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13 Spooky DIY Projects For Your Best Halloween Yet

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Halloween is a great time of year to explore your creative side and have fun. Whether you are crafting for your home, a party or involving the family in creative projects, there are so many options and opportunities. Halloween crafts are great for beginners, and when you DIY, you can have a great Halloween at a fraction of the price. These Halloween crafts are easy and inexpensive to make, but the results look dramatic: For your home: • Make a ghostly wreath. This wreath uses materials easily picked up at a craft store and many materials you probably already have at home. Make a wreath that will add flair to your front door and get guests and trick-or-treaters into the Halloween spirit, literally.

Sun-Gazette: "Local Developer To Build 51 Homes In Visalia"

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VISALIA – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital recently closed on 8.75 acres on Ferguson Avenue west of Highway 63 in Visalia and will build Catalina, a new neighborhood offering 51 single-family homes. Vertical construction will begin in January 2018, and a grand opening is scheduled for spring of 2018. The community is expected to be complete by July 2019. “Because we’re based in Visalia, we know how great it is to live here,” said Joe Leal, co-founder for Visalia-based SJV Homes. “Homes in this area are moving quickly, and prices are rising. We’re pleased to be able to offer quality houses in a great location with Catalina.”

15 Days To Organize Your Home In Less Than One Hour By November 1 (Part II)

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If you’ve read our last blog on how to prepare for the holidays by November 1st in less than an hour a day, welcome back! We’ve got yet another list for you to follow so you and your friends and loved ones can celebrate the upcoming seasons in comfort and confidence. So read on: (Continued from Part I) Oct. 17: Allow easy access to your pet supplies. Houselogic recommends you arrange all your puppy stuff in one area. Install hooks near the door to hang leashes, and place shelves or cubbies to hold bowls, toys and pet food. Oct 18: Organize your magazines. Dust off any stray magazines lying around and arrange them neatly on coffee tables and other suitable counter tops. Oct 19: Attack the mail pile. Sort through the mail or any paper piles lying around. Get rid of junk mail, recycle envelopes and shred any personal information.

Builder Magazine: "SJV Homes And Presidio Residential Capital Close On 8.75-Acre Visalia, California Site"

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San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital have closed on a 8.75-acre community site in Visalia, California, on which they plan to build 51 single-family homes. The upcoming Catalina community will offer 5,000 square foot home lots and close access to major employers and public transit options, as well as recreation at Sequoia National Forest, Riverway Sports Park and Lake Kaweah. “Because we’re based in Visalia, we know how great it is to live here,” says Joe Leal, co-founder for Visalia-based SJV Homes. “Homes in this area are moving quickly, and prices are rising. We’re pleased to be able to offer quality houses in a great location with Catalina.” According to the National Association of Home Builders’ local impact formula, 51 new single-family homes will generate $14.6 million in local income, $1.8 million in taxes and other revenue, and 201 local jobs. The community will begin construction in January 2018, and celebrate its grand opening in spring 2018. It is expected to be complete by July 2019.

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.”

YAHOO! Finance: "San Joaquin Valley Homes Begins Model Construction On 115 Single-Family Residences Hanford, CA"

“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.

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