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New Home Facts to Consider When You’re Shopping for a House

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: June 26, 2017 | No Comments »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Surprise Dad with A Man Cave for Father’s Day at SJV Homes

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: June 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Surprise Dad with A Man Cave for Father’s Day at SJV Homes

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Five of the Coolest Home Automation Products on the Market

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: June 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Five of the Coolest Home Automation Products on the Market

Today’s technology allows you to do some amazing things with your home – and many of them make your life easier and filled with convenience. If you’re looking for the coolest home automation products on the market, there are certainly plenty of options to choose from! With the wide variety of home automation products currently available, you can turn your house into something out of a science fiction movie with just the snap of your fingers.

1. The BeOn Starter Pack
Lighting your home is one of the most critical deterrents to thieves. You’ve been taught leaving a light on when you’re away from home or setting lights on a timer is a great way to make thieves wonder whether or not there is someone inside the home. The BeOn Starter Pack, however, takes it to a new level. This amazing innovation mimics your lighting patterns even when you aren’t home, making it impossible to tell whether there’s someone in your home at a glance or not. These bulbs will also stay on in the event of a power outage and can be programmed to respond to your doorbell or light up the house if your alarm goes off. Read the rest of this entry »

Four Reasons Why a New Pine River Estates Home is a Better Value Than That Older House You Want to Buy

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: June 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Four Reasons Why a New Pine River Estates Home is a Better Value Than That Older House You Want to Buy

If you’re just looking at the sales price, buying an older home could seem to get you more for your money than new construction, except you’re going to be living with your purchase for as many as 30 years. So it doesn’t make a lot of sense to use a one-time number as the basis for comparison.
Instead, you should consider the long-term value of what you’re buying. You may discover that new properties like those at Pine River Estates turn out to be a better buy. And here are the reasons why. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Home Upgrades that Pay Off at Resale

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: May 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Top 10 Home Upgrades that Pay Off at Resale

Whether you’re buying your first home, moving up to better digs or downsizing as an empty nester, you’ll be faced with a delightful array of interior design choices at San Joaquin Valley Homes. You should certainly pick the options you find most appealing.

But if you intend on selling your home down the line, you may want to stick with upgrades that pay off at resale. To help you out, real estate authority Zillow analyzed the effect of certain design choices on housing values. Here are their top home upgrades and what percentage increases they add to resale values. Read the rest of this entry »

Rewarding the Empty Nest with San Joaquin Valley Homes

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: May 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Rewarding the Empty Nest with San Joaquin Valley Homes

Whether it’s your first kid heading to college or your last kid finally leaving home to strike out on her own, you may feel a sense of sadness and loneliness. This is known as the empty nest syndrome. Don’t worry, it’s not a clinical diagnosis. Rather it’s a set of perfectly expected feelings. For years, you’ve been taking care of your children and actively helping them to become independent. Now that they’re gone, what do you do with all the emotion and time you used to invest in them?

Certainly, you need to process and accept these new feelings, perhaps with support from others going through it. This represents a major change in your life. But you can also view your chicks leaving the nest as a goal that you’ve finally achieved. And you can celebrate this milestone by rewarding yourself with some updates to your life. Read the rest of this entry »

Pick-a-Paint Help: Create a Whole-House Color Palette

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: May 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Pick-a-Paint Help: Create a Whole-House Color Palette

Painting a house sure has its ups and downs, and the project comes with lots of questions. What colors are best for a bathroom? Should I paint neutral colors everywhere, just to make it easy? Won’t a yellow kitchen be beautiful? White walls are simple, right? Well, not always. But don’t worry. We are here to help! Today we are going to tackle some of the questions you will likely encounter when creating a whole-house color palette.

First, it is important to know what kinds of colors you love. Are you a bright and cheery, energetic person or a calm, collected, tea lover who enjoys meditation? While personality doesn’t always equate to colors, it often does help to minimize your color options. Once you have determined what kind of feel you want for your whole house, you can start breaking into color groups. Read the rest of this entry »

Pamper Mom at San Joaquin Valley Homes for Mother’s Day

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: May 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Pamper Mom at San Joaquin Valley Homes for Mother’s Day

There’s a standard drill you’ve been going through for Mom every Mother’s Day. Buy her flowers or chocolate, and then take her out to lunch or dinner with the family. While these rituals can be fun, they may be getting a bit staid if you’ve been doing them for years. Why not change things up a bit this year by keeping the celebration in your new San Joaquin Valley home? Here are a few suggestions.

Bring in a personal chef.
You can still take Mom to a fancy feast but have the food come to her by hiring a personal chef. These masters of the kitchen create the same culinary masterpieces you find in expensive restaurants but work their magic in the convenience of your own kitchen. You don’t have to worry about shopping for the right ingredients and bringing in proper equipment. They do it all for you and leave your kitchen as clean as you do. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate Your Tax Refund At San Joaquin Valley Homes

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: May 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Celebrate Your Tax Refund At San Joaquin Valley Homes

If this is the first time you’ve owned one of our San Joaquin Valley Homes, your tax refund may be unexpectedly large this year. Congratulations on reaping one of the big benefits of home ownership: deductible mortgage interest that translates to more money in your pocket. You could just spend that windfall on a vacation or a new car – you’ve earned it. Or you can put it back into your biggest purchase so it continues to enhance your life for the years to come. Read the rest of this entry »

New Rules May Increase Your Credit Score This Summer

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: April 24, 2017 | Comments Off on New Rules May Increase Your Credit Score This Summer

Beyond the amount of money you have to put down, the current interest rates, and the supply of housing that is available, your credit score determines whether you can buy homes for sale in the Central Valley. This number, which ranges from 300 to 850, quickly tells finance companies at a glance how good you are with handling credit. Read the rest of this entry »