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Five Apps For House Hunting: Let Your Fingers Do The Buying

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If you own a smartphone, you already have a powerful house-hunting tool in your pocket. Check out these apps for both the IOS or Android phones, and you could soon be moving into the place of your dreams. 1. Doorsteps Swipe Turn house hunting into a fun game with Doorsteps Swipe, which is powered by Realtor.com. Set up a personal profile detailing your home preferences and your current lifestyle. Or, you can specify an area in which to look. Then check out the suggested homes offered to you. Swipe through the pics and give each one a Like or a pass. The app slowly learns your preferences, so you begin to see only homes that meet your needs

Your Child's New Bedroom: Creating Your Child's Safe Place

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Do you remember when decorating a child’s room included buying blue paint or pink paint? Mom or dad would paint the room and cover the bed with Barbie bedding or Spider Man bedding. Decorating a child’s room is a little different now. Neutral Colors Decorating a child’s room will require you to carefully think about the decisions you are about to make just as you will do when you are going to decorate the other areas of your home. When thinking about decorating your child’s room, you do not always have to turn to the colorful walls first. We think if you actually make the decision to keep the walls a neutral color, such as gray, you will be able to add splashes of color.

Organize Your Home In Less Than One Hour A Day By November 1 (Part I)

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Now that the kids are in school, you can take a little breather. But not for long — the fall and winter holidays are just around the corner. You can still get ready for the festivities to come, however. This to-do list, inspired by house logic, shows how you can organize your home in less than one hour a day by November 1st. Oct. 1: Remove old holiday decorations. Do you still have that Easter bunny lawn decoration near the foot of your driveway? Shamrocks or Valentines on your front door? Time to take those down. And go through all your holiday decorations stored in your home, throwing out the ones you haven’t used in three years. Oct. 2: Get rid of your kids’ old school clothes. Now that the school year has started, you already have a good idea of what items your kids have outgrown. Set them aside to donate or give away.

Eight Energy-Saving Tips For New Homeowners In The San Joaquin Valley

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Your electric bill is one of your biggest variable expenses each month, especially as the hot days of California’s summer stretch into the fall. Whether you’re looking to go greener in your home to reduce your environmental impact or you’re simply hoping to reduce your electric bill, there are several small ways you can make a big impact on your electricity usage each month. These energy-saving tips for new homeowners in San Joaquin Valley will help you reduce your electricity usage – without feeling deprived. 1. Raise the thermostat by a couple of degrees. You keep your air conditioner pumping hard, especially when the summer sun is pounding down outside. By adjusting your thermostat by just a couple of degrees, however, letting it get a little warmer in the house, you’ll reduce the amount of energy needed to keep your home at a mild temperature. In general, you’ll save around 2% of your utility bill for each degree.

Have Hammer, Will Travel:

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Steve Upchurch is the construction superintendent for the San Marino Subdivision being built by San Joaquin Valley Homes on the northwest corner of Visalia at Riggin and Shirk. He’s been working hard wrapping up the eight or nine homes in various stages of completion.

Enthusiastic Homebuyers Visit Chandler Park During August 5 Grand Opening In Hanford, CA

HANFORD, Calif. – More than 150 potential homebuyers attended a grand opening celebration last Saturday at Chandler Park, a 28.75 acre residential community offering 113 single-family homes at 12th Avenue by San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital. “We’re thrilled so many people came out, and we’re pleased we can fill this need for new housing in Hanford,” said Danny Garcia, vice president of sales for Visalia-based SJV Homes. “Interest in this community is strong. Three homes are already in contract and six homes have been reserved.”

San Joaquin Valley Homes Begins Model Construction On 115 Single-Family Residences In Hanford, CA

HANFORD, Calif. – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) has started construction on model homes at Chandler Park — a 28.75 acre residential community located at 12th Avenue and Hume Avenue in Hanford. The developer is building 115 single-family homes, which are scheduled to open for sale in August of 2017. “We are eagerly anticipating the introduction of our Chandler Park models to the Hanford community,” said Joe Leal, co-founder for Visalia-based SJV Homes. “This development will fill a void in the community that has a proven demand for new housing.”

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“We are eagerly anticipating the introduction of our Chandler Park models to the Hanford community,” said Joe Leal, co-founder for Visalia-based SJV Homes. “This development will fill a void in the community that has a proven demand for new housing”. Chandler Park will offer three- and four-bedroom homes with two- or three-car garages in five floor plans ranging from 1,443-2,100 square feet. The homes will have covered front porches, nine-foot ceilings, energy-efficient windows and fixtures, kitchens with snack bars and islands, washable cabinets resistant to scratches and heat and walk-in closets. A wide variety of upgrades and options will be available.

Think You Can't Afford To Buy A Home? Here Are Five Ways You Can Afford To Buy A San Joaquin Valley Home

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Buying a home in today’s market can be expensive, which may cause some California residents to feel as if they cannot afford to buy a home. If you think a little creatively, however, you may be surprised by what you can actually afford. Here are five things you can do to make your dream of owning a home an affordable reality. 1. Broaden Your Location: A common problem first-time home buyers face is becoming fixated on a certain town or neighborhood. This is often a major factor in what is making home ownership unattainable. If you are flexible and consider different areas, you may be surprised by what you can find. The further you move away from a city center, the more affordable homes become. Housing affordability is one of the many reasons why people choose to purchase a home in the San Joaquin Valley.

New Home Facts To Consider When You're Shopping For A House

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Some people automatically assume it is more expensive to move into a newly built home as opposed to a resale home. What they may not consider is by the time you knock out walls, repair or replace the roof or spring for a new, more efficient heating system or new windows, you’re really not saving as much as you thought you’d be. Plus, you’re setting yourself up for endless weekend projects – ones that don’t involve hobbies or fun! Newly built homes have more storage space. People accumulate more today. It’s just a fact of life! Back in the day, people had limited wardrobes and fewer possessions and could get by with small closets. In today’s world, you can never have enough storage space. So, when you consider new homes have roughly three times the closet space of older homes, it’s easy to see how a new home will be less cluttered and more organized than a home with less than ample storage options.

San Joaquin Valley Homes To Hold Grand Opening At Chelsea West, Offering 80 Homes In Visalia

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VISALIA, Calif. – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) will hold a grand opening on Saturday, June 24 at Chelsea West, an 18-acre community offering 80 single-family homes at East Monte Vista Avenue and Santa Fe Street in Visalia. During the grand opening, interested homebuyers are invited to tour three model homes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. After the grand opening, the sales office will be open Sunday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The community is scheduled to be complete by December 2018.

Surprise Dad With A Man Cave For A Father's Day At SJV Homes

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There are a million reasons to get dad his own man cave on Father’s Day. Maybe it’s because he needs a place to chill out at the end of a hard work day. Or after taking care of you and the kids all day, he wants to wind down in his own space. But the best reason of all is that you love him and you want to take care of him because of all the care he’s given you. Presenting the cave Ordinarily, the best time to present your Father’s Day gift is during the day itself. You’d walk dad down the hall, open the door and enjoy his surprise at the well-designed room. But this deprives him of one of the main pleasures of a man cave: he gets to design it himself.

Five Of The Coolest Home Automation Products On The Market

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.