5 Tips on buying a new home during the holidays

by Shea Homes Arizona on December 19, 2014

Thinking of buying a new home during the holidays? You may be surprised to learn that now is a very smart time to buy. While everyone else is running around shopping, wrapping and baking, you could be enjoying a great deal and celebrating the New Year in your dream home.

Don’t settle

Just because you’re in a hurry to get into a new home doesn’t mean you have to settle. Yes, some move-in ready homes (also called inventory homes) may not have all the bells and whistles. But that is not the case with all homebuilders. Shea Homes makes it a priority to outfit their inventory homes with the latest designs and top selling finishes, including top of the line countertops, flooring and cabinetry.

“Our sales team excels at matching homebuyers with the perfect home, no matter what time of year it is,” said Ken Peterson, vice president of sales for Shea Homes Arizona.

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Take advantage of low interest rates

Typically, interest rates are lower in December and January due to lower demand. Fewer mortgage requests means better financing for holiday buyers. The online Shea Mortgage Center is a great place to start the process for your new home mortgage.

Buy during the off-season

Most people buy new homes in the spring and summer, so demand tends to be lower during the winter months. Fewer shoppers means you’ll be a big fish in a small pond, and the financing process may move more quickly than usual since fewer mortgages are being approved. If you’re looking for a quick move-in opportunity, now is the time to take advantage of special offers on inventory homes.

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Give yourself peace of mind

Short sales and foreclosures may be tempting, but remember — the only way you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing how your home has been treated, and that the warranties are intact, is by buying a new home. Start the New Year with a new home that is perfect for your family.

“There is nothing like new- whether it is a car, home or suit,” said Peterson. “All Shea Homes come with the latest technology in energy efficiency including the Environments for Living (EFL) designation, which guarantees the home’s energy usage for two years. With all that is currently available, there has never been a better time to buy!”

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8 Fun Christmas Traditions from Our Families to Yours

by Kayla Kody on December 18, 2014

Family Reading   1. Passed Down Story Time – “My mother read my brothers and I the story “The Night Before Christmas” every Christmas Eve when I was growing up from an old and tattered book which she had for many years.  There are pages covered in crayon scribbles, torn corners and signs of use through the years.  When my oldest son was born (who is the oldest grandchild) my mother gave the book to me to carry on that Christmas Eve tradition of reading it before bedtime.  I have done so with my kids each and every year and they still will not go to bed until that tradition is honored, even though they are 15 and 19 years old.   Hopefully, they will one day read the story to their kids from the same well-loved little book.” – Douglas Venable, Sales Representative

2. Design Studio Christmas Tree at Shea – Every year right before all of us in the office leave for Thanksgiving break we put up the office Christmas Tree.  A few members of our marketing team and our design studio team get together to put up the tree and decorate. We listen to Christmas music and work as a team to make sure the tree looks great!


Kids Gifts 3. Gift Coding – “My parents could never get my two younger siblings and I to take time in between opening gifts, we were always too excited. One day Santa decided to help Mom and Dad slow us down by coding our gifts. We had to break the codes to figure out who got what, and what order to open the presents in. When we were younger the codes were easy, something like: shapes with four sides went to me, any six sided shapes went to my little sister, and circles went to my brother. As we got older they went to math problems, patterns, or symbols we had to break. We used to get so frustrated, but it made us work together and as the years went on we started to love the challenge. We still do it to this day, only now we code my parent’s gifts too!” –Kayla Kody, Digital Marketing Specialist

Christmas Puppy

4. Elf on the Shelf – Most of our office participates in this Christmas tradition. One elf in particular will be delivering quite a special gift this Christmas Eve: “When the kids try to find the elf in the morning he will be dangling from our front porch light, over a box. When they open the box they’re going to be thrilled to find their first puppy, a golden doodle that we will be bringing into our family this Christmas.” - Michele Scott, VP of Sales and Marketing

5. Huge Family Reunions – “Every year my entire family travels to my parents’ house in Maine, it’s the house I grew up in. Everyone arrives on the 23rd and we have a huge lasagna dinner with at least 25 members of my family. Three of my family members have birthdays over the holiday on the 23rd, 24th, and 26th so we celebrate those as well. It’s wonderful to have everyone together to reunite and celebrate the holiday.” -Sarah McKinnon, Marketing Project Coordinator


6. Reindeer Get Hungry Too! – “My husband, daughter, and I go to McAdenville to see the beautiful lights the city puts up every year and bring our favorite homemade hot chocolate with us. When we get home we put out Santa’s cookies and milk, but we also make sure to leave some treats for the reindeer! In the morning the reindeer have nibbled on some of their treats.” – Melissa Ehren, Sales Representative

7. The Feast of Seven Fishes – “Every year we cook the feast of the seven fishes. We treat ourselves to foods we don’t normally buy like lobster, and oysters. We make a huge mess but it is always a delicious meal!” – Shannon Lutomski, Purchasing  

8. Advent Calendar – “We count down the days until Christmas with our advent calendar. Our daughter pulls out the prize behind each day as we get closer and closer. It’s a fun way to have little celebrations ahead of time and build up to the big day!” – Susan Lamb, Land Development

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The Dream Kitchens of Stepping Stone

by Shea Homes Colorado on December 17, 2014


This time of year, the kitchen becomes even more of a focal point. A well-designed kitchen makes the holidays even more festive, effortlessly drawing people together to chat while snapping green beans, oohing and aahing over the roasting turkey, or sharing wine and cheese before the big meal ahead. And when the kitchen is equally well-appointed, the chef’s job is immeasurably easier.

Behold the kitchens of Stepping Stone, designed for both conviviality and convenience. Check out our model kitchen photos and imagine where you could be hosing your next holiday!  Then, take a peek at the available SPACES Discovery Collection homes.

Plan 3507

3507 Kitchen









Express your individuality and define living spaces that meet your needs in the Plan 3507 at Stepping Stone.


Plan 4006

4006 Dining Kitchen









Plan 4006 is ideal for a growing family with a kitchen that opens to a large living area.


Plan 5002

5002 Kitchen Dining









Break free from conventional home design and explore this innovative Plan 5002 with a well-appointed cook as the hub of family living.


Plan 5004

5004 Kitchen









Picture yourself in Plan 5004 featuring a well-designed cook with meal bar, large walk-in pantry, and butler’s pantry with adjacent dining and family rooms.


Coming in 2015: The Dunes on Monterey Bay

by Shea Homes Northern California on December 16, 2014

Whether you are looking for a quaint getaway beach home, or a place to raise your family, The Dunes on Monterey Bay truly has it all, and is ideal for a modern lifestyle of recreation, comfort and convenience for anyone. Surf House and Sea House communities by Shea Homes are currently scheduled to open in early spring 2015, and will be the first homes available at The Dunes, located in Marina. Six designer model homes will showcase the beauty of these homes and the California coastal lifestyle. Preliminary floor plans and home renderings are now available on SheaHomes.com!

Surf House is a collection of just 92 new single family homes, ranging in size from 1,928 square feet to 2,158 square feet, and 3 to 4 bedrooms. View Preliminary Home Floor Plans: Plan 1, Plan 2, Plan 3

Surf House Home Rendering

Sea House is a collection of 105 duet-style homes ranging from 1,523 to 1,896 square feet, and from 2 to 4 bedrooms. View Preliminary Home Floor Plans: Plan 1, Plan 2, Plan 3, Plan 4

Sea House Home Rendering

With its incredible coastal location, The Dunes offers leisure opportunities galore. Homeowners will live near the Monterey Peninsula, featuring the charming village of Carmel-By-The-Sea, along with Monterey’s world famous aquarium and music festivals. Take the coastal bike trail, watching for seals and sea lions on your journey. For natural beauty and sophisticated fun, it doesn’t get any better than this. Visit TheDunesOnMontereyBay.com to learn more about the area.

Join our Interest List and follow The Dunes on Facebook to stay up to date on these new communities!


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Pamper Holiday Houseguests with these Must-Have Items

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If you’re hosting out of town guests for the holidays, make sure you greet them with a few thoughtful touches. These small gestures don’t take a lot of time or money, but the impact is huge. Fresh towels and washcloths Photo credit: Liz Marie blog Make guests feel right at home by including a stack [...]

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“SPECulate to Accumulate”: Why buying a spec home has great advantages

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