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3 Design & Technology Trends De Young Learned At The GE Monogram Experience!

November 18, 2014

As a design consultant for the De Young Design Studio, I had the opportunity to attend the GE’s Monogram Experience Center to learn more about the products and technologies we install in homes every day. I was able to learn about the latest and greatest GE proto-types and innovations in this VERY hands-on experience. Our De Young homes exclusively feature GE appliances so this incredible knowledge will benefit not only me and the De Young Properties team but also the homebuyers that I consult on a daily basis.

Here are a few of the highlights from the GE Monogram Experience Center and the latest from the De Young Design Studio: design inspiration, new technologies and kitchen trends.

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De Young Properties Would Appreciate Your Vote As The Fresno Bee People’s Choice Best New Home Builder!

November 14, 2014

The Fresno Bee’s People’s Choice is an annual tradition, a chance for the community to share their voice on their favorite places, restaurants, businesses, local personalities, and so much more! In 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014, De Young Properties has been recognized as a People’s Choice Award recipient for New Home Builder, an annual honor given to three businesses per category by the Fresno Bee based on votes received from the community.

Voting is underway for the 2015 People’s Choice and De Young Properties would appreciate your vote again this year for Best New Home Builder! We are grateful for recognition in past years and would truly appreciate your vote again before the deadline of Sunday, November 30th!

For the past 40 years, we have had a passion for building homes, a desire to ensure each customer is satisfied and true dedication to invest in our community. We are excited to keep this tradition alive. (more…)

De Young Properties Referral Program

November 11, 2014

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I don’t know about you, but when I discover a hole-in-the-wall in Fresno with the best burritos in town, a new band or the perfect jeans, I just have to shout it from the rooftops. Now, imagine getting rewarded simply for sharing your recommendations!

Introducing the De Young Properties Referral Program!

If you know someone who is considering buying a home in Fresno or Clovis, it’s easy to refer them to De Young Properties. Visit a De Young Welcome Center with the friend you are referring and notify the Sales Associate that you would like to complete the De Young Referral Card.referral-program-01

As soon as your referral closes escrow on a De Young home, we’ll send you a check for $1,000, if you currently own a home built by De Young Properties, and $500 if you don’t.  That’s right, cold hard cash! For the complete Referral Program rules, visit here or call 559.434.2000.

And why wouldn’t you want to refer De Young Properties? (more…)

9 Ways to Save for a Down Payment

November 4, 2014

I670px-Consolidate-Loans-Step-1f you are considering the thought of buying a new home, or are actually ready, you need to be prepared to discuss a down payment.  Don’t let the numbers overwhelm you – in the long term, your down payment can save you loads of money, helping you secure a better interest rate and saving you thousands – in some cases hundreds of thousands – in interest over the life of your loan. Here are a few tips to help you get started and save, save, save!

1. Open a Down Payment Savings Account

Open a high-interest rate savings account for your down payment – and only for your down payment. Any and all extra money throughout the year (bonus checks, gifts, tax refunds, etc.) should go directly into this account. Make it a rule to never touch this account. Consider making it very hard to withdraw money, like opening this account at a different bank than the rest of your accounts, or not setting it up for online banking, so you would actually have to go to the bank in order to withdraw. (more…)

Pumpkin Spice and Something Nice – Chance To Win $50 Gift Card!

October 28, 2014

Enjoy This Treat From De Young!

DYP140508_Autumn Eblast Pumpkin Spice Pancakes_HeaderIngredients:

  • 1/2 box Spice Cake Mix (about 7.5 oz)
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • Extra oil or butter for greasing pan or griddle
  • Pancake Toppings: syrup, chopped walnuts, pecans, butter, whipped cream

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De Young Hosts Ribbon Cutting for 2014 St. Jude Dream Home®

October 14, 2014

De Young Properties hosted a ribbon cutting to unveil the 2014 Central Valley St. Jude Dream Home™ Tour the home and reserve your tickets for the November Giveaway of this year’s St. Jude Dream Home®, built by major donor De Young Properties. The 3,100 sq. ft. home on an expansive 10,485 sq. ft. homesite in the De Young CountrySide community on Armstrong, just north of Ashlan in Clovis will be offered as the first place prize to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® to fight cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

One hundred percent of the proceeds of the giveaway are donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Serving as major donor and builder of the St. Jude Dream Home for the past seven years, De Young Properties has successfully raised over $6.5 million (more…)

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

September 3, 2014

I know it’s hard to believe in the Central Valley, but fall is right around the corner! Smart homeowners will take the time to prepare their homes for the coming winter months. Here are a few suggestions:

  • smoke-alarm-7Safety First! Clean and test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change batteries if needed and test and reset ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) breakers.
  • Your Best Air. Clogged or dirty HVAC air filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity.
  • Warm & Cozy. Check the operation of the heating system by cleaning and replacing filters in your furnace or heating system. Contact a licensed heating contractor to inspect and service your gas heater or furnace to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Lock, Stock & Save. Adjust or replace weather-stripping on exterior doors & check caulking, inside and out, and touch up as needed. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk to save money on heating bills. Also, check the fit of exterior doors and adjust thresholds (more…)

Design Trends: 2014 Pacific Coast Builders Conference

August 20, 2014

I’ve been part of the homebuilding business for a long time. (Okay, too many years for me to actually admit!) But, one of the highlights for me has always been the challenge of remaining innovative – new advances, new design trends, and new technologies. As such, every year, I look forward to the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.

prod691015This year, it was once again confirmed that we at De Young Properties are right on track in terms of delivering what homebuyers want and need – and provided some inspiration for the future!

According to the Pacific Coast Builders, the most important design trends right now are all about how people can live in their space and the selections that come with those choices:


A Floorplan for Every Lifestyle
– Buyers want floorplan options so they can personalize a home that works for them and how they live. We have long since offered a wide variety of flexible floorplans including special features like a multi-gen option, a den option, additional bedroom suites, larger garages or a dining room option, just to name a few.

 

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Furniture Rehab: Renew, Reuse, Recycle

July 28, 2014

You just bought a new house. And now you want to replace everything you’ve collected over the years and start fresh with all new furniture, worthy of your new digs and your evolving sense of style that you selected at the De Young Design Studio. Except you feel guilty for ditching furniture that is in perfectly good condition just slightly outdated.

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No need to fear! With DIY (and with a little help from your new best friend, Pinterest), you can transform your old furniture and give it new life in your new place!

First – Live With It

Take a little bit of time to live in your new home, understand how you will live in the space, what you need most and what is most important to you. You want to spend your decorating budget wisely, so it is important to take inventory and consider the big picture.

Second – Inspiration Overload

Start to pull together looks that you love. Whether it’s ripping out pages in magazines or spending all your free time on Pinterest, there is much inspiration to be had! It’s important to have a vision of the look you are trying to achieve or what you want your space to “feel” like before you make too many decisions. (We have pinned some favorite looks on the De Young Properties Pinterest page!)

Third – Make it Your Own (more…)

Act Now: Top Mortgage Tips of 2014!

July 24, 2014

If you feel like the historically low mortgage rates of the last few years are here to stay – think again. Buyers and homeowners who want to lock in a low mortgage rate should act now! It’s time to take (home) ownership. Literally.

For 40 years, De Young Properties has been building homes in the Central Valley. They understand that financing is the final (and most daunting) hurdle for most families, and together, with their affiliate De Young Mortgage, offer families smart, one-stop financing to make the home buying experience as simple and satisfying as possible.

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We understand that the process can be overwhelming but you aren’t alone! Here are our top mortgage tips for 2014:

  1. Documentation is Your Friend – New 2014 regulations mean lenders will be stricter than ever. The more documentation you have (tax returns, bank statements, W-2’s, proof of assets, etc.), the better.
  2. Lock and Load – The Federal Reserve is expected to pull back on the economic stimulus program, and analysts predict mortgage rates could go up this year – so lock in a low rate as soon as it makes sense for you and your family. Talk to a De Young Mortgage loan specialist regarding the 6 month rate lock.
  3. Asking Makes the Difference – Explore the possibility of refinancing. With a little bit of information, a De Young Mortgage loan specialist should be able to run the numbers and see if refinancing makes sense for you. If it does – you’ll be glad you asked! (more…)