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Blog Archive for October, 2015

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY HOMES TO HOLD GRAND OPENING AT TUSCANY, A NEW COMMUNITY IN NORTHWEST BAKERSFIELD

Categories: Press Releases | Posted: October 30, 2015 | Comments Off on SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY HOMES TO HOLD GRAND OPENING AT TUSCANY, A NEW COMMUNITY IN NORTHWEST BAKERSFIELD

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Guests Can Win Cash, Prizes and Take Advantage of Special Incentives/Offers During Celebration as SJVH Homes Expands Offerings in the Central Valley 

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – October 30, 2015 – San Joaquin Valley Homes will hold a grand opening event on Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tuscany, a new community with two communities totaling 212 single-family homes on 66.5 acres in northwest Bakersfield, Calif.

Bret Michaels of KUZZ AM/FM will broadcast a live remote and spin the Free Money Machine during the event, where guests can enjoy drinks and treats from Too Fat Sandwiches, enter a raffle to win a Go Pro camera and other prizes. In addition, guests will receive special incentives toward closing costs and options.

Tuscany is SJV Homes’ seventh project in the Central Valley and seventh joint venture with Presidio Residential Capital, a San Diego-based real estate investment company, which acquired the land for Tuscany last year in collaboration with Cornerstone Communities. Read the rest of this entry »

Reuters: “San Joaquin Valley Homes to Hold Grand Opening at Tuscany, a New Community in Northwest Bakersfield”

Categories: Media Coverage | Posted: October 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Reuters: “San Joaquin Valley Homes to Hold Grand Opening at Tuscany, a New Community in Northwest Bakersfield”

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Morningstar News: “San Joaquin Valley Homes to Hold Grand Opening at Tuscany, a New Community in Northwest Bakersfield”

Categories: Media Coverage | Posted: October 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Morningstar News: “San Joaquin Valley Homes to Hold Grand Opening at Tuscany, a New Community in Northwest Bakersfield”

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Yahoo! Finance: “San Joaquin Valley Homes to Hold Grand Opening at Tuscany, a New Community in Northwest Bakersfield”

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Bloomberg: “San Joaquin Valley Homes to Hold Grand Opening at Tuscany, a New Community in Northwest Bakersfield”

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Money-MSN.com: “San Joaquin Valley Homes to Hold Grand Opening at Tuscany, a New Community in Northwest Bakersfield”

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How to Create a Hip and Cool Kid’s Room in Your New Visalia, California Home

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: October 26, 2015 | Comments Off on How to Create a Hip and Cool Kid’s Room in Your New Visalia, California Home

Kids’ rooms often present a unique challenge to homeowners. Your children are the only ones who spend significant amounts of time in their bedrooms, so they should be the ones to design it, right? Yet you don’t actually want to let them do whatever they want. It is your house, too, and likely your money that is paying for the décor.

Below, we will discuss several aspects of decorating and how you can use them to your advantage when decorating your kids’ rooms.

Color: Kids love colorful things. Take their favorite color and paint one wall in that color, then choose a neutral color to paint the other walls. Grey and beige may sound boring, but they can actually be very lively when paired with an extremely bright color. Alternately, you can ask the nice clerks at Lowe’s or Home Depot to help you find a neutral color that is not grey or beige and goes along with your accent color. (Tip: choose a satin or semi-gloss paint to make the walls easier to clean.) Wall decals can add extra fun. Let your child choose any decals they want. Does your child love cars, trains, owls, trees, Star Wars, Minions? Decals are extremely easy to apply and easy to take down once your child has outgrown them. Just peel and stick and peel and stick! Read the rest of this entry »

Beware These Homeowners Insurance “Gotchas”

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: October 21, 2015 | Comments Off on Beware These Homeowners Insurance “Gotchas”

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If you’re a current property owner or want to buy one of our new San Joaquin Valley homes, you most likely know of the need for homeowners insurance. The coverage protects your investment. Besides, no lender will issue a mortgage unless you have an adequate policy. But you may assume certain things about insurance based on your research that are incorrect. Watch out for the following common “gotchas” when shopping for a policy.

Destroyed items will be completely replaced.

You might think that if an item you own is totally destroyed, your insurance will pay you to replace it. Isn’t that the entire point of coverage? Unfortunately, most standard policies only pay for the value of the item at the time of the loss. For example, if your four-year-old lawnmower is destroyed by a fire, you will get the value of the used lawnmower, which will most likely not be enough to buy a newer version of the same model. Read the rest of this entry »

Here is (Scientific) Proof Why Getting Outside is Good For You

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: October 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Here is (Scientific) Proof Why Getting Outside is Good For You

Research shows that the average American spends 87 percent of their time in enclosed buildings and 6 percent of their time in enclosed vehicles. That’s a total of 93 percent of your life spent inside.

There are a number of reasons why this is unhealthy — for body, mind, and spirit. Studies show that hanging out in nature can actually offer relief for everything from stress to depression. Here are a few more reasons to spending time outdoors: 

Getting outside makes exercise easier. Research conducted at the University of Essex showed that the color green, such as that found on trees, grass and other plants in nature, makes exercise feel easier. Plus, other research showed that those who exercise outside are more eager to return for a future workout than those who stick to the gym. 

Shake off the Doldrums

All of that fresh air is a quick way to kick your brain into high gear. Ditch the caffeine and stick to a walk in the park. Some studies say that 20 minutes outside can wake you up just as much as one cup of coffee can.  Read the rest of this entry »

Four Easy Autumn Decorating Tips from San Joaquin Valley Homes

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: October 5, 2015 | Comments Off on Four Easy Autumn Decorating Tips from San Joaquin Valley Homes

Seasons are always changing, even though it still feels like summer in much of California, and it’s time to change your home’s seasonal décor. Autumn brings up extra emotion; it is a season of change, when the air gets a little crisper, football is on television and we start to think about delicious baked goods and lots of family time.

Walk into a Hobby Lobby or a Michaels or any grocery store and you will be visually bombarded with an array of autumn leaves, scarecrows, hay bales, and dinnerware to match. You could fill carts upon carts with trinkets to remind you that it is in fact, autumn, despite the high temperatures. Decorating for the season can be extraordinarily fun and doesn’t have to consume an entire Saturday, or too much of your discretionary spending money. For those who love the season, but don’t have many resources to put toward it here are some simple DYI decorating tips for the fall.

  1.  Light Some Seasonal Candles

Filling your home with the scents of pumpkin spice and apple pie will make your home feel like autumn, even if this is the only so-called decorating you do for the entire season. If you want to go a little deeper into the decorating, fill a candle jar half way with colorful corn kernels, place a candle on top, and tie the jar with a little raffia. The Frugal Homemaker has some great ideas on this page:  31 Days of Fall Inspiration: Decorating with candles

2.  Make a Scarecrow

Scarecrows are available for purchase, but making one will add extra festivity to your home. (If you have kids, let them help, since this is a project they will love and it is not very messy at all!) All you need to make a scarecrow is some old clothes and something to fill them with. Long-sleeve shirts and long pants are best outlines for scarecrows. Look for old overalls and a flannel shirt for a traditional scarecrow. If you have time, sew or glue on a couple of patches to the overalls. Hang the shirt on a hanger so it will keep its shape. Once you have old clothes, choose a filling. An outside scarecrow should be filled with straw, but an inside scarecrow can be filled with either plastic grocery bags or newspaper. Stuff gardening gloves and boots for the hands and feet. A head can be made by stuffing a plastic grocery bag and covering it with cloth. For even more ideas, check out this Pinterest page on scarecrows.

3.  Pumpkins, Place Them Everywhere!

Pumpkins are easy. Buy a couple of big fresh ones and place them at your front door. Carve jack-o-lanterns for some extra personality, or paint them with your monogram. Fill a large hurricane jar with tiny pumpkins and put it on your dining room table. Make a pumpkin “snowman” by stacking three pumpkins. Put a witch’s hat on a pumpkin and draw haunting eyes and a mouth with a sharpie marker. This article in Country Living gives you 60 ways to decorate a pumpkin, which is more than anyone really needs

4.  Bring in the branches!

Another very easy way to decorate for fall is to fill glass vases with tree branches. Spray paint the branches orange and red, if you like, or just leave them brown. If you want, tie some festive ribbon around the vases. Place them on your bookshelves, on your mantel if you have one, or place oversized vases on the floor next to your couch. If you have an outlet nearby, drape some white Christmas lights around the branches, and leave them up through the winter. For more ideas on decorating with branches, check out this article in Better Homes and Gardens.

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