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Blog Archive for March, 2015

Meryl Streep, the Basics of Decluttering Your Visalia CA Home and Combining Form with Function

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: March 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Meryl Streep, the Basics of Decluttering Your Visalia CA Home and Combining Form with Function

Meryl Streep has been quoted as saying, “The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets, but no one but me cleans the kitty litter.”  This quote brings home a few different things.  First of all, as any mother will tell you, bringing up kids is a difficult but rewarding job.  Secondly, if you want your new home in Visalia CA home to be neat and tidy, you pretty much have to do everything yourself.

You can hire a cleaning lady and they’ll clean up all your surfaces, leaving your home sparkling.  However, they’re not necessarily going to know what to do with your paperwork and your important documents.  They may not realize which clothes have to be hand-washed and which can go in the washer.  They may hang up things in the closet which you would prefer to keep in a chest of drawers.  So if you want to get organized and avoid clutter in your new home, here are a few tips:

The Basics

Everyone knows the basics about having a clutter-free home.  You need to throw away the things that you don’t use and reorganize the things that you do use in an attractive, useful way.  Here’s a great video from Real Simple magazine’s Stephanie Sisco, also featured on the Today Show, that tells you how to go about organizing your entire home.

She suggests going room by room and focusing on one area at a time.  For example, Read the rest of this entry »

Earth-Friendly Tips for Landscaping Your New Home in Visalia CA

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: March 23, 2015 | Comments Off on Earth-Friendly Tips for Landscaping Your New Home in Visalia CA

Landscaping your new home in Visalia CA is as important as interior decorating. Just as you pick energy-efficient but sleek and contemporary appliances for your new home, you can select landscaping materials, turf alternatives and native plants that require little watering during periods of drought. Some horticulturists use the term, “xeriscaping” to describe the earth-friendly method of beautifying your yard with drought tolerant plants. According to a report by CalRecycle, xeriscaping is about creating a water efficient yard. The report explains the word xeriscaping comes from the Greek terms “xeros” for dry and “scape” or a view. Contrary to the way the word translates to “dry view,” expect a lush, vibrant and colorful landscape from outside your new San Joaquin Valley home. Experts point out that California has a limited supply of water, which is why they say to plant “un-thirsty plants.” In addition to protecting the water supply, you reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers that harm beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies as well as poison the water supply.

  • Using native plants

When you select plants for the yard of your new home in Visalia CA, look for plants that the nursery labels as “native.” Native plants are the same as indigenous plants accustomed to the climate and weather patterns in Visalia. Specific species Read the rest of this entry »

Finance 101: Affording Homes for Sale in the Central Valley

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: March 16, 2015 | Comments Off on Finance 101: Affording Homes for Sale in the Central Valley

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After waiting so long to make their move to buy a first home, many millennials skip the antiquated notion that a first home is always a fixer upper or tiny condo. As a first time buyer, you can easily afford new construction homes for sale in the Central Valley. Developers are busy at work, adding hundreds of new homes with upgraded features and amenities to Central California. According to an article by CNN Money, it’s easier to buy a home in 2015 because of low down payment programs for first time buyers and easier credit. As long as you have a steady income and decent credit score, you won’t run into the same obstacles experienced for many due to the subprime mortgage crisis. When it comes to financing your first home in the Central Valley there are a few “Financial 101” basics to know.

Understanding PMI

People who want to avoid paying PMI or private mortgage insurance in addition to their other mortgage costs put down the required minimum of 20 percent on a home. However, most first-time buyers can’t afford a hefty down payment. Fortunately, the Federal Housing Administration recently lowered the annual insurance premiums on FHA loans from 1.35 percent to 0.85 percent. Lenders require homebuyers to pay PMI as a sort of hedge or protection in case the buyer defaults on the loan. On the upside, most lenders remove the PMI once the owner has at least 20 percent equity in a home. With the values of homes in the Central Valley steadily increasing, you may see your PMI comes off of your mortgage sooner than expected.

Going with Fannie or Freddie

First-time buyers often choose to go with the government-backed mortgage companies, Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae because of Read the rest of this entry »

The Business Journal: “Economic outlook: Is Fresno’s star finally rising?”

Categories: Media Coverage | Posted: March 9, 2015 | Comments Off on The Business Journal: “Economic outlook: Is Fresno’s star finally rising?”

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Four Reasons to Live in Visalia, Calif.

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: March 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Four Reasons to Live in Visalia, Calif.

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There are many positives to living in a small town. Small towns are simpler, peaceful  places. Traffic is rarely an issue, cost of living is lower and people are more likely to slow down and get to know each other. But life in a small town can sometimes be boring, too.

If you’re looking for something in between, consider buying a new home in Visalia. As the county seat of Tulare County, Visalia is an economic, cultural and government hub with a population of 124,400. It successfully combines the small town feel with big city amenities, creating a thriving community that is both sophisticated and diverse.

Here are four reasons we think you would enjoy living in Visalia.

Visalia Has Character

Visalia has a rich architectural history including many buildings dating to the mid-late 1800s. Throughout the town center are many historic brick structures, including the Bank of Italy (currently Bank of the Sierra) and the Art Deco/Beaux-Arts Visalia Town Center Post Office, both of which are registered with the National Register of Historic Places.

In addition to many other historic buildings and Victorian houses, Visalia is also home to a distinctive Fox Theatre, which was restored by a community group known as “Friends of the Fox” and currently serves as a live venue for music and stage performances.

Visalia Cares About the Environment

We all know recycling is important. Currently, the city of Visalia recycles about 1,150 tons of waste and makes roughly 2,500 tons of green waste into compost each month through residential and commercial recycling programs. To make things easier for city residents, people are provided with a split container where recyclables go on one side and other trash on the opposite side.

Visalia has a variety of other programs to encourage reusing resources including Read the rest of this entry »

The Fresno Bee: “Homebuilding permits up in Fresno and Visalia”

Categories: Media Coverage | Posted: March 3, 2015 | Comments Off on The Fresno Bee: “Homebuilding permits up in Fresno and Visalia”

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7 Tips to Personalize the Interiors of Your New Home in Hanford CA

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: March 2, 2015 | Comments Off on 7 Tips to Personalize the Interiors of Your New Home in Hanford CA
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Interior at Hartley Grove in Hanford, CA

If you’ve just bought a new home in Hanford CA, it’s time to come up with a plan for turning your empty house into an inviting living space.  A new home is a blank canvas; you get the opportunity to transform each and every room into a personality filled space that you’ll adore for years to come. Here are seven suggestions for pulling it off: Read the rest of this entry »