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 3 2019

Amazon Alexa has made its way to TRI Pointe Group’s new HomeSmart Homes

by Erin

TRI Pointe new home kitchen area

The well-known group of homebuilders known as TRI Pointe Group has revealed that it has joined forces with the leading online retailer, Amazon, to offer its new homebuyers the Amazon Alexa feature as an extension of their already existing HomeSmart® homes. This is a collection of progressive home technology and automation features that allow for an elevated experience for the homeowner and promotes energy conservation as well. HomeSmart® is demonstrated in over 25 model homes within eight states. 

 

Alexa by Amazon 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 the musical selection! The HomeSmart® home with Amazon Alexa comes chockfull with features such as Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Honeywell Lyric 2 Smart Thermostat or Ecobee Smart Thermostat, Schalge or Kwikset Smart Door Lock, and a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater just to name a few. 

 

When purchasing a HomeSmart® home, TRI Pointe Group takes the stress out of the installation process and leaves it to the professionals.  Home buyers will receive a home activation appointment with an Amazon Expert and Amazon 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 someone forgets to turn off the heat before a family vacation, it’s no problem at all!  They can simply adjust their settings on their mobile device and focus on the family fun ahead. 

 

TRI Pointe Group® is positioned in Irvine, California and is a lineage of superior, regional homebuilders that design, build, and sell homes in multiple major U. S. markets. The TRI Point Group family consists of Maracay in Arizona, Pardee Homes in both California and Nevada, Quadrant Homes in Washington, Trendmaker Homes in Texas, TRI Point Homes in California, Colorado and the Carolinas, and Winchester Homes in the Washington, D. C. area. TRI Point Homes was recognized on the 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List in Fortune Magazine in 2017.  They were also named Builder of the Year in 2015 by Builder magazine.

 

Chris Hartley, the VP of Sales and Marketing at TRI Pointe Group, has over 15 years of New Home Sales Experience as an On-site Sales Representative, Corporate Sales Trainer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Vice President of Operations. Additionally, Chris is also a Certified Trainer for the Texas Real Estate Commission and Public Speaker. He is also a Gold Award Winner for National Sales Manager of the Year at the Nationals in 2018. Chris has been named the top Corporate Hero in Dallas/Fort Worth for three times with the American Cancer Society and has actively raised more than $180,000 since 2007. 

 

Place your future home ownership in hands you can trust with a HomeStart® Home by TRI Pointe Group.  From the VP in sales all the way to the Amazon installation tech, customer satisfaction is always a priority and you will not be disappointed. 

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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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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 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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