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Spring Home Maintenance Tips

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As a new homeowner, you don’t need to worry about major issues such as a failing roof. Yet, this doesn’t mean you can sit idle for the next 20 years. It is important to take steps to keep your home in good condition. Spring is a fantastic time to thoroughly inspect your home for any issues and make repairs while they are minor. Consider implementing the following spring preparation tasks to keep your home in new condition. Outdoor Inspection While it is unlikely your new home will have any major roofing or siding issues, it is good to get in the habit of taking a close look at the exterior each spring. This will help you become acquainted with the current condition of your home so you notice when something is not right and needs repair. Certain outdoor items, like the gutters, need to be cleaned out in the spring every year. Consider conducting the following inspection and maintenance tasks this spring.

California's Central Valley Boasts The Strongest Housing Market In Eight Years

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Most people have two main reasons for buying a home. The primary one is to find suitable living space for themselves and their families. No less important is the secondary purpose: to put money into an asset that grows in value so when it is sold, the owner can reap financial rewards. Housing Market San Joaquin Valley Homes is a company that fulfills the first reason by providing well-built houses in good neighborhoods that contain the features that homeowners demand. The factors behind the second purpose remain outside our control but we can turn to third-party analysts to determine if those factors remain viable. Metrostudy is an organization that provides “primary and secondary market information to the housing and residential construction industry.” It forms a reliable source of data for what’s happening in particular areas throughout the country. It considers the Central Valley housing market to be the strongest in eight years as of the fourth quarter of 2015. Building for 2015 was up 27 percent over the previous years.

Spring Cleaning Advice For Your New Tulare, California Home

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Spring is nearly here. Birds are chirping outside your new Tulare home. Trees and flowers are budding. The transformation from winter to spring happens quickly. It’s a season that we always wish lasted longer. It is marked by mild weather, perfect breezes and picnics in lush parks, the beginning of beach vacations and longer days. Who couldn’t use more of these things? There is one more thing about spring: cleaning. We are not writing this to pop your happy bubble. We are here to give you a plan and to help you through the annual ritual – and necessity – of spring cleaning. First, if you are the type of person who just wants to get it all done as quickly as possible, more power to you. Block out a weekend, enlist the help of your family, open the windows and get to work. Use this Thorough Spring Cleaning Checklist from Imperfect Homemaking, where you’ll find ideas to help with tasks like organizing your pantry and fridge and cleaning your microwave, lamps and lampshades.

San Joaquin Valley Homes Opens Sedona, 53 Single-Family Homes In A Well- Located Master Plan Community In Tulare

TULARE, Calif. – March 4, 2016 – Local homebuilder San Joaquin Valley Homes is ready to start selling the first of 53 single-family homes at Sedona at Palo Verde, which is located within a master-planned community of 350 homes. Prices will be released mid-March to homebuyers on the interest list, who will be the first to have the opportunity to select and reserve a lot. To join the interest list for Sedona, click here or call 559-687-8333. Sedona features popular designs such as Craftsman, Mediterranean and Tuscan on spacious lots of up to 9,400 square feet. The first release will offer all five floor plans ranging from 1,574 to 2,314 square feet, giving homebuyers a wide range of choices to fit their lifestyles. Prices will start in the low $200,000s.

Bloomberg: "San Joaquin Valley Homes Opens Sedona, 53 Single-Family Homes In A Well-Located Master Plan Community In Tulalre, CA

Sedona, 53 Single-Family Homes in a Well-Located Master Plan Community in Tulare, Calif.” Local homebuilder San Joaquin Valley Homes is ready to start selling the first of 53 single-family homes at Sedona at Palo Verde, which is located within a master-planned community of 350 homes. Prices will be released mid-March to homebuyers on the interest list, who will be the first to have the opportunity to select and reserve a lot. To join the interest list for Sedona, click here or call 559-687-8333.

All 71 Homes Sold At Catalina, A New Neighborhood In Tulare

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TULARE, Calif. – February 26, 2016– Local homebuilder San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) announced it has sold all 71 homes at Catalina, a residential community at Mooney and Kern streets in Tulare, Calif. Sales began at Catalina in March 2014 and the last home was sold in December 2015, which reflects a brisk average closing rate of about 3.5 homes per month.

Housewarming Party Ideas For Your New Central Valley Home

The journey to a new home is full of excitement. You thought about the details. You watched as the foundation was laid, as the walls went up, as the doors and windows were installed. Now, you are the owner of a new home. Your home is an extension of you. It is where you spend the best hours of your day. It is home to the people you love most. It was once one of many homes for sale in the Central Valley. Now it’s yours. And it begs for a housewarming party because your new home is not just a thing to show. It is a huge part of your life. So, get unpacked and get the invitations ready.

Avoiding Clutter In Your New Home

When you purchase a new home you have a vision for how it will look after you have moved in. Does that vision include clutter? Probably not. However, many homes become cluttered with time. Consider the following tips to avoid clutter in your new home. Take Time Unpacking It’s so exciting moving into a new house. You may feel the need to rush to get everything put away. Living in the chaos of unpacked boxes is unpleasant. However, it is worthwhile to take your time unpacking. Really think through where everything should go. Get rid of items you don’t think you will be using again. Taking the time now to find convenient locations for your stuff will make it more likely you will put them away when you are done using them. For example, if you use your iron weekly you will want it in an easily accessible place. This will make it less tempting to just leave it out between uses. Also, in some cases items get left out because they don’t have a home. Make sure you take the time to find a home for everything

Inventory Of What You Have In Your San Joaquin Valley Home

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An inventory of what you own is necessary for insurance. If anything is lost during a fire or stolen by a burglar, you have documentation of your ownership and replace it. There’s no better time to create this inventory than now. You could develop your list the old-fashioned way: by writing down what you own, which is time consuming. Or you could use modern technology, such as a smart phone or video camera, to create a visual record relatively quickly. To do that, check out the following tips from professional photographer Jeff Wignall. Start on the outside. You’d correctly assume that most of your stuff is inside your San Joaquin Valley home. But what about the new bike you park on the porch, the barbecue grill next to the patio set, or the children’s play set in the backyard. If you confine your recording to the interior, you could easily miss these possessions. To ensure that you get everything, start your inventory from the outside with some wide shots of the home, so you know what you have in general and how they relate to your home. Then focus on some close-ups for more detail.

For Valentine's Day, Find Romance In Your San Joaquin Valley Home

We all know the drill for Valentine’s Day. You both get dressed up, make reservations at a fancy restaurant, have a nice dinner, and go see a movie or take a walk at the park. It’s date night, only more expensive and with bigger crowds. And unless you book far enough in advance, you won’t be able to get into your favorite restaurant. Why not do something different this year by spending Valentine’s Day in your San Joaquin Valley home? You won’t find a more intimate venue. And your encounter becomes all the more memorable because of its originality. Here are a few suggestions, some of which can be combined.

2015: A Banner Year For San Joaquin Valley Homes

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VISALIA, Calif. – January 25, 2016 – Local homebuilder San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) had a successful year in 2015 with 268 homes sold. SJV Homes constructed and closed 237 homes in 2015 —a 67 percent increase over the 142 homes it closed in 2014. The company also closed out one subdivision and added two more. “Our second full year as a production homebuilder has been a very successful and satisfying year,” said Joe Leal, co-founder for Visalia-based San Joaquin Valley Homes. “And we continue to grow, we are adding a new neighborhood, Sedona, at the Palo Verde master plan in East Tulare and hope to have a grand opening in March. We will work around the El Nino spring rains to schedule that because we, like everyone else, desperately want rain for our region.”

STREETINSIDER>COM: " 2015: A Banner Year For San Joaquin Valley Homes"

Local homebuilder San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) had a successful year in 2015 with 268 homes sold. SJV Homes constructed and closed 237 homes in 2015 — a 67 percent increase over the 142 homes it closed in 2014. The company also closed out one subdivision and added two more. “Our second full year as a production homebuilder has been a very successful and satisfying year,” said Joe Leal, co-founder for Visalia-based San Joaquin Valley Homes. “And we continue to grow, we are adding a new neighborhood, Sedona, at the Palo Verde master plan in East Tulare and hope to have a grand opening in March. We will work around the El Nino spring rains to schedule that because we, like everyone else, desperately want rain for our region.” SJV Homes closed out Catalina in December 2015, its first subdivision in Tulare County with 71 units.

YAHOO! Finance: "2015: A Banner Year For San Joaquin Valley Homes"

Local homebuilder San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) had a successful year in 2015 with 268 homes sold. SJV Homes constructed and closed 237 homes in 2015 — a 67 percent increase over the 142 homes it closed in 2014. The company also closed out one subdivision and added two more. “Our second full year as a production homebuilder has been a very successful and satisfying year,” said Joe Leal, co-founder for Visalia-based San Joaquin Valley Homes. “And we continue to grow, we are adding a new neighborhood, Sedona, at the Palo Verde master plan in East Tulare and hope to have a grand opening in March. We will work around the El Nino spring rains to schedule that because we, like everyone else, desperately want rain for our region.”

13 Effective Ways To Organize Your New San Joaquin Valley Home

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Anyone who has ever moved an entire household knows that organization is the key to a smooth move. Organizing is often easier said than done, especially if you lived in your last home for a long period of time. Going through everything before you move is the best strategy to organizing your new home. But even if you have already moved and are sitting amidst a sea of boxes trying not to feel overwhelmed, or if you are throwing your arms up in frustration because you have already unpacked, there is hope.

Water From The Sky On San Joaquin Valley Homes

What are those strange drops falling from the sky? Some new agricultural technique or unheard of environmental phenomenon? Don’t panic. It’s just rain: unfamiliar enough in these parts to cause wonder at their appearance and, ultimately, gratitude. We now have water filling our aquifers, watering our farms, and greening our backyards. It’s time to switch prepping around the house from unending dryness to moisture, thanks to the effects of El Niño. Helping you to do just that are the following tips, mostly from the Los Angeles Times. Clear the exterior gutters and drains. There was no need to worry about the leaves, branches, and other debris falling on your gutters or piling up around your storm drains since neither were ever in use. But this debris can prevent water from effectively draining from your property, which can cause flooding and water damage. Clear these accumulations and while you’re at it, inspect your gutters for any leaks and ensure they are pressed tightly against the roof line. Make repairs immediately to prevent any holes from getting bigger.

San Joaquin Valley Homebuilders Reveal A Bright Future For Tulare County

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It’s fairly easy to find out how Tulare County is doing with a drive around the area. The bustle in the shops of Visalia and Tulare, the condition of roads and other public construction, and even the types of homes and prices at our developments reveal something about the area economy. But if you’re going to move your family and yourself to this part of California, you need assurances beyond your agent’s optimism that the future looks bright. For objective information, you can turn to the California County-Level Economic Forecast put out by the Economic Analysis Branch of the California Department of Transportation. The report predicts how the state will be doing from 2013 to 2040, with much of the focus from 2013 to 2018. Here are the highlights for Tulare County.

Prepping For The New Year In Central Valley Homes

The New Year is a great time to take stock of where you are with your Central Valley home and where you want to take it, whether you’ve just moved in or have been living there awhile. You can take care of stuff that you may not have time for during the rest of the year. Here are a few things that you may want to do this month before the rest of the year catches up with you. Get rid of Christmas. As much as you may enjoy the holiday season, its decor has to come down now. Carefully put away the tinsel, wreaths, and garlands for use next year. Wrap your Christmas lights around a long and stiff piece of cardboard, so they don’t tangle when you need them. If you have any decorations that are questionable, such as an animated figure that is on its last legs, get rid of them now so they doesn’t occupy valuable storage space. You can always buy replacements come December.

Millennials Beware: Rookie Home Buying Mistakes You Should Avoid

If you are looking to buy a home for the first time, these tips will apply to you at any age. But, according to the National Association of Realtors, the millennial generation represents the largest share of those in the market to buy a home. Even if you’ve been through the real estate drill before, it doesn’t hurt to review rookie home buying mistakes that you and everyone should avoid. Mistake #1: Incorrectly estimating what you can afford All too often, and not just with younger people, many buyers forget to include mortgage principal and interest, homeowners insurance, real estate taxes, and homeowner association fees (if applicable) when calculating their monthly payments. As a general rule, the total should not exceed 28% of your gross (pre-tax) income.

Your Children And Your New San Joaquin Valley Home

You could gush on for hours on what you like about the San Joaquin Valley home that you intend to buy. The open floor plan, the stainless-steel appliances and how the community center gives you the benefits of a pool without any of the upkeep. So why are your kids not as excited? Not only do they whine and moan about the new digs but they’re openly hostile about your planned move. Put yourselves in their little shoes for a second. Your parents just told you that we are moving to a new house in a few days. You don’t know why since you’re perfectly fine with the only house you’ve ever known. You suddenly have to leave all your friends and your school to deal with something that is unknown and scary. It’s no wonder that you don’t want to go.