June 2013

Wedding Registry Items You’ll Regret If Your Forget

by Shea Homes Arizona on June 28, 2013

While weddings should be an enjoyable time to wallow in your everlasting love with your fiancé, they inevitably turn out to be the ultimate stress test of your relationship. From the cake to the dress to the venue, the decisions are endless. So while we are coming to a close in our wedding week, we thought that we would help our newlyweds out there make decisions on their registry items!  Nothing would be worse than post-wedding stress because you realize you forgot to register an essential home item! Here is a list of items to NOT forget:

Tech Savvy Crockpot:  For those long days that you and your loved one are hung up at the office, strike up a quick hodge-podge recipe to throw into the crockpot, turn it on low and let it cook all day! Voilà! You’ve got a delicious dinner that proves the way to a man’s heart is his stomach. www.bedbathandbeyond.com1

Essential Kitchen Helper:  Just like the name says, this kitchen kit is truly essential to all of your cooking needs! Say goodbye to tedious slicing and dicing and arm-wrenching whisking with these gadgets! www.chefscatalog.com

Cordless Drill: Whether you’re engaged or just married, you’ve most likely moved in together already, and one of the best ways to bond is to get working on that home décor! A cordless drill is essential during this process. With artwork, photos and shelves galore it is imperative you don’t forget to register for this tool! www.sears.com

Christmas Decorations: Who would have thought! Decking the halls in your home can get expensive and decorations are usually overlooked when registering for wedding gifts. This way, you’ll actually SAVE money come the Christmas season! However, note the time of year because most stores will not be selling holiday home décor in May. www.target.com

Luggage: Similar to Christmas décor, luggage often goes unnoticed when registering for wedding gifts and it can get very costly! 2Receiving a sturdy set of luggage is perfect timing for that tropical, 10-day honeymoon you’ll be going on. www.target.com

Vacuum or Carpet Steamer:  While getting a vacuum doesn’t sound as exciting as getting that snow cone machine, they are essential to a functioning household. Dyson’s DC39 vacuum has an adjustable handle and is designed for pet hair! www.macys.com

Mandoline Slicer:  In a professional chef’s kitchen, you’ll find one of these great gadgets. Without a mandoline, it’s near impossible to evenly slice a anything and when you use this once, 3you’ll wonder how you’ve ever lived without it! For ease in the kitchen and impressed dinner guests, don’t forget to register a mandolin! www.chefscatalog.com

Gifts Cards: Let your guests know that gifts cards will be accepted just as much as any item on your registry. If they’re in a time crunch and don’t have time to shop around at Crate and Barrel, they can just pick up a gift card! This way, for those items you wish you had but forgot to register, you’ve got the credit to cover it!

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Throw the Perfect Summer BBQ

by Shea Homes Northern California on June 27, 2013

 

The kids are out of school, the temperature is rising, and that can only mean one thing; summer is here! We recently showed you how to prepare your home for the hot summer months; now it’s time to start preparing to entertain! California summer evenings are warm and the sun doesn’t set until 8:30pm which means it’s prime BBQ time.

Prepare for your first summer BBQ by securing your BBQ space. In the Bay Area it’s common to have a backyard, but it’s also common to have a small patio, balcony or community outdoor area that allows for public BBQs; each offer unique opportunities for a fantastic get together.

The Decor

Backyard BBQs are all about simplicity. Whether you have a large space to entertain guests, or an intimate setting for a few of your favorites, it’s important to set the mood. Get innovative and reuse items you have around the house to keep your get together cost effective.

  • Use a wheelbarrow to display cold beverages – just fill it with ice and gently nestle bottles and cans inside to keep them cool.

  • Old wine bottles are great to use as vases for the tables – place daisies or sunflowers inside them for pops of color. You can also clean out a few of your old wine bottles and use them as chilled water carafes. Spice up those bottles by wrapping them in colorful scrapbook paper.
  • Mason jars are great – fill them with rocks, flowers, sand, or a candle for center pieces.
  • The food table is obviously the focal point of any good BBQ – place a colorful table cloth on the buffet table to draw your guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Food

Let’s be honest, BBQs are all about the food. The mood is set with the decor but everyone came over for the ribs, chicken, steak, etc. that you cooked for them.

  • Start the party off with delicious Caprese Pasta Skewers the recipe can be found here.

  • Sometimes a simple BBQ chicken dish is all it takes to get your guest’s talking here is Michael Symon’s delicious recipe.

  • Who doesn’t love baked beans? Here’s a simple and absolutely delectable recipe!
  • And last but certainly not least, why not serve your guests this beautiful Watermelon Sorbet?

Top off your evening with a board game, a round of charades or battle it out with a game of croquet. Whatever it is that you do, we just hope you have an amazing and relaxing time.

Do you have any Summer BBQ tips or tricks? Share in the comments! And as always, you can find all of this and more on Pinterest!

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Home Shopping? Our 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions

by Shea Homes San Diego on June 27, 2013

Every week, literally hundreds of people visit our sales offices throughout San Diego. Some are experienced homebuyers; some are first timers.

To understand what home shoppers are thinking, we asked our sales counselors what they’re hearing on the front lines.

Here are our Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions:

• What is the monthly HOA fee and what does it cover?

• What is the Tax Rate and does it include a Mello Roos?

• If I buy today, when can I lock in my interest rate?

• What happens if I buy today and the rate is a lot higher when it’s time to close escrow?

• Are there any builder incentives if I use the builder’s lender?

• Is there a warranty from the builder?

• How long before the community is finished?

• Do you co-op with Real Estate Agents (understanding that my realtor accompanies me on my first visit)?

• Is this neighborhood kid friendly?

• Are pets allowed? Is there a restriction on the number of pets you can have?

What’s on your mind? If we can help answer your home shopping questions, contact our online team at (866) OWN-SHEA

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Buyers Recognize Opportune Time To Buy At Stepping Stone

by Shea Homes Colorado on June 27, 2013

 

Following its much anticipated opening, the Stepping Stone Discovery Collection of homes by Shea has nearly sold out of its first release. Pricing, innovative designs, and location are attracting buyers to this outstanding master-planned community in Parker, Colorado. Come see for yourself what the buzz is all about. With another lot release in the very near future, you will want to have your name added to the priority list.

Step into a new-home evolution
Base priced from the upper $200s – mid $400s, and ranging in size from 1,863 – 3,110 square feet, the SPACES Discovery Collection at Stepping Stone is a new collection of homes that are smart and practical – just the way you live your life. From the character of the exterior elevations to the clean lines and interior finishes, these ten plans integrate traditional and modern influences inside and out. The flexibility of SPACES allows you to express yourself in how you define your surroundings. Forget compartmentalized rooms. A SPACES home grants you the freedom to create the areas you desire most. [read more…]

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How do I prepare for my home buying process?

June 21, 2013




Preparation is key to anything, whether it’s a work meeting, an interview or your child’s first day of school; it always easier to see the big picture when everything is laid out in front of you. We encourage the same preparation when you begin your home buying process. It will also impress your mortgage consultant! […]

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Live The Luxurious And Carefree Life at Tresana

June 19, 2013
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  If your desire for la dolce vita, the sweet life, includes refined luxury and carefree living, consider the Essenza Collection of attached residences by Shea Homes at Tresana. Buyers are attracted to this popular collection of homes for its impeccable designs and styling as well as the neighborhood’s ambiance and convenient location. Located at […]

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Presents with a Purpose: Simplify Dad’s Daily Routine

June 14, 2013




If you’re having trouble scrounging up gifts ideas for Dad, think about getting him something that can find a place in the routine of his everyday life. He will not only be impressed but, years later, will consistently praise you for the gift you gave that made his life easier. Here are a few ideas […]

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Stylish Townhome-style Residences Selling At Brisk Pace in Tresana

June 12, 2013
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  Buyers searching for stylish home design, low-maintenance living, and convenient community access are finding their way to the quaint Italian-inspired neighborhood of Tresana in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. With the revitalization of the new-home market, townhome-style residences from the Tapestry Collection by Shea Homes are selling at a brisk pace. Don’t miss out; visit today and […]

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One Grand Opening, Two New Communities

June 11, 2013




  What better way to kick off summer in SoCal than with a June new home community grand opening? As the temperature rises, so does the demand for new Rancho Mission Viejo housing. Shea Homes is excited to unveil two of our latest Southern California new home communities: Gavilan and Sendero!  Whether you’ve been looking for the […]

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Origen (again) in the national spotlight

June 11, 2013




  Last week, over 8,000 builders and real estate professionals gathered in San Diego from around the world. They came to recharge their batteries, update their best practices, analyze industry trends, and honor the best-of-the-best in the home building business. When the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) handed out their equivalent of the “Oscars” last […]

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