December 30 2019

End the Decade Right at a New Houston Home at Meridiana

by racheal

Meridiana Amenities Cafe Sol

One of the greatest gifts to have is a cozy home to settle into during the holiday season. Gathering around the ones you love experiencing laughter, home-cooked meals, and family traditions are the greatest ways to close out the year. The lovely new neighborhood at Meridiana offers the perfect space for all of this and so much more! 

 

Positioned just near Pearland, Texas, Meridiana is brimming with upscale features and several amenities that are sure to fit your family’s every need. This development is in a prime location near all of your favorite places to shop, dine, and find entertainment. Visit the Houston Zoo, shop at Tanger Outlets, or catch a movie at the Premiere Cinema 6.

 

Unlike gingerbread houses with their cookie-cutter designs, the homes at Meridiana are built from scratch with you in mind by Houston’s top home builders. Homebuilders like Chesmar Homes and Lennar Homes will provide you with impeccable one and two-story residences with up to 5 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms. Square footage spans up to 2,733 square feet at homes built by Chesmar Homes and floor plans by Lennar Homes are between 2,302 to 3,359 square feet. A two-car garage with a storage area, a family room, walk-in closets in the master bath, and a covered patio are just a few of the must-have features you’ll find when living at Meridiana.

 

The amenities at Meridiana are abundant including a fitness center, conservatory, splash pad, family swimming pool, learning labs, and even community games and events! You can burn off those holiday calories when you take advantage of one of the walking, hiking, and biking trails available to enjoy. Or try out a Boot Camp Class at Max Fit perfect for all fitness levels. Allow yourself to be whisked away while enjoying a smooth ride on the ambassador’s yacht which also allows for overnight accommodations. 

 

Having fun can sure build up quite an appetite. Take a bite out of Café Sol, Maridiana’s community café open seven days a week. Whether you stop by during happy hour or a weekend brunch, you’ll find all of your foodie favorites at Café Sol. You can keep things light with an avocado salad, grab a juicy burger, or make your own pizza. Don’t forget to wash it all down with an ice-cold craft beer or cocktail straight from the bar.

 

Voted community of the year and developer of the year, Meridiana will not disappoint. Depending on the home design that fits your needs, price points range between the $200,000’s up to the $600,000’s. Stop by the Welcome Center at the Oasis Village to learn more about how you can close out the New Year in a brand new home at Meridiana. 

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December 30 2019

Four Ways to Decorate with Leftover Wrapping Paper

by racheal

Gift wrapping paper

The Christmas holiday is finally over and you’ve probably got plenty of excess wrapping paper leftover that will most likely collect dust for another year. But it doesn’t have to! You can easily use again, just not in the most conventional ways. Rather than letting rolls of wrapping paper take up space in your garage or storage closet, there are many alternative ways to make use of it. if you're looking to revamp your home, a great and affordable way to decorate is to do it with wrapping paper! We’re sharing four ways to decorate with leftover wrapping paper.

 

Line bookshelves 

 

Turn a drab bookshelf into eye candy by lining them with fun gift wrap. This may even encourage you to pull a few more books off of the shelf this year!

 

Line your kitchen and bathroom drawers

 

You can save a few dollars by lining the drawers in your home with your leftover wrapping paper that you already have. If you’re not too fond of the traditional green and red designs, you can always grab different colors and designs at your local Walmart or Target. This adds a fun little pop to your kitchen, bathroom, and dresser drawers.

 

Fill empty photo frames

 

Decorate the blank walls in your home with a few picture frames from the dollar store with your wrapping paper. This is a very affordable and unique way to create an eye capturing piece in any room in your home.

 

Cover your lamp shades

 

Add a little pizazz to your lampshades with fun colors and designs that will add to the room’s flow.

 

Whatever you decide to do with your leftover gift wrapping paper, make sure you’re having fun while doing it. Get creative and think outside the box. The possibilities are endless!

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December 19 2019

Amenities are Endless at Vista Santa Fe at Pacific Highlands

by Erin

Vista Santa Fe Master Bedroom in San Diego

Visit the brand new luxury home community at Vista Santa Fe by Pardee Homes located in sunny San Diego, California. This exclusive gated community only consists of 44 residences at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Life at Vista Santa Fe is plentiful when it comes to both indoor and outdoor recreational options such as the Torrey Pines Golf Course; several neighborhood parks, and the Solterra Swim Club. You’ll also enjoy neighborhood block parties, the nearby farmer’s markets, and waterside concerts only minutes from home.

 

Choose from three-floor plans that are comprised of both one and two-story single-family homes offering 4-5 bedrooms, 4.5-5.5 bathrooms, and a 2-3 bay garage. The square footage ranges from 4,356-4,922 square feet which is perfect for hosting family gatherings and entertaining guests. These spacious home sites are priced from $1.9 million to $2.5 million and are worth every penny. 

 

Every inch of the home designs at Vista Santa Fe are customized with intricate features that are both functional and pleasing to the eye.  The gourmet kitchens include a Delta Trinsic pulldown kitchen faucet, USB charging outlet, and a Sterling stainless steel single or double basin kitchen sink. The laundry room contains a Kohler laundry room sink, a Delta single handle faucet, slab granite or quartz countertops, and lower cabinets with optional uppers.

 

You’ll appreciate the well thought out characteristics of the beautiful master bathroom and powder room in the Vista Santa Fe home designs.  This portion of the home includes a frameless vanity mirror, slab granite or granite countertops with 6” splash, and Delta Ara chrome plumbing fixtures with matching bath accessories, and Kohler Corbelle comfort height toilets.

 

Take advantage of the smart home technology within your next home that includes features such as a Wifi-enabled Honeywell programmable thermostat. Vista Santa Fe also offers energy-smart features in each floor plan including low-formaldehyde insulation, low VOC interior paint, and MERV 8 air filters, LED lights, a tankless water heater, as well as pre-plumbing for solar throughout.

 

Trusted home builder, Pardee Homes was established in 1921 providing smart solutions to homebuyers. Pardee Homes is committed to its customers and thrives on providing customer satisfaction, sustainability, and community. This company has been a recipient of numerous awards over the years including the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Corporate Advocate and the Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award for a lifetime commitment to philanthropy. Find your forever home in Sand Diego home at Vista Sante Fe at Pacific Highlands by Pardee Homes.

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December 6 2019

How to Save Money for a Down Payment on Your New Home

by racheal

Piggy Bank

One of the biggest accomplishments to make is finally signing on the dotted line for the purchase of your very first home, but how exactly do you get to that point? Although it may be everyone’s dream to purchase property in some shape or form, it may not be everyone’s reality. Purchasing a home can cost more money than you can gather in between your couch. You may need to use a few more tactics in order to reach your financial goals. Here are a few helpful ways to help you to curb impulse buys and be intentional about saving up for one of the biggest purchases you’ll probably ever make in your life without having to starve yourself.

 

Figure out how much house you can actually afford

 

Before beginning the process of saving funds for your future new home, it’s best to plan out not only how much you are willing to spend on a home, but more importantly how much you can actually afford. Have a seat and tally up your monthly earned income as well as your monthly expenses to see how much room you have to groove. This way, you’ll have the ability to figure out just how much you can save and how often in order to reach your down payment goal while still living very comfortably. Ramen noodles are a great option for a college student, but not so much for a family looking for a starter home.

 

Look into down payment assistance

 

There are options out there that can save you even more money on the purchase of your new home. If you are a first time home buyer, you are more than likely to qualify for assistance with your down payment. There is also assistance for those with low to middle income and veterans as well. This might mean a little more paperwork and a lot more research, but it also means less money out of your pocket for that dream home of yours.

 

Check your credit

 

Your credit score, as well as your credit history, are pretty important factors when it comes to making a home purchase. The better your credit score, the more likely you are to get approved for a loan and the more options you will have. Keep your credit score in check while doing these things and you’ll be on your way to owning your home soon.

 

• Pay your bills on time

• Use less of your available credit

• Do not open any new credit accounts

• Maintain a mix of credit amounts

 

Open up a separate savings account

 

One huge mistake potential home buyers make is keeping their funds for their down payment in the same savings account meant for other funds, like vacations, or vehicle emergencies. Open a new account specifically for the purchase of your home so that expenses do not get mixed up. 

 

Another good idea is to open an account with another financial institution so that you are not tempted to touch the money you’ve worked so hard to save. The act of borrowing from the account will be much harder to do when the funds are housed in a completely different bank.

 

Set up an automatic transfer to your savings account

 

Make the hard work of saving funds a little easier with automatic transfers through your bank. You can schedule however much you’d like and however often you need in order to meet your goal and can almost forget about it. 

 

Take advantage of your raises

 

For those of you that receive raises from your employer, it would be very beneficial to take the extra money that you receive and place it into your down payment savings account. Many people use the extra funds to buy more rather than to save for more. 

 

Remove credit card numbers from your favorite online shopping websites

 

Spending money unnecessarily can be a difficult habit to break and make it much harder to save. One great suggestion is to remove your saved credit card numbers from your favorite online shopping websites. This will make it less convenient to spend and more convenient to save.

 

Spending money online is much easier these days. You can easily spend hundreds of dollars from the comfort of your home with just a few clicks. Just thinking about having to get out of bed to grab your credit card may help deter you from making those unnecessary purchases as often, which will save you a ton in the long run.

 

Wait a little longer before making a purchase.

 

Another tip that will be helpful when saving is to wait before you make a purchase. Maybe give yourself a few days or even a full week after getting receiving your paycheck to spend money other than bills. Ask yourself the question: Do I really need this? An even better question to ask is this: Did I need this yesterday? That question can be mind-blowing when you realize there was no actual need for the item at all. You can also take the amount of money that you would have spent and place it into your savings account, whether it’s a fast-food meal or a new pair of shoes. 

 

Minimize vacation spending for a year

 

Save hundreds and even thousands of dollars by skipping out on the elaborate vacations for an entire year. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little fun with your family. There are plenty of low-cost ways to have a mini-vacay right in your backyard. Choose more affordable options like driving instead of flying to your destinations. Select a location that is a little bit closer to home and make it a family road trip. Sign up for promotional deals to receive discounts for your experience at hotels, amusement parks, and more.

 

Pick up a side job or ask for overtime

 

To help you reach your goal a little faster, ask to work a few extra hours of overtime. If that is simply not an option for you, you can also make use of food delivery apps like Uber Eats and Postmates, or pick up and deliver groceries using Instacart. You can also use Uber or Lyft to offer rides or offer rides for the extra cash. If you have a skill that you’re great at, use it to make a few dollars. You can sell handmade jewelry, baked goods, or even offer resume editing services to go toward your savings goal and pay down your debt.

 

With a little bit of elbow grease and a lot of patience, you’ll be on your way to homeownership in no time! 

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December 6 2019

December Realtor of the Month: Kimberly Kelly

by Erin

Kimberly Kelly Dallas Realtor of the month

Our December realtor of the month is Kimberly Kelly, Broker for The Kelly Group Real Estate and our Real Estate Market Expert for Aubrey, TX.

 

Born and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Kimberly is a devoted mother of two with over 19 years of experience in the real estate field. She has a degree in Interior Design and has worked in every aspect of the real estate industry. She has represented sellers, buyers, investors, and banks in the residential and commercial markets.

 

If you’re on the hunt for a brand new Dallas home, give Kimberly Kelly of The Kelly Group Real Estate a ring. Kimberly is committed to excellence in customer service and would not steer you wrong.

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