October 2018

 

You’ve decided to move in with your significant other, which means you are going to experience many lifestyle changes that are new and exciting. One of the most overlooked aspects of moving is going over your need for items in your separate living spaces before merging into one home. The steps after deciding what moving company to work with, and what area you’re looking to move to (try checking out the happiest city in the U.S.), and ensuring you have enlisted help the day of your move, is sorting through each of your belongings to determine what to keep, what to donate, and what to upgrade with a newer product for your combined home. Although it is exciting to figure out what lighting fixtures will look best in your home and picking out paint colors, it’s better to cross off the initial steps to moving before looking too far ahead. It can be challenging to decide what items fit into which categories, especially if you are known to save a lot of things throughout the years but buying a home or an apartment allows you to start from scratch and decide what items are truly valuable to you and your significant other, or what can be left behind.

Tranquility at Sage | Livermore, CA

What to keep:

Depending on how much space you have at your new home, you can gauge how many items are practical to keep. If you don’t have the option for storage, you may have to limit the number of items you actually bring with you and store any other items at a friend or family members home until you know if you can accommodate miscellaneous pieces. Any items that you use on a daily basis are items that would be practical to bring. For example, work clothes, toiletries, bedding, pots and pans, and non-perishables are all items that would be immediately relevant to you, and easy to pack. For things that will require a moving truck, split up the furniture you and your significant other have, deciding between which items fit your color scheme, and mutual aesthetic desires for your shared space. Additionally, you’ll want to keep any family photo memories and passed down decor because they are irreplaceable items that might not always be something you need to see but are something you want to continue to have in your life.

Sienna Plantation | Missouri City, TX

What to donate:

Generally, anything that isn’t overused and isn’t something you are bringing with you can be donated. To put it into perspective, if you haven’t used something within the past year, it probably isn’t a product you need. It’s understandable that seasonal items are more so used in their optimal time (for example: Halloween costumes, patio furniture, a grill, and specialty pots and pans), but if you went a whole year without using a product for any season (unless it is a family memento  or a special piece of jewelry), it’s safe to assume you can donate it. Your instinct would be just to move everything from one place to the other because you don’t want to feel like you have items in your possession that you just don’t want. However when you’re going through your belongings, take a moment to think if you really use the item, or if someone else may benefit greater, whether you donate to your local thrift store, like Salvation Army, or maybe a family member or friend.

Synergy at Sage | Livermore, CA

What to buy new:

Depending on your current living situation you may need all new furniture, half and half, or maybe just a piece or two; either way, you are going to want long-lasting and durable furniture for your transition as a couple. Buying new is the fun part! Make a list with your significant other and decide what furniture stores you want to make a stop at after figuring out what pieces are needed for your final move. Deciding ahead of time is crucial, that way you aren’t waiting weeks after moving in for something like a couch or a bed frame. If you don’t have time to shop in store, there are plenty of places to find quality furniture online. This way, you can continue sorting through your homes, while also purchasing your needed items online.

Once you’ve responsibly sorted, packed and moved to the home of your dreams, you can be at ease that your items are neatly organized and readily accessible. Then, you can think about things like adding a swimming pool (see tips and tricks for this here), getting a pet, or joining in on some fun community events!

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry While Raising Funds to End Cancer

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 19, 2018

Shea Homes Road to 50K - Light the Night for LLS Giveback DaysSome people use their illustrious degrees and decades of painstaking research to find a cure for cancer. Others fundraise for cancer care and research through walks and marathons. On three days over the next month, you can join the effort to end cancer just by going out to lunch or dinner with Shea’s “Giveback Days”.

Join Shea Homes® Arizona on our mission to raise $50,000 for Light the Night, all to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). This series of fundraisers culminates in powerful, nationwide walks as one million survivors with their family and friends will join together to illuminate what is often the darkest time in a person’s life.

Three different Valley restaurants will host “Giveback Days” over the next month, each donating a portion of the day’s proceeds to the Light the Night fundraiser – so bring friends, family, and colleagues to lunch, dinner, or happy hour, and score some delicious food and drink while raising money for cancer care and research. The Shea team and our partners will be at both Bourbon Jacks and Dos Gringos, injecting extra doses of fun into the atmosphere with free giveaways, 50/50 raffles, and silent auctions – if you’re a sports fan, you absolutely won’t want to miss some of these items up for bid! Or buy a football square for your favorite team, and if you pick the lucky numbers, not only will you be raising money for Light the Night, but you’ll win some dough yourself.

Food, fun, and fundraising for a great cause; what’s not to love?

October 26 – Bourbon Jacks (11 West Boston Street, Chandler, Arizona 85225) Local and family owned Bourbon Jacks Bar and Grill blends traditional country with contemporary appeal, boasting a fresh innovative menu, extensive drink selection with over 200 Bourbons and Whiskies on the menu, and an exciting atmosphere with live country music!

November 2 – Dos Gringos If you’re into tacos, drinks, parties, patios, and having a blast with your friends playing oversized games, this is the spot for you. The menu is filled with a mix of traditional and innovative fare, like the can’t-miss SuperCheesyGooeyChimichanga, which is the tastiest carnitas and jalapeno cream cheese burrito you’ll ever have. Come by, play some games, grab a bite, and fight back against cancer!

Mesa location at 1958 S. Greenfield Rd. Mesa, AZ 85206

Tempe location at 8000 S. Priest Rd. Tempe, AZ 85284

Chandler location at 1361 N. Alma School Rd. Chandler, AZ 85224

November 14 – Rita’s of Chandler (2975 E Ocotillo Rd, Chandler, AZ 85249) The only thing that could make frozen custard any better is eating it for a good cause. Rita’s frozen custard is carefully made in small batches to maximize quality and freshness, making it dangerously delicious. And that’s a good thing! The more you eat, the more you raise, so bring the kids and let loose!

Three days, three fabulous restaurants. Come to one, come to them all – everything you do moves us closer to our $50,000 goal, and could help save the life of one of the 1.3 million Americans afflicted by blood cancer.

Want to go the extra mile? Invite your friends, family, and co-workers to register, fundraise, and walk at the Light the Night event at the Phoenix Municipal Stadium at 5:00 p.m. on November 17. To learn more or to make a donation, visit: http://bit.ly/2KEpePT

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First Prescott Homes Now Selling in Mountain House

by Shea Homes Northern California on October 17, 2018

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Shea Homes® is happy to announce –  the first of the Prescott homes in Mountain House are now selling! East of Livermore, in the Hansen Village of Mountain House, the Prescott neighborhood offers Americana-style single-family homes that are designed to fit your lifestyle—at a price point that’s hard to beat. Within walking distance to the Mountain House High School, Prescott is ideally located toward the front of Mountain House and is close to all that this vibrant community has to offer – from plentiful parks and green spaces to miles of well-maintained trails. These two new Prescott home plans currently start in $600s. Register for Community Updates to stay in-the-know.

Ranging from ~2,484 to ~2,706 square feet, the spacious two-story floorplans of Prescott feature 4 to 6 bedrooms with 3.5 baths and open-concept main living spaces that are ideal for hosting and entertaining. Need more space? Opt to add a stunning Suite Home apartment unit above your detached 3-car garage and you’ll have all the room you need to host overnight guests or family members of any generation.  Learn more about Prescott, or view our home plans

Please prequalify with Shea Mortgage  if you are interested in reserving a Prescott home.

Call (209) 221-0936 or EMAIL US to learn more or schedule your visit, and to come tour the beautiful Mountain House community today!

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What to Know about Interest Rate Lock

Mortgage Rate Lock: What You Need to Know About Your Loan’s Interest Rate

If you’re planning to apply for a home loan, it’s likely that you are aware of the fact that mortgage interest rates fluctuate daily. Depending upon market conditions, fluctuations can even happen on an hourly basis. These changes can have an impact on your finances when interest rates spike. To help avoid paying more for your mortgage, you can take advantage of a mortgage rate lock.

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Quick Move-In Homes at Alondra and Cortesa in Rancho Mission Viejo

October 15, 2018

As the end of 2018 approaches, we at Shea Homes® SoCal want to make sure you’re already settled into your dream home just in time to celebrate the new year so you can embrace all that 2019 has to offer! If you’re a 55+ homebuyer searching for a community that offers quality homes and a […]

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Celebrating the Grand Opening of Azure, Paradise Valley on October 20th

October 12, 2018

  ‘Azure’ – noun: the blue color of the cloudless sky. The serenity of a warm, breezy day. The expanse of unending horizons. Open. Unrestrained. Free. That’s Azure. Next Saturday, October 20, 2018, marks the grand opening of the first entry in our Shea Signature® line, Azure, Paradise Valley. Encompassing 66 homesites over 23 acres […]

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Sales Office Now Open and First Homesites Now Selling at Barcelona!

October 11, 2018
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  The wait is finally over! Shea Homes® has just released a very limited number of homes at Barcelona in the East Bay, and they’re available on a first come, first served basis. We think you’ll find that these thoughtfully-designed duplexes live large and have a very compelling price point, with a fantastic location in […]

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Wedgewood Information Center Opening this Saturday!

October 9, 2018

Homebuyers in the market for a luxury single-story or two-story home in Orange County will be able to visit the Information Center for Wedgewood by Shea Homes® this Saturday, October 13th, 2018! If you’re on the hunt for a larger home to grow into with your family, or just looking to upgrade to a design that […]

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When the Nest is Empty…Get a Bigger Nest

October 5, 2018

Michelle Smith, a Phoenix-area real estate agent, found herself in the same position many parents do when her son and daughter prepared to move-out for college: what do I do with all this extra space? The answer, she thought, was downsizing. “Every other house I bought, I bought with my children in mind… this house […]

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