless steel appliances. And the bathrooms? They’re luxurious! Three words: oversized soaking tub.

What makes Redwood Gate a community of Bay Area green homes? To start, appliances that meet Energy Star® standards; plus, the homes boast the SmarterRoof™ from Petersen Dean. These roofing and solar systems reflect the sun's rays that heat the roof, to keep roof materials cooler and increase sustainability. Long-lasting roofs: That’s one less headache for homeowners to worry about! Best of all, SmarterRoofs™ are proven to bring down your summer utility rates by as much as 30%. Who says green home features need to be expensive? Even in a million dollar area with top-notch green homes, the environmental amenities can be affordable. And, Summerhill Homes does their part to ensure that over half of their construction debris become recycled. These are luxury green homes – in other words, the best of both worlds. Redwood Gate is located at 4240 Noble Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94306 (Deodar and El Camino Real). You can reach the office by phone at (866) 667-9919. Hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm and Monday, 3pm to 6pm.



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August 15 2009

New Homes Near Cincinnati at Regency Park

by brook

Cincinnati New Homes

Is there a place near Cincinnati where families can enjoy acres of green spaces and parks, playgrounds, scenic ponds, and fishing lakes? How about something conveniently located to additional recreation – maybe a bike trail, horseback paths, or golf course? Of course, location within a good school district is a criterion as well. Fortunately, there is such a place: the Regency Park home community in Maineville, Ohio. One of twelve new home communities near Cincinnati from builder MI Homes, Regency Park is a fun, attractive, and pleasant place to settle down.

Yes, these amenities are real – the green space and parks span a full 30 acres, the ponds are plentiful, and the fishing lakes – there are three of them! Plus, the school district is the award-winning Little Miami. In addition to these advantages, Regency Park features twelve outstanding home designs, five of which have a basement option. Single story, two story; foyers, porches; breakfast nooks, family rooms; Regency Park has the options buyers want in a new single family home. The homes range from a three bedroom, one-and-a-half bath two-story with garage and up to 1,400 square feet of space for $119,995, to a four bedroom two-story with lots of additional square footage for $170,995 – and tons of other models/price ranges in between – Regency Park has an incredible array of options for buyers of all tastes and budgets.

Cincinnati New Homes

To visit Regency Park, stop in to 7460 Haverhill Lane, Maineville, OH 45039. Just take the I-71 North to State Route 48, turn left onto State Route 48, go approximately two and one half miles. Turn left onto Regency Park Boulevard. If you’d like to ask some questions by phone, please contact the office at (513) 683-6105.


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August 14 2009

Homes for Sale - Columbus Market Conditions July 2009

by brook

Money Magazine-Best Places To Live

Looking for a new home in the heartland? Why not consider Columbus, Ohio? The diverse economy has placed this city on the “frequent magazine ranking” map; for example, Money Magazine once proclaimed Columbus the 8th “best large city in the U.S.” to inhabit, and called it “an emerging global city” for its strong presence in the finance, logistics, and medical research fields.

What will it cost to live in Columbus right now? As of the week ending August 10, Columbus Ohio real estate listings contained an inventory of 3,645 units with a median price of $124,900. This is a decline of 1.7% since July. As for new homes in Columbus, the median is $214,120 – a month-over-month decline of 0.1%. With no change since last month, Columbus, OH foreclosures are still at a median of $58,000. There is an inventory of 2,130 of these outstanding foreclosure deals.

It’s evident that Columbus is one market that has not yet hit bottom. This is great news for buyers, so the time to locate properties may be now.


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August 14 2009

Homes for Sale - Cincinnati Market Conditions July 2009

by brook

According to a national foreclosure blog, home affordability remains unprecedented in Cincinnati, OH. They report continued declines in the prices of foreclosure and other pre-owned homes, as cited by Cincinnati housing analysts.

Cincinnati Home Market Conditions

The last available figures the blog obtained specific to Cincinnati were recorded at the onset of summer, when the median home sales price dropped to $130,000 – a 7% decline from the median sales price at this time last year. It is also believed by Ohio economists said that the region’s housing market will still struggle for the next 18 months, due to the effects of the recession. Is this bad news for the buyer? Certainly not! This implies that there are numerous, excellent deals to be explored in Cincinnati.

Trulia reported similar figures from May to July, with an average listing price of $247,329 and a median sales price of $134,000. Is this a good time to consider buying in one of America’s most beloved cities? We think so! To learn more about homes for sale in Cincinnnati, contact a trusted real estate agent who specializes in the area.



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August 14 2009

Bethel Pointe Offers Maintenance-Free Homes In Wilmore

by racheal

Bethel Pointe offers new homes in a maintenance-free in Wilmore, Kentucky with a community nestled in this quaint town. Bethel Pointe homes for sale feature a single-story living unique concept with amazing floor plans that are patented by the federal government. This guarantees you will live in a one-of-a-kind single-story home with great rooms, cathedral ceilings, and divided-light windows. 

New Wilmore Maintenance Free Home

At Bethel Pointe a professional Property Managers takes care of everything for you.  Including your water, sewer, and trash removal. All of your building and landscaping maintenance, including snow removal to your door, are included in your maintenance free living! Bethel Point new homes for sale at Wilmore, presents a community clubhouse with an exercise center. 

Maintenance-free living at Bethel Pointe leaves you plenty of free time to enjoy. One way you can enjoy your leisure time is to head to the central of the community to the Clubhouse. Bethel Pointe’s private clubhouse contains a large, luxuriously appointed social room with gas log fireplace and comfortable seating. A large screen cable-connected television with DVD, kitchen area with dishwasher, oven and microwave are also available for residents use.  Also in the clubhouse is a 24-hour reachable fitness center with a treadmill, elliptical, recumbent bike and multi-station gym.  Outside Bethel Pointe clubhouse is a swimming pool and a grill area. Complete with a gas grill and three picnic tables, this area is perfect for an evening cookout with newly found friends.

Bethel Pointe’s Canterbury and Abbey model floorplans offers single-story living that is enhanced by a crowd of amenities.  A well-visualized traffic pattern, a large great room with cathedral ceiling, an alluring veranda, and a wealth of thoughtfully placed storage space lets you enjoy everyday life with a new sense of freedom and pride.

In the Chateau and Windows floorplans you can enjoy your new Wilmore home with a nearly 700 square foot Owner's Suite upstairs as your own personal retreat.  Downstairs, a second Owner's Suite escorted with another bedroom, making these three bedroom homes full of flexibility for young professionals, growing families, or active adults.  A large patio outside provides a gathering area for your family and friends.

Bethel Pointe Kentucky Homes

The Villa model with traditional 9' ceilings welcomes you into this charming new home for sale with fashioned for those who want less space. The Villa comes with all of the standard features like a 2-car garage, fireplace, tile entry, round top windows which are richly appointed and easy to care for.

For directions to Bethel Pointe, new homes for sale at Wilmore. Bethel Pointe’s looks forward to showing you around, so stop by on Tuesday -  Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. closed on Sundays. Or call at 859-858-0096.


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August 13 2009

Homes for Sale - Tampa Bay Market Conditions July 2009

by brook

In contrast to the statewide figures, one of Florida’s most desirable living areas, located on the Gulf Coast, continues to experience a price decline. The Trulia report for Tampa Market Trends disclosed that in the week ending August 5, the average listing price of Tampa Bay homes for sale was $329,035. For an area of the state where housing tends to be on the pricey side, this could be the right time to get a great deal. 

Tamp Bay New Homes

For example, the report stated that the median sales price for homes in Tampa FL for May 09 to Jul 09 was $144,001. Compared to the prior quarter, this is a decline of 0.7%, or $999; additionally, it is a decrease of 28% compared to the prior year. Overall, sales prices have depreciated 9.9% over the last 5 years in Tampa.

Will prices in Tampa continue to decline? No one can say for sure, but if the rise of home prices statewide is any indication (see below), it may be wise to act sooner than later.


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