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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November 26 2019

A New Home at Meridiana is Where Dreams Come True

by Erin

Meridiana New School in Houston

Find your dream home at Houston’s “Community of the Year” in the new master-planned development at Meridiana. This neighborhood is located near Pearland in Iowa Colony, TX. Meridiana is only ten minutes from endless shopping and dining at the Pearland Town Center. Meridiana is also 20 minutes away from the Houston Hobby Airport and 25 minutes from the Texas Medical Center.

 

The spacious one and two-story floor plans at Meridiana have so much to offer with the help of Houston's top home builders such as David Weekley Homes, Lennar Homes, and Taylor Morrison. You’ll absolutely love features such as the family room with an optional fireplace ideal for entertaining guests, an optional game room with a half bath on the first or second floor, and a library for the book lovers of the family. Meridiana’s floor plans come equipped with a master suite including a master bath with walk-in closets. A two-car garage is ideal to store your vehicles from the elements. Customize your home design to check everything off of your wish list.

 

You’ll have to pinch yourself when you discover all of the incredible amenities offered right in your back yard at Meridiana. Here, you’ll find a fitness center to burn off those holiday calories, and a splash pad perfect for little ones to cool off on warm days. There is also a family pool and lap pool as well. Have lunch with a new neighbor at Café Sol located at Oasis Village. Satisfy your taste buds with dishes such as wood-fired pizzas, burgers, juicy salmon, and satisfying appetizers that will keep you coming back for more! 

 

Your children will receive a top-rated education just minutes from home when enrolled in nearby schools like Meridiana Elementry. You can also look forward to the opening of Manvel Junior High School in 2020. This new school will render magnet academic programs, pre-advanced placement, and athletic and fine arts opportunities. The residents at Meridiana are also expecting the opening of Manvel High School in 2021. Beyond the walls of these astounding schools, Meridiana also offers a series of Learning Labs with hands-on lessons for children of all ages throughout the community.

 

Begin creating memories in the new home of your dreams at Meridiana. Visit the Welcome Center to grab more info or simply join the interest list to learn more. 

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November 14 2019

November Realtor of the Month: Fylicia Waugh

by Erin

Fylicia Waugh Realtor of the Month

Our November realtor of the month is Fylicia Waugh, Broker for Gateway Real Estate and our Real Estate Market Expert for Puyallup, WA.

 

Fylicia is a full time licensed REALTOR born and raised in the lovely city of Puyallup, Washington. Throughout her entire life, Fylicia’s family has been in both the real estate and residential construction business. It was only right that the torch was passed on to Fylicia as she found interest in real estate and eventually head her own brokerage. Prior to fully immersing in real estate, Fylicia also worked in banking and lending for eight years with experience as a commercial loan documentation specialist. This gives her the upper hand in understanding the legal paperwork needed to buy and sell real estate. 

 

If you are in the market to buy a new Seattle home or sell your old home, contact Fylicia Waugh with Gateway Real Estate. Fylicia loves helping people and has several years of experience in both buying and selling real estate in and around the Puyallup area. Along with her extensive experience, Fylicia provides excellent communication and an amazing smile!

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October 24 2019

Get a Sweet Deal with the Purchase of a New Home at Meridiana’s Master Planned Community

by Erin

Satisfy your sweet tooth this month with a new home in the attractive manicured master-planned community at Meridiana. Located in Iowa Colony, TX, this neighborhood delivers easy access to downtown Houston and its many amenities. Indulge in an array of dining and entertainment all under one roof at the Bayou Place Complex in the Theater District of Downtown Houston. Get to know your new city while burning a few calories on a three-hour bike ride through Downtown Houston with Bayou City Bike Tours. You can also enjoy a little shopping at First Colony Mall just a few miles away in Sugar Land. 

 

During the month of October, the Meridiana community is offering potential homeowners the sweet opportunity to view their new homes with its month-long model home tour cupcake extravaganza! You’ll have the opportunity to take a peek at 16 fully furnished model homes created by the minds of Houston’s top builders with must-have features such as spacious open floor plans, gourmet kitchens, and expansive master suites. Those who purchase a new home at Meridiana during the month of October will automatically be entered to win a $5,000 Williams Sonoma gift card! How great would it be to furnish your new kitchen on their dime? 

 

To top it all off, you can get a taste of Café Sol’s signature Confetti Cheesecake commemorating its first birthday during this month-long festivity. Café Sol is the place to be whether you’re grabbing a quick bite with friends or you plan on staying a while to enjoy their wood-fired pizza and lakeside scenery.

 

This new neighborhood is jam-packed full of onsite amenities for the entire family to enjoy year-round.  Learning labs throughout the community, lakes, walking and jogging trails, a fitness center, swimming pools, and even a football stadium are all available for your pleasure when you become a part of the Meridiana community. The Park at Adventure Lake just recently opened in addition to Explorer’s Park equipped with climbers, slides, swings, and other play equipment under a shady canopy as well as plenty of green space for sports and group activities.

 

Don’t miss out on the sweet festivities this month! If you would like to learn more about how to begin your journey to homeownership, now is the perfect time. Maps are available at the Oasis Village Welcome Center to guide you through Meridiana’s array of gorgeous model homes and move-in ready homes.

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October 8 2019

October Realtor of the Month: Lori Webster

by Erin

Lori Webster Realtor of the month Fountain Hills, AZ

Our October realtor of the month is Lori Webster, Real Estate Agent for HomeSmart Lifestyles and our Real Estate Market Expert for Fountain Hills, AZ.

 

Lorie earned her Associate Degree in Merchandising at Arizona State University and earned her Bachelors Degree in Finance at Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington. Lorie Webster has worked in the Real Estate Industry for the past 30 years. She has plenty of experience in working very closely with both homebuyers and sellers during the transaction process. 

 

In her free time, Lorie enjoys being a part of a Ladies Golf League. She also volunteers to cook for and feed homeless adults through a private non-profit group and also participates in several clean-up projects a year.

 

Lorie has a great passion for real estate and her relationships with her clients show it as they go well beyond the final sale. If you're looking to purchase a brand new home near Phoenix, be sure to contact Lorie with HomeSmart Lifestyles for all of your real estate needs.

 

“The more you thank life, the more life gives you to be thankful for.”

-Lorie Webster

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October 4 2019

Move-In Ready: Great Customer Service Becomes Self-Service

by Erin

Self Service Sales Center Kiosk

Self-Service Technology moves home shoppers quickly and efficiently toward critical information and increased engagement.

 

By Zoe Miller

 

Customer service should be all about the customer, but only that person truly knows his or her needs and goals, mood and interests, preferred pace and overall schedule. The buyer’s journey in residential real estate (the largest consumer industry) is the most consequential, so it stands to reason this is when customers would demand the most convenience and control.

 

Enter self-service technology (SST), a solution that helps customers or prospects serve themselves. If you’ve used an ATM or self-checkout at a grocery store, you’ve used this kind of technology. Self-service technology has become a key element of the home buying process as buyers grow more comfortable with it. Whether online or in a sales center, SST empowers the customer by delivering the right information in the right way at the right time. 

 

Convenience, Control & Connection

 

Convenience is always a top priority for new home shoppers who find themselves with countless questions in need of timely answers. Just as smart home technology has been the latest trend for convenience, self-service technology helps prospective home buyers by providing fast and concise information. Questions that may have once required a phone call or even a face-to-face meeting can now be answered through a self-service solution, available 24/7. 

 

More than anything else, homebuyers seek a value-unique experience—a level of service that will inspire not just sales, but enthusiastic referrals. Online resources should be replete with impactful visuals and an easy-to-understand user experience. Interactive kiosks and even the use of virtual reality technology belong front and center in a sales center so home shoppers can easily find them. Reduced friction and maximum convenience and engagement are highly valued by home shoppers.

 

Customized Over Customary 

 

It’s important for home builders to understand that communication doesn’t have to equal conversation or even human interaction. Interaction typically follows waiting in line or on the phone or for an appointment time—and that’s rarely convenient. An easy-to-navigate and engaging self-service experience will go a long way toward buyer satisfaction. 

 

Home shoppers also value personalization and customization—information that's tailored to their specific situation. When SST automation is used to create a customized experience with targeted follow-ups regarding time frames or product tips, people don’t forget. 

 

What’s worse than a problem? The frustration over not knowing how to resolve it. Home shoppers and home builders alike benefit when SST can solve problems and answer questions. An interactive two-way setup with results, feedback, and proposed resolution boosts the customer experience. Specific home shopping questions that can be addressed with SST range from pricing, availability and construction schedules to elevations, floor plans, and other details.

Zoe Miller Headshot

It all adds up to value-unique—a level of customer service that's actionable and personable.

 

 

— Zoe Miller is a principal at Computer Presentation Systems in the Sacramento, California area. The 25+-year veteran of the home building industry sets the company’s development strategies and oversees its daily operations.

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September 27 2019

Settle in to a New Home Near Riverside at Sendero Sonoma by Lennar Homes

by Erin

Greatroom at Sonoma Riverside new home community

Sendero Sonoma by Lennar Homes is a new master-planned community of single-family homes located in Eastvale, CA. Sendero Sonoma is convenient to eateries such as The Habit Burger Grill, Jersey Mike's Subs, Neckter Juice Bar, and Pieology Pizzaria. You can get your shopping done in a breeze at The Corona Valley Marketplace, Home Depot, and TJ Maxx just minutes away from home. This neighborhood offers 3 to 4 bedrooms, 2.5 to 3 bathrooms and living space ranging between 1,860 to 2,142 square feet which is perfect for entertaining guests and spreading out. 

 

Maintain an active lifestyle at Sendero Sonoma featuring must-have amenities the entire family will appreciate from the community center open to all residents to the Tot Lot just right for the littles ones. There are walking and jogging trails, a swimming pool, sports courts, and outdoor exercise equipment.  This community also offers plenty of manicured outdoor spaces. Expansive park provides space for walking, running, or an evening family picnic. At Blossom Park, you can enjoy the indoor-outdoor field, sports court, and exercise facilities.

 

Enroll your children in high performing schools within the Corona Norco Unified School District at Rosa Parks Elementary School, Dr. Augustine Ramirez Intermediate School, and Eleanor Roosevelt High School all within range of your new home.

 

You have the choice between 5 home designs with features like a spacious downstairs living area, a free-flowing great room, dining room and a kitchen with a center island. The Residence One floor plan is a two-story home design with 1,860 square feet of space, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. This plan also comes with a two-bay garage. The master suite highlights a luxurious soaking tub with Moen chrome deck-mounted fixtures, 42” mounted mirrors, and an upgraded elongated toilet. The drab task of doing laundry will never be the same with a spacious and convenient upstairs laundry room. 

 

Save more and worry less with Lennar’s Everything’s Included must-have features that come with upgraded GE stainless steel appliances, a stainless steel single basin sink in the kitchen, slab-granite countertops, a gourmet kitchen island with slab granite countertop. 

 

Decrease your carbon footprint with the use of an integrated solar energy system with real-time monitoring, a tankless water heater, recycled floor coverings, and water-conserving low-flow toilets. 

 

Lennar is one of America’s leading new home builders in some of the most sought-after real estate markets across the nation. Whether you are purchasing a new home in Riverside for the first time, moving out of your starter home, or need more space for extended family, Lennar is the perfect fit. Lennar builds communities that cater to urban, suburban, active adult, and golf course living and believes in providing quality, value, and integrity. Visit the sales office of at Sendero Sonoma to learn more about your new Lennar home.

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September 26 2019

Houston Families Thrive in Community at Meridiana

by Erin

Two Children in stroller at Houston new home community Meridiana

Choose Meridiana and begin creating family memories that will last a lifetime. This development brings you new single-family homes created with you and yours in mind. Meridiana is brought to you by highly respected builders in Houston such as Chesmar Homes, Trendmaker Homes, and Taylor Morrison providing outstanding quality and customer service. Meridiana is conveniently located just 35 minutes south of downtown Houston, TX offering an abundance of eateries, entertainment, recreation, and shopping at the nearby Pearland Town Center

 

Meridiana’s many attractive amenities throughout the community include acres of crisp lakes and walking trails, a fitness center, swimming pools, and ambassador’s yacht, a football stadium, and a conservatory just to name a few. Meridiana just opened its newest addition for outdoor fun, Explorer’s Park, offering a great family play experience for all ages. Meridiana’s Park at Adventure Lake will also be opening this coming fall with a 23-acre lake for catch and release fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding, as well as a shaded playground for the little ones. Stay active at Max Fit now offering weekly Boot Camp Classes at the Oasis Village & Fitness Center.

 

Educational opportunities are found throughout the Meridian community beginning with Meridiana Elementary just a few steps from your front door. This is a brand new facility offering modern technology with a dedicated staff for students that are eager to learn. Manvel Junior High School will be opening up in 2020 introducing magnet academic programs, pre-advanced placement, and athletic and fine arts opportunities.  Manvel High School will come right behind it in 2021 with its pre-advanced and advanced placement classes and will provide students with life skills that will impact them well beyond their graduation day. Meridiana believes that education cannot be contained inside of school walls and has placed a series of Learning Labs throughout the community providing hands-on lessons that range from solar dynamics to wildlife habitat for students of all ages.

 

When you appoint Meridiana as your new home, you’ll find out quickly that community will take on a new name. You’ll connect with neighbors in several ways that may even lead to feeling like family. Make connections by joining a club. Choose from wine club, running club, stroller strides, science club, and many more! You’ll also enjoy the annual Blues, Brews, & BBQ event held within the neighborhood that offers local craft beer, Texas-style BBQ, and live entertainment right to your own backyard!

 

It’s easy to see that Meridiana is a never-ending oasis for growing families that deserve the best. With a superb location, top of the line educational opportunities, and endless fun for everyone, the decision to purchase couldn’t be any easier. Join the interest list to learn more about purchasing your new Houston home.

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September 11 2019

September Realtor of the Month: Cesi Pagano

by Erin

Orange County realtor of the month Cesi Pagano

Our September realtor of the month is Cesi Pagano, owner, and CEO of Cesi Pagano & Associates and our Real Estate Market Expert for Irvine, CA and Rancho Mission Viejo, CA.

 

Cesi Pagano works as a consultant in the new home industry with new home builders and is also a listing agent in the resale market. With over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, Cesi has sold more than 3,000 homes and has had yearly multi-million dollar sales.

 

Cesi earned her degree in Architecture with a minor in Interior Design at Cal Poly Pomona in the pursuit of a career as an architect. Her career path veered in another direction when given the opportunity to work with a well-respected home builder which led her on the path of real estate.

 

Cesi has worked closely with top advertising and design staging companies where she obtained her extensive knowledge and experience. She was also trained in negation, marketing, and home-staging skills as well as superior customer service which helped her earn her a reputation of being one of the most respected members in the real estate community. 

 

A few of Cesi’s accreditations include Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Certified Sales Professional, Pre-Foreclosure Specialist Certification, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, and Certified International Property Specialist.

 

Cesi Pagano & Associates focus on their client’s needs and satisfaction. Contact Cesi Pagano for all of your real estate needs to ensure you receive the best possible service when purchasing your new Orange County home

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August 14 2019

Indulge in Luxury Amenities with an Affordable Price at Meridiana

by Erin

End your home search at the new master-planned development of Meridiana, a highly sought-after community just minutes from both Pearland and Sugar Land, TX.  Meridiana is located just off the 288 making your morning commute a breeze and offering easy access to downtown Houston and the Pearland Town Center where you’ll find plenty of dining, entertainment, and recreation. 

 

The incredible amenities offered at Meridiana’s Oasis Village are perfect for every member of the family and include learning labs, stunning lakes, walking trails, an attractive fitness center, a football stadium, and even an ambassador’s yacht.

 

Stay cool while relaxing at the crisp Family Pool under its shady cabanas. Your children will have the time of their lives at the Splash Pad and, for those with expert skills, the Lap Pool is perfect for burning a few calories underwater. 

 

Put down the electronics and pick up a game of football, cornhole, or table tennis in the Game Area during the day or even at night. Grab a quick bite to eat at Café Sol. Join an engaging book club at the conservatory where you’ll also find community events such as cooking classes and happy hours that give you a chance to connect with your new neighbors. 

 

Only Houston’s leading homebuilders are afforded the opportunity to craft the new single-family homes in the Meridiana development. These home builders include Perry Homes, Trendmaker Homes, Shea Homes, and David Weekley and deliver stylish, affordable designs with open-concept interiors and lavish finishes.

 

Price points at Meridiana range between the $200,000’s up to the $600,000’s making your next move affordable without skimping out on the details. Meridiana isn’t known as the Houston area’s Community of the Year for nothing. Join a neighborhood of satisfied residents and take advantage of all that the community has to offer. Take the first step to purchasing your new Houston home and begin creating a lifetime of memories at Meridiana. If you purchase by Labor Day you'll be entered to win $5,000 towards your ultimate dream backyard!

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