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Five Of The Coolest Home Automation Products On The Market

Jun12-2017
Today’s technology allows you to do some amazing things with your home – and many of them make your life easier and filled with convenience. If you’re looking for the coolest home automation products on the market, there are certainly plenty of options to choose from! With the wide variety of home automation products currently available, you can turn your house into something out of a science fiction movie with just the snap of your fingers. 1. The BeOn Starter Pack Lighting your home is one of the most critical deterrents to thieves. You’ve been taught leaving a light on when you’re away from home or setting lights on a timer is a great way to make thieves wonder whether or not there is someone inside the home. The BeOn Starter Pack, however, takes it to a new level. This amazing innovation mimics your lighting patterns even when you aren’t home, making it impossible to tell whether there’s someone in your home at a glance or not. These bulbs will also stay on in the event of a power outage and can be programmed to respond to your doorbell or light up the house if your alarm goes off.

Four Reasons Why A New Pine River Estates Home Is A Better Value Than That Older House You Want To Buy

jun5-2017
If you’re just looking at the sales price, buying an older home could seem to get you more for your money than new construction, except you’re going to be living with your purchase for as many as 30 years. So it doesn’t make a lot of sense to use a one-time number as the basis for comparison. Instead, you should consider the long-term value of what you’re buying. You may discover that new properties like those at Pine River Estates turn out to be a better buy. And here are the reasons why,

Top 10 Home Upgrades That Pay Off At Resale

May29-2017
Whether you’re buying your first home, moving up to better digs or downsizing as an empty nester, you’ll be faced with a delightful array of interior design choices at San Joaquin Valley Homes. You should certainly pick the options you find most appealing. But if you intend on selling your home down the line, you may want to stick with upgrades that pay off at resale. To help you out, real estate authority Zillow analyzed the effect of certain design choices on housing values. Here are their top home upgrades and what percentage increases they add to resale values.

San Joaquin Valley Homes To Begin Construction At Mountain View

HANFORD, Calif. – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) will start construction on the first phase at Mountain View, a new residential neighborhood located at the northwest corner of 11th and Houston in Hanford, Calif., that will offer 32 single-family homes. Sales will open on May 27. The community is expected to be complete in February 2018.

Rewarding The Empty Nest With San Joaquin Valley Homes

May22-2017
Whether it’s your first kid heading to college or your last kid finally leaving home to strike out on her own, you may feel a sense of sadness and loneliness. This is known as the empty nest syndrome. Don’t worry, it’s not a clinical diagnosis. Rather it’s a set of perfectly expected feelings. For years, you’ve been taking care of your children and actively helping them to become independent. Now that they’re gone, what do you do with all the emotion and time you used to invest in them? Certainly, you need to process and accept these new feelings, perhaps with support from others going through it. This represents a major change in your life. But you can also view your chicks leaving the nest as a goal that you’ve finally achieved. And you can celebrate this milestone by rewarding yourself with some updates to your life.

Pick-A-Paint Help: Create A Whole-House Color Palette

May15-2017
Painting a house sure has its ups and downs, and the project comes with lots of questions. What colors are best for a bathroom? Should I paint neutral colors everywhere, just to make it easy? Won’t a yellow kitchen be beautiful? White walls are simple, right? Well, not always. But don’t worry. We are here to help! Today we are going to tackle some of the questions you will likely encounter when creating a whole-house color palette. First, it is important to know what kinds of colors you love. Are you a bright and cheery, energetic person or a calm, collected, tea lover who enjoys meditation? While personality doesn’t always equate to colors, it often does help to minimize your color options. Once you have determined what kind of feel you want for your whole house, you can start breaking into color groups.

Pamper Mom At San Joaquin Valley Homes For Mother's Day

May8-2017
There’s a standard drill you’ve been going through for Mom every Mother’s Day. Buy her flowers or chocolate, and then take her out to lunch or dinner with the family. While these rituals can be fun, they may be getting a bit staid if you’ve been doing them for years. Why not change things up a bit this year by keeping the celebration in your new San Joaquin Valley home? Here are a few suggestions. Bring in a personal chef. You can still take Mom to a fancy feast but have the food come to her by hiring a personal chef. These masters of the kitchen create the same culinary masterpieces you find in expensive restaurants but work their magic in the convenience of your own kitchen. You don’t have to worry about shopping for the right ingredients and bringing in proper equipment. They do it all for you and leave your kitchen as clean as you do

Celebrate Your Tax Refund At San Joaquin Valley Homes

May1-2017
If this is the first time you’ve owned one of our San Joaquin Valley Homes, your tax refund may be unexpectedly large this year. Congratulations on reaping one of the big benefits of home ownership: deductible mortgage interest that translates to more money in your pocket. You could just spend that windfall on a vacation or a new car – you’ve earned it. Or you can put it back into your biggest purchase so it continues to enhance your life for the years to come.

San Joaquin Valley Homes Begins Model Construction At Chelsea West

Oct10-16
VISALIA, Calif. – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) will begin model construction this month at Chelsea West, an 18-acre community at East Monte Vista Avenue and Santa Fe Street in Visalia that will offer 80 single-family homes. The interest list is forming now and a grand opening is slated for late June. “We’re pleased to announce we’re moving quickly on this project and look forward to showing these luxury homes to homebuyers this summer,” said Danny Garcia, vice president of sales at SJV Homes. “We’re already seeing tremendous interest in this beautiful new neighborhood. It is essentially an extension of Chelsea Place, a nearby 40-acre community with 155 homes that recently sold out, although there will be some different models available.”

Budget Decorator: 3 Ways To Upcycle Old Wall Art

Apr17-2017
So you’re looking for a new look for spring, but don’t want to throw out your old wall art? Not to worry! There are several ways you can re-use your current wall art throughout your home so you have the freedom to order some new pieces for your walls and update your home decor. From tables to pillows, these ideas will give you plenty of opportunity to fill your home with the beauty of art. Here are a few of our favorite wall art upcycling ideas. Canvas Pillow Old canvas prints can be turned into decorative throw pillows. While the pillows won’t be comfortable, they will look pretty sharp, and will put your artwork to good use.

10 topics To Consider As You Think About Downsizing

Apr10-17
The children are grown and moved out. You are retired or almost ready to retire. You’ve dusted those shelves and swept those floors one too many times. For whatever your reason for moving out of your large family home, here are 10 topics to consider as you think about downsizing: 1. How Much Home Can You Afford? Do you want to build a dream retirement house? Would you like leftover cash from the house you are selling for your retirement? How much resale value do you want to anticipate in the new home? Answering these kinds of questions with a financial planner can be a great place to start. 2. What Kind of Neighborhood? Do you still love to have young children running around? Would you prefer a quieter retreat? Do you need a little buffer from your neighbors? Do you need to be closer to doctors, health-care facilities, etc.? Do you like bike paths, walking trails, parks nearby?

Simplifying Spring Cleaning

Apr3-2017
Spring Cleaning is a chore that’s both necessary and time-consuming, but once done, your home feels as renewed as your spirit on the first warm spring day. Is it a hassle? Yes. Is it rewarding? Definitely. Here’s how to make it go faster and easier. Make a List If you list each room that you want to clean, you can check them off as you complete each one. This breaks a large project into several smaller ones, making it easier to focus on each one until the entire project is completed. You can even break your list down into specific cleaning tasks to do in each room. Gather Your Tools Preparation is an important part of the job if you don’t want to end up running back and forth to the kitchen to grab cleaning supplies and tools, interrupting the flow of work. Here are the tools you’ll need …

Student Loan Strategies Before Buying A Home For Sale In The Central Valley

Mar27-17
About 70 percent of college students who graduated in 2016 had an average of $37,172 in student loans, according to US New and World Report. And more than half of millennial graduates don’t have a clue as when their student loans will be paid off. If you’re a member of this group, this loan can appear as a black mark on your credit report, making it difficult to afford a home because it’s a drain on your finances. The following strategies show how you can deal with this debt before buying one of our homes for sale in the Central Valley. Know all you can about your loan It’s understandable that you didn’t want to deal with loan details while you were busy with school. But now that you’re working, the only way you can make informed decisions about your loan is by knowing all you can about it. Find out details like who your loan provider is and their contact details, how much is left, when payment is due, and whether there’s a grace period. This period is the number of months that can pass before the first payment is due. Use this period to come up with an effective payment strategy.

Budget Friendly Interior Design Ideas For Your New Central Valley Home

Mar20-17
Thinking about investing in a new San Joaquin Central Valley home? Consider how much fun it will be to decorate the rooms in a brand new house. As you’ll see, there are plenty of ways to design great interiors without spending a fortune. For inspiration, we’ve put together a room-by-room list of ideas for every budget and style, with a little help from decorating inspiration giant, Houzz. Kitchens with Style to Spare • Laminate counter tops have come a long way in recent years, and many mimic the look of granite, stone or wood very convincingly at a fraction of the price. • New Energy Star-rated appliances lower energy bills, but skip the built-in ice maker with water dispenser in the door of the fridge. It’s an energy waster. • Invest in stylish lighting for the kitchen. It can have a huge impact and even become a focal point in an otherwise simple room.

14 Low Budget Ways To Make Your Home More Secure

March13-17
Although it’s often your most expensive investment, your home doesn’t always need a high-priced monitoring system to keep it safe. Often it’s the little things that prompt thieves to give your abode a pass as shown by these 14 low-budget ways to make your home more secure. 1. Get a law enforcement check. Many police departments offer free home inspections. An officer walks through your home and recommends ways for beefing up your security. 2. Trim the foliage around doors, windows, and other entrances of the home. Burglars won’t be able to use your trees and bushes for cover when casing or breaking into your home.

Don't Pay More In Taxes Than You Have To: 9 Home Tax Deductions For Which You Might Be Eligible

Mar6-17
For many homeowners, especially first-time homeowners, it can be a struggle just to pay the monthly bills. You can use all the help you can get to lower costs associated with home ownership. One way to do that is to take advantage of every home tax deduction for which you’re eligible. Here are 9 home tax deductions for which you might be eligible: 1. You can deduct home mortgage interest: This is a big one. Because mortgages are usually amortized, the bulk or early payments are in the form of interest, not principal—and all of those interest payments are tax deductible, up to a maximum of $1 million if you’re married and filing jointly, or $500,000 if filing separately. The only restriction is that the mortgage must be for a first or second home. For details about mortgage deductions, visit IRS Publication 936. 2. Home improvement loans: You can deduct interest on home improvement loans (like an addition or a kitchen replacement). The only condition is that the improvements must increase your home’s value. These are called “capital improvements” and include things like a new garage, a home addition, or new insulation. You cannot deduct interest on loans for ordinary repairs, such as fixing a broken window or painting.

The Importance Of Water Conservation: Simple Steps To Conserve Water And Save Money

Feb27-17
At its regular meeting on Feb. 8 California’s State Water Resources Control Board (SWRBC) voted to maintain drought restrictions, despite unprecedented rainfall in recent days. The decision was met with immediate pushback from many state residents who couldn’t understand the need to conserve water at a time when some are just trying to stay dry amid torrential downpours, mudslides and flash floods. Republican State Senator Ted Gaines summed up the feelings of many residents: “This decision is blind to the plain fact seen on every mountain, river and reservoir in the north state. We are flush with water, and they know that, but this lays bare their ‘permanent drought’ plan that will let them limit and control water use forever to meet their environmentalist agenda.”

10 Food Ideas For Your Central Valley Housewarming Party

Feb20-2017
When you’re planning a housewarming party, there are many things to consider. Should you plan activities or make a wish list of gifts? Those are certainly important considerations, but here we want to focus on the simplest of housewarming parties: the kind where your friends come over and hang out in your sparkling new home. Perhaps it’s a floating party where people are invited to come as they please during any time you specify. Or maybe you’ve allotted just a couple hours where your doors will be opened. Either way, any time you have people to your home, it is nice to offer food. That is why we have put together 10 food ideas for your housewarming party. 1. Make-Your-Own Sandwiches. Set out plates of your favorite deli meat alongside lettuce, tomato, onions, a gourmet mustard, slices of avocado, and rolls. Add an unexpected topping like pesto or fresh herbs. Serve with a simple coleslaw and a tray of store-bought chocolate chip cookies. 2. Dips and Chips. This idea hinges on the extremely simple. A tray of taco dip, a tray of spinach dip and several bags of chips. Easy and delicious

How To Find The Right Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

Feb13-2017
Buying a San Joaquin Valley home from one of our sales agents is relatively painless. Just specify a few options and sign some papers, and the home is yours, pending suitable financing. But to buy one of our homes, you’ll typically have to sell your older home, which is not so straightforward and requires the services of a real estate agent. The following tips can help you find the right one. Interview multiple agents. Don’t just pick the first agent who leaves a flier at your door. Interview several agents. Ask family and friends for recommendations. Do an online search for houses for sale that are similar to yours, and look at the agents attached to those homes. Beyond the questions about experience and skill detailed below, you want to get a feel for the people. Are they friendly and professional? Do they communicate in a way that provides answers to your questions? Do they ask questions and listen, or do they just talk? The bottom line is do you feel comfortable entrusting your home to them.

FHA Rate Cut On Insurance Rates Rates Suspended

Feb6-2017
If you were planning on buying a home with a loan from the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), you may have been excited to hear about a planned rate cut announced by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development during the closing days of the Obama Administration. That cut applied the premiums on mortgage insurance, which protects your lender if you are unable to make your mortgage payments. What Happened? The annual insurance rate was supposed to drop from 0.85 percent of the mortgage to 0.60 percent on January 27. The rate drop was due to the recovery of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund of the FHA. This fund has increased by $44 billion since 2012. The new premium would have been very close to the 0.55 percent that the FHA used to charge before the 2008 housing crash. One of the first orders executed by the new administration was to suspend the cut indefinitely for reasons that are still unclear. The cut would have meant a savings of only $500 on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage of $200,000. The extra pocket money would’ve been a nice addition to any housing budget but probably would not have made that big a difference in loan qualification. Fortunately, the action does not negate the overall value of obtaining an FHA loan. Advantages An FHA loan has several advantages if you’re a new homeowner.