first time homeowners

Make Your House a Home at Colina

by Shea Homes Northern California on June 30, 2015


If you haven’t visited the stunning new Colina model homes at Waterstone, then you don’t know what you’re missing. I mean, who doesn’t want a beautiful home with a gorgeous view!? Located in Vallejo, and just minutes from downtown Benicia, the new Colina neighborhood by Shea Homes sits atop a beautiful hillside and overlooks the Carquinez Strait, leading into San Pablo Bay. Starting from the $500s, and ranging in size from 2,319 to 3,072 square feet, these Colina homes offer a great value for the Bay Area.

And new Colina homeowners agree. Erwin and Amanda Cruz couldn’t be happier, these ecstatic first-time homeowners recently received the keys to their new home, and they gave us some feedback about the new community and buying with Shea: “As first-time home-buyers, we had a lot of questions. The Shea team made it easy, and communication throughout the process was always great. There wasn’t ever a time when our questions weren’t answered. We are very happy with our home.” Amanda said.

Erwin chimed in, “Not just the sales team, but the construction and mortgage team, too. I definitely stopped by once a week to check on the progress of the house.”

Amanda added, “You can definitely tell that they share in our excitement.”

Jennifer Chlebicki, Shea Sales Team Member, says,Colina Homeowners “My favorite part of the entire process is handing our homeowners the keys to their beautiful new home. We work with our home-buyers for months prior to this day, and we get to know and care about them and their families. So to be there to celebrate with them, on that last day where everything has come together, and hand them the keys is a really special moment. I always feel honored to be included in sharing that moment with them.”

Thinking about dropping by? View the model home photo tour below, then call (707) 558-0543 to schedule your visit and see the difference a Colina home could make to you.

Remodeling and Home Design


Is Buyer Interest on the Rise?

by Shea Homes Northern California on March 18, 2014


Newlyweds Nick and Teresa Hopper just bought their first home. The couple got married last August and decided against having a big wedding in favor of making a larger down payment on a home. And although small weddings may not be the norm, we are definitely seeing more and more interest and excitement from potential buyers.
Homeowners Nick and Teresa
“There has been an incredible amount of demand,” says Shea Homes sales representative Yvonne Ida, “Buyers today are not only almost desperate to get a home, they’re absolutely excited and just so so hopeful. They just keep coming back. Sometimes we don’t even have time to circle back around with them and they are back in our office.”

When Nick and Teresa were asked about why they decided to buy a new home versus a resale, Teresa quickly replied that the current market in the Bay Area had “too much competition” and that it was “much easier to buy a new home.” Nick also chimed in on the topic, explaining with enthusiasm about “not having to fix anything” and the low cost of upkeep on a new home compared to other options they had considered. They mentioned that high rental costs for small apartments in the area gave them additional incentive to look into purchasing.

These two lovebirds were ecstatic when they received the keys last week. “We love the washer and dryer, the countertops, and the cherry wood in the kitchen. Everything is so awesome!” says Teresa.

“Our standard finishes just seem to blow people’s minds,” explained Yvonne. And although these newlyweds don’t have any children yet, they were just as excited about their new community’s schools and nice recreational areas.

This kind of eagerness amongst new homeowners and those looking to purchase has become typical over the last year, and whether it is fueled by a shortage of housing, rent increases, tough competition in the market, or some combination of these items, buyer excitement is definitely on the rise.

Nick and Teresa plan to celebrate their new status as homeowners with champagne and a housewarming party.

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