May 17 2019

You just purchased your first home. Now what?

by Erin

red door with lock

So, you’ve just gained the title of “homeowner” and the stress and anxiety of the home buying processes is finally over with. Now, what do you do? Don’t think that the work is done once you sign the dotted line. There are a few steps you should make after the home buying process that will make your life a little easier. We’ve got 10 helpful tips below to help you along the way.

 

Change the locks

 

Many people don’t think about taking this step when purchasing a home. With all of the open houses, realtors, and past homeowners trafficking through the home, you never know who may possess an extra set of keys or even the garage door opener. The cost to change the locks is minimal compared to both your peace of mind and the possibility of a break in. When changing your locks, be sure to replace the hardware as well.

 

It’s also best to wait until the day after closing to schedule a locksmith to come out to make this change. You never know how closing can go. Sometimes it can drag on for a few more days than expected and you want to make sure that the entire deal is finalized before changing your locks.

 

Set up your utilities

 

This is probably everyone’s least favorite part about having their own living space when it’s apartment living or being a homeowner. It’s time to set up those utilities and pay deposits.

 

Say hello to your new neighbors

 

A bowl of jello or a plate of fresh baked cookies is not required for this step. We’re not living in the ’60s, but it’s still nice to introduce yourself to your new neighbors. It’s great to form a relationship with the people you live next to. You’ll see them on a daily basis leaving and coming in and in most cases, it’s a great way to look out for one another’s homes when you’re away or form a carpool when the kids go to school.

 

Put your mortgage documents in a safe place

 

All of your documents may already be saved somewhere in the cloud or right in your email and that’s great! We may be in a new age with technology, but it’s always a good idea to make hard copies of your official mortgage documents and place them in a safe place for future reference. If for some reason, you cannot access your documents on a computer, you’ll always have a backup copy in hand.

 

Give your home a good deep clean

 

 

The best time to give your house a deep clean is when it’s completely empty. You won’t be able to see every spot, stain, or spider web with your house fully furnished. Take the time out to steam clean the carpets, buff the floors, wash windows, and deep clean in and around your appliances before your home becomes lived in with the day to day wear and tear. If you prefer to do it yourself, that’s great and you’ll save a few dollars, but there’s also nothing wrong with hiring a professional to get the job done and save some time.

 

Purchase a home warranty

 

A home warranty is a service contract that will repair or replace things around your home like a broken dishwasher. A warranty on your home may have come with the purchase of your home, but be sure to read the fine print. If you find that you may need extra security with another warranty, take the steps to do so.

 

Set aside an emergency fund

 

It may not sound very appealing to start yet another savings fund after shelling out the last of your savings on your new home, but this is a very important part of home ownership. Now that you’re a homeowner, there is no longer a maintenance man to fix the garbage disposal and there’s no leasing office to complain to. When something goes wrong, it’s up to you to fix it, so it’s better to be safe than sorry and have a few dollars stashed away for emergency purposes only.

 

Create a maintenance plan

 

The same way you have a maintenance plan for yourself when it comes to routine salon visits, dental appointments, and doctor visits, you should also have a maintenance plan for your home. Keeping a plan in place will prevent future problems around the house like the A/C going out in the summer or a pipe bursting in the middle of the night potentially flooding your brand new floors. Keep important numbers handy for your homes maintenance repairs.  Keep track of how long your warranties are for your major appliances and schedule “checkups” routinely to ensure everything is in good shape. 

 

We hope you find these tips helpful as you get settled into your new residence. 

 

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May 3 2019

Decrease Your Carbon Footprint at Palmera by Brandywine Homes

by Erin

Kitchen at los angeles new home at Palmera

The new community of Palmera by Brandywine Homes is a new development of family-friendly townhomes offering maintenance free living in Baldwin Park, CA. Conveniently located near the 10, 605, and 210 Freeways, Palmera allows easy access to shopping at Plaza West Covina, Target, and Vons, as well as local parks and recreation for the entire family such as Vineland Drive-In Theatre, The Baldwin Park Aquatics Center, and Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. Continue your education or enroll your soon to be adults at nearby Azusa Pacific University or Cal State LA. Create memories and so much more in at your new residence at Palmera.

 

This community offers 3 open home designs with a maximum of 4 bedrooms and 3.5 appointed bathrooms. The homebuilder, Brandywine Homes offers you the opportunity to personalize your home with several upgrade options to make your new house a home. Some of the must-have features included at Palmera are the Spanish architecture, Dal One Quartz® countertops with integrated sinks, and Truss Joist® floor system. Enjoy a gorgeous gourmet kitchen with a Whirlpool® stainless steel Energy Star® dishwasher, a built-in Whirlpool® microwave oven, and Dal One Quartz® countertops with 6” backsplash throughout.

 

Decrease your carbon footprint while saving a few dollars along the way with an energy efficient home. Brandywine Homes has thought of it all with water-efficient faucets, auto shut-off motion sensors in all baths, laundry, and the garage, as well as water efficient toilets. There is also insulation in the ceiling areas and exterior walls and dual glazed white vinyl windows with Low-E glass.

 

Brandywine Homes was established in 1994 by founder Jim Barisic with the plan to help revitalize established neighborhoods and convert underutilized and often run-down space into needed housing. Over the years, Brandywine Homes has created new home communities located near opportunities for employment and extended families in Southern California. Brandywine’s mission is to rebuild older cities, provide a new home option, provide integrity in partnerships, and valuing resources. Be sure to purchase your Los Angeles new home with a home builder you can trust at Palmera by Brandywine Homes.

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April 19 2019

5 Useful Tips for Buying a New Home in Spring

by Erin

As the weather is beginning to warm up, so are those home sales. There’s nothing worse than attempting to purchase your first home without prior knowledge of what steps to take. Grab your wish list and use these five tips to help you prepare to buy your new home this spring.

 

1. Get rid of your debt and clean up your credit 

 

The number one thing you need to do in preparation for purchasing your first home is to clear up your debt. You’ll find it much easier to save money toward your new home as you pay down your debt. You’ll also find that you’ll have better buying options with less debt and a better credit rating.

 

2. Make a wish list that’s realistic

 

You probably have a list already made up of all the must-have features and amenities that you just can’t live without in your new house.  The gourmet kitchen and spa-like bathroom you’ve seen on television may not exactly come in your budget or be in the neighborhood you’ve got your eyes set on. Make sure to do your research on both what you can afford and what the areas you’d like to live in have to offer. Think about revising your wish list and compromising in some areas. The home you select may not come with granite countertops or hardwood floors, but you can make it a DIY project and save a few dollars along the way.

 

Man in blue shirt holding a key

3. Hire a licensed real estate agent

 

Whether it’s your first time around searching for a home, or you are in need of an upgrade for your growing family, hiring a licensed real estate agent is always your best bet.  Do your research and find the best realtor for your needs. They are more equipped than you will be when it comes to tackling the hard stuff during the buying process.

 

It is also a plus to hire an agent that is a neighborhood specialist. When you have an idea of the specific area that you would like to move to, an agent that specializes there is truly beneficial when choosing the perfect home for you and your family. 

 

4. Get preapproved by a local lender

 

To ensure that you have a smooth loan process, make it a point to get preapproved by a local lender. Avoid applying for loans with online lenders or lenders outside of your local area. Offers that are received from a local lender will most likely get preference when purchasing a new home. This will also help in having a timely closing and smooth process. Local lenders have a better reputation for closing on time. They will also ensure that they give you the best service because they want you to refer their business to others within the local community.

 

5. Don’t hold off too long on making a bid

 

Making a bid on your first home can be a difficult decision. If you come across the perfect home during your search, try not to hesitate too long to make an offer. Your dream home may not be available for long. Home prices typically begin to rise during the warmer months, so there would be little change of the home you want decreasing in price.

 

As you make the steps to prepare to buy your first home, take these tips into consideration and always do your research as well as seek professional help to ensure that you’re making the best decisions for your investment.  

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April 10 2019

April Realtor of the month: Karen Peyton

by Erin

Karen Peyton Realtor of the month Phoenix AZ

April's realtor of the month is Karen Peyton, associate broker of Buyer Broker AZ. Karen provides the monthly market updates for Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, and Gilbert, AZ. Karen began her journey in real estate in 1997 when assisting a friend of hers with the purchase of her first home. She has received an award from the City of Chandler for "Neighborhood Leader of the Year" in 2014 and also volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul. 

 

At Buyer Broker AZ, Karen offers the ability to give her clients a live search using the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service. This allows them access to the same subscription service that is used by Arizona Realtors so that more accurate listings are available. 

 

Karen believes in offering the highest level of skill and expertise to her clientele. She listens to her client’s needs in order to create a sure-fire strategy specific to their personal situation to tackle the home buying process. Whether it is your first time purchasing a new home in Phoenix, or if you are a seasoned veteran, be sure to give Karen with Buyer Broker AZ a call.  You’ll be in good hands.

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March 21 2019

Clever Storage by Kessebohmer is perfect for your home organization needs

by Erin

We had the pleasure of joining Dee Maher, the National Dealer Group Manager with Clever Storage by Kessebohmer, for an exclusive booth tour of their latest home storage designs during last month’s International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas. If you find it difficult to organize the clutter in your home or maybe have too much stuff and not enough space, then Clever Storage just might be the answer for all of your organizational needs.  We’re giving you the inside scoop on these exciting goodies right here! 

 

Here’s a little background on this amazing and innovative storage company: Kessebohmer is a family run business that was originally founded in 1954. It is a German designed and built kitchen storage solutions company and they are one of the leading kitchen furniture industry suppliers that distribute to over 60 countries worldwide. Kessebohmer provides fitting and furniture to the motorhome industry as well as engineering for the office furniture industry.  Kessebohmer strives to achieve the perfect balance between form and function!

 

Clever Storage Dispensa

Dispensa is one of our favorite storage options that we were introduced to during the Clever Storage tour. The greatest feature about Dispensa is that it does not waste an inch of space. It completely utilizes the entire width and height of tall cabinets. Your biggest issue will be finding more items to place in your new storage unit. Dispensa has individually suspended and adjustable shelves with simple railings that keep everything in place.  With easy installation and adjustment, it allows for full access and includes SoftStopp for smooth, silent closing.  Dispensa will hold up to 265 pounds and will work with interior pantry heights from 34 inches all the way up to 93 inches. 

 

Take a look at the Straight line Drawer Organizer perfect for any kitchen space.  Imagine a revolving storage solution at the perfect height for your everyday dishes and pantry items. This must have piece will accommodate a vast variety of drawer depths.  It is easy to install and includes 25 drawer accessories that allow for limitless organizational possibilities. It is also compatible to fit in the Dispensa and Lavido pantry systems.

 

Entertain company in a clean crisp living space that lacks unsightly distractions in your view with the Waste Bin Pullout.  This functional feature allows your trash and recyclables to remain out of sight and out of mind.  You have the option of choosing from single or double bins and it comes in an elegant design as not to clash with your home’s décor. With the capacity of up to a 100-pound load, the Waste Bin Pullout is heavy duty and glides smoothly when bins are full.

 

Clever Storage iMove storage unit

If you find that your height can challenge your ability to reach items in some of your higher cabinets, the iMove is the perfect answer. Forget about having to grab a step stool or a sturdy chair while preparing meals or just reaching high places in general. The iMove is the intelligent pull-down system for wall cabinets. You can choose from installing either one or two shelves depending on your personal needs.  There are soft open and close mechanisms that provide just the right range of motion.  Say goodbye to accidentally slamming cabinet doors or bumping into open cabinets. The iMove fits cabinet widths from 21 inches to 36 inches and it comes in four different finishes that will seamlessly blend with your interior design.

 

LeMans is modeled after the LeMans Racetrack with its sleek and modern design and intelligent corner unit solution for optimum storage. A door opening angle of 85 degrees allows the trays to swing out completely. Kessebohmer uses ClickFixx to provide a fast, tool-less assembly. The possibilities are endless when storing your day to day dishes, large pots, and pans, or non-perishable food items.

 

Linero 2000 backsplash storage

Although this was not featured in our tour, we thought you would enjoy this creative space saver. Save counter space with the Linero 2000.  This railing system design creates order in the kitchen without the use of extra cabinet space or a specific holder for kitchen utensils. Try out new recipes hands free with the cook book holder right on your backsplash.  Add a rack or two of your favorite go to spices for easy reach or hook a roll of paper towels on the railing system so you never lose your groove in the kitchen. 

 

We had a blast visiting the Kessebohmer booth at KBIS 2019 during the International Builders Show this year. Be sure to check out these amazing storage options and so much more at www.cleverstorage.com for all of your in home storage needs.

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March 15 2019

TRI Pointe Group Teams with Amazon to Offer Smart Homes Featuring Amazon Alexa

by Erin

TRI Pointe homesmart home

TRI Pointe Group has teamed with Amazon to offer its new homebuyers smart homes featuring Amazon Alexa as an extension of HomeSmart®, TRI Pointe Group’s suite of state-of-the-art home technology and automation features. HomeSmart®, activated and supported by Amazon, is being implemented across all six of TRI Pointe Group’s homebuilder brands.
 
Amazon Alexa is activated by merely using simple voice commands such as ‘Alexa, good morning’ that can be used to adjust features in the home such as the lighting, temperatures, and even a musical selection. The new smart home offering features Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Honeywell Lyric 2 Smart Thermostat or Ecobee Smart Thermostat, Schalge or Kwikset Smart Door Lock (in select markets), and a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater Recirculation Pump (in select markets) just to name a few.
 
To help new homebuyers maximize their HomeSmart® technology at no extra charge, the package includes an on-site home activation appointment with an Amazon Expert to customize the smart home experience and Amazon Expert activation support. This allows for ease of access to pose any questions and address any concerns, although there may not be very many as the rate of customer satisfaction is high. Customers have rated Amazon Experts at 4.9 out of 5 stars. “We are constantly evolving and aiming higher to meet and exceed customer expectations,” said Tom Mitchell, president, and chief operating officer of TRI Pointe Group.

It is now more common than not to have control of your home in the palm of your hand. These new home smart features will suit families with their every need as well as give them peace of mind whether in the home or away.  If you forget to turn off the heat before a family vacation, it’s no problem.  You can simply adjust your settings on your mobile device and focus on the family fun ahead.
 
TRI Pointe Group® is based in Irvine, California and is a family of premium regional homebuilders that designs, builds, and sells homes in multiple major U. S. markets. The TRI Pointe Group family consists of Maracay™ in Arizona, Pardee Homes® in California and Nevada, Quadrant Homes® in Washington, Trendmaker® Homes in Texas, TRI Pointe Homes® in California, Colorado and North Carolina, and Winchester® Homes in Maryland and Virginia. TRI Pointe Group was recognized on the 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List in Fortune Magazine in 2017. They were also named Builder magazine's Builder of the Year in 2015.

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March 6 2019

March Realtor of the Month: Gabe Waldrep

by Erin

Gabe Waldrep Dallas Real Estate Agent

The realtor of the month for the month of March is Gabe Waldrep. Gabe is a realtor for Red Door Residential and also provides a monthly market update for Bedford, Euless, and Hurst, TX as one of our newest real estate market experts.  Gabe believes in being committed to helping his clients buy and sell their homes with the highest level of expertise in his local market.  He is trustworthy and honest and puts forth his best effort to help his clients understand each step of the way during the buying and selling process.  If you are in the search for a home for sale in Dallas, be sure to contact Gabe with Red Door Residential!

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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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