December 17 2010

Top Tips for a Green Holiday!

by April

Top Tips for a Green Holiday

Despite the economy, the lines in every store I’ve been to are just as long as ever.  Nonetheless, I am full of holiday cheer (and bourbon laced eggnog) and ready to pass on my tips for a green holiday, whatever that holiday might be!

• Plan your shopping in advance: save gas by making one horrendous day of shopping rather than a multitude of small trips and get as much at one store as you can.

• Send E-cards and gift cards!

• When shipping: small items require less packing, try to pack items in recycled newspapers rather than Styrofoam.

• Instead of wrapping gifts for the kids, hide them and give them a list of clues.  When you do wrap, reuse as much paper, bags, and ribbons as possible.  Wrap items in newspaper (comics are great), brown paper grocery bags, and kids artwork from school.

If every family reused just two feet of ribbon there would be enough to tie a bow around the entire planet!

For tips on energy saving dinners and parties check out my Thanksgiving blog.

Have a safe and happy holiday season everyone!


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December 17 2010

Rockrose at the Foothills Offers Holiday Incentives!

by racheal

Rockrose at The Foothills Holiday Incentives

It’s the season for giving…and Brookfield Homes is embracing it fully! This San Diego homebuilder just announced a Holiday Incentives program for buyers in December, and it applies to a variety of those who would purchase their Carlsbad new homes. For those interested in buying at Rockrose at the Foothills, it means up to $10,000 and a new, low tax rate of only 1.21%. But the sharing and caring doesn’t end there! Brookfield is also offering similar (though not identical) offers at the following communities:

- Mahogany at Old Creek Ranch
- Serenity at Stonebridge Estates
- Trellis at Winding Walk
- Cordova at Winding Walk

Each of these communities offers a holiday incentive that’s compatible with the median price of homes in the neighborhood. For buyers at Rockrose at the Foothills, the 1.21% tax rate is appropriate because Rockrose is already one of the lowest priced estate communities in Carlsbad! And yes, you still have access to the same energy efficient perks, including a home built with sustainable materials, wired for water conservation, and featuring premium indoor air quality.

For many buyers, there’s nothing better this time of year! If you’re one of them, why not give Rockrose at the Foothills a call? Let them know you’re excited to take advantage of your holiday incentive at the Brookfield Year End Sale! Contact Rockrose at the Foothills at (888) 514-9296, or stop in for a visit to 3538 Glen Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92010.


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December 16 2010

3 New Neighborhood Parks Now Open in Carlsbad

by racheal

All three neighborhoods in the master planned community of The Foothills – Alcéa, Blossom Grove and Rockrose – have new parks now open for their residents to enjoy.

The Foothills is the first master-planned community to feature new homes in Carlsbad since 2006. Once completed, the community will have 404 homes on 157 acres. Nearly half of the property at The Foothills master planned community in Carlsbad will be preserved as permanent open space for the habitat management program.

The new intimate parks feature open grassy space and playgrounds that add to the already recreationally rich Foothills community that also features a 2.6-acre Swim Club. Residents can enjoy the resort-style swimming pool, spa and children’s pool, that are all solar-powered. The Swim Club provides park space, a yoga exercise circle and walking trails, paddle tennis courts, an outdoor patio sitting area with fireplace, tot lot and picnic area with barbecues.

Alcea at The Foothills is offering homes starting from the high $400,000s by D.R. Horton. Currently D.R. Horton is providing home security or home entertainment packages with any December new home purchase. Alcea’s two-story homes feature Spanish or Italian-inspired architecture, with entry courtyards and front porches. With four floor plans to choose from with approximately 1,753 to 2,052 square feet, 3 to 4 bedrooms and 2.5 to 3 bathrooms, you are sure to find a plan that will fit your needs. Call Alcéa at The Foothills at 760-434 2651 for more information.

If living green is a top priority for your lifestyle, The Foothills has a new community for you that features the most energy-efficient new homes in San Diego! Rockrose at The Foothills by Brookfield Homes is now selling a new phase of homes from the high $500,000s. These one-and two-story homes range from approximately 2,116 to 3,167 square feet, 3 to 4 bedrooms and 2 to 4 and half bathrooms. Rockrose new homes are built to exceed California’s energy efficiency standards by 35 percent without any additional cost to the homebuyer. Rockrose homeowners are saving money throughout the lifetime of their home! For more information, call 888-284-8861.

Are you looking for a productively designed space that includes an open great room, an island kitchen and flexible indoor/outdoor spaces? Then look no further than the new homes at Blossom Grove at The Foothills by William Lyon Homes. Blossom Grove offers homes priced from the mid $500,000s. The one- and two-story detached homes range from 1,992 to 2,840 square feet and offer 3to 5 bedrooms, 2 to 3 bathrooms and 1 to 2 car garages. For information on the Blossom Grove homes, call 760-994-0380.

In addition, a new energy-efficient high school is now under construction just blocks from The Foothills neighborhood at College Boulevard and Cannon Road. For more information about The Foothills community, visit


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December 15 2010

Sunrise Meadow Means a New Home near America’s Safest City

by racheal

Sunrise Meadow New Home Community

If you’re searching for Houston new homes, you’re probably a big fan of the entire area – including cities like Sugar Land and Rosenberg. After all, both are less than half an hour from Houston and known for the high quality lifestyle they offer families. In fact, Sugar Land was recently named one of America’s “Safest Cities” based on a scientific analysis of FBI statistics – again! And Rosenberg is similarly secure.

What else is good about Rosenberg? Sunrise Meadow, of course – where home buyers can get an incredible bang for their buck while still enjoying a fabulous new home. Here, upgrades throughout the homes, a wonderful community with a park, pool, and other amenities – the most appealing of which is your close proximity to Houston – are all part of the package.

Sunrise Meadow Community Park

And when we say upgrades, we mean real upgrades – like raised six panel doors, brushed nickel hardware and fixtures, rounded corners, custom built cabinets and vaulted ceilings. That’s around $10,000 in upgrades…and as part of your home’s price tag, they’re free at Sunrise Meadow! Sound like your kind of home? If so, contact Sunrise Meadow new home sales team for more information at (866) 779-4600, ext. 356.


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December 14 2010

Enjoy Your New Year at Your Creekside Village New Homes

by racheal

If you plan to add “move to a new home” to your new year’s resolution list, you’re not alone. Now more than ever, Americans are contemplating their futures and examining better options for the future. For many, a trip to visit Houston, Texas is one that leads to the purchase of a new home in a new city. Here, choices abound for buyers who long to make that move up – but as you may have guessed, some choices are better than others.

We recommend the homes of Creekside Village , an LGI Homes community in North Houston. Here, among the scenic forests of Montgomery County, your family can enjoy an excellent school district, tranquil natural settings, and the convenience of the best Houston has to offer in your backyard. This city of many nicknames is already known as one of the most family-friendly regions in the nation; and when you reside in Creekside Village, the quality of life is even more idyllic. 

Creekside Village Park

How so? Consider the memories your family and friends can make right within your own neighborhood, by taking advantage of features like walking pathways, greenbelts, and a lovely community park. Then, there’s the swimming pool…so, need we say more? Creekside Village is not the kind of community a family settles for; it’s the kind a family can grow with, make their own, and enjoy for years! What better year to start this new chapter than 2011? If you agree, inquire about the new homes at Creekside Village by calling (888) 356- 9006, ext. 340.


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December 13 2010

Why 2011 will be the Year for New Home Buyers

by racheal

2011 Year For New Home Buyers - Sold Sign

Last Thursday the economic analysts at Feddie Mac featured what they think will most likely distinguish the 2011 housing and mortgage conditions:

• The New Year will offer a high amount of affordable homes. Many first-time home buyers will be attracted to the housing market conditions during 2011, which is predicted to translating into more home sales than in 2010.

• Relatively low mortgage rates will carry on well into the 2011. The Federal observers are expecting the rate of federal funds to continue its current range of 0% - 0.25% for most of 2011.Thirty-year fixed-rate loans are expected to remain below 5 percent throughout the whole year.

• Home prices are likely to begin a slow and steady recovery during the second half of 2011.

• Refinances will dwindle due to the fact that not only have many of the eligible borrowers have already refinanced, but the federal Making Home Affordable refinance program is expiring.

• If the business cycle continues as it has, the amount of loans that are 90+ days delinquent, or are in the foreclosure proceedings, will decline as payrolls begins to rise.

Source: Freddie Mac (12/09/2010)


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December 13 2010

Merry Christmas from Canyon Crossing!

by racheal

Canyon Crossing New Home Community in San Antonio

The season is in full swing…and for that reason, Canyon Crossing is telling buyers everywhere, “Merry Christmas!” This LGI Homes community of San Antonio new homes is offering families like yours a clear choice for the holiday home you’re seeking – in a community that’s free from the burden of city taxes, where low payment programs (from $679 per month) are the standard all year long, and where no money down offers are there for those who quality (and who doesn’t need that at Christmas!).

Plus, complimentary credit counseling is one more option available to prospective Canyon Crossing homeowners who request it. What better way to wish their buyers happy holidays? Those are good enough reasons to consider Canyon Crossing for your family’s new home – but the reasons don’t end there.

Canyon Crossing Community Park

To be specific, this neighborhood has been called the #1 subdivision in west San Antonio, and its close proximity to employers (like Lackland Air Force Base and the Toyota manufacturing center) and recreational destinations Sea World San Antonio, anyone?) make Canyon Crossing a pretty perfect place to start your new year.

 Ready to learn more? Contact the sales team for the new homes at Canyon Crossing at (866) 669-8200, ext. 342 – and tell them, “Merry Christmas!” for us.


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December 10 2010

Let’s Get Cooking on Saving Energy #2 – The Oven!

by April

All right, before we tackle all that holiday cooking let’s jump on that oven!  Get out your mitts and help lower your energy usage with these handy tips:

Saving Energy During Holiday Cooking

• Use glass and ceramic dishes.  They hold heat better and you can lower the temperature of your oven by 25 degrees.

• Save energy by cooking entire meals in the oven at the same time.

• A microwave is best for thawing and cooking small portions – use the oven for the big items or multiple items at the same time.

• Small appliances are often a good choice for cooking and saving energy.  Crock Pots are terrific and offer great winter comfort food.

• Preheat only if the recipe calls for it and don’t preheat if you are using the broiler.

• Use the window on the oven to check the food; yes you may need to clean it.  You lose 25 to 75 degrees of heat every time you open the oven while cooking.  Food takes longer to cook and uses more energy- so, no peeking!

• If you have a self-cleaning oven and use this feature – clean it immediately after you’ve cooked.  The oven will already be hot and take less energy to get to the heat needed for the cleaning stage.

Next week will be the Green Christmas blog – don’t miss it!


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December 10 2010

Start the New Year Fresh at Deer Creek New Home Community

by racheal

Deer Creek Community Residents

Sure, it may have been a tough year…but fortunately, a new year means a clean slate and new possibilities. For many, this will mean finding an affordable, yet comfortable home where the family can start anew. If this sounds like you, and your search includes Dallas new homes, we recommend you consider the new homes for sale at Deer Creek. As one of the most affordable new home communities in Dallas Fort Worth, Deer Creek has become a highly popular choice for buyers like you: Traditionally-minded families ready for their fresh start.

How does it work? It’s easier than you think, and can be started just in time for the new year:

1.) Schedule a complimentary appointment with a LGI New Home Consultant at Deer Creek. Potential buyers receive a free credit report, mortgage analysis and introduction to LGI Homes.

2.) Decide on the floor plan (priced according to square footage and other features) that is right for your family. Then, complete a Purchase Agreement to lock in the price of your new home.

3.) Begin the mortgage process with the guidance and assistance of your Deer Creek New Home Consultant every step of the way.

4.) Begin packing…and move into your new home!

Deer Creek New Homes Entrance

See…it really is easy! In fact, the process is likely to be a great enhancement to your already bustling holiday season. And if a credit counseling program is what you’re looking for, the Deer Creek sales office will be glad to meet with you for a confidential appointment.

To learn more, contact the Deer Creek sales office at (888) 705-2166, ext 18 – and hurry! If you’re hoping to start your homebuying process in 2010, you don’t have much time left!

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December 9 2010

Say Happy Holidays to Your Family with a New Home at Chisholm Springs!

by racheal

Dallas New Home Community Chisholm Springs Entrance

We’ve already told you there are few better options for Dallas new homes than those offered from LGI Homes. And this holiday season, that fact still remains. If you’re planning to give your family the gift of a new home in Dallas Forth Worth, LGI’s Chisholm Springs should definitely be on their wish list.

Why? To start, it’s a great way to give your family a home they’ll love without breaking the bank. Chisholm Springs is available from $679 per month, with many buyers qualifying for no money down financing. LGI Homes has mastered the art of creating communities that are affordable for the average buyer – and they’ve been doing it since before it was the necessary trend.

Fort Worth New Homes For Sale

These communities aren’t substandard by any means; they’re attractive, spacious, and offer plenty of amenities for families like yours to enjoy. The parks and trails are ideal for adults and children alike (not to mention the swimming pool!). Plus, the homes feature three to five bedrooms, so many kids can finally get their own room next year! It’s the perfect way to say, “Happy Holidays!” to the ones you love. For more information on the new homes at Chisholm Springs, contact the sales office (still open through December) at (866) 702-6756, ext. 236.


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