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Avoid Making These Three First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

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Buying a home you can call your own can be one of the most unique and exciting life experiences you can ever go through. On the other hand, it can also be one of the most stressful and frustrating life experiences as well. We want to help you stay ahead of the game. We have put together a list we hope can help you avoid making some of the mistakes many first-time buyers have made in the past: Mistake 1: Not Doing Enough Research It is important to make sure you have covered yourself with enough information and facts. When you are covered in facts, you will discover the process will be easier. This is especially true when it comes to participating in negotiations. You do not have to be afraid of negotiating, and when you have the right tools and information, you will be ready to aim and fire...

Central Valley Business Times: "$30 Million, 115-Home Development Set For Tulare"

• Entry-level community expected to open for sale in Spring 2018 • Latest development by San Joaquin Valley Homes and Presidio Residential Capital A new residential community called “Brighton” with 115 detached single-family homes more than 72 acres in Tulare is to be built by San Joaquin Valley Homes and Presidio Residential Capital. Construction on model homes is scheduled to begin in January 2018, and the neighborhood is expected to be open for sale next spring. The retail value of the project is estimated by the developers to exceed $30 million

Tap Into Your Budget Decorator: Shop Your Home For A New Look

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The word “redecorating” holds mixed emotions. Sure, it’s exciting to give your home a fresh new look. But the question of cost quickly enters. How much will it cost to buy new furniture, new paint, new knickknacks? We are here to give you good news! Redecorating your house does not have to empty your savings. In fact, we believe that to get a new feel for your home, you don’t even have to look at your wallet. “How?” you ask. Shop your home for a new look! “But what does that mean?”

San Joaquin Valley Homes Closes 323 Residences And Opens Three New Communities In 2017

VISALIA, Calif. – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) had another successful year in 2017, selling 349 homes and opening three new communities. The locally based homebuilder, which celebrated its fourth year in business last July, recently achieved the milestone of closing on its 1,000th home. SJV Homes was the second busiest homebuilder in the entire Valley last year, with more building permits pulled than its competitors except Lennar. Most of these homes were constructed in Tulare County, where SJV Homes has long been the dominant builder. In 2017, the company also topped the list in King County with permits issued for 70 new single-family homes, according to data provided by the Construction Monitor, which tracks public building records nationwide.

San Joaquin Valley Homes Closes On 1,000Th Home

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Nora Garcia, Celedonio Jimenez and their four children bought the 1,000th home, which was also the last to close in 2017. SJVH, a Visalia-based homebuilder, presented the family with a $1,000 check, a gas barbecue, a $200 Lowe's gift card, a $200 Quality Meat gift certificate and a backyard fire pit donated by Lowes.

Preparing Your Credit Score For Mortgage Approval For A New Home In The San Joaquin Valley

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Every year, millions of people across the country look for a new home. Some move to the city for work, others move out to the suburbs to raise families. While many people are happy to rent for years as they adventure to see the world one rental property at a time. But eventually you’ll be ready to settle down, build a career in a single location and possibly raise a family. Unfortunately, if your youth was wild or off-the-grid, or if past financial hardship still haunts your credit score, it can be hard to get a fair mortgage for a home you love. For those of you looking to find a new home in central California or anywhere else in the U.S., you can use the time spent saving up your down payment to build your credit, and we have a few tips to help you build momentum.

How To Arrange Your Living Room Furniture

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Selecting furniture makes your house uniquely yours. The colors and styles express your personality, and it is usually easy for you to recognize “your” furniture. You will say or think, “That’s IT!’ If you love it and it is within your budget and will hold up under your family’s use, you should buy it. Whether you are buying a few new pieces or a room full of new furniture, think about your family, not “design.” But now that you own it – or just moved it – where should you put it? Moving furniture around until it “looks right” can take days and create family friction. Here are a few suggestions to make furniture placement easier on your family. In the living room, focus on your family’s comfort and on the comfort of your guests

10 No-Nonsense New Year's Resolutions For Your Home

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The chaos of the holiday is over, and you’re ready for a fresh start and a return to your routine. Maybe you’ve already made a great New Year’s resolution: to lose weight, to stop smoking or be healthier. The question is, what about your home – the place where you’ll spend more time than any other this year? These ten no-nonsense resolutions will help you improve your home and lifestyle for 2018.

13 Clever Ways To Use Leftover Wrapping Paper

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It’s the morning after Christmas with the family happily enjoying their gifts in the den… and oodles of leftover shimmery, shiny wrapping paper. You thought filigreed wrapping paper from a posh boutique for your mother-in-law was an extempore, noble gift, but now you have a whole roll left! So, what to do? We know many creatives out there will have their guests unwrap gifts slowly and carefully not ruin the wrapping paper! Why save wrapping paper? Well, there are many uses for wrapping paper; here are our thirteen top suggestions. 13. One use for leftover wrapping paper is saving it for the next season. Many people end up developing a collection of glittery rolls after many Christmases. You can find wrapping paper storage containers as specialty stores, or even on Walmart’s website here.

Eight Ways To Keep Restless Kids Happy During A Family Holiday Event

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The holidays are a wonderful time for the family to get together and enjoy each other’s company. But if you don’t make some plans for the smallest members of the family, their shenanigans at the kid’s table could get out of hand. Here are eight ways to keep restless kids happy during all your big and festive family holiday get-togethers.

Gifts That Give Back

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It’s already mid-December and looking to find the “perfect gift” for everyone on your list while balancing holiday parties, decorating and the usual work, home and family responsibilities may be taking its toll on your merry disposition. So we’ve assembled a list of ideas that may help ease your holiday shopping stress while helping others at the same time: See What Your Friends are Selling. Many people have their own side businesses in network marketing or on Etsy, for example. Before you hit the big stores, try shopping with and from your friends. You might find beautiful crafts and artwork, cookware, baby products, candles, food gifts and more. Your purchase will give your friends more income during the holiday season, and you will find unique gifts for the special people in your life.

10 Common Home Myths Busted

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In a time where home maintenance shows are on TV around the clock and homeowners can share the latest household tips on social media with the click of a button, there is no shortage of home maintenance advice. These tips have been shared so many times most people take them at face value and don’t question their validity. So it may be surprising to learn many commonly known tips are in fact wrong and could cause more harm than good. Here are 10 common myths and what you can do instead.

Five Ways To Create Lasting Holiday Memories In Your New Home

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If you are like many people you know, you do not have too much time at the end of the day for extra activities. However, the holidays are approaching, and you want to do something special for your family. You want to turn your new house into a home for the holidays. There are no limits to what you can do to create a Christmas atmosphere at your home, and one of the best things about decorating for Christmas is that you do not have to break the bank to do this.

Getting to Know Your New Neighbors In The Central Valley

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We know relocating your entire family to a new area can take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. You may feel nervous, excited, anxious and a variety of other emotions. So many questions will swirl around in your head, including the following: • Will my neighbors be nice and friendly? • Where can I do my grocery shopping? • When is trash pickup day? • Will my children make friends easily? If you are moving to a community where you do not know anyone, we understand the uneasy feeling you may have during the first week you are in your new neighborhood. When you move to a new neighborhood, you are going to meet different people from different backgrounds. You will eventually form lasting friendships with many of these people, and they will become part of your family. It will be great to have a friendly face across the street or next door.

10 Tips To A Stress-Free Thanksgiving

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Are you looking forward to a Thanksgiving with friends and family gathered near, a beautiful table setting fit to make Martha Stewart green with envy, and a gorgeous buffet of culinary delights? Fear your dreams will come crashing down around your ears in a flurry of grocery shopping, under-cooked potatoes, over-cooked turkey, mismatched table linens and demanding house guests? Keep the faith: with just a little planning and surprisingly little effort, this Thanksgiving can be the happy, peaceful holiday you have always dreamed of! Planning Don’t wait until the Halloween candy is gone before you start planning. There are things you can do one month before the big day to help your holiday come together. 1) Plan your guest list and get your invitations out. Invitations can be as formal or as casual as you like, from printed invites to a group text. For a stress-free invite, create an event on Facebook: you can invite all of your guests, receive RSVPs and communicate pertinent details all in one place.

Central Valley Business Times: "New Home Development Planned For Hanford"

• San Joaquin Valley Homes and Presidio Residential Capital to build 142 homes • Positioned as a “move-up” development San Joaquin Valley Homes and Presidio Residential Capital plan to build a new community called Bella Vista – a 142-home neighborhood located on 41 acres in Northern Hanford, the companies say. The retail value of this project is approximately $35 million. “Hanford is experiencing a historically low inventory of existing homes on the market, and demand for new houses is strong,” says Danny Garcia, vice president of sales at SJV Homes. “The wide range of floor plans will appeal to everyone from move-up buyers and growing families to people who are looking to downsize. We expect these homes to sell quickly once they go on the market.”

12 Hacks To Make Moving Day A Snap

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When the average household moves, that includes relocating around 7,400 pounds or nearly four tons of stuff – around 100 boxes for an eight-room home. Packing, moving and getting settled into a new home can be daunting for anyone. It’s an exhausting process no matter how you slice it. These pro tips, however, can make the moving process go more smoothly. 1. Label everything. Ideally, boxes and furniture should be labeled with the room where you want it. This makes it possible for anyone who’s helping to determine where a box or furniture item needs to go and may help prevent you from having to rearrange everything as soon as the movers are finally out the door.

How to Get Your Neighbors Dog To Stop Barking Incessantly

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There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to settle down for the evening, only to hear the familiar sound of barking from outside your window. Worse is when you’re outside in your yard, minding your own business, and your neighbor’s dog simply won’t stop barking at you and your guests. It’s disconcerting–and can even be frightening, depending on the size of the dog and your personal comfort levels. If you’re ready to help that pooch stop its distracting barking once and for all, try some of these strategies. 1. Talk to the owners. They might not realize their dog’s barking is being disruptive. This is particularly useful if there’s a specific time of day–baby’s nap time or a child’s bedtime, for example–when the dog’s barking is particularly troublesome. You can’t insist they keep the dog inside 24/7, but you can ask they show compassion. Most pet owners will be glad to oblige.

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.