The Milan plan great room and kitchen viewed from the entry

Five Ways to Know You’re Ready to Buy Your First Home

Buying first home
Transitioning from renting to buying may be one of the if not the biggest step of your life, so it’s important to be confident that you’re ready to march forward – it’s not only a financial decision, but also an emotional one. Here are five ways to know if the optimal time has finally arrived for this life-changing decision.

What To Do With Your Spare Room

What To Do With Your Spare Room
Have you found you have more bedrooms in your home than you have people? When you bought your home, you may have had a full house, but over time, your family – especially your kids – may come and go as they get older. Or maybe you purchased a home with an extra room with the thought of transforming it into something special. Here are some ideas for what to do with that extra real estate.

Easy Ways to Stage Your Home Without a Professional

staging home
If you’re moving from one home to another, ideally into a new San Joaquin Valley Homes community! – you may have to sell your current home. To do so quickly and to receive a great offer, staging may be key. Your realtor will most likely have a stager he/she works with, but you can also try it on your own – especially if there is a fee involved. Here are some areas of your home to pay close attention to.

What is Your Design Style?

Design style
When it comes to decorating your new home, you many know exactly how you want your rooms to look, but do you know what style you lean toward? Here is a list of some of the most popular themes and a description of each. Being able to put a name to what you like may make it easier to shop and plan around a particular interior design style.

Tips for Getting a Family Pet

Getting a pet
If you are feeling settled into your new home, you may think the only thing missing is a new family pet. If you believe your lifestyle and children are ready for this big step, here are some tips on how to get started on this exciting new venture.

San Joaquin Valley Homes and Presidio Residential Capital Acquire Land for New Home Community in Visalia, Calif.

Tiffany Ranch
Local Home Developer to Build Tiffany Ranch Offering 78 Single-Family Homes VISALIA, Calif. – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital recently closed on a parcel of land located on Hillsdale Avenue between Akers Avenue and Shirk Avenue in Visalia, Calif., with plans to build Tiffany Ranch, a new neighborhood of 78 single-family detached homes. Land development has already begun and model construction will start in August.

The Perks of Living in Porterville, California

Porterville - Sequoia National Park
Tucked into the San Joaquin Valley in Central California is the city of Porterville serving as the gateway to Sequoia National Park, home to our planet’s most massive trees, roughly only an hour away. For a weekend getaway, Porterville is under four hours to the Pacific Coast’s Avila Beach and only minutes away from the mountains. It has its own newspaper, The Porterville Recorder, and is home to more than 50,000 people.

Seven Simple Ways to Lower Utility Bills During the Summer

Utilities bills
Summer is here, it’s hot in our little valley and it is a typically expensive time of the year when it comes to utilities. You may also find your home is a little busier right now working from home and a decidedly lack of kids’ activities available. We’ve curated a few ways to keep your utility costs down during the next few months.

Get and Keep Your Closets Organized

Organize closets
Whether you’re dealing with small closets or massive walk-ins in your master suite, there are many ways to maximize the space available. These simple and inexpensive ways to organize your closet will make your life much easier.

A Very Special Father’s Day

Father's Day
Father’s Day is the one day of the year we dedicate to that very cool guy we call, or think of, as dad. A typical Father’s Day consists of a special meal, a fun activity and a visit if he lives elsewhere. This year you may want to handle this occasion a little differently, so we’ve come up with some ways to make dad feel just as special as ever!

Real Estate Definitions to Help With Your New Home Purchase

Real Estate Definitions
Purchasing a home for the first time can often be a confusing experience because there is so much to know and learn. You may be faced with financial and industry terms you’ve never heard before. Here is a little primer on some of the more-used vocab you will likely encounter during this exciting process.

How To Clean With Vinegar

Cleaning with vinegar
With today’s emphasis on cleaning and hygiene but a sometimes lack of supply in the stores right now, it’s time to get creative and take a more holistic approach to cleaning products. One of the main ingredients is vinegar. Here’s a list of what you can and can’t tackle with this mighty household staple.

Unique Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day This Year

Mother's Day
Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away, and this year, it may be different than any other you’ve celebrated. Instead of visiting mom or sending her off for a day of pampering, you may have to change how you and your family celebrate. A little creative thinking combined with some thoughtful touches will have mom feeling very loved.