The Milan plan great room and kitchen viewed from the entry

How To Find The Best Movers For Your New Housing

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At any of our San Joaquin Valley Homes developments, we do everything that we can to make home-buying an upfront, easy, and convenient process for you. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for moving into new housing because that procedure is out of our control. We can offer some tips on how you can find the best movers. 1. Get recommendations. Ask family members, friends, co-workers, and members of your church and social circle for the names of moving companies. Broadcast an appeal on social media stating where you’re moving from and moving to. Do not depend on services that find you a mover because some of them are scams. Once you have the names, research them on Yelp or Angie’s List. Get information about the companies from the Better Business Bureau to look up any complaints and from the American Moving and Storage Association to see if they’re a member. Finally, search for the company on Rip-off Report and Moving Scam to ensure that they’re legitimate

Fresno Bee: "Builders Break Ground, Unveil New Homes In Dinuba And Fresno"

San Joaquin Valley Homes has broken ground on new homes in Viscaya, a master-planned community in Dinuba. The neighborhood will have 84 single-family houses with three- to four-bedrooms ranging in size from 1,443 to 1,872 square feet. The homes will have open floors plans and two- to three-car garages. Prices start in the low $200,000s. Construction on the model homes will begin this month with a grand opening scheduled for September. Viscaya, at Saginaw and Euclid avenues, is the builder’s seventh neighborhood in Tulare County and its tenth joint venture with Presidio Residential Capital. For more information, call 559-732-2660.

Great Apps For Owners Of Homes For Sale In The Central Valley

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You love your smartphone. It’s a combination calculator, filing cabinet, communication device, and information finder. You even sleep with the device recharging on your night stand. Lucky for you then that your indispensable can prove even more useful now that you own one of the homes for sale in the Central Valley. Just be sure to download these apps, which work for both IOS and Android devices. Homestyler The exterior of your new home is going to look just as good as what you saw in the model. That’s because both were created by professionals. As for the interior, you most likely won’t have the benefit of a decorator for your spaces. You won’t need one with AUTODESK® Homestyler, which lets you start with a photo of your room or one of its built-in empty spaces. You can then add fixtures, art, rugs, and 3D furniture to transform your interiors. As a bonus, you get pics of professionally decorated rooms for inspiration

When Is It Time To Stop Renting And Start Buying SJV Homes

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It’s hard to know sometimes who to believe when it comes to real estate. Listen to one expert and he recommends buying property now because of the low interest rates and rising values. Listen to another and she says to hold off because the dearth of inventory makes it a sellers market. No less a rental authority than Apartment Therapy avoids the question of unpredictable timing by taking a different tack. It recommends that you look at the following signs that it’s time to stop renting and start buying.

San Joaquin Valley Homes Breaks Ground On New Neighborhood In Dinuba, CA

DINUBA, Calif. – Local homebuilder San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) has broken ground on the last parcel in Viscaya, a master-planned community offering 84 single-family homes at Saginaw Avenue and Euclid Avenue in Dinuba. Model construction will begin in mid-July 2016, and a grand opening is scheduled for September 2016. “This new community in a very desirable area of Dinuba will offer premium family homes at affordable prices,” said Joe Leal, co-founder for Visalia-based San Joaquin Valley Homes. “We expect it to be very popular.”

Bloomberg: "San Joaquin Valley Homes Breaks Ground On New Neighborhood In Dinuba, CA"

DINUBA, CA — Local homebuilder San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) has broken ground on the last parcel in Viscaya, a master-planned community offering 84 single-family homes at Saginaw Avenue and Euclid Avenue in Dinuba. Model construction will begin in mid-July 2016, and a grand opening is scheduled for September 2016. “This new community in a very desirable area of Dinuba will offer premium family homes at affordable prices,” said Joe Leal, co-founder for Visalia-based San Joaquin Valley Homes. “We expect it to be very popular.”

Using Your Smartphone As A Smart Tool In Your New San Joaquin Valley Home

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Having a camera on the smartphone in your pocket makes it handy to take photos when the mood hits. In fact, when you decided to buy a home in the San Joaquin Valley, you probably took photos of the models and the neighborhood to share with friends and family. Here are a few more shots to take for organizing your life. Walk Through After your new home is built and you check it out with a walk-through, take pictures of the empty spaces. You can then document any changes you want made or any issues that need correcting. When you’re ready to buy furniture, window coverings or other accessories, you have pictures of the space that you can refer to, instead of relying on memory.

Clever Ways To Save Down Payment Money For a San Joaquin Valley Home

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Scraping together enough money for the down payment on a home can be a challenge. And even if you do have the funds, having extra cash on hand can help with unexpected costs. The following are some of our favorite ways here at San Joaquin Valley Homes to help you and your family save for down payment money. Week-Number Challenge The Week-Number Challenge demands that you save dollars equal to the number of weeks that you’re into the challenge. For example, on week one, you save $1. On week 2, you save $2. And on week 3, you save $3, up until week 52, where you put away $52. You’ll end up with $1,378 by the end of the challenge. That may not seem like much but why not get every member of your family into the game? The little ones can contribute one cent, two cents, etc, all the way up to 52 cents. This gives them a financial investment in your next property. If you feel the end result is still too small, up the ante by ten, so that week one saves $10, week two saves $20, up to week 52 for $520. This strategy ends up with $13,780 by the end of the challenge – enough to buy a $393,000 home if you qualify for an FHA loan with a minimum payment 3.5% down.

Organizing Your Closets In Corcoran, California

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The closet is often a place for cramming, shoving, and tossing everything as fast as you can. But a closet has so much potential for so much storage. How can you take your new closet in Corcoran and change it into an organized place? How can you ensure that your closet works for you, making it easy to find what you’re looking for? Shelving, hanging rods, and boxes can all make your closet work better, but you need some careful planning strategies, too. Read on for more about the two most common types of closets, and how you should think about their storage capabilities. Bedroom Closets Bedroom closets usually house clothing, shoes, and sometimes purses, ties, shoes, and jewelry. If your closet is small (i.e.; not a walk-in closet), you may need to focus only on clothing. But we’re going to start with clothing anyway because every bedroom closet has clothes in it. Hang shirts on two rods, vertically, as shown in this photo from My Home Ideas. Dresses and pants can be hung in their own area because they will probably reach all the way to the floor. There might be space for shoes under these hanging items, but if there’s not, don’t fret. We’ll talk more about shoes in a minute. Purchase thin hangers to make the most of your hanging space. Use chain link hangers to really make the most of your space!

Start Planning Your Summer Central Valley Cookouts Now

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It is time to start thinking about summer! Granted, it almost always feels like summer in the Central Valley, but now summer is actually almost here. Do you have Memorial Day plans? What about 4th of July? Do you usually host a cookout, but want to kick it up a little this year? What about those spontaneous Saturday nights that you just want to have friends over in your backyard? Well, sometimes throwing a party seems a lot easier than it really is. Cooking, cleaning, and decorating can take a lot of time, leaving you too exhausted to enjoy your guests. That is why we have put together some food prepping tips as well as some simple decor tricks to help ease your hosting spirit:

San Joaquin Valley Homes To Build 144-Unit Neighborhood In Visalia

VISALIA, Calif. – May 20, 2016 – Local homebuilder San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) announced it has purchased 37 acres of raw land on Jensen Street between St. John’s Parkway and Houston Avenue in Visalia and plans to build 144 single-family homes. Grading will begin in June, and a grand opening at the new neighborhood, called Pine River Estates, is scheduled for October 2016. “This neighborhood will offer quality homes at an affordable price,” said SJV Homes’ Co-Founder Jim Robinson. “Prices will start in the low 200s with newly designed floor plans and elevations. Plus, its location near elementary, middle and high schools that are all located close together is ideal for families.”

Important Mortgage Information For First Time Home Buyers

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As a first time home buyer, you are probably excited to pick out your new house! You may have created a list of what you want your home to include. How many bedrooms, how many bathrooms, your ideal location and more are probably included on your list. With a first home, you will also be obtaining your first mortgage. Many first time home buyers don’t put as much thought into their first mortgage as they do their first home. However, this is a huge financial committment. Therefore, it should be considered seriously. Take the time to read the following important mortgage information for a first time home buyer. Get Pre-Approval It is worthwhile to get pre-approved before you start searching for your dream home. You will need to provide the following for the pre-approval process: Income Amount Information About Other Assets Proof of Employment Driver’s License Social Security Number During the pre-approval process, you will be alerted to any issues with your credit report and credit score. For example, an error may be found on your credit report. By identifying issues early in the home buying process, you will have time to address the problem before you purchase your house

Lessons From San Joaquin Valley Homes: How To Sell Your Old House

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Our San Joaquin Valley homes offer the space, floor plans and amenities that you want in your next property, so you’re excited to buy one as soon as you can. That’s something we’re eager to help you with. Unfortunately, you also have your current home to sell before you can make a purchase, which is not something we’re directly involved with. However, our professional real estate experience can offer you the following tips on selling your home as quickly — and for the highest price – as possible. Get a pro to help with the sale. Unless you have many years experience in the real estate market, you need to get a professional agent to help you out. Sure, you’ll save money by doing it yourself. But you’ll have to handle advertising, open houses, showing the property, dealing with visits, and negotiating the deal. And you won’t know enough to figure out if the offer you received is worth considering. Then there’s the paperwork. As professionals ourselves, we know how complex processing the sale can be. If you miss dotting an “i” or crossing a “t,” you could easily mess up the sale and be financially liable for something you knew nothing about.

Avoid Old House Problems With A New Home At San Joaquin Valley Homes

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As a first-time home buyer or someone looking for better property, you’re also considering older homes. Many have traditional charm, bigger yards, full-grown trees, and well-established neighborhoods. They may also save you money over newer San Joaquin Valley homes. That is, if you’re willing to deal with time and expense of common old house problems. No Insulation Go back 50 years or so and houses may not have any insulation. Most builders believed that four inches of dead air inside the cavities of the framing provided enough protection from heat or cold. Any discomfort could easily be mitigated by a good furnace or air-conditioner, powered by cheap and abundant energy. Think about the cost and effort of adding insulation to an older property. You won’t face that issue in our new developments because all their structures are weather-proofed to the latest residential standards.

Handford Sentinel: "Taking The Pulse Of Kings County"

LA County’s Department of Sanitation has changed the name of their Kings County compost facility just as it has finally become operational. Approved by the Kings County Board of Supervisors in 2004, it has taken 12 years to make this happen in what is a remote part of the old lake bed. No longer part of Westlake Farms, the $130 million facility is now called Tulare Lake Compost. ”We should have our first batch of finished compost to sell in a few weeks” says engineer Paul Prestia.

Visalia Times- Delta: "Construction Slow In Tulare, CA

Residential construction permits are off to a slow start in the county’s two largest cities this year. Visalia is reporting 102 permits issued for single residential home through March. Last year, Visalia issued 509. Multi-family permits are also slow in the early going of 2016. Until March, Visalia had issued just six permits for 12 units. During 2015, Visalia had 34 permits for 106 units. Tulare is not reporting much better numbers. Tulare planners to consider housing element So far, Tulare has issued 59 single-family resident permits and no multi-family residential permits. During 2015, Tulare issued 278 single-family residential permits and seven for commercial developments. There were no multi-family residential permits.

How To Use Your Walls When Decorating And Organizing Your New Home In Sedona At Palo Verde

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When decorating, people often think about wall colors and how to arrange keepsakes. But the walls of a home are so much more than just a place for paint. Every inch of your walls provide space to speak your style and bring refreshment, interest and excitement to everyone who enters. Here are some unique ways to use your walls to their full potential. First, look at lots of art. Go to galleries, to thrift stores, browse the internet for photos and art pieces that stand out to you. After some time, you will start to notice a pattern. Maybe it’s a color pattern, or a subject pattern. Maybe you like bright, warm colors, or maybe you like lighthouses and seashells. Whatever it is, choose something that stands out to you. Find a painting, a photo or a poster. Frame it and bring it home and put it in your living room. Don’t find just one, but several that have something in common. Or use the same frame to tie several different pieces together.

Sedona Celebrates The First To Open In Tulare's Palo Verde Master-Planned Community

buyers in the Sedona sales office at the Grand opening
San Joaquin Valley Homes celebrated the opening of Sedona at Palo Verde, their newest development in east Tulare on April 2. This was the official premier of their beautifully decorated model homes, featuring new plans. Currently the models are open daily for touring and a New Home Specialist is on site to provide information on the homes and neighborhood, as well as special offers and lender information. The Grand Opening at Sedona was a huge success, prompting San Joaquin Valley Homes to prepare to release more home sites soon. For those looking to move quickly there are homes currently under construction, providing buyers with the opportunity to move in early, but just a few are still available. “Sedona presents people living in, or moving to the San Joaquin Valley the perfect opportunity to secure a home early, at an attractive price, in what will become one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Tulare,” said Joe Leal, who co-founded San Joaquin Valley Homes three years ago with long-time development partners Jim Robinson and Randy Merrill.

Stools As Mini Coffee Table

f you happen to have a little vignette of furniture in a small area of your home, try these garden stools instead of a coffee table! The stools are the perfect size to compliment a small sofa and won’t be overcrowded like a coffee table. Plus you can move them around and closer to you while lounging for easy placement of your beverage. Let these stools be your mini version of a coffee table!

Tax Deductions When Buying A San Joaquin Valley Home

One of the reasons you feel one of our San Joaquin Valley homes is better for you financially than renting is the tax savings. The following are some of the important deductions that you get for buying a home. Mortgage interest is probably something you already know is a tax deduction. It forms a large part of your monthly payment during the early years and is deductible on up to a million-dollar loan. This deduction diminishes slowly over the years as more of your monthly payment starts consisting of principal rather than interest. Your lender sends you a Form 1098 in January to tell you how much of your payment consisted of deductible interest. Points are the fees that you might pay a lender so you can obtain your mortgage. They usually represent a percentage of the total loan.