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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January 12 2019

Find “More” at Riverstone near Houston

by Erin

water activies at Riverstone new home community near Houston

Straddling the popular Houston areas of Missouri City and Sugar Land, the master-planned community of Riverstone emphasizes “More.” This up and coming single family home community offers more luxurious home options, more amenities, more neighborhood schools, retailers, and more desirable proximity to Houston’s Metroplex. Spanning 3,800 acres, Riverstone is set to serve around 18,000 inhabitants. Riverstone is proud to be the top-selling Fort Bend County development for Houston area homebuyers.

 

New homebuyers can choose from plans by thirteen of the finest builders in America, featuring open-concept, contemporary interiors with spacious bedrooms, luxury details and upscale finishes. At Riverstone you can suit your budget and your family’s needs: Opt for a tasteful 2,000 square foot single-family home from the mid-$300,000’s, a 4,200 square foot estate home on an oversized lot from the $700,000’s, or a palatial million-dollar custom estate, or anything in between. 

 

Residents enjoy on-site retail giants like CVS and Kroger. Families have a number of pool facilities to choose from offering splash zones, water slides, waterfall features, and relaxing gathering places. A professional fitness technician is available at the fitness center and a tennis ace offers guidance at the lighted tennis courts. Pups enjoy making new friends at the 3.5 acre dog park and exploring the miles of hiking trails that connect the many green spaces and playgrounds. Riverstone’s own Director of Fun is on-site to organize events that build community and keep families engaged. The children of Riverstone attend the acclaimed schools of the Fort Bend ISD; rich in diversity, a commitment to the arts, and academic excellence. 

 

Riverstone is the place to be if you desire “more.” Stop by the Riverstone sales office to learn more about your future Houston home at 18353 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479.

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January 11 2019

Immerse Your Family in Nature at Grand Central Park in Conroe

by Erin

Grand Central Park sign new home community

Grand Central Park takes its name from the immersive experience residents enjoy here. Offering a lifestyle so deeply connected to nature, GCP can make you forget you are still close to the bustling metro Houston area. Just 5 minutes up I-45 from The Woodlands affords you easy access to diverse retail and dining options, commerce, and employment. Your new home will be close to the peace and serenity of nature where your family can share many outdoor activities or just relax and refresh. 

 

The award-winning Johnson Development Corporation has brought the most accomplished builders to Grand Central Park to create magnificent homes that cater to the needs of contemporary families. The sheer variety of options allows you to find a home that not only suits your family but pleases your checkbook as well. From luxury townhomes in the $200,000’s, to stylish single-family detached homes priced from the low-$300,000’s, up to patio homes from the $400,000’s+, there are options for all families and all lifestyles.

 

With wonderful natural community amenities and the 336 Marketplace (featuring major retailers including Kroger, Home Goods, and Michaels), Grand Central Park keeps families engaged and satisfied. Whether exploring the miles of hiking trails, casting a line for some catch-and-release fishing in one of the two lakes, picnicking at Trillium Park, or enjoying a community activity organized by GCP’s resident Director of Fun, you’ll always feel the “community” here. Close to everything yet so far away; come home to the wonderful world of Grand Central Park.  

 

Join the VIP list to learn more about how you can establish your new home at Grand Central Park. 

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