May 27 2019

Leander, TX: Named One of The Country’s BEST Towns for Small Families

by Erin

Children's spalsh zone at Carneros Ranch new home community

Leander, TX has been named as one of the best towns for small families in the entire country! How did humble Leander earn this distinction? Leander is not only a clean, modern, cozy enclave of sweet homes but also for location. Leander is just 28 miles from downtown Austin, which is close enough to your metro needs but still far enough away to enjoy the feeling of wide-open spaces. Wildlife thrives and nature abounds here; as do families! Carneros Ranch has been developed to give these lucky families a wonderful community of homes to choose from. Designed and built by two of the nation’s top builders, Lennar, and Wilshire Homes, you are sure to find the perfect place to settle with your family.

 

Carneros Ranch’s location gives you easy access to surrounding wonders: Lake Travis, Devine Lake Park, and numerous municipal parks and recreational facilities. Within Carneros Ranch, you’ll enjoy a The Carneros Ranch Amenity Center featuring a sparkling jr. Olympic-sized pool, a joyful children’s splash zone, and indoor and outdoor meeting and party facilities. 

 

Carneros Ranch offers gorgeous stately homes from the fine folks at Lennar and Wilshire Homes. Lennar Homes fulfills the promise of “everything is included.” All the upscale finishes and high-end touches are already built into the design. Wilshire Homes’ masterful use of light and space shines throughout their designs offering families a home-y, comfortable environment with a contemporary vibe you’ll love. Both builders have a range of plans available at Carneros Ranch so you can find just the right fit for you and your loved ones.

 

Leander, TX offers the perfect location for a growing family to stretch out and make memories. Carneros Ranch is here to give you the ideal home base from which to grow those memories. Come on home to Carneros Ranch.

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May 22 2019

Meridiana Features Homes from the Finest Builders Texas has to Offer

by Erin

new home by David Weekley Homes in Meridiana

The community of Meridiana offers a selection of brand new homes that includes something for everyone as well as every budget. Meridiana offers a catalog of dreamy models from the most respected home builders in the country. Whatever your needs or expectations, you will not be disappointed.

 

Plantation Homes are found in two different sections of Meridiana: Allegro Trails (near Freedom Field) starting from just $220,000 and Explorer’s Vale (near Galileo’s Lab, where science finds fun in the stars) with prices from the $290,000’s. 

 

Highland Homes offers a variety of price points. They can be found in several sections of Meridiana: Allegro Trails near Freedom Field, Zephyr Cove near Adventure Lake, and soon to be popping up at Royal Estates near Café Sol.

 

David Weekley Homes are budget-friendly, contemporary dwellings starting in the $250,000s. They can be found near beautiful Explorer’s Park.

 

Perry Homes are priced from the affordable $250,000’s. Your family can choose to be close to the entrance and Galileo’s Lab or across from Explorer’s Park.

 

Trendmaker Homes are to the left of the entrance and near to Galileo’s Lab. Price points there start at $250,000.

Taylor Morrison’s fine homes are centrally located and centrally-priced from the $260,000’s.

 

Shea Homes will be coming soon with lovely floor plans priced from the $280,000’s. They will be centrally located for easy access to the future high school, Galileo’s Lab, and Café Sol.

 

Lennar Homes are found on Discovery Drive right by Explorer’s Park. They are priced from the $290,000’s.

 

Chesmar Homes are not far from Galileo’s Lab. These homes are priced from the $290,000’s.

 

Drees Custom Homes start in the $340,000’s. They are in the Zephyr Cove section close to The Park at Adventure Lake.

 

All these award-winning builders offer timeless exterior designs, open-concept interiors, gorgeous finishes, and extensive opportunities for customization and personalization. Located just off the 288, 10 minutes south of Pearland, the Meridiana community is convenient to downtown Houston, Galveston, Sugarland, the airport, and Texas Medical Center. Stop in and visit with a professional home consultant to find your dreamy new home at Meridiana.

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May 17 2019

You Just Purchased your First Home. Now What?

by racheal

red door with lock

So, you’ve just gained the title of “homeowner” and the stress and anxiety of the home buying processes are finally over with. Now, what do you do? Don’t think that the work is done once you sign the dotted line. There are a few steps you should make after the home buying process that will make your life a little easier. We’ve got 10 helpful tips below to help you along the way.

 

Change the locks

 

Many people don’t think about taking this step when purchasing a home. With all of the open houses, realtors, and past homeowners trafficking through the home, you never know who may possess an extra set of keys or even the garage door opener. The cost to change the locks is minimal compared to both your peace of mind and the possibility of a break-in. When changing your locks, be sure to replace the hardware as well.

 

It’s also best to wait until the day after closing to schedule a locksmith to come out to make this change. You never know how closing can go. Sometimes it can drag on for a few more days than expected and you want to make sure that the entire deal is finalized before changing your locks.

 

Set up your utilities

 

This is probably everyone’s least favorite part about having their own living space when it’s apartment living or being a homeowner. It’s time to set up those utilities and pay deposits.

 

Say hello to your new neighbors

 

A bowl of jello or a plate of fresh-baked cookies is not required for this step. We’re not living in the ’60s, but it’s still nice to introduce yourself to your new neighbors. It’s great to form a relationship with the people you live next to. You’ll see them on a daily basis leaving and coming in and in most cases, it’s a great way to look out for one another’s homes when you’re away or form a carpool when the kids go to school.

 

Put your mortgage documents in a safe place

 

All of your documents may already be saved somewhere in the cloud or right in your email and that’s great! We may be in a new age with technology, but it’s always a good idea to make hard copies of your official mortgage documents and place them in a safe place for future reference. If for some reason, you cannot access your documents on a computer, you’ll always have a backup copy in hand.

 

Give your home a good deep clean

 

 

The best time to give your house a deep clean is when it’s completely empty. You won’t be able to see every spot, stain, or spider web with your house fully furnished. Take the time out to steam clean the carpets, buff the floors, wash windows, and deep clean in and around your appliances before your home becomes lived in with the day to day wear and tear. If you prefer to do it yourself, that’s great and you’ll save a few dollars, but there’s also nothing wrong with hiring a professional to get the job done and save some time.

 

Purchase a home warranty

 

A home warranty is a service contract that will repair or replace things around your home like a broken dishwasher. A warranty on your home may have come with the purchase of your home, but be sure to read the fine print. If you find that you may need extra security with another warranty, take the steps to do so.

 

Set aside an emergency fund

 

It may not sound very appealing to start yet another savings fund after shelling out the last of your savings on your new home, but this is a very important part of homeownership. Now that you’re a homeowner, there is no longer a maintenance man to fix the garbage disposal and there’s no leasing office to complain to. When something goes wrong, it’s up to you to fix it, so it’s better to be safe than sorry and has a few dollars stashed away for emergency purposes only.

 

Create a maintenance plan

 

The same way you have a maintenance plan for yourself when it comes to routine salon visits, dental appointments, and doctor visits, you should also have a maintenance plan for your home. Keeping a plan in place will prevent future problems around the house like the A/C going out in the summer or a pipe bursting in the middle of the night potentially flooding your brand new floors. Keep important numbers handy for your homes maintenance repairs.  Keep track of how long your warranties are for your major appliances and schedule “checkups” routinely to ensure everything is in good shape. 

 

We hope you find these tips helpful as you get settled into your new residence. 

 

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May 10 2019

May Realtor of the month: Rob Bittle

by Erin

Rob Bittle Realtor of the Month in Sacramento

May’s realtor of the month is Rob Bittle, real estate agent for Realty One Group Complete and our Roseville and Rocklin, CA real estate market expert.

 

Rob has over 10 years of experience in the real estate industry which includes buying, selling, lending, marketing, and development. Going through the buying process with Rob Bittle by your side is a plus. Not only does he have general knowledge in the real estate industry, but Rob has also worked with many contractors and purchased several fixer-uppers, so he knows a thing or two about what to look for in a home. In his spare time, Rob enjoys officiating high school sports such as football, basketball, and girls’ softball.

 

At Realty One Group, Rob provides the tools needed for consumers to access the same information that real estate agents have in order to make the best decision possible during the buying process. Potential home buyers have the ability to find information such as photos, features, asking price, and the home’s specific details, as well as narrow down their search with an advanced search to save time. Home buyers also receive email updates with changes in price as well as new homes added to the Sacramento market and access to speak with a real estate agent to get all of their questions answered. 

 

If you are looking to settle into a new Sacramento home or sell your home, contact Rob Bittle and his team of experienced real estate agents to fulfill all of your home buying and selling needs. 

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May 3 2019

Decrease Your Carbon Footprint at Palmera by Brandywine Homes

by Erin

Kitchen at los angeles new home at Palmera

The new community of Palmera by Brandywine Homes is a new development of family-friendly townhomes offering maintenance free living in Baldwin Park, CA. Conveniently located near the 10, 605, and 210 Freeways, Palmera allows easy access to shopping at Plaza West Covina, Target, and Vons, as well as local parks and recreation for the entire family such as Vineland Drive-In Theatre, The Baldwin Park Aquatics Center, and Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. Continue your education or enroll your soon to be adults at nearby Azusa Pacific University or Cal State LA. Create memories and so much more in at your new residence at Palmera.

 

This community offers 3 open home designs with a maximum of 4 bedrooms and 3.5 appointed bathrooms. The homebuilder, Brandywine Homes offers you the opportunity to personalize your home with several upgrade options to make your new house a home. Some of the must-have features included at Palmera are the Spanish architecture, Dal One Quartz® countertops with integrated sinks, and Truss Joist® floor system. Enjoy a gorgeous gourmet kitchen with a Whirlpool® stainless steel Energy Star® dishwasher, a built-in Whirlpool® microwave oven, and Dal One Quartz® countertops with 6” backsplash throughout.

 

Decrease your carbon footprint while saving a few dollars along the way with an energy efficient home. Brandywine Homes has thought of it all with water-efficient faucets, auto shut-off motion sensors in all baths, laundry, and the garage, as well as water efficient toilets. There is also insulation in the ceiling areas and exterior walls and dual glazed white vinyl windows with Low-E glass.

 

Brandywine Homes was established in 1994 by founder Jim Barisic with the plan to help revitalize established neighborhoods and convert underutilized and often run-down space into needed housing. Over the years, Brandywine Homes has created new home communities located near opportunities for employment and extended families in Southern California. Brandywine’s mission is to rebuild older cities, provide a new home option, provide integrity in partnerships, and valuing resources. Be sure to purchase your Los Angeles new home with a home builder you can trust at Palmera by Brandywine Homes.

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April 30 2019

Meridiana Celebrates Family, Easter, and Pups of All Sizes April 20th

by Erin

Shea Homes new home at Meridiana Community

Meridiana knows that families come in all shapes and sizes, and often include family members with four legs. Getting outdoors and enjoying the return of springtime is always more fun with a pooch at your side. To celebrate the wonderful spring season, Meridiana has gone to the dogs with a terrific Easter Celebration called Paws on the Parkway on April 20th from 11 am to 2 pm. Gather your family and friends and join in the fun as Meridiana hosts an Easter Egg Hunt, a dog adoption event, and a disc dog show. There will be live music, family fun, and food trucks for all to enjoy.

 

It’s the perfect opportunity to visit the model homes and the Welcome Center to see all that Meridiana has to offer. The amenities and monthly calendar of events are sure to impress. With the work of the country’s top builders represented such as Shea Homes and David Weekly Homes, you’ll find the home of your dreams that meets your needs and suits your budget. Homes start in the 200,000’s and can be as traditional or as opulent as you wish. With so many options, the friendly staff at The Welcome Center will help to narrow your interests and pinpoint the homes that best meet your needs.

 

You’ll find Meridiana in the perfect location just off the 288, 10 minutes south of Pearland. Meridiana offers easy access to downtown Houston, Galveston, Sugarland, the airport, and Texas Medical Center. 

Bring your favorite dog or come adopt your new best friend and enjoy a day of springtime fun courtesy of Meridiana. To gain more information about purchasing a new Houston home, stop by the Meridiana info center located at 4003 Meridiana Parkway, Iowa Colony, TX 77583

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April 22 2019

Beautiful Affordable Family Homes in Leander

by Erin

Carneros Ranch new homes in Austin TX

Carneros Ranch in lovely Leander, TX offers new home buyers a terrific location, great amenities, and stunning homes by the Austin top builders such as Lennar and Wilshire Homes. Situated in the Hill Country near Austin, Leander boasts a wide array of recreational options due to the surrounding waterways and the parks system. Nearby shopping centers and state-of-the-art medical facilities add to the appeal.

 

Lennar Homes has built a reputation around their “everything is included” concept, affording families the look and feel of upgrades without having to expand on costs. Enjoy upscale flooring, granite countertops, open concept living spaces, and designer cabinetry throughout your new Lennar home. Energy saving features have been built into the design to make your home even more comfortable and affordable. 

 

Wilshire Homes’ decades of design excellence offers families classic and contemporary styles that fulfill the wish list you've worked on for years. Gorgeous light-filled spaces with fine finishes, chef-inspired kitchens, unique gathering areas, and lavish bathrooms are the rule, not the exception. Wilshire's "Built Around You" philosophy allows buyers to customize floor plans and create a truly unique home. LEED for Homes certification energy-efficient standards will pay off for years.

 

The Carneros Ranch Amenity Center keeps families engaged and involved. Cool off in the Jr. Olympic-sized pool or the tot-sized splash zone, host a get-together in the party room or relax at the pavilion. Come out to Carneros ranch, just 28 miles from downtown Austin, and see why Leander has been named the “best small town for families.” Learn more about purchasing a new Austin home in this top Austin community.

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April 19 2019

5 Useful Tips for Buying a New Home in Spring

by racheal

As the weather is beginning to warm up, so are those home sales. There’s nothing worse than attempting to purchase your first home without prior knowledge of what steps to take. Grab your wishlist and use these five tips to help you prepare to buy your new home this spring.

 

1. Get rid of your debt and clean up your credit 

 

The number one thing you need to do in preparation for purchasing your first home is to clear up your debt. You’ll find it much easier to save money toward your new home as you pay down your debt. You’ll also find that you’ll have better buying options with less debt and a better credit rating.

 

2. Make a wishlist that’s realistic

 

You probably have a list already made up of all the must-have features and amenities that you just can’t live without in your new house.  The gourmet kitchen and spa-like bathroom you’ve seen on television may not exactly come in your budget or be in the neighborhood you’ve got your eyes set on. Make sure to do your research on both what you can afford and what the areas you’d like to live in have to offer. Think about revising your wishlist and compromising in some areas. The home you select may not come with granite countertops or hardwood floors, but you can make it a DIY project and save a few dollars along the way.

 

Man in blue shirt holding a key

3. Hire a licensed real estate agent

 

Whether it’s your first time around searching for a home, or you are in need of an upgrade for your growing family, hiring a licensed real estate agent is always your best bet.  Do your research and find the best realtor for your needs. They are more equipped than you will be when it comes to tackling the hard stuff during the buying process.

 

It is also a plus to hire an agent that is a neighborhood specialist. When you have an idea of the specific area that you would like to move to, an agent that specializes there is truly beneficial when choosing the perfect home for you and your family. 

 

4. Get preapproved by a local lender

 

To ensure that you have a smooth loan process, make it a point to get preapproved by a local lender. Avoid applying for loans with online lenders or lenders outside of your local area. Offers that are received from a local lender will most likely get preference when purchasing a new home. This will also help in having a timely closing and smooth process. Local lenders have a better reputation for closing on time. They will also ensure that they give you the best service because they want you to refer their business to others within the local community.

 

5. Don’t hold off too long on making a bid

 

Making a bid on your first home can be a difficult decision. If you come across the perfect home during your search, try not to hesitate too long to make an offer. Your dream home may not be available for long. Home prices typically begin to rise during the warmer months, so there would be little chance of the home you want decreasing in price.

 

As you take the steps to prepare to buy your first home, take these tips into consideration and always do your research as well as seek professional help to ensure that you’re making the best decisions for your investment.  

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April 10 2019

April Realtor of the month: Karen Peyton

by Erin

Karen Peyton Realtor of the month Phoenix AZ

April's realtor of the month is Karen Peyton, associate broker of Buyer Broker AZ. Karen provides the monthly market updates for Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, and Gilbert, AZ. Karen began her journey in real estate in 1997 when assisting a friend of hers with the purchase of her first home. She has received an award from the City of Chandler for "Neighborhood Leader of the Year" in 2014 and also volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul. 

 

At Buyer Broker AZ, Karen offers the ability to give her clients a live search using the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service. This allows them access to the same subscription service that is used by Arizona Realtors so that more accurate listings are available. 

 

Karen believes in offering the highest level of skill and expertise to her clientele. She listens to her client’s needs in order to create a sure-fire strategy specific to their personal situation to tackle the home buying process. Whether it is your first time purchasing a new home in Phoenix, or if you are a seasoned veteran, be sure to give Karen with Buyer Broker AZ a call.  You’ll be in good hands.

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March 29 2019

Meridiana Offers Houston Homebuyers the Best Selection from Top Builders

by Erin

Cafe Sol at Meridiana

Meridiana is a very special master-planned community just 35 minutes south of downtown Houston. Here you’ll find a truly unique lakeside community experience. You may start your day with a rousing workout at the state-of-the-art fitness facility. Then have an exceptional meal at Meridiana’s very own restaurant, Café Sol. You can spend the afternoon relaxing poolside at the Oasis while the kids play in the splash zone. Gather the family for an old-fashioned lawn game in the lighted gaming area. Then spend an evening with friends on the Ambassador’s Yacht. As if that weren’t enough enticement, Meridiana offers homebuyers an extravagant selection of homes from the area’s most impressive builders

 

Chesmar is currently offering spacious 3 to 5 bedroom homes here at Meridiana. David Weekley also has a selection of beautiful designs with up to 5 bedrooms. Drees offers up to 5 lovely bedrooms in their single-family homes along with luxury features. Highland Homes has brought their best 3- 4 bedroom home designs to Meridiana. Lennar’s 3- 5 bedroom offerings are shining examples of their fine craftsmanship with a two car garage and up to 3,056 square feet of living space. Perry Homes has many wonderful 3- 5 bedroom floor plan options to choose from that are sure to fit any family’s needs. Plantation Homes feature stunning model home designs. Shea Homes 4- 5 bedroom homes offer a variety of external treatments. Taylor Morrison’s stately 3- 5 bedroom models are timeless beauties. Trendmaker’s 3- 4 bedroom homes are classic and traditional. Each builder that has been chosen brings a little something special to the table

 

With ten gifted builders represented and price points starting in the $200,000’s you will surely find your dream home at Meridiana. Contact the info center by calling 281-915-5515 to schedule a walkthrough.

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