November 2 2009

D.R Horton Gives Fresno Homebuyers The Deal Of A Lifetime

by jim

Fresno New Homes For Sale - Low Interest Rates

American homebuilder, D.R Horton, wants all prospective new homebuyers to know that now is a great time to buy, and they're amping up the message by creating a great new promotion all about the amazing low home interest rates that are currently available in this slowly recovering market, even going as far as to make the claim that "your monthly mortgage payment may cost less than [what] you pay in rent now;" and you know what? They might just be right!

The housing market in Fresno has slowly but surely been making a comeback in recent months, and D.R Horton is making it clear that they want to do everything possible to make the process of buying a new home even more achievable for the average consumer.

Fresno New Homes For Sale - Low Interest Rates

Focusing the best potential rates and payments on their new homes for sale in Fresno, California, D.R Horton is offering four different home communities--Cordoba at Arboleda, Garnet Valley, Savannah Ranch, and Viana at Arboleda, all featuring great low prices and amazingly low mortage rates.

Cordoba at Arboleda floor plans range from 1,818 to 2,151 square feeet with a price range of $199,000 to $209,990. Garnet Valley floor plans range from 1,275 to 2,889 square feeet with a price range of $172,115 to $247,698. Viana at Arboleda floor plans range from 1,632 to 2,286square feeet with a price range of $181,490 to $220,990.

These new homebuying incentives are proof that even all of the economic turmoil of the past year can provide the homebuyer some kind of benefit, and maybe even a light at the end of the tunnel. With the presence of such astoundingly low home interetes in the new home market, coupled with the $8,000 government tax credit, now is the time to dive right and finally find your new dream home that you've always wanted.

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August 4 2009

New Townhomes For Sale Near Washington, D.C.

by jim

With a new President in office and all eyes on Washington’s every move, many people are considering setting up shop – or home, rather – in the nation’s capital. If you’ve done your research, you probably know that one of the most popular (and readily available) housing options in the Washington Metropolitan area is the townhome. But if the D.C. condos of your choice are taken, you’ll need another option to fall back on. Fortunately, the D.C. Metro region includes not only the district itself, but portions of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland as well.

Washington DC New Homes

By moving to a townhome near (rather than in) the District of Columbia, you can still reside near the hustle and bustle of the political sphere – without sacrificing your budget or your privacy. One example of such a retreat is an Emerson townhome, located in Howard County, Maryland. Builder Steuart-Kret strategically placed this master planned community between D.C. and Baltimore for those who want a convenient-yet- comfortable Washington lifestyle.          

Although two Emerson townhome models are currently available, (priced at $449,900 and $549,900, respectively), Steuart-Kret can build each townhome to buyer specifications. The homes feature three finished levels of living space, with an option to finish the included basement. Well-planned amenities like a clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, and beach volleyball are some of its most exciting features – perfect for socializing after a day of moving and shaking in the federal district. Families can appreciate Emerson’s close proximity to schools and abundant open space.

When gourmet kitchen cabinets, granite countertops in your personal choice of colors, and hardwood floors are what you come home to, the cares of a busy day can be melted away among newfound comforts. To request more information regarding Emerson townhomes near Washington, D.C., take a moment to fill out the builder’s contact form; or, call (240) 568-8985 to arrange an appointment.

 

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August 4 2009

What does sustainable building mean?

by jim

Amidst the assortment of green vernacular, the term “sustainable” seems to be among the most frequently cited. This is especially true in the construction industry, as many home builders lay claim to sustainable building practices; but what does sustainable building mean for the home buyer – and, for the earth?

According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, which to some extent is responsible for overseeing these practices, the concept of sustainable building integrates a variety of strategies during the design, construction, and operation of building projects. One important strategy in the design of a sustainable building is, of course, the use of green materials.

Green building materials meet one or more of the following objectives:
   - Resource Efficiency through recycled, natural/renewable, or locally available content
   - Indoor Air Quality enhancement though non or low-toxic materials by utilizing materials
   - Energy Efficiency, with materials and systems that reduce energy consumption
   - Water Conservation, with products and systems that reduce water consumption in buildings and conserve water in landscaped areas
   - Affordability, which is met by ensuring that product life-cycle costs are comparable to conventional materials or as a whole, are within a project-defined percentage of the overall budget.

As you can see, there are many ways sustainable building guidelines can be met; and the definition of sustainable materials isn’t so hard to pin down, after all. For more information on sustainable building practices in your area, try researching the website of your state or local housing authority, waste management board, or energy department. Also, many states have green building commissions; don’t forget to do some searching regarding that as well.

 

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August 4 2009

How to Texture Your Walls In Your Home

by jim

Painting the walls in a textured pattern has become most popular home decorating projects around; but how does one achieve that coveted finish? The secret, it seems, is that the texture is not achieved with paint at all – instead, the proper material to use is drywall.

When does the paint come in? Not until the drywall is, well, dry. After purchasing your drywall product (a knowledgeable hardware or emporium store clerk can help you choose the right brand and size once you describe your project), select a paint color to go on over the drywall finish – then, it’s time to get started.

How To Texture Walls

What type of texture should you choose? There is no shortage of tried and true patterns to apply to the walls; or, you can certainly make up your own. No matter which pattern you go with, the trick is to apply it carefully and evenly. It is not unheard of for a hastily applied drywall pattern to look great when it goes on and is wet – only to prove quite unattractive once it dries. And unfortunately, the paint is not guaranteed to mask it. To that end: If getting it “just right” is intimidating, you may want to consider a very simple drywall pattern as a preventive measure.

Most often, the textured paint we admire on walls is one of three patterns: lace, swirl, or skip trowel. How are they done? A brief description of each follows. Lace is achieved with a stiff bristled brush. Pat the wall with the brush to create a “pointy” texture. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to dry before knocking down or flattening out the points. The result is a lace-like pattern. For swirl, always use a trowel; a short swirling motion with the hand will create a repetitive swirl in the wall. Unlike the other two finishes, skip trowel, requires a textured plaster, which will produce a vibration under the trowel and result in the desired effect.

Running into some obstacles? No worries. Many people use a combination of these techniques to create their own distinctive finishes – making their homes all the more unique. 

 

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August 2 2009

New Homes, Country Living Near Columbus Ohio

by jim

Is simple, traditional countryside living possible in a new home development? At one new community in Canal Winchester, Ohio, it certainly is. Located about 15 minutes from Columbus, Canal Winchester is known for its picturesque country charm. Inspired by the surroundings in this lovely town, MI Homes built Cherry Landing, a new community tucked into historic Canal Winchester. Often, new developments appear oddly out of place in quaint small towns of this caliber; with this in mind, the builders ensured that Cherry Landing would be the exception.

Classic architecture is the theme for Cherry Landing’s three models: Carriage, Hallmark, and the Towne Square Collection. Each boasts large front porches and other details inspired by the Craftsman period. And because a street lined with beautiful homes needs an equally beautiful streetscape to reach its full potential, each street was designed to blend with Canal Winchester’s surrounding preservation areas and traditional buildings. This means reserves and ponds on the nature front; and where the homes are concerned, alleyways behind the streets for convenient (and more visually appealing) rear-loading garages. Brick pavers? Yes! Old-fashioned street lamps? Indeed! 

Prices for Cherry Landing are very reasonable, ranging from $127,000-$195,900. The square footage of the homes are just right for the average family, at 1,264-2,535; not a big-box size, but certainly roomy enough to keep everyone close and comfortable. To admire Cherry Landing in person, visit them at 419 West Waterloo Street, Canal Winchester, OH 43110. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11am-7pm, Friday through Saturday from 10am-5pm, and Sunday from 12pm-6pm. To inquire about a Cherry Landing property, please call (614) 920-9762.

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August 2 2009

Affordable Condos are Coming to Daytona

by jim

Affordable condos in Daytona Beach? Yep, it’s true! Tuscany Towns, a new condominium community from builder Mercedes Homes, is still in the unveiling process; which makes it even easier to get the new condo you want! Tuscany Towns has three models to choose from: the Diego, a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath with a family room, spacious dining area, and a study; the Christina, a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath with a large master suite and – get this – a 10x8 sq. ft. foot loft space; and finally, the Bonita, which offers the best of both. The Bonita is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with a 10x16 sq. ft. master suite and an upstairs loft.  

Looking for upgrades? The options include stainless steel appliances, chrome fixtures, knockdown ceilings, tile in all wet areas, and lush wall to wall carpeting. Even without those additions, these homes are an attractive prospect for anyone seeking a reasonably priced Florida condominium.
  
Which brings us to that “affordable” part: All three of the Tuscany Towns homes are all in the same range ($150,000); specifically, the Diego is priced at $151,553, while the Christina is available for $151,990 and the Bonita can be yours for $157,990. To tour the Tuscany Towns models, locate them at Clyde Morris & Strickland Range Road
Daytona Beach, FL 32117; or, call (407) 281-5761.

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August 2 2009

New Homes in Cleveland, Ohio

by jim

It seems like many families are making a move to Cleveland, while others within the city are relocating to one of its outlying suburbs. Either way, it can be a great move. Because tributes to Cleveland, Ohio often appear in songs, on television, and in other pop culture outlets; those who have never visited often wonder what all the fuss is about. If you’ve never been to Cleveland, consider some highlights of this great American city: the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Museum of Art, and the gorgeous skyline along Lake Erie, to name a few.

As stated, downtown Cleveland has experienced a great deal of residential evacuation from the city to its surrounding suburbs – and that’s actually good news, at least for those who want to reside in Cleveland without committing to a metropolitan home. Many suburban housing options are now available right outside the city limits, primarily from two specific developers: Bennett Builders and Petros Homes, Inc. Although both builders have left their marks on several communities, each one has a neighborhood that stands out among the rest.

For instance, Petros Homes has created One Chippewa Trail, a luxury manor home community with only 13 sites. Exclusive living at its finest, One Chippewa Trail homes feature covetable extras like walk-out basements and wooded views. This elite community is perfect for the family of an executive moving to Cleveland for their downtown redevelopment efforts – close to work, but still a private retreat. Home prices begin in the high $500,000’s.

While Bennett Builders also offers high end communities, a more affordable option is available as well. Stonebridge Creek, a neighborhood of modest, but incredibly charming Midwest homes, starts at $199,000; with award-winning floor plans (as well as custom options), wooded lots, and a community center with swimming pool, Stonebridge Creek is a great place for the traditionally-minded family to call home.

To visit these outstanding new homes near Cleveland, find Stonebridge Creek on Conrad St. in Avon, Ohio, 44011; or call (440) 289-4284. Or, locate One Chippewa Trail in Brecksville, Ohio off Route 82 (across from the Metro Parks entrance). Petros Homes can be reached at (440) 546-9000.   Find more homes for sale in Cleveland in the Cleveland New Homes Directory.

 

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August 2 2009

Green Home Condos in New York City

by jim

New York New Green Condos For Sale

New York City is known for clinging to progressive ideals as much as it is known for its hustle and bustle. While said ideals are quite conducive with a green lifestyle, the aforementioned bustle and its resulting pollution is not. Despite this, there are still great housing options available to those looking for a green retreat in New York City.

One luxury residence that is making a name for itself is Kalahari, located in Harlem. Yes, Harlem! Today’s Harlem residents are an incredibly diverse bunch, and the community is becoming known as a great place to invest in classic New York brownstones and high rise apartments for a far better price tag than in other boroughs. Taking that into consideration, the team that put the plans for these 250 environmentally responsible units created what they call an “architectural tribute” to the history and character of the Harlem community. Sub-Saharan Africa was the inspiration for the design, both interior and exterior, of these green-friendly New York City apartments.

Better still, those who are long-time Harlem community residents are offered an even more affordable rate than the high $600,000’s cost for a Kalahari home. Another half of the units are sold at market rate. The builders find that this is a more “fair and equitable” method of doing business with green-minded consumers.

What else is green about Kalahari? Sustainable bamboo strip floors, large windows to encourage natural light instead of electric, and Energy Star appliances – to name a few features. Built to the U.S .Green Building Council's LEED Silver Standards, Kalahari is in a new category of “hybrid homes” designed with the goal of limiting impact on the environment – while still providing luxurious and modern resources, of course.

But what would a green home be without lush vegetation? Landscaped courtyards are one of Kalahari’s proudest features, and outdoor recreation options are within the amenities. In keeping with its socially-conscious theme, the building is home to a reputable Harlem afterschool program – making it a great option for families looking to relocate.

To check out Kalahari, stop in and request a tour at 40 West 116th St., Harlem, NY 10026; or, call (212) 348-0090 for more information.

 

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August 2 2009

Upcoming Events at Cordera in Colorado Springs

by jim

Things are happening this August at Cordera, Colorado Springs premier master planned community. It all starts on August 7, when Saddletree Homes at Cordera is participating in the 2009 Parade of Homes. For two weeks (ending on the 23rd), guests can stop in to the Cordera models and register to win a 40" LCD 1080P Flat Screen TV ($900 value) or a $500 gift card to The Promenade Shops at Briargate. Just stop into the Cordera Community Center (you can’t miss it; it’s 8,000 sq. ft.) to enter.

The annual Parade of Homes is no hum-drum affair; the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association sells tickets for this event, which can be purchased at the local Safeway market for $10 (adults 18 - 64) and $5 (seniors age 65 and older). Even if you’re not looking for a new home in Colorado Springs, touring the models can be a great way to spend the day.

Finally, Cordera will be hosting its 3rd annual Jazz in the Park concert on the Cordera Grand Lawn on August 12th from 6:00-8:00p.m. In partnership with the Pikes Peak Jazz & Swing Society, the community is proud to present this fun, family-friendly event. Cordera is located at in Colorado Springs: To get there, take the I-25 to Briargate Parkway, just east of Powers Boulevard. The Cordera Community Center is located at 11894 Grand Lawn Circle. For more information on either of these events, please call (719) 266-8581.

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August 2 2009

Which Type of New Home Should You Buy?

by jim

Single detached home, attached product, one story, two story…most homebuyers already know what type of home they want before they start looking, right? Sure, most of the time. But for buyers with more eclectic personalities, it can be difficult to pin down the exact definition of your living style – making it more frustrating to choose the type of home you want.

Although this tip is normally reserved for first-timer home buyers, knowing what you want is just as important for seasoned homebuyers as well. When mulling over different styles of new homes, some buyers get overwhelmed by the choices available; especially when touring models, which are dolled up with trendy themed décor to make shoppers feel even more “at home.”

To avoid going into a la-la-land state, the best way to fend off buyer confusion is to make two lists: First, a list itemizing your needs; second, an inventory of your wants. What do you and/or your family need? Two, three, or four bedrooms? How many baths? Do you have pets, and how much room do they need? Although these have little to do with the style of a home, it will help you narrow your focus; for example, you are less likely to be seduced into buying a seemingly “perfect” condo or townhouse if you remain aware that its square footage doesn’t suit your family’s needs. After eliminating those types of dwellings from the discussion, you can move on to choosing between one and two story homes, traditional or contemporary estates, and so on.

Obviously, the “wants” list is trickier, as our desires are sometimes known to go over the top. To that end, let’s re-title that list to “wants – within reason.” Some of the most common wants among new homebuyers include fireplaces, swimming pools, and specific types of flooring. New appliances are also near the top of the list for some home shoppers (usually, those who intend to spend extended time in the kitchen). Those are only the usual suspects, though; how about extras like ceiling fans, walk-in closets, or bonus rooms? Many buyers forget how much they want those types of features – until they walk into a home and see them. Putting them on your wants list will help you remember to look for properties that feature those exact amenities.

Even the most open-minded buyers can benefit from doing their research on homes they plan to visit, using a self-written list as their guide. It can make the difference between moving into a house you like – or a home you love.  

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