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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January 4 2019

2019 Home Décor Trends: 5 ways to revamp your home design this year

by Erin

white kitchen with backsplash

As you begin to set your goals for the New Year to refresh your way of living, don’t forget to include your living space on that list as well.  It’s common to make changes with your physical activity, eating habits, and finances, but leave your living space in the exact same state it has always been. Giving your home a slight makeover can provide you with a better outlook on life and assist you with accomplishing those goals even more so.  Think of it like buying new workout clothes to motivate you to exercise more.  Switching up the Feng shui in your home can give you that same energy.  So, here are a few home décor trends to implement as you step into the New Year.

 

Change out that headboard with a Canopy 

Enhance the room you spend the most time in by adding a four-post canopy to your bed.  Begin and end your day in a picturesque oasis with only the slightest of change in décor.

 

Add a backsplash that pops

A bold backsplash speaks volumes in a kitchen that may lack a little flair. Add personality to a minimalist kitchen with touches of color and texture that peek through behind the cabinetry. 

 

Keep the white space and add a touch of color

All white spaces are still in, but the new addition to this trend in 2019 is including hints of color throughout the space using the 90/10 rule.  Take a blank canvas of a once 90% white room and add in 10% of color in the form of décor, pieces of furniture, or even an accent wall creating vibrant vocal points. 

 

Put down the paintbrush and add wallpaper

Pull in both color and texture to the walls in your home with the addition of agate wallpaper.  Agate wallpaper consists of an organic textural pattern that is sure to add depth to any room design.

 

Bring concrete inside the home

This year, concrete will make appearances beyond the driveway and inside of the home in a major way.  You can create a more industrial modern look with large forms of concrete in the form of flooring, walls, bathtubs, and sinks.  If you’re looking to add smaller touches of texture, add concrete pieces in the form of planters, shelves, and even candle holders that still make a statement.

 

Whatever trends you decide to revamp within 2019, be sure that they reflect your own personal style.  Leave a touch of personality in your living space and allow it to inspire you to proceed through the year ready to accomplish all of your goals.  

 

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January 2 2019

January Realtor of the Month: David Brodsky

by Erin

David Brodsky Headshot

If you’re in the search for an exceptional realtor in the Austin, TX area to assist you with your home buying or selling needs, our realtor of the month is sure to fit the part.

 

Meet David Brodsky, our January Realtor of the Month.  David has been contributing his expertise to our Dripping Springs real estate market update since May of 2017, providing us with consistent, quality content.  After assisting other companies for over 20 years, he branched off on his own to establish David Brodsky Properties.  What makes David Brodsky stand out amongst other realtors in the Austin area is that he emphasizes on empowering his clients and equips them with the necessary tools needed to achieve success throughout the real estate process.

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January 2 2019

Cypress Oaks is Close to Houston and Brimming with Affordable Style

by Erin

Cypress Oaks new kitchen in Katy Texas

Cypress Oaks can be found just 25 miles northwest of downtown Houston near Cypress Creek and the Cypress Creek Greenway. This beautiful, tranquil location allows residents the serenity of the countryside without giving up the commercial opportunities of the Metroplex. Award-winning Saratoga Homes offers their expertise in the guise of the lovely single-family homes available at Cypress Oaks.

 

Select from 8 floorplans featuring a one or two-story design. Footprints range from 1,600 to 2,885 square feet with a flowing, open-concept layout. You may have 3, 4, or even 5 bedrooms, up to 4 well-appointed bathrooms, and a 2-car garage. Your chef-inspired kitchen boasts topnotch appliances, designer cabinets, specialty lighting, and a granite-topped workspace. You’ll appreciate the beautiful flooring and fine finishes throughout your new home— the hallmark of a Saratoga Homes build. Flex spaces allow for customization and upgrades are easy and affordable. These wonderful homes are attractively priced from the mid-$200,000’s making them real value in the competitive Houston-area market. 

 

Local dining and retail options are abundant on nearby Fry Road, Katy Mills, and the Houston Premium Outlet. The children of Cypress Oaks receive a terrific education via the fine schools of the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Everything you and your family need without the big-city hassle are here at Cypress Oaks. Contact the home builders Saratoga Homes to schedule your viewing by calling 832-220-5566.

 

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January 1 2019

Prestigious Golf Course Living from the $270,000’s at Woodcreek Farms

by Erin

kitchen and dining area in new home development at Woodcreek Farms Elgin SC

Woodcreek Farms is a gorgeous master-planned community spanning 2,300 acres in the northeast Columbia city of Elgin, SC. Featuring a Tom Fazio championship golf course, a member-directed resort-style country club, 14 spring-fed lakes, and miles of nature trails. Within this lush landscape, Executive Construction Homes has created a warm, friendly community of nine distinct neighborhoods offering family homes for every budget.

 

Executive Construction Homes’ award-winning style and commitment to quality shines within every home at Woodcreek Farms. Whether you choose a tidy, efficient home with complimentary yard care, a bustling family home in the center of all the action, a home on the fairway, or a sprawling custom estate in a gated neighborhood, you will find value and dedication. The thoughtful design elements and fine finishes will impress you. Your family will love the open-concept living space that allows for plenty of room to build memories. Large bedrooms with well-placed windows, flexible floorplans, energy efficient construction practices, and up-to-date tech features make every home at Woodcreek Farms a potential perfect home for you. All you need to do is choose the neighborhood and design that best suits your budget and lifestyle. Construction is ongoing in some areas, so you can customize your selection, and move-in ready homes are also available. Many of the neighborhoods have nearly reached capacity, so you’ll need to head to Elgin to stake your claim at your earliest convenience.

 

The country club at the heart of Woodcreek Farms offers a spa-like pool and tennis courts. Dining and retail options are close by in Elgin at the Harbison & Columbiana Centre Mall as well as in nearby Lugoff. Columbia’s many rich opportunities are just a half-hour drive away via US-1. The children of Woodcreek Farms receive a topnotch education from Richland School District Two. Come be a part of something truly special in northeast Columbia. Contact the sales office of Executive Construction Homes by calling 803-748-1234 and schedule your viewing today!

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December 31 2018

Lakeside or Parkside Living Awaits You at Kingdom Heights

by Erin

New kingdom Heights kitchen Rosenburg TX

The master-planned community of Kingdom Heights in beautiful Rosenburg features glorious park-side or lakeside living with an emphasis on family. Brought to you by award-winning Saratoga Homes, these lovely residences offer elegant interiors, stately brick and stone exteriors, and an enviable location amid 39 parks and 12 fantastic lakes. Every one of these lots is adjacent to a verdant park or a lively lake! All this can be yours from the budget-friendly $200,000’s. You’ll still be just 35 miles from Houston and right next door to popular Sugar Land.

Saratoga Homes gives you 8 contemporary floorplans to choose from. Footprints range from 1,800 to 2,885 square feet.  Select from 3- 5 bedrooms, 2- 4 well-appointed bathrooms, and a 2 or 3-car garage. Your new, contemporary, open-concept living space flows with natural light. The quality and workmanship you’d expect from Saratoga Homes is evident in every corner with decorative trim, upscale lighting, and high-quality flooring. Your new kitchen boasts designer cabinets, high-end appliances, and luxurious granite countertops. Kingdom Heights homes are flexible allowing for customization and personalization. Upgrades and enhancements are easy and affordable; You can upgrade your backyard space to a full outdoor kitchen, add a media viewing space, or a dedicated playroom.

The community offers families a recreational center, swim facilities, a state-of-the-art gym, a banquet hall, and meeting rooms. Miles of hiking and biking trails take you around the lakes and through the parks with covered viewing verandas in which to relax. Shopping and dining options are close by at Sugar Land Towne Center and many local family-owned businesses. The Lamar ISD serves the educational needs of Kingdom Heights’ families and a brand new campus sits right next door. Come build lasting family memories in this thriving community; come home to Kingdom Heights.  Stop by the sales office located at 2406 Farm to Market Rd. 723, Rosenberg, TX 77471.

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December 31 2018

Appreciate Master-planned Community Living in Lovely Manvel Texas

by Erin

New kitchen in Manvel Texas at Rodeo Palms Community

Saratoga Homes is proud to offer homes in the master-planned community of Rodeo Palms. Perfectly situated to reach downtown Houston in just 20 minutes and close near popular Pearland. Rodeo Palms consists of 600 acres of beautifully designed family living with wonderful amenities. Every one of these fantastic new homes is built with the signature style and value you’ve come to expect from Saratoga Homes.

 

Choose a one or two-story design from the catalog of 7 unique models featuring from 1,857 to 2,885 square feet. You’ll have 3 to 5 large bedrooms, 2- 4 appealing bathrooms, and a 2 or 3 car garage.  You’ll love the tasteful and elegant exterior with decorative shutters and winsome brick accents. The interior is a modern open-concept with light and flows throughout. Your new kitchen is a masterwork of efficiency and style with beautiful appliances, designer cabinets, and a sleek granite-topped workspace. Notable design features like crown molding, arched pass-throughs, ceramic floor tiles, and brick-pattern flooring in the high-traffic areas, add value and sophistication. Saratoga Homes can work with you to customize your home as you’d like with flex spaces and easy upgrades. 

 

Rodeo Palms’ residents enjoy the many waterways that wind in and around the development. There ’s catch-and-release fishing, paddle boarding, canoeing, and kayaking available practically at your back door. Miles of relaxing trails and green spaces will draw you outdoors. The clubhouse and recreation center features a junior Olympic-sized pool, meeting spaces, and tennis courts. The children of Rodeo Palms attend the fine schools of the Alvin ISD

 

A great family lifestyle close to everything you need; your new home is here at Rodeo Palms.  Contact Saratoga Homes today to learn more by calling 832-220-5566.

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December 30 2018

Your Gorgeous New Kendall Lakes Home Puts You at the Heart of Family Fun

by Erin

Alvin Texas New home development Kendall Lakes

The Kendall Lakes development affords families an excellent location in Alvin, TX providing easy access to Houston, Galveston, and Sugar Land. Pick a direction and head out for a quick drive to any of these great destinations. Saratoga Homes has provided beautiful homes at a budget-friendly price, so your family can enjoy these venues with a little more cash in your pocket.

Saratoga Homes gives you 12 stunning open-concept designs to choose from with floorplans spanning 1,827 to 2,253 square feet. Choose 3 or 4 spacious bedrooms, 2 or 3 elegant bathrooms and a 2 or 3 car garage. Beautiful stone and brick exterior treatments welcome you. Fine finishes and thoughtful details are the mark of a Saratoga Homes build, and you’ll find them throughout in the crown moldings, arched doorways, and decorative trims. Your new kitchen will ‘wow’ the chef of the family with designer cabinets, high-end appliances, large granite-topped workspaces, and durable easy-to-clean brick patterned flooring. The construction is energy-efficient, and a security system is included for additional peace of mind. Flexible spaces allow for creative room development; how about a home office, a dedicated playroom, or a media viewing space? Upgrades and enhancements are easy and affordable and in-home finance experts can help too.

Kendall Lakes has its own on-site school, the acclaimed Mark Twain Elementary School. Older children attend the wonderful schools of the Alvin ISD. There are lots of recreational possibilities with the surrounding lakes or head out to Galveston, just 40 minutes away, for seaside fun. You can be in Houston or Sugar Land in minutes via highway 6. Everything is so close and yet you’ll feel like you’re in the country every time you step out of your Saratoga Homes’ door. Contact the sales office at 832-220-5556 to schedule your viewing today.

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