November 2014

Let’s clear the air now, shall we? A SPEC home is not a home that has only basic features or low quality materials. A SPEC home does not sit on the most inconvenient of all lots in the neighborhood. A SPEC home is not used inventory. SPEC homes are really a great investment for both the builder and the buyer! But let’s talk about the buyer…

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A SPEC home really has several advantages that accelerate and simplify the home buying process for prospective homebuyers. To make the process even sweeter, we at Shea Homes Arizona are offering unparalleled incentives to help prospective homebuyers who want to close and move-in before December 31.

What exactly is a SPEC home, you ask? SPEC homes are brand new homes that the builder begins construction on before it is purchased by a home buyer. SPEC homes are as they sound, speculative, but with great research and trend forecasting to back it all up. While some builders outfit their SPEC homes with lower end finishes, Shea Homes’ SPEC homes showcase the most popular and up-to-date options such as stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, wood flooring and more for an overall updated look in the home. These homes may not be the best option for the buyer that wants to pick out every detailed inch of their new home, but for the buyer that wants a quick close and nearly instant move-in, these homes are perfect.

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Terence and Elizabeth Avery recently closed on an inventory home in San Tan Valley at Shea Homes’ Ridgeview at Johnson Ranch community. “We weren’t looking to buy a new home, but when we saw these incentives that we couldn’t pass up in an area we love, we had to pull the trigger,” said Terence Avery. “Our home was quick to close and move into since it was already built, and the features are exactly our taste. It couldn’t be a more perfect fit.”

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Lastly, when you’re shopping for a new home and the floor plan you want isn’t built as a model in the community, it’s hard to picture the look, feel and flow of the home you are about to buy. While shopping for SPEC homes, you’re able to tour the very home that you could be living in. As we were listing all of these great advantages that SPEC homes offer on their own, we hope you didn’t forget about our amazing incentives we’re offering through the end of the year:

Shea Homes is currently offering incentives of over $17,000 at Ridgeview at Johnson Ranch in San Tan Valley if the customer closes by year-end. Incentives vary by community. Visit *Quick Move-In Ready Homes on sheahomes.com for all incentives Shea Homes Arizona offers. *All prices listed are bottom-line and include incentives.

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Shea Homes will be one of the new home builders in Cane Island, Katy’s first master-planned community, which will add 2,000 new homes to the area. New homes in Cane Island will be priced from the $200,000′s to more than $1 million.

Developer Rise Communities said the community was named after the 1872 settlement that later became Katy. The new development will be four miles west of the Grand Parkway and off Interstate 10 at the Cane Island Parkway, which is expected to open around the same time.

The community is slated to open in mid-2015. Cane Island offers convenient I-10 access, proximity to major employers, new healthcare and shopping as well as accessibility to other areas of town by the nearby Grand Parkway.

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Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

by Shea Homes on November 24, 2014

 

Taking care of your home is much more than just a weekend of spring cleaning.  When you own a house, every season has its own checklist for maintenance. From flushing out water heaters, to cleaning gutters, to simply remembering to test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, each season has its own challenges to throw at homeowners. Depending on where in the country you live, some of these points may not be necessary, but it’s a good place to start. Here, we’ll outline exactly what you should do to prepare your home year-round and avoid any seasonal emergencies.

Getting ready for winter

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Before the snow falls, it’s essential that you go through your pre-winter home checklist. The last thing anyone wants is to do emergency repairs in the middle of winter.

  • If you’ve got an indoor fireplace make sure it’s ready for winter by checking it yourself, or better yet, call a professional chimney service.
  • Have your furnace serviced by a professional to make sure it works properly.
  • Double check your pipes and take extra precautions against freezing and bursting.
  • Place rubber mats around the doors, both inside and out.  They will help you and your family avoid slips and falls from the snowy and icy ground.
  • Always have a stash of sand or salt to melt the ice on driveways and walkways for added safety in those cold winter months.
  • Don’t forget to shut off the outside water spigots and store hoses!

Getting ready for spring

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When winter comes to a close and the neighborhood starts to melt, families all over the US start the traditional spring cleaning. In addition to the indoor scrub down, it’s the perfect time to make sure your home is in tip-top shape. This season call for some specific repairs left over from winter.

  • Fill in cracks or potholes in damaged driveways and walkways that were exacerbated by the ice and salt from winter months.
  • Have your air conditioning checked out by a professional to make sure it’s ready for spring and summer.
  • Make sure your window’s insulation is still satisfactory and not damaged from winter; repair as necessary.
  • Check for any leaks in the walls, ceilings, and basements, as melting snow and ice can creep into the house and cause major problems.

Getting ready for summer

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Even though we are spending much of our time outdoors in the summer, the hot weather still has an impact on the home and could potentially lead to some big problems. So, before the pool opens and school lets out, you’ll want to do a walk through of your home to make sure it’s ready to withstand the summer.

  • Check to make sure your attic fan is working properly (especially if you have items stored there).
  • Check for leaks in the roof and walls and look for cracks in the foundation of your home.
  • Reseal doors and windows to help keep cool air in instead of out.
  • Take advantage of perimeter treatments to keep bugs and other animals out of your house; don’t forget to spray inside as well!

Getting ready for fall

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Preparing for autumn is a big job and involves a different kind of preparation. Most of the process for getting your home settled for fall and winter will have to do with simply putting things away.

  • Cover pools, outdoor grills and fire pits, and reseal patios if needed.
  • Bikes, scooters, and other such toys don’t have to be stored right away, but they should be brought inside (either in your home or garage) before it starts to get too cold.
  • In addition to a home insulation check, also check your garage insulation to ensure nothing stored there will be damaged by the cold.
  • Check the bulbs on outside lamps and lanterns when there is less daylight.  A well-lit pathway is a safe pathway.
  • Inspect trees and other foliage around the house that may break under icy strain. Remove any problematic branches to avoid damage if they fall.
  • Have your furnace serviced to ensure it’s ready for colder weather (this can also be done closer to winter time if you live in a warmer climate, but better sooner than later!).
  • Don’t forget to have those gutters cleaned periodically!

Though each season has its own set of needs, there are some things that should be done, year round, to ensure your family’s safety and that your home is in prime condition.

  • Regularly changing furnace filters every four to six weeks; more often if you live by a highway or a dusty climate.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once a month and replace them every seven to ten years.
  • Checking out crawl spaces to make sure any unwelcome guests (bugs or other critters) haven’t moved in.
  • Fix leaks right away and keeping an eye out for any mold growth.

Remember, getting your home weather-ready doesn’t have to be a chore. Even the little things can make a big difference when the snow falls or the sun beats down.  You’ll be glad you put the work in. Every home has its own quirks, so these lists are only an outline for what your house might need on a seasonal basis. Have any suggestions or items to add to these lists?

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Holiday Curb Appeal

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 21, 2014

First impressions matter! Spruce up your home’s curb appeal and welcome your guests in style. Here are a few of our favorite DIY updates for the holidays.

Tomato Cage Christmas Trees

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Photo credit: Our House on the Corner

Give your tomato cages new life by flipping them upside down and covering with string lights or greenery (real or faux).

Chalkboard Welcome Sign

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Photo credit: Home Depot

Who knew a trip to the home improvement store could yield so many simple holiday DIY projects for your home’s entry? Check out this Home Depot blog post for instructions on how to make this chalkboard welcome sign plus more easy projects like festive house numbers made from nails and red yarn.

Moss-covered Letters

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Photo credit: Uncommon Designs

Inspired by similar letters from Garnet Hill, this DIY version gives you the look for less. Click through for Uncommon Designs for a shopping list and instructions on how to add some big time “joy” to your front door.

Mason Jar Luminarias

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Photo credit: The Inspired Room

We love this fresh take on the classic paper bag luminarias. All you need is a set of mason jars, Epsom salt and some small candles. Line them up on your front walk for a festive winter welcome.

Holiday Doormat

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Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess

Grab a new doormat at Target or get creative and go for a little doorway DIY. Pick up an inexpensive bristly doormat, some gold spray paint, then add a smattering of triangle with white craft paint and a small paintbrush.

Gold Wreath

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Photo credit: Canadian Family

Add a dash of metallic to your entry with this simple gold wreath. Hit the craft store for a foam wreath form, gold thumbtacks and a ribbon. Yes, you’ll be pushing in over 1,000 thumbtacks, but pop in A Christmas Story and watch while you work.

Wrapped Gifts

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Add instant holiday spirit to your front porch with this easy and inexpensive DIY project. Simply wrap a selection of different sized boxes and stack by the front door or on a rocking chair or bench.

Photo credit: bhg.com

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Ranch Home Available At BackCountry

November 20, 2014
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  Kick off the New Year in a new home at beautiful BackCountry in Highlands Ranch. Currently under construction is an exceptional Sunshower ranch plan from the Shea Homes Shadow Walk Collection. This 2,604-square-foot home with three bedrooms and 2-1/2 bathrooms is priced at $688,577* and will be ready for move in next month. Built […]

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Tour Umbria at Mountain House Today!

November 18, 2014
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  You could have something extra to be thankful for this holiday season – a new Shea home! Four new Umbria homes will be released for sale this Saturday, November 22nd at Mountain House. Call (209) 833-8427 today to schedule a visit or learn about pre-qualifying. Whether you are seeking fresh air and open space, or open floor plans for the […]

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New Brightside Homes at Bay Meadows

November 14, 2014




  Excitement was in the air at the first Brightside home release at Bay Meadows in San Mateo. The release was a great success, with all four of the initial homes released being placed on hold. Brightside buyers were literally jumping for joy over their new homes, and we can’t blame them for being excited! With 4 […]

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Shea Homes Arizona Salutes Active and Retired Military with Exclusive 1% Credit on New Home Purchases

November 13, 2014




Shea Homes Arizona family division is proud to offer an exclusive home purchase credit to active and retired military. This special offer is also extended to teachers, active or retired police officers, and active or retired firefighters. The Shea Homes Heroes Reward Program provides a 1% base price credit toward the purchase of a new […]

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Luxury Residences Available at Tresana in Highlands Ranch

November 13, 2014
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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. Right now Shea has two stunning homes available for year-end closings. First is a 2,661-square-foot Annata plan with 3-bedrooms and 3-1/2 bathrooms priced at $622,968*. This […]

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You Can Make a Difference!

November 12, 2014




You can make a difference! Help feed San Diego’s most needy families Nov. 14-Dec. 8 Donate, tweet and post on Facebook … you choose! Please join Shea Homes as we launch our annual community food drive to help feed thousands of struggling San Diegans. As we have done since 2011, we are supporting the Community […]

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