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Blog Archive for August, 2015

Keeping Your Home Healthy In The Central Valley of California

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: August 31, 2015 | Comments Off on Keeping Your Home Healthy In The Central Valley of California

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Protecting your community’s clean water supply – and the environment in general – is an excellent way to maintain the high quality of your new home by San Joaquin Valley Homes.

An easy way to have a healthy home is to choose environmentally safe cleaning supplies. Standard cleaning supplies often contain harsh chemicals that can be toxic to biological organisms. Packaging also presents problems, as most cleaning supplies are contained in plastics that don’t degrade or break down. The chemicals and plastics can stay in the environment for years, causing acute (immediate onset) or chronic (ongoing) damage over generations. Read the rest of this entry »

Before Buying A New Home in the Central Valley, Check Your Credit Report

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: August 24, 2015 | Comments Off on Before Buying A New Home in the Central Valley, Check Your Credit Report

If you’re a first-time home-buyer, you may be under the impression that lenders decide to issue you mortgages based solely on your down payment and whether your income allows you to afford the monthly cost. While those factors are important, financial institutions also want to know how reliable you are with your payments and how you manage your financial obligations. They gain that knowledge by studying your credit report.

Their View

Mortgage lenders look at your tri-merged credit profile, which combines the information from the three major credit bureaus: TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. It includes credit scores. Most lenders look at the middle score to determine your terms and rates. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Ways To Prepare Your New Central Valley Home For The Upcoming School Year

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: August 17, 2015 | Comments Off on Five Ways To Prepare Your New Central Valley Home For The Upcoming School Year

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As summer comes to an end, kids are getting ready to head back to school for another year of learning and growing. It’s an exciting, and sometimes stressful, season for parents and children alike. Groggy mornings full of tension due to unfinished homework, searching for missing shoes and backpacks and rushing to gobble a few bites of breakfast before the bus comes make for a tough day. After school there are a plethora of distractions from siblings, the television and video games.

All these things take their toll on the family and make the school year seem longer than it is. It doesn’t have to be that way, though, here are five things you can do in your Central Valley home to keep everything running smoothly.

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7 Ideas for the Ultimate Housewarming Party at Your New Home in the Central Valley of California

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: August 10, 2015 | Comments Off on 7 Ideas for the Ultimate Housewarming Party at Your New Home in the Central Valley of California

When you move to your new home in The Central Valley, it’s a good idea to take some time out for celebration.  You’ve just made a life-altering decision for yourself and your family.  What better way to celebrate it than by throwing a housewarming party?  This is a good way to get to know your neighbors and to get together with friends and family whom you haven’t seen in a while (probably because you’ve been so busy with the process of buying the home).

A lot of people tend to skip this because they think it will be too much work.  You just spent all this time choosing and buying a home, and you’ve also had to put a lot of energy into moving.  Do you really want to take the trouble of cooking and decorating just so you can have some guests over?  Here are a few reasons why you might want to have a housewarming party and effortless, elegant ways to host one: Read the rest of this entry »

The Bakersfield Californian: “Worth Noting in business: Bakersfield home market seen as stable through first half of this year”

Categories: Media Coverage | Posted: August 5, 2015 | Comments Off on The Bakersfield Californian: “Worth Noting in business: Bakersfield home market seen as stable through first half of this year”

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Are Homes for Sale in the Central Valley a Good Investment?

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: August 3, 2015 | Comments Off on Are Homes for Sale in the Central Valley a Good Investment?

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Buying a home is part of the American dream and can be a good investment. This is particularly true in this recovering market, where homes for sale in the Central Valley have already risen in price by an average of up to 60 percent in the past two years.

The Facts on Prices

The cities where San Joaquin Valley Homes builds are showing strong fundamentals in the housing market. Check out these hard real-life numbers compiled by real estate authority Zillow.

In Hanford, median home values have risen by 3.4 percent in the past year to $163,200. The forecast for the coming year is a 2.9 percent rise.

Lemoore shows a 2.5 percent change to a median $179,600 with a predicted increase of 3.2 percent.

Visalia‘s values have spiked by 7.6 percent to a median $190,200. Prices there are predicted to grow by 6.6 percent.

Tulare‘s values have also jumped by 9.7 percent to a median $156,900. Next year’s increase is forecast at 7.3 percent.

Corcoran shows the biggest jumps of all at 11.4 percent to $110,500. Predictions for next year are at a more modest although still respectable 5.9 percent.

Based on these numbers, your property purchase should increase in value, which is the hallmark of any good investment.  Read the rest of this entry »