Grand Homes Tijuana Mission

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Posted on 24th April 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

From April 9 – 12, 2015 Stephen Brooks, owner and CEO of Grand Homes, his son and four Grand Homes employees ventured to Tijuana, Mexico with members of Grace Presbyterian Church to build two homes for families in need.

“It’s very rewarding, the people we build these for are so grateful and have so much gratitude for what we do for them,” said Grand employee Scott Penta who had been on a similar mission trip before.

It took the crew just one day to get the frame up and were so quick they were even able to make a chicken coop for the family’s pets!

“It was a great opportunity to serve,” said Mr. Brooks, who is already planning his next mission trip to Africa.

The project was made possible through Baja Christian Ministries and was inspired by Kevin Kurkowski of Pro Cut Landscaping.

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Introducing…The Downton Abbey!

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Posted on 10th April 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Grand Openings |Real Estate News

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01_Front xOur new model home at Bower Ranch in Mansfield has been open for a few weeks now. We’re really excited because it is one of our newest plans – the Downton Abbey!

The Downton Abbey is a five bedroom plan (with a sixth bedroom option) that features a jaw-dropping double curved staircase at the entry, customizable LifeSpace that can be used as a private study or guest suite with full bath on one side of the house with living and dining rooms on the opposite side. Once you cross under the magnificent staircase you’ll find yourself in the vaulted family room. You’ll love huge windows that allow for plenty of natural light and you can stay warm by the gas fireplace in winter.

10_Great Room xThe open floorplan allows for an easy transition from the family room to gourmet kitchen which boasts granite slab countertops, built in stainless steel appliances, a gas cooktop and an island/breakfast bar. Also, underneath the stairs you’ll find a wine room with a wet bar that will be perfect for a housewarming party! When designing the rooms downstairs, our interior designer, Jill Noble, credits Ralph Lauren Home as her inspiration with the master bath being her favorite room in the house due to the “wow factor.” This luxurious retreat boasts an oasis drop in tub with separate shower, separate his and her vanities and double doors to the huge walk in closet!

23_Game Room xUpstairs, you will be able to look over the family room from the gameroom which dead ends into the cozy media room. From the gameroom you can choose to add a loft that will connect to a hallway leading to three bedrooms. This home was definitely designed to entertain. Inspired by the Ritz-Carlton upstairs, Noble used a combination of stylish, contemporary furniture, vintage pieces and classical wood to create a lounge-type ambiance in the common areas. Each bedroom was designed with a different theme – surfing using weathered surfing artwork, trendy-prep with hanging initials and chevron print bed clothes and vintage cars with the front of a car driving through the wall and real working headlights!

08_Formal Dining RoomWhen decorating your own home, Noble advises to, “always consider the function of the room before choosing statement pieces.” Her favorite statement piece in this model happens to be the large oval dining table in the dining room. This table happens to seat eight to 10 people, perfect for a large party or having the family over for dinner. “The room is large enough to hold the piece along with a buffet, something you don’t find often outside of a custom home,” she says.

Interested in building your own Downton Abbey? Check out the floorplan and communities where we build it. Give us a call at 972-387-6087 to set up a private tour of our Bower Ranch model or any of our other communities!

Last Chance at Mira Lagos!

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Posted on 3rd April 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Grand Openings |Real Estate News

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Mira-Lagos_webThe time is NOW to pick your homesite at Mira Lagos! Las Brisas is the final phase at this prestigious, master planned community and once these lots are gone there will be no more new home opportunities here.

This new phase offers cul-de-sac, greenbelt and lake view lots within a beautiful stone and iron fence. Not to mention that this is the only phase in Mira Lagos that includes an exclusive, private gated section. This particular Grand Homes neighborhood features a pocket park, a vista park and a linear park with homesites backed to a trail system.

A few of the amenities at this fantastic community include playgrounds, swimming pools, three amenity centers, ponds and hike and bike trails – some of which lead right to the lake! As if living on the shores of Joe Pool Lake doesn’t already supply plenty of recreation opportunities, Mira Lagos has great clubs and activities for residents including Girl’s Night Out, a poker club and more!

Entrance FeatureMira Lagos is located within the highly sought-after Mansfield School District and is centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth. Grand Homes here currently run from the $300s to $500s and feature our unique, semi-custom open floorplans that boast 3 to 6 bedroom options and run from approximately 2080 to 5345 square feet. We’re sure to have something that will meet your family’s needs!

Don’t miss out on this fabulous opportunity. Give us a call at 972-387-6087 to set up a private tour or visit GrandHomes.com for more information!

Spring Has Sprung!

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Posted on 27th March 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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Spring has sprung and the housing market in DFW is booming! With little inventory, the joy and excitement of purchasing your dream home can quickly turn into a bidding nightmare! Here are a few tips put together by Realtor Magazine via LearnVest Planning Services that can prepare you for a less chaotic homebuying experience.

Step Away from the Computer

Despite the fact that 90 percent of home buyers start their search online, buyers should also consider getting outside and canvassing their desired neighborhoods. In a low inventory market, it’s important to to be proactive and not waste time weighing options, because by that time, the property might be off the market. “In our market we hope for a burst of new inventory in the spring, but that doesn’t always happen,” cautions Richard Seaton, vice president at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in the Washington, D.C., area. “Even if that burst comes, demand will outstrip supply, so buyers have to be in a position to make a decision quickly.”

Get to Know the Current Housing Market

Every housing market is different, so it’s important to do research on the market and neighborhood trends. Finding a good real estate agent and keeping up with local real estate news is crucial for buyers to understand the nuances of their local housing market. “Buyers need to get up to speed quickly on market values so they know the right decision when it presents itself,” says Yocum. “The more quickly buyers can educate themselves, the more successful the home search will be.”

Grab Those Low Mortgage Rates—Before it’s too Late!

While mortgage rates continue to hover below four percent, buyers might not be able to enjoy these low rates forever. “With all indications pointing to a rate increase from the Federal Reserve this year – perhaps as early as this summer – affordability concerns could heighten as home prices and rents both continue to exceed wages,” says NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun.

Create a Dynamic Team

The fast pace of the most competitive housing markets means buyers have to be in a position to make an offer at a moment’s notice. Before making an offer, buyers need to ensure they’ve lined up a real estate professional, a lender, a lawyer, and a home inspector. They will also want to be pre-approved for a loan and ready to complete a mortgage application as soon as they find a property.

Be Prepared for Bidding Wars

Buyers should be strategic when maneuvering a bidding war. Some agents suggest that buyer clients include an escalation clause, while others suggest they examine the deal and identify areas where they could be more flexible, in terms of contingency clauses. However, Yocum warns that “all of these [contingency clauses] have various levels of risk that not all buyers are willing to accept, and you should consult with your team before [removing] any of them.”

Make a Splash!

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Posted on 13th February 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

pool-included-022015 has brought some strange weather to DFW, but one thing we can always count on is the hot Texas summer that’s right around the corner. New to Texas? Don’t let it catch you off-guard! Be prepared with a cool, refreshing swimming pool that is now INCLUDED with the purchase of your Grand Home!

Now is the time to take advantage of a single payment mortgage to include your pool and new home as one. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with a professional design team to create a pool custom-tailored to complement your home’s unique architecture and highlight key features in your backyard’s landscape.

Enjoy swim parties, tanning, cookouts and relaxation all in the comfort of your own backyard.

Swimming pools are approximately 13’ x 22’ which includes a 70’ perimeter of any shape with 300 sf brushed concrete deck and 6” waterline tiles.

pool5Your new pool will also include: Excavation, Pump & Filter, Plumbing, Steel, Gunite, Timeclock with Freezeguard and a 500 Watt Light.

See your sales consultant for full details.

This offer is only available on new homes to be built (not on showcase homes) and is not available at the following communities: Jackson Hills, Jackson Meadows, Mira Lagos, Bower Ranch, Grand Peninsula, Chadwick Farms, Seventeen Lakes, Graham Ranch, The Ridge at Indian Creek, Savannah, Dominion at Panther Creek, The Tribute – Gardens or McCreary Creek Estates.

Why Carrollton??

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Posted on 30th January 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

CarrollThe city of Carrollton is located 20 miles northwest of downtown Dallas. It is a vibrant corporate and residential community that is growing faster than ever!

According to the city’s website, “residents are drawn to the City for its high quality of life, abundant parks, schools and safe neighborhoods”. But let’s not take their word for it. We asked Carrollton resident, Scott Bell, what his favorite things about living in Carrolton are: “The city-owned amenities, such as their libraries and park system are fantastic! It’s quiet, it’s peaceful and it’s safe.”

“It’s everything you’d expect from a small town, but you’re in the heart of DFW,” said Bell.

Carroll3Carrollton has been named one of the 50 safest cities in Texas by Safewise, ranked #4 in Economic Development by the Dallas Business Journal and was ranked one of the Best Cities for First-Time Homebuyers by WalletHub. Can it get any better? OF COURSE! Want to avoid traffic? Carrollton has not one, not two, but THREE Dallas Area Rapit Transit (DART) stations: Downtown Carrollton Station, Trinity Mills Station and the North Carrollton/Frankford Station.

Carroll2If you’re a fan of the outdoors, Carrollton also boasts over 1,200 acres of park land, a quaint downtown square with restaurants and shops, and is home to over 9,000 companies and the average daily high is a beautiful 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy the weather in the comfort of your own backyard? Now you can! Grand Homeowners at The Ridge at Indian Creek will enjoy neighborhood park and trails as well as the convenience of living right by Highway 121.

KitchenOur homes here feature granite countertops, wood floors, vaulted ceilings and customizable LifeSpaces. Our unique and dramatic open floor plans are all 100% Energy Star engineered, rated and certified!

Don’t miss the opportunity to live in this fantastic, luxury community! Lots are going fast! Visit GrandHomes.com for more information then call (972) 387-6087 to make an appointment to come see us this weekend!

New Year, New Community!

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Posted on 2nd January 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Grand Openings |Real Estate News

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chadwick-retouchxxHappy New Year and welcome to The Ridge at Indian Creek! Our newest luxury community is located at the corner of Old Denton Road and Carrollton Parkway in Carrollton.

The Ridge offers single-family, open floor plan homes with granite countertops, wood floors, vaulted ceilings and customizable LifeSpaces. Our unique and dramatic floor plans are the most energy-efficient in the area with all of our homes boasting the official Energy Star logo. This ensures that our homeowners will receive savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features or comfort.

The Ridge BIG-01Not only are our homes fabulous, but so is the location! A one-acre neighborhood park will supply hours of easy access fun for resident children. There are plenty of opportunities for golfing near-by and Lewisville Lake, shopping and entertainment are close at hand. Plus, easy access to Highway 121 will get you anywhere in DFW in a snap.

Carrollton has been named one of SafeWise’s 50 Safest Cities in Texas, ranked #4 in Economic Development by Dallas Business Journal and was listed the 3rd Best Place to Live in America by Areavibes among plenty of other awards and accolades. What’s not to love?

Don’t miss out on Pre-Grand Opening pricing! Make an appointment to come see our re-engineered floor plans today by calling 972-387-6087.

Frisco Model Home For Sale!

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Posted on 19th December 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

stairsOur model home at Traditions of Frisco is for sale! Purchasing a model home not only removes plan selecting, build time and landscaping from your plate, but the home also comes with designer paint selections and a swimming pool! All you need to do is move in!

This 4 bed, 3.5 bath home is built on a premium corner homesite with plush landscaping and a dramatic French Country Elevation with stone facade, cedar accents and a covered porch. Once inside you’ll be amazed by the sweeping curved staircase, huge windows, wood floors, granite slab countertops and Whirlpool stainless steel appliances. Host dinner parties in this open floorplan home and your family room will be the main hangout with built in bookcases and a marvelous gas fireplace with stone mantle that runs up to the vaulted ceiling. Once the summer months come around your new swimming pool will be the star of the show! Other features include a home management center, gameroom with snack bar and a customizable LifeSpace that can be used as a study, craft room or man cave. The possibilities are endless!

familyAs if the visual aspect of the home isn’t enough, what is behind the walls is fascinating! This Green Built Home (like all of our Grand homes) was built to meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We use only the best materials to ensure this home (and all of our homes) meets these guidelines. Some of these materials include radiant barrier roof decking, 2 x 6 wall construction rather than 2 x 4, 16 SEER HVAC systems, vinyl Low E windows, R-38 Ceiling insulation and more! The Energy Star rating means lower utility bills, higher resale value and a greater comfort level than a home of equal or greater value that does not meet these qualifications. Essentially, this home will make a difference in your wallet and the environment.

Not only is the home amazing but so it the location! This is the perfect area to raise a family. Located within Frisco ISD, Lone Star High School, Stafford Middle and Phillips Elementary are all within walking distance. This quaint, boutique community is in close proximity to shopping, dining, recreation and sporting venues that house the Texas Legends, FC Dallas, Roughriders and construction is underway for the new Dallas Cowboys practice facility. There is even an online Weekly Activities & Events Calendar so you always know what’s happening around town. Lake Lewisville is just a few minutes away and the Dallas North Tollway is just a mile down the road and will get you to downtown Dallas in just 30 minutes.

Don’t hesitate! Move into your new home for the new year. Visit GrandHomes.com for more information or call Kelly Sims at 214-277-9757 to make an appointment to check out your new home!
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How to Save on Holiday Home Prep

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Posted on 28th November 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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“The summer heat is quickly fading, and before we know it, the leaves on the trees will start to turn. That means holiday season is just around the corner. If your family is anything like mine, holiday season is hectic season. From Halloween on, it will be a nonstop parade of people and activities all the way through to the New Year. Is your home ready for the change in seasons?

I’ll admit, I’m not quite ready yet. But, I have a plan that will save me money and hassle, and I’m happy to share it with you.

Clean:

Now is the perfect time to open up all the windows in the house, let in the cool, fresh air, and clean the place. It’s probably something I picked up from my mom, but we never touched any of the seasonal decorations until after the house had a thorough cleaning. Mind you, this is not your typical weekend cleaning, either. It involves moving the furniture around, brushing the baseboards and corners that usually get ignored and dealing with the dust bunnies living under beds and rugs. Your guests with allergies will appreciate your hard work.

Cleaning on this scale gives you a chance to think about how traffic flows through your rooms and opens opportunities to give each room a free makeover. It’s amazing what rearranging the furniture can do for a room that you’ve been living in for years. Fall cleaning also sets the stage for the pretty seasonal decorations that make this time of year so special. Plot, plan and imagine while you’re cleaning.

Take inventory:

Once you’re in cleaning mode, it’s much easier to motivate yourself to pull all of your seasonal décor out of storage and sort through it. Never shop for holiday decor without going through the holiday boxes first. You will avoid the impulse to buy things you already have and can plan ahead for the things you need to replace.

Don’t stop with just your fall and Halloween items. Go through Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s and even Valentine’s Day if you have it. Making your way through all of it early will help you to see how to repurpose and use seasonal items in ways you’ve never used them before. Refreshing your memory early also sets you up for the next step.

Swap:

Admit it; you have a couple of friends or family members that have a few seasonal pieces you totally adore. If you get the jump on cleaning and inventory, you have the opportunity to organize a seasonal swap. Don’t limit the swap to just the strictly seasonal stuff. This is a chance for all of you to rethink pillows, throws, lamps, art, rugs and guest bedding. Exchanging just a few key pieces could be all it takes to reinvigorate a room without spending a dime.

Returning the swap at the end of the season becomes the reminder to take advantage of the post-holiday markdowns. You’ll get up to 80 percent off brand new seasonal items and the fun of unpacking those goodies when you do the inventory dive next year.

Make small changes:

Now that you’ve gotten your seasonal stuff sorted, take a look around the house for opportunities to make small changes. Rather than repaint the whole room, what about repainting the trim or adding a contrasting feature wall? As you start to think about how your rooms function for guests, you may find there are little things that need to be repaired or updated. Don’t turn it into a big make-over. Keep the projects small and you’ll accomplish them quickly without a big expenditure of time or money.

Do little things:

What little details will make out-of-town guests feel most welcome in your home? The little things make all the difference, and they usually require more thought than money. Take a trip to the dollar store to stock up on tissues, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, conditioner and all of the other little sundries that you would find in a well-appointed hotel room. Planning ahead will save money and time running around for those last-minute things that are often forgotten when packing.

Seasonal fragrance is another little detail that can make a big impact. Don’t forget to evoke those memories of grandma’s homemade pies and cookies. Spending $5 to $10 on candles, scented oils or potpourri can makeover a space even when you don’t have a budget for lots of decorations.

Knowledge is power when it comes to decking the halls and saving money. Now that you have the holiday entertaining basics covered, you can keep an eagle eye out for the amazing deals on seasonal items yet to come.”

This article was posted by U.S. News & World Report blogger, Michelle Stinson Ross, “The Frugal Shopper” on Sept. 29, 2014. The original post can be found here.

Three Grand Model Homes for Sale!

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Posted on 21st November 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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Not one, not two, but three Grand model homes for sale across DFW! This is a rare occurrence that needs to be taken advantage of.

30_BackyardOur first home is in Grand Prairie at Grand Peninsula. This community is in great location, directly between Dallas and Fort Worth and right by Joe Pool Lake. The model is built on a large, premium homesite and is across the street from the neighborhood park. The highlight of this home is definitely the outdoor kitchen! This family friendly community has tons of great amenities including an ameinity center, lagoon-style pool with waterfalls and fountains, a community gazebo and themed parks throughout!

26_Media RoomNext is our stunning model at Graham Ranch in North Richland Hills. This model boasts glass-front cabinets in the kitchen, a wine cellar, gameroom with snack bar, a balcony overlooking the pool and built-in cabinets and gorgeous brick- and stone-work in select areas of the home.

kitchenxxFinally we head northeast to Prosper where our Greenspoint model stands. This is the perfect community for active nature lovers. With such close proximity to Town Lake, wooded hike & bike trails and winding equestrian trails leading to Prospering Farms Equestrian Center, you’ll always have something to do in the great outdoors. You’ll love coming home to this picture perfect abode. Entertain guests in the gourmet kitchen or spend a quiet evening soaking in the garden tub in the luxurious master bath.

All three homes are Energy Star certified and come stocked with hardwood floors, landscaping, a swimming pool (!), designer paint options and tons more. Don’t hesitate! Move into your new home for the new year. Visit GrandHomes.com for more information on your new home!

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