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Adding a Swimming Pool to Your Home? Things You Should Know

by Shea Homes Arizona on May 18, 2018

Backyard Swimming PoolHave fun in the sun and stay cool by the pool! With that lovely extended spring behind us and the infamous Arizona summer on its way, Valley residents are pulling out their swimsuits and stocking up on sunscreen. Shea Homes® homeowners in communities like Recker Pointe and Ambition at Eastmark (and soon, 24 North) love the resort feel of their community pools, where neighbors can meet, play and barbecue together.

Many of our communities also offer the option of adding a swimming pool in the back yard. We chatted with Jim Pinson from Shasta Pools, Shea’s trusted resource for everything aquatic, to get the scoop on everything from construction to safety and maintenance. Shasta has been family-owned since 1966 and has been Arizona’s premier pool builder for decades.

While some homebuyers wait to build their pool until after closing, there are a few reasons to consider going for it right out of the gate.

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Winner winner, chicken dinner! Shea Homes® Arizona is thrilled to have won five awards at the 33rd Annual Major Achievements in Merchandising Excellence (MAME) awards competition, held earlier this month at the gorgeous Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. This prestigious awards competition recognizes the exemplary efforts of builders and land developers; interior designers and architects; and sales managers and sales associates who make the home building industry in the Valley of the Sun one of the nation’s leaders.

33rd Annual MAME Awards

Shea Homes was proud to accept the following awards:

  • Best Social Media Campaign: Cardinals House Party
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Over the next few months we’ll be highlighting some of Shea Homes Marketing Company’s amazing Community Representatives. As the faces of Shea Homes®, our team members pride themselves on their knowledge and passion for helping buyers find a space perfectly suited to their lifestyle.

This month we chat with Marci Kloss, the Community Representative for 24 North. Marci has been with Shea Homes for 12 years, and she thrives on the feeling of helping buyers find exactly what they’re after, even if they don’t themselves know what that is yet. 
Marci Kloss - 24 North, PhoenixQ: What makes the experience of buying, building, and living in a Shea Home special?

A: Our purpose is to enhance people’s lives. Our goal is to make the entire buying experience amazing and memorable, from start to finish. We work as a team to provide the buyer with the best experience they can possibly have. From the moment they walk into the sales office, to the construction welcome meeting with the Field Manager, to customizing their home at the Shea design studio, to receiving the keys to their new home and the follow up from customer care for a year after they close. Our commitment to customer satisfaction is our priority, which translates to happy buyers & happy home owners! We are there every step of the way with a synergistic team that makes the buyers #1.

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Cool Down and Save with Summer Energy Efficiency Tips from APS

by Shea Homes Arizona on April 20, 2018

 

Summer in Arizona means siestas and Saturdays by the pool. For many Phoenix residents it also means sweat and rising energy bills… but it doesn’t have to! With a few easy tweaks, you can enjoy the cool comfort of modern air conditioning (invented in 1902 by the one day founder of Samsung, Willis Carrier, in case you were wondering) without the gut punch of the summer energy bill. APS® offers a few tips to keep you cool:
Energy Efficiency Tips from APS

  • Doctor Doctor: Cooling accounts for nearly half of your monthly energy bill in the hotter months, but it can easily skyrocket if your unit isn’t operating the way it should. Schedule regular yearly check-ups for you’re A/C unit to help prevent it from working harder than it has to.
  • You Spin Me Round: It’s time to wake up that ceiling fan that’s been hanging dormant since November. Turn on the fan and turn up the temperature: raising your thermostat by one degree can save 2 – 3% on energy cooling costs — set your thermostat to 79° and use fans to feel up to 5° cooler.
  • Carry on My Wayward Sun: The desert sun bakes your windows all day long. Plant low water use shade trees in front of south, east, or west facing windows to help keep sunlight from heating up your home in the summer months.
  • Take Me Home, Desert Roads: Don’t spend money to cool your home when you’re away at work all day! Program your thermostat to turn up the temperature when you are not home, or get a smart thermostat with “geofencing” that does this automatically by working with your smartphone.
  • Dancing in the Dark: Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances; they can add heat to your home. Unplugging appliances when you aren’t using them could help lower energy costs as well. TVs and toasters take up more power than you’d expect, even when you aren’t using them.

At Shea Homes®, we work to keep our new homes energy efficient from the start, which is why our ENERGY STAR® certified homes use up to 20-30% less energy than other non-certified homes. Through a combination of complete thermal enclosure systems, high efficiency ventilation, comprehensive water management systems, and energy-efficient appliances and lighting, together families that have purchased ENERGY STAR labeled homes save more than $350 million dollars each year on utility bills.

Visit Shea Homes to learn more about the Shea difference.

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You’re Invited: April 14 Grand Opening of Shea Homes Gateway Quarter – Aperture, Emblem, and Origin

April 13, 2018




Origin 7512 Shea Homes® Arizona is thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of Gateway Quarter, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on April 14, 2018 at the S.E. corner of Ellsworth and Germann Road in Queen Creek, AZ. This new development, offering stunning views of the Superstition Mountains, is made up of three diverse communities […]

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Celebrate Earth Day in Southern California

April 12, 2018




  Earth Day is almost here (April 22nd), and SoCal is showing our beautiful planet all kinds of love this year. If you’re passionate about keeping the earth clean, happy, and healthy, here are some fun ways you can contribute in Orange and LA County! Earth Day Events in Orange County and Los Angeles: April […]

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Artisan at South Coast Coming Soon to Santa Ana, CA

April 10, 2018




There are so many reasons to be excited for summer in SoCal, but we’re not just talking about pool parties, spending our days at the beach, and family vacations…we’re also talking about new homes! Specifically, Artisan at South Coast by Shea Homes®, a stunning new collection of two-story single-family homes coming to Santa Ana. What can you […]

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Prepare for Awesome: Awesomefest Coming to Eastmark April 13 and 14

April 6, 2018




Peer ahead in your calendar. Do you see that? The luminous sheen over next Friday and Saturday? The glowing lights, the live music, the smell of roasted pecans mingling with the tantalizing smells of a dozen food trucks? It can only be one thing… AWESOMEFEST! And this year, Eastmarks’ annual bash has too much awesome […]

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Faces of Shea: Meet Justin Susnik, Community Representative at Ambition at Recker Pointe

March 23, 2018




    Over the next few months we’ll be highlighting some of Shea Homes® Arizona’s amazing Community Representatives. As the faces of Shea, our team members pride themselves on their knowledge and passion for helping buyers find a space perfectly suited to their lifestyle. This month we chat with Justin Susnik, from Ambition at Recker […]

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Pre-sales for Shea Homes® Gateway Quarter New Homes

March 16, 2018




  Pre-sales for new Shea Homes Gateway Quarter communities in Queen Creek to begin in March. For three years running, Queen Creek has been recognized as one of the best places in the Valley to work (Phoenix Business Journal), and thanks to Shea Homes®, soon there will be new places to live too. With a […]

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