April 2012

Layne Interview ABC7

Shea Homes Northern California division president Layne Marceau was interviewed by ABC7 Bay Area News’ Laura Anthony. There is interest in the Bay Area as the national average new home sales fall, while the Bay Area’s rise.

Home sales are down 7.1 percent nationwide in the month of March. However, in the Bay Area home sales are booming. Marceau explains, “We came into 2012 with a conservative forecast, expecting to maybe sell 60 or 70 homes in the first four months of the year. We’ve already sold 150 homes.”

Watch the whole interview here.

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Is 2012 A Good Year To Buy A House?

by reddoor on April 24, 2012

There may be several reasons for you to want to buy a home. You’re ready to commit to a certain area and call it home, you’re ready to make a financial investment, housing prices have dropped to an affordable level and the market is highly favorable for home buyers. How do you tell if it’s a buyer’s market? In a buyer’s market, the price of a home will be under 20 times a year’s worth of rent for an equivalent home. If the price of a home is more than 20 times the annual rent, it’s generally better to rent.

Today’s housing climate is better for home buyers. The average price of homes for sale in the US is currently around 19 times the average annual rent. The general housing climate is much friendlier than a few years ago, but still fluctuates greatly depending on your specific location. Some of the buyer’s markets in 2011 were Charlotte, Inland Empire, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Diego and San Jose.

The decision to buy or rent also depends on your lifestyle and long-term goals. 2011 saw a resurgence in buyer’s markets across the country and that trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. It’s true that housing markets will fluctuate from year-to-year, but owning property remains a wise investment over time.

Learn more about the housing market including the pros and cons of buying vs renting in the infographic below.

Home Buying Infographic


 

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The Estates at Litchfield Park Grand Opening

by Shea Homes Arizona on April 20, 2012

With over 200 guests and Shasta Pools at the grill, the grand opening of The Estates at Litchfield Park made for a great afternoon! The Estates is the newest community to open in the northwest Valley, with models ranging in size from 2500 to 4239 square feet on 70 X 110 lots. The 53 homes will be built for optimum energy efficiency and are located next door to the spectacular Wigwam Resort and Golf Club. The community features six different floorplans from the 2700 and 5500 series.

One new floor plan, the 5505 Berkeley will make its debut at 2500 square feet, featuring three bedrooms, two and a half baths, a flex room, expansive great room, user-friendly island kitchen, morning room, and covered patio.

Each home includes cathedralized attic insulation, a process where the insulation is placed on the underside of the roof instead of the attic floor, allowing for not only a clean and useable space, but reduced heating and cooling costs. For more details about how cathedralized insulation benefits the buyer, take a look at this blog post. The homes at The Estates also carry the EFL designation, which provides a guarantee that the homes won’t exceed a specified energy usage over a two-year period.  And, solar is included.

Click here to view our photo album of the event.

For more information about The Estates at Litchfield Park or Shea Homes’ communities across the Valley, please call 1-866-696-7432 or visit www.sheahomes.com/arizona.

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Build an amazing home brimming with your personal flair on an extraordinary lot in BackCountry.  Shea Homes recently released for sale ten of the Water Dance Collection’s best homesites to date and they are going fast – only two remain.  Make your way to beautiful BackCountry today to explore these value-packed opportunities as well as a home currently under construction that will complete in the fall.

“We’re excited to offer these impressive homesites, some near and at 1/2-acre in size,” said Shea’s Sales Manager, Adana Leonard.  “Other features of these exquisite sites include some cul-de-sac and walkout lots, many with incredible westerly orientations taking advantage of the mountain vistas,” Leonard added.  Premiums on these sites start at $25,000; please ask a sales representative for details. [read more…]

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Luxury Attached Residences by Shea at Tresana

April 19, 2012
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  If you desire sophisticated luxury and carefree living without the unreasonable price tag, consider the value-packed attached residences by Shea Homes at Tresana in Highlands Ranch.  Ready later this year will be three homes from Shea’s exquisite Essenza Collection.  If you act quickly your purchase may be eligible for a $25,000 dirt start incentive** […]

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True Colorado Wildlife Right Outside Your New BackCountry Back Door!

April 19, 2012
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  For most of us Coloradoans, the idea of wildlife consists of our backyard pets, a pair of rambunctious squirrels, a smattering of robins and wrens and what we see on Friday nights at the local pub.  If we’re lucky, we might spot an occasional coyote, pronghorn or falcon, but sightings are rare and usually […]

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Visit Arborelle at Montage in Livermore with Shea Homes Architectural Director, Dave Kay!

April 16, 2012




If you haven’t had the chance to come tour our neighborhood Arborelle at Montage in Livermore, here’s your chance to do it from the comfort of your own home. Our Director of Architectural Design, Dave Kay provides you with an excellent tour of what this neighborhood has to offer, outside of its 8 distinctive floorplans! So […]

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Litchfield Park: One of the top 8 places to live in AZ

April 12, 2012




Did you know that Litchfield Park was recognized by Phoenix Magazine as one of the top eight places to live in Arizona? The City of Litchfield Park is a beautiful small community of approximately 5,000 residents located 15 miles west of Phoenix.  With the beautiful White Tank Mountains visible to the west and the Wigwam […]

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Homeowner Testimonial: The Ginochios Find a Home Worth the Search

April 9, 2012




House hunting can be quite the chore. You are on a Goldilocks-like search to find one that is “just right.” Newlyweds Anabel and John completely understand. “We had been looking for three months,” Anabel says. “For one reason or another there was nothing that we really wanted—too big, too small, too expensive, too cheap and […]

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Dynamic New Home Plans From The $430s at BackCountry

April 9, 2012
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  Exciting things are happening at the Shadow Walk Collection by Shea Homes in the incomparable BackCountry neighborhood.  Recently Shea enhanced the collection with six new dynamic plans generating quite a buzz from the low $400s.  In addition, dirt start opportunities have been made available allowing buyers to build the home they desire most on […]

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