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Home Security: Do-It-Yourself or Professional Services?

Oct15-2018
Protecting your home, and the loved ones and cherished belongings within it is one of the highest priorities of home ownership. As recent as a few years ago, the term “home security” meant calling a company to come out and install an alarm system that would alert emergency services — and you — in the event of a break-in or a fire. However, that term has taken on a whole new meaning these days. Here is the run down of what home security means and the systems and services that are available for you. Professional services You can still get a home monitoring system from the big-names in professional security. According to a report from Gear Brain, the companies generally charge a fee for equipment and installation ranging between $99 to $199. Often, however, these fees are reduced or waived for special promotions. They provide in-home consultations in order to identify vulnerable points in your home, and locate an area of the home with a strong cellular signal in order to place a wall-mounted or counter-top controller.

The Business Journal: "134-Home Community In Tulare Set To Break Ground

San Joaquin Valley Homes and Presidio Residential Capital are expected to break ground later this month on a new 134-home community in Tulare. Plans are for the Kensington development to offer detached single-family houses from 1,297-1,597 square feet, with each of the three plans priced from the low $200,000 range, states a press release from the developers. The estimated cost of the project is expected to exceed $33 million.

San Joaquin Valley Homes And Presidio Residential Capital To Build New Neighborhood Offering 134 Single-Family Homes In Tulare, CA

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TULARE, Calif. – October 10, 2018 – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital is scheduled to break ground this month at Kensington — a new residential community offering 134 detached single-family houses priced from the low $200,000s. The neighborhood is expected to be open for sale by Spring of 2019. The retail value of this project is estimated to exceed $33 million.

The Sun-Gazette: "Local Home Builder Expands To Fresno County"

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San Joaquin Valley Homes to build 150-home community, Summerlyn, in Kingsburg @TheSunGazette KINGSBURG – A Visalia-based homebuilder has expanded its portfolio to include Fresno County. San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital recently acquired 53 acres in Kingsburg, Calif., and plans to build Summerlyn, a new community offering 150 single-family detached homes. Construction is set to begin next month and a grand opening is tentatively scheduled for February of 2019.

Top 10 Things To Do When Moving Into Your San Joaquin Valley Home

Oct1-2018
Congratulations on your new San Joaquin Valley home! While we do everything we can to make home-buying as easy a process as possible, you still have to move in. And that’s something you and your family need to do on your own. To make that go easier, here are the top 10 things to do. 1. Inspect the home. We know you’ve already gone on a walk-thru with one of our staff. And we do our best to make sure that the space you move into is spic and span. But it won’t hurt to go on a private inspection just before you move in. Make sure that we’ve adequately addressed any issues you initially pointed out. Look for any last-minute concerns that need to take care of, such as a spot of dirt here or a non-working smoke detector there. If you uncover any problems that you can’t address quickly, let the management office know.

San Joaquin Valley Homes And Presidio Residential Capital Acquire 53 Acres Of Land For New Home Community In Kingsburg, CA

Nov12-2018
Local Home Developer to Build Summerlyn, Offering 150 Single-Family Homes KINGSBURG, Calif. – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital recently acquired 53 acres in Kingsburg, Calif., and plans to build Summerlyn, a new community offering 150 single-family detached homes. Construction is set to begin next month and a grand opening is tentatively scheduled for February of 2019. “We are excited to announce this community with homes that will appeal to all homebuyers in a market where inventory is historically low,” said Danny Garcia, vice president of sales for Visalia-based SJV Homes. “Summerlyn is located in a beautiful rural setting, but it’s also convenient for Fresno commuters.”

There Are Both Benefits And Drawbacks Of Buying A House With A Friend

Sep17-2018
According to the 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, from the National Association of Realtors, nearly 400,000 couples who bought homes during that year did so outside of a traditional marriage. But is it a good idea to buy a house with a friend? It can be. Here is a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of such a situation. Benefits As stated in a report from Money Crashers, many of the benefits of buying a house with a friend are financial ones. It may be easier to qualify for a home loan, as lenders will consider the combined income, and will take an average of your credit score. It will also be easier to come up with a good down payment if you’re both contributing. The longer you and your friend make mortgage payments together, Money Crashers adds, the more equity you build up, meaning that when it comes time to part ways, you can split that equity and both have money to put towards a down payment on your next home.

The Sun-Gazette: "Visalia Home Builder Expands To Porterville"

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@TheSunGazette PORTERVILLE – A Visalia-based home builder is now building homes in Porterville. San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital recently closed on 15 acres of farm land on Henderson Avenue in Porterville and plans to build Cambria, a new neighborhood with 80 single-family detached garden homes and its first in Porterville. The partners plan to break ground this month ­and will begin model construction in January 2019. The retail value of this project will exceed $18 million. “The housing market in Tulare County continues to sizzle, and we know that’s because this is such a great place to live,” said Danny Garcia, vice president of sales at SJV Homes. “We’re thrilled to be able to get 80 local families into quality houses in a great location.”

Builder: "SJV Homes Plans 80 Homes In Porterville, CA

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San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital recently closed on 15 acres of farm land on Henderson Avenue in Porterville, California and plans to build Cambria, a new neighborhood with 80 single-family detached garden homes. The partners plan to break ground this month and will begin model construction in January 2019. The retail value of this project will exceed $18 million. Pricing was not disclosed.

San Joaquin Valley Homes And Predisio Residential Capital Acquire 15 Acres For New Home Community In Porterville, CA

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PORTERVILLE, Calif. – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital recently closed on 15 acres of farm land on Henderson Avenue in Porterville and plans to build Cambria, a new neighborhood with 80 single-family detached garden homes. The partners plan to break ground this month – and will begin model construction in January 2019. The retail value of this project will exceed $18 million. “The housing market in Tulare County continues to sizzle, and we know that’s because this is such a great place to live,” said Danny Garcia, vice president of sales at SJV Homes. “We’re thrilled to be able to get 80 local families into quality houses in a great location.”

How To Prepare Your New Home For The Family Pets

Sep3-2018
If you have just bought a brand new home or are thinking about doing so, there is one concern that every homeowner needs to think long and hard about: Pet ownership. For those of you who already have a pet or have had a pet in the past, you probably already know about more than a few of the common concerns. Accidents and claw marks on the nice floors, fur in the carpets, and dander in the air ducts are all serious considerations, especially when you’re planning on protecting the value of a new home. Fortunately, homes were built to last and with only a few preventative and maintenance steps, you can ensure that you, your family, and your animal companions can all live comfortably together in the new place. All you need is a little forward thinking. 1) Choose a Safe Place for Food Bowls For well-trained pets that already know how to behave in a home, the messiest part of pet ownership is often the area where you place the food and water bowls. Without hands, dogs and cats’ can’t pick up their food one bite at a time or sip their water. Food bits and droplets almost always hit the floor, sometimes together creating moist disintegrating food puddles. We can all agree you don’t want this to happen on carpet or wood floors. Choose a tiled or linoleum area for the food and water bowls, preferably in an out of the way place in the kitchen where messes are easy to clean up.

Five Fun Ways To Spend The First Night In a New House With Your Kids

Aug20-2018
If you, like many parent homeowners, have just bought a new house to raise your kids in, no one is more excited than the children themselves. Moving to a new place is always a big experience for children, especially if they’re old enough to understand home ownership and the implications: No more landlords, and the freedom to modify the house however you want. Even if you managed to hold together things like bedtime, teeth brushing, and good behavior throughout the move, that first night surrounded by boxes in a brand new house is often more excitement than most kids can handle. Most likely, they’re bouncing off the walls, eager to unpack boxes, explore the house, and in general chattering up a storm. Let’s face it, tonight isn’t going to be a normal routine night for any of you, so you might as well make it special. Your first night is a new house is something to be celebrated and your kids will feel that energy of potential, promise, and a little bit of strangeness. To help them and yourself settle into the new home, we have five fun suggestions for how to spend that first night with your boxes, children, and brand new house

What's Hot In Outdoor Living: Five Current Trends

Aug6-2018
Deciding what to do with your outdoor space is a crucial part of maximizing the potential of your home – particularly if you don’t actually have a lot of it. With the standard lawn being only one of many ways to go about setting up your outdoor area, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out how to shape your space in a way you’re not regretting later. As homeowners look to balance aesthetic appeal with functionality and maintenance requirements, a little research into the wide range of options can have you on your way to enjoying your outdoor space no matter the size. Here’s a look at five of the hottest trends in outdoor living.

San Joaquin Valley Homes And Presidio Residential Capital Open Sales At Brighton, A 30-Acre Community in Tulare, CA

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TULARE, Calif. – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital recently held a grand opening celebration at Brighton, a $34 million, 30.7-acre community offering 114 detached single-family homes in northeast Tulare. Five homes have already been sold and two homes are currently under reservation. The average price of these homes will be in the low $300,000’s. “Brighton is a highly anticipated neighborhood as we had an interest list of 170 people before we even started sales,” said Danny Garcia, vice president of sales at SJV Homes. “Our grand opening celebration was a true success and we expect these units to sell quickly.”

San Joaquin Valley Homes Enters Bakersfield Market With $65 Million Community

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – July 30, 2015 – San Joaquin Valley Homes has broken ground on Tuscany, three communities totaling 212 single-family homes on 66.5 acres in northwest Bakersfield, Calif., with a combined value of approximately $65 million. Homes are being built by SJV Homes on 53 lots in the community. This will be the seventh project that SJV Homes has developed in a joint venture with Presidio Residential Capital, a San Diego-based real estate investment company, which acquired 116 lots at Tuscany last year in collaboration with Cornerstone Communities. Land development on the first phase of the project began this summer and model homes will be opening in October with homes starting in the $300,000’s.

Four Ways To Know You're Ready to Buy a Home

July23-2018
Buying your first home is an enormous investment of time, money and emotional significance. Where you settle down and the specific property you select will shape your life for the next thirty years, and the terms of your mortgage payments will shape your finances for just as long. Many people assume home buying happens almost automatically in the natural course of finding a mate and settling down to have children, but it’s really a much more personal decision than that and doesn’t require a new family dynamic to trigger. The right time to buy a home is when it’s right for you.

Working From Home: Staying Productive While Balancing Life And Work

Jul9-2018
Telecommuting from home grants convenience for the worker while offering money savings for the company. In fact, the number of people telecommuting in the U.S. increased a whopping 115 percent in the last 10 years, according to WorkFlexibility.org If you’re interested in joining this trend, here are a few tips for remaining productive while still balancing your life and work. Make a space To maintain work-life balance, you want to divide your office tasks from personal activities. Doing that effectively requires creating a separate space that you use exclusively for telecommuting, preferably one you can close off. If it’s the corner of a room, define it with a free-standing divider. A walk-in closet or entire room is ideal but only if you don’t mix family stuff in the same space.

San Joaquin Valley Homes Announces All Homes At Mountain View Have Been Sold

HANFORD, Calif. – Less than a year after the sales opening, San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) announced that all 32 single-family homes at Mountain View, an infill community at the northwest corner of 11th and Houston in Hanford, Calif., have been sold. “We expected the neighborhood to sell fast, and it did,” said Danny Garcia, vice president of sales at SJV Homes. “This community offers a opportunity to enjoy living in a beautiful rural area with affordability and the proximity to the amenities and conveniences the town offers.”

Staging Your Current Home For Sale

Jun25-2018
We know who you are. You like to look at our model homes because it’s a fun thing to do, you get decorating inspiration, and lets you dream about owning a new home. We’re okay with lookie-loos and, in fact, encourage you to keep coming back. Because if you like what you see, you may just end up buying one of our properties. But do yourself a favor when you visit. Check out how we stage our homes, so they look like something you want to buy. You’ll learn a few things about setting up your own property when it’s time to sell. Fix what’s visible. Everything in our models is clean and in brand new condition. Buyers remain confident that they’re buying a well-made home that won’t require additional spending for repairs and improvements. If you want your potential buyers to have the same reaction to your property, clean everything and repair as much as possible. House hunters will notice the closet door that always sticks, the burned-out light bulb, or the torn screen. If you don’t fix these issues, your buyers will overestimate the cost of repairs and deduct that amount from their initial offering. They’ll also assume that the invisible parts of your home are in equally bad condition and lower their offering price even more.