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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…)

De Young Properties Announces Newest Community, De Young at Mira Bella!

July 16, 2014

Master Planned Community In The Sierra Foothills Will Hold A Pre-Grand Opening Event July 26!

De Young at Mira Bella View from Homesite 48

De Young Properties is pleased to announce their newest community, De Young at Mira Bella, will have their Pre-Grand Opening event at the De Young Properties Clovis Welcome Center on Saturday, July 26 from 12pm – 6pm. This Master-Planned Community of extra-large homesites, up to 43,000 square feet, includes panoramic views of Millerton Lake and the San Joaquin Valley with easy access to outdoor activities.

“De Young at Mira Bella is a breath of fresh air, unlike anything you have seen before.
This unique and spacious community allows you to match the spectacular surroundings of the Sierra foothills and the generous features and affordable pricing of a De Young Properties (more…)

Enjoy This Delicious *4th of July* Patriotic Popcorn from De Young!

July 3, 2014

4th Of July RecipePatriotic Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients:

2 bags of microwave popcorn
1/2 Cup light corn syrup
1 1/3 Cup sugar
2 sticks of butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 bag mini marshmallows
Red, white and blue M&M’s

Instructions:

  1. Pop the popcorn as directed on the popcorn bag in pour into a very large bowl. If you need to, split, between 2 bowls.
  2. Combine corn syrup, sugar, butter and vanilla in a saucepan and heat until they boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 90 seconds and then remove from the heat. (more…)

De Young At Mira Bella – Live With Panoramic And Lake Views In A Natural, Spacious Setting!

June 25, 2014

Do you wish you lived in a picturesque setting on a spacious homesite, but still had the convenience of city living? Now you can with De Young at Mira Bella, a master-planned community of extra-large homesites up to 43,000 square feet, with panoramic views of Millerton Lake and the San Joaquin Valley and an easy 15 minute drive from Woodward Park.

De Young at Mira Bella View from Homesite 55

De Young at Mira Bella View from Homesite 48 (more…)

Question: Is It a Good Time to Buy? Answer: YES.

June 13, 2014

Admittedly, we are a little bit biased, but we just love seeing prospective people find and purchase new homes that they love.

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For 40 years, De Young Properties has been building homes for families in the Central Valley and we love to share in the excitement of families purchasing a new home. We love the moment when they sign the final paperwork. We love the anticipation of receiving the keys for the first time. We love the whole process – this is what we do.

But we know for prospective homeowners it can be overwhelming and a little bit scary.  If you are in the market for a home or have been considering to purchase a new home, now is a great time to make your move. Here is what you need to know: (more…)

What is a Zero Net Energy Home and how can it benefit me?

June 5, 2014

What does “Zero Net Energy” really mean?

The De Young Properties Zero Net Energy home was designed to produce as much energy as it consumes each year, which ultimately “zero’s” out its energy-related carbon impact on the environment.

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42% Of Available Homesites SOLD In The First Eight Hours at Pre-Grand Opening Event For De Young Park View!

May 28, 2014

De Young Properties sold 42% of the released homesites in the first eight hours at the Pre-Grand Opening event of their newest community, Park View. Responding to homebuyer demand for a stylish and affordable home with extra-large homesites, Park View is located in a prime Clovis location. This community includes spacious lots up to 11,045 square feet and no Homeowners Association fees.

“We purchased the 320 Provence, we liked the flexibility of the floorplan,” said Laura Richardson, recent Park View homebuyer. Her husband Shane added, “it allows us to adapt it to our liking.” Laura continued, “we were looking at a lot of the different models and honestly, this design was one of the best. The size of the lot was really important, too. We were able to have both the house we liked and then the backyard size.”

The last four De Young communities have sold out before construction began and due to the unbeatable, De Young EnergySmart features and prime Clovis location, De Young Properties anticipates Park View will sell quickly as well.

This community combines convenient location at Sierra and Temperance and highly-acclaimed Clovis Schools with the industry-leading energy efficiencies and quality craftsmanship of a De Young home. Park View is the obvious choice for an EnergySmart home with unbeatable features in a family-friendly neighborhood at a price you can afford. (more…)