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San Joaquin Valley Homes Closes on 1,000th Home

Categories: Press Releases | Posted: January 25, 2018 | Comments Off on San Joaquin Valley Homes Closes on 1,000th Home

Troy Huckabay, Janeen Day and Curtis Gardner of San Joaquin Valley Homes present a $1,000 check and gifts to Nora Garcia, Celedonio Jimenez and their four children, who closed on the homebuilders’ 1,000th house at Pine River Estates in Visalia, Calif., on December 29, 2017.

Homebuilder Rewards Family that Bought Home at Pine River Estates in Visalia, Calif. 

VISALIA, Calif.San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) closed on its 1,000th home on December 29, 2017, at Pine River Estates in Visalia.

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 Lowes gift card, a $200 Quality Meat gift certificate and a backyard fire pit donated by Lowes.

“We’re thrilled our 1,000th home closing is in our hometown of Visalia,” said SJVH marketing director Lissa Walker. “SJV Homes closed on 323 homes in 2017, and we look forward to beating that record and getting more families into quality homes in the coming year.” 

About SJV Homes

Deeply rooted in residential construction, the founders of Visalia, California-based San Joaquin Valley Homes have built thousands of quality homes and attractive neighborhoods for Central Valley residents. Founders Joe Leal, Jim Robinson and Randy Merrill share a vision of delivering excellence through every level of building, delivering wonderful homes in great neighborhoods. In 2013, SJV Homes combined forces with Presidio Residential Capital, a real estate investment company based in San Diego.


Preparing Your Credit Score for Mortgage Approval for a New Home in the San Joaquin Valley

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: January 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Preparing Your Credit Score for Mortgage Approval for a New Home in the San Joaquin Valley

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.

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How To Arrange Your Living Room Furniture

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: January 8, 2018 | Comments Off on How To Arrange Your Living Room Furniture

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.

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10 No-Nonsense New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: January 1, 2018 | Comments Off on 10 No-Nonsense New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

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.

1. Find energy vampires hiding in your home and cast them out. Energy vampires are electronics that drain electricity even when they aren’t actually doing anything. Unplug your TV, stereo and other appliances when they aren’t in use, then track down other culprits and vanquish them.

2. Cut clutter. It’s amazing how much reducing clutter in your home can reduce your stress levels. If you aren’t using something, and it has no sentimental value, let it go! You’ll be surprised by how much cleaner – and how much lighter – your home will feel. Commit to getting rid of one bag of junk or one large item each week this year, and by the end of the year, you’ll be stunned by how much more relaxed you’ll be.

3. Hire someone to take care of a chore you hate. If there’s a chore you constantly put off and that stresses you out every time you have to do it – mowing the lawn, cleaning your kitchen or taking care of basic home repairs, for example – try hiring someone to take care of it for you instead. Using your money to save time and effort is one of the best ways to buy happiness!

4. Find a new way to go green. Some of these strategies are simple: reducing energy usage, swapping to unpaper towels instead of the disposable variety or using green cleaning supplies, for example. Other ways are more complicated: installing solar panels, perhaps. Do some research and find a new way to be eco-friendly in your home this year.

5. Check your smoke detectors. And your carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure your home is free of radon, while you’re at it. A commitment to home safety means making sure you have the right tools to keep your family safe.

6. Start checking off your home improvement list. There are always things that need to be done around your home. This year, commit to checking off one big project each month. Make sure you budget ahead to make your plans reality!

7. Check over your insurance policy. When you hear about disasters that have hit near you, do you start squirming as you wonder how your insurance would handle them? Take the time this year to read over your homeowner’s insurance policy and make any needed changes to your coverage.

8. Meet the neighbors. Get to know the people around you! This year, commit to meeting the people in the homes closest to yours. Consider throwing a neighborhood barbecue or block party to help get everyone connected!

9. Commit to organizing. Organizing the whole house can be a headache. When you tackle one space at a time, however, you’ll quickly start reaping the benefits! Commit to organizing one space each week: a closet, a bookshelf or a cabinet. You’ll quickly see a lot of home improvement benefits.

10. Learn a new skill. As a homeowner, there are a lot of little things you need to do. This year, learn a new skill, whether it’s putting an appliance back together instead of calling the repairman or learning how to hang a door. You’ll be surprised how often those skills come in handy!

This year, it’s time to make over your home along with the rest of your life. These ten resolutions are a great starting place for turning your home into the haven and paradise you’ve always wanted.

Are you looking for a new home in the San Joaquin Valley or Bakersfield? SJV Homes now has open for sale 10 communities with a combined 845 single-family homes. If you would like more information, sign up for our interest list here.