Double-Promo Weekend!

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Posted on 21st August 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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Aug2015PromosSunThis Summer’s Hottest Deal just got a LOT hotter! The Hardwood Flooring Special that was originally scheduled from July 28, 2015 through August 16, 2015 has been extended through this Sunday, August 23, 2015.

But that’s not all!

This weekend, in addition to the $8,000 value of the Hardwood Flooring Special, you can save up to $14,650 with the Grand Exterior Package! When you take advantage of this deal, you will receive $4,650 in Exterior Stone and ½ OFF an Upgraded Elevation (up to $10,000 value).

That’s up to $22,650 in savings on your new, home to be built when you use both promotions and sign this weekend!

Wait! It gets better!

Both of these promotions can be used in addition to your community’s current promotion; some of which include discounts on custom design options and/or a swimming pool, as well as the $13,036 Energy Star MAX Package!

The new Grand Exterior Package is offered at all of our Grand Homes communities between August 20, 2015 and August 31, 2015. The Hardwood Flooring Special is offered at all communities except Bower Ranch and Savannah through 08.23.15. These promotions are not valid on Showcase Homes. See sales consultant for additional information.

Visit GrandHomes.com to find your favorite community!

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Way 2 Go, Plano!

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Posted on 31st July 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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3a4a0ddWalletHub has named the City of Plano the #2 Best City for Families! The personal finance social network: “compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities based on 30 key metrics that take into account essential family dynamics such as the relative cost of housing, the quality of local school and health care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation.”

Plano#2Plano was number one on the list for Highest Median Family Salary (Adjusted for Cost of Living) as well as Most Affordable Housing! The ‘City of Excellence’ came in 4th and 5th for Lowest Divorce Rate and Lowest Percent of Families Below the Poverty Level respectively.

Grand Homes has pleasure of building within three fabulous communities in Plano – Trails of Glenwood, Harrington Mills and Northglen.

Located on the northern rim of Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, Trails of Glenwood is the most central of the three Grand neighborhoods in Plano. This premier community features an amenity center, community pool and sport court for residents to enjoy. Homes in this community start in the $360s!

Grand-Harrington-Ext-1200x804x72To the south you will find Harrington Mills. Just a short drive from the intersection of President George Bush Turnpike and Central Expressway is where you’ll find this family-friendly neighborhood. With the choice of executive or estate-sized lots, Harrington Mills is able to offer a large selection of semi-customizable homes to fit everyone’s needs.

Last but not least we have the Grand Homes Exclusive, Northglen! This boutique neighborhood is within the Frisco ISD boundaries and is conveniently located just off Highway 121 between Coit Road and Independence Parkway. Right on the border of Frisco, McKinney, Allen and Plano, Northglen residents can enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment in all four notable cities!

See WalletHub’s original post HERE!

We’re Definitely a Sellers’ Market

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Posted on 24th July 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Grand Openings |Groundbreaking |Homebuyer Tips

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You hear it so often lately; another company is relocating to Texas. More and more people are finally realizing our state has more to offer than saloons and barbecue (although we do love our saloons and BBQ). In fact, as of 2014, Texas was home to 103 Fortune 1000 companies, three of the Top 10 largest Cities (by population) in the U.S., eight professional sports teams and a beautiful coast line.

texas-tortilla-chip-in-tomatillo-soupPlus, can we all agree that the shape of our state is just perfect?

Does any other state have chips in the shape of their state?

But, I digress.

A few large companies have recently announced their relocation to the DFW area and this area has “ranked first [in the country] in the rate of job growth and third in the number of jobs added,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With the influx of residents in DFW, we are now considered a sellers market. This means now is the best time to sell a home here because there are more consumers than inventory. Zillow recently listed DFW as the 5th Best Market for Sellers on their blog. Here is how this rating was determined: “Zillow’s spring analysis of buyers’ and sellers’ markets across the U.S. looked at how long homes spend on the market, how likely they are to have had a price cut and how much they sold for in relation to their listing price.”

This dilemma leads to bidding wars and the seller tends to earn more than asking price on the home.

The full Top 10 Sellers’ Markets list includes:

  1. San Jose, CA
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Denver, CO
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (HEY, that’s US!)
  6. Los Angeles, CA
  7. Portland, OR
  8. Sacramento, CA
  9. Nashville, TN
  10. Boston, MA

Read Zillow’s original blog HERE

Allen Named 2nd Best Place to Live in TX

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Posted on 26th June 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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Allen, TX was just named the second best place to live in Texas by NerdWallet.com!

This is what they had to say about Allen:

As one of our large communities with lower crime in Texas, and with the third-best education score on our list, it’s no surprise that Allen comes in near the top of our rankings. It appears homeowners agree, since 78% of households in Allen own their homes — a much higher rate than the median of 59.9% for large cities. The Dallas suburb prides itself on its arts and culture, from a quilters guild to the Collin County Ballet Theatre. The community is also home to National American University-Allen and Collin College.”

Grand Homes has two beautiful communities in this North Texas city – Landings of Kittyhawk and Cumberland Crossing.

01_FrontThe Landings of Kittyhawk is located off Stacy Road, between Central Expressway and the Sam Rayburn Tollway. Allen Premium Outlets, Topgolf, The Village at Allen and Allen High School are nearby. But you don’t have to go far for some fun! The Landings boasts an amenity center, neighborhood pool and playground. We currently have one home that is ready for move in at this community.

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A short drive west will take you to Cumberland Crossing, just west of Alma Drive and south of the Sam Rayburn Tollway. Glendover Park, Craig Ranch and Twin Creeks Golf Club are close at hand. This community is heavily treed with a greenbelt, hike & bike trails, an amenity center and pool. We currently have two move in ready homes here

This is a great city to raise a family with free events, clubs, libraries and an award winning parks and recreation there’s never a dull moment in Allen! Click here to see the original article, including other Texas cities that made the list.

 

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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Posted on 19th June 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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According to Business Insider, the National Retail Federation has predicted that consumers will spend about $13 billion on Father’s Day gifts this year, it may seem like a lot, but it’s no match for the $21 billion spent on Mother’s Day gifts last month. What better way to surprise dad than with his own, private man cave?

A man cave is a space or room in the home where dad can go to unwind after a long day. There are tons of fabulous decorating ideas for these spaces, but the most important aspects are whether 1) the room is functional and 2) it caters to dad’s favorite things. Grand Home owners have the option to use their LifeSpace to create dad’s sanctuary. Here are a few ideas we love!

golf-man-cavesLet dad practice his putting in peace with his very own golf-themed space complete with putting green! Use old golf clubs, balls, tees etc. to bring the clubhouse feel to the room and don’t forget a TV! Dads love TVs.

 

 

Gorgeous-drum-pendants-are-a-perfect-fit-for-the-space-above-the-pool-tableHow about a round of pool and a cold drink? Dad won’t need to leave the comfort of his own home to have a “night out” with the guys.

 

 

 

 

4840cda034330ea06f3f7252a2640599Save money on décor and invest in a nice TV or projector and the comfiest couch dad has ever sat on. Bonus points for multiple screens! Load up a bar with snacks and drinks and he’ll be in heaven!

 

 

 

 

Spend this Father’s Day getting to know dad a little better. What are his favorite pastimes? Is he a collector? What would his theme be? Then get started on this project together. Visit garage sales, estate sales and thrift stores for some inexpensive décor pieces, but most of all have fun! No amount of money can buy the quality time you will share with dad. The best things in life are free, after all!

Check out our man cave Pinterest board for more of our favorite ideas!

Let’s Make it 9!

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Posted on 12th June 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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Grand Homes is proud to say we have earned the Consumers’ Choice Award for Business Excellence 8 years in a row! Now we need your help to make it 9!

Established in 1987, the Consumers’ Choice Award identifies and promotes businesses that deliver customer service excellence. Its purpose is to publicly identify those establishments that have been voted by consumers as being their choice for excellence.

The Consumers’ Choice Award is unique because those businesses who receive this honor have been voted for by the consumer. In 2015, the CCA has opened this voting process to the greater DFW community!

Here’s how to vote for us at votedfw.com:

Click the “Vote Now” button
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Click “Next” on the following page

Then, click the “Consumer Services” option
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Select the “Construction & Home Improvement” option on the following page.
(and any other categories you may be interested in, support Local!)

 

 

 

Next you will have lots of subcategories to choose from.

 

When you are on the Construction & Home Improvement page, select “Custom Home Builders – Headquartered in DFW”

 

 

 

What do ya know! We’re at the top of the list!

Select “Grand Homes, Inc” and continue to the finish line.
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Thank you in advance for voting!

We look forward to many more years of providing excellence in customer satisfaction and beautiful new homes across DFW.

How to Protect Your Home Against Flooding

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Posted on 29th May 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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With the recent heavy rains in DFW (and more in the forecast), here are some tips on protecting your home from flooding. This was originally posted by Gwen Moran for HouseLogic. The original post can be found HERE.

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States, causing $2.7 billion in losses between 2001 and 2010, according to the National Flood Insurance Program, a government-sponsored pool that provides flood insurance to home owners.

Your homeowners insurance policy doesn’t cover flooding: You generally need to buy a separate flood insurance policy. The key to reducing flood damage is to take precautions, which in many cases you can accomplish in a few hours to a few days.

Protect Your Home

It’s not a good idea to bet the odds — 20% of flood claims come from places where the flood risk is low, according to floodsmart.gov. Check with your insurance agent to see what flood insurance will cost you. If you live in a community that participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, you can buy an NFIP flood policy. Participating communities agree to adopt and enforce ordinances that meet or exceed FEMA requirements to reduce the risk of flooding, according to NFIP.

Protect Yourself

If you live in a high-risk area, it’s a good idea to have a “go-bag” ready in case you need to leave quickly. Include:
A few changes of clothing for you and family members
Insurance policy numbers
Phone numbers of your agent
Your insurance company’s main number
Essential toiletries
Money to get you through a few days

It’s also wise to have an evacuation route mapped out and to have a location to which you can go, such as a loved one’s home or hotel. Always follow the direction of local and state authorities if ordered to evacuate. Remember: Your possessions and your home are small comfort if your family is injured or worse.

Preventative measure: If you believe water will begin to accumulate in your home, shut off power at the main electrical panel in your home, says Bill Begal, owner of Begal Enterprises, a Rockville, Md., disaster restoration company. But never stand in water to do so — if the area around the box is already flooded, leave it alone.

In addition, know what to do in the first 24 hours after a flood to avoid additional risks to your health and home.

Keep Water from Damaging Your Home with Flood Control Tips

Before your rainy season or spring thaw begins, take these 10 steps to protect your home from water damage:

1. Fix leaks immediately. Leaky roofs and foundation cracks allow water to get into your home, which can weaken the structure and provide a perfect habitat for mold. When you see wet spots on the ceiling or cracks in the foundation, fix them as soon as it’s safe to get up on the roof or the material is dry enough to repair. Check that roofing shingles are secure.

2. Spring for extra roof protection. When it’s time to replace your roof, spend a few hundred dollars more to install a rubber roof underlayment, a waterproof barrier that goes under the shingles and protects the roof from water intrusion.

3. Close foundation cracks with mortar and masonry caulk or hydraulic cement, which expands and fills gaps completely and costs only a few dollars. Don’t patch solely with mortar or cement, which may crack again. If water is a recurring problem, be sure to investigate other solutions for issues like wet basements.

4. Clear gutters and drains. Keep gutters and drainage systems clear to carry water away from your home. Check storm drains on your street, as leaves and debris can block them, causing water to collect.

5. Invest in a battery-powered sump pump. Sump pumps let you pump water out of your home and can be an excellent defense against flooding — unless they’re powered by electricity and the power is out. Battery-powered sump pumps are a relatively inexpensive ($150-$400) solution.

6. Catalog possessions. Using a digital camcorder or camera, create a home inventory for insurance. Inexpensive digital cameras start at about $100. Although traditional video and photographs are adequate, they can be bulky to carry and may get damaged if left in a flooded home. Digital files can be stored on a small USB drive and kept in your go bag, sent to a friend or relative for safekeeping, or stored on an online backup system like idrive.com or opendrive.com, which offer a small amount of space to store files for free or a larger data storehouse for $50-$60 per year.

7. Move expensive items to a safer location. If you have a second floor or an attic, moving furniture, photographs, and artwork to a higher level will protect your possessions in all but the most severe floods. Elevate furnaces and water pumps when they’re installed, if possible, to a height of 12 inches above the highest known flood level for your area, suggests FEMA.

8. Anchor your fuel tanks. Unanchored tanks can float, rupture, and release fuel. Once the power sources of system units like furnaces and water heaters are disabled and the units cooled, you can also wrap them in waterproof tarps to mitigate water damage.

9. Prevent sewer backup. Install (or have a plumber install) sewer or septic line check valves, which allow waste to flow only one way. Plan to spend $100 or more per valve to have a pro install them, or do it yourself for $10-$15 each to ensure sewage can’t back up into the standing water in your home. Install at a point in the pipe that’s easy to access for repair.

10. Install French drains if you live on a slope and have a persistently wet basement or soggy lawn. A French drain collects water in your yard and diverts it safely away from your house.

Floods are a common challenge that many home owners will face at one time or another. However, by keeping your home in good repair, moving valuables out of water’s way, and creating good drainage around your home, you can stop or reduce potential flood damage.

Stay safe out there!

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Grand Homes in the Best Suburbs in TX

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Posted on 15th May 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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Niche_(Company)_LogoNiche.com has listed the Best Suburbs to Buy a House in Texas and Grand Homes builds in six of the top ten!

According to Niche.com, “Niche ranks US suburbs based on home values, property taxes, housing costs, and age of new home buyers. A high ranking indicates that a suburb attracts residents with a good housing market where property taxes and housing costs are in line with value.”

DFW is in the midst of the hottest housing market ever! Take a look at the following ‘burbs and see which one strikes your fancy!

McKinney – #9
McKinney offers a quaint Historic Downtown area, plenty of parks, shopping and entertainment opportunities as well as a loaded community event calendar. McKinney has also been named the #1 Best Place to Live by Money Magazine. McKinney is located 30 miles north of Dallas. We have three communities in the award-winning city – Sorrellwood Park, Shiloh Ranch and Estates of Verona.

tribThe Colony – #8
The Colony is home to the AMAZING Tribute Lakeside Golf and Resort Community. The Tribute is a premier, master planned community that hugs the shores of Lake Lewisville and features amenity centers, a splash park, resort-style pool, playgrounds, an on-site K-8 STEM Academy, golf courses, six miles of hike and bike trails and so much more!

Wylie – #7
We are closing out Parkside in Wylie and welcoming the Dominion of Pleasant Valley! Coming later this year, our newest community will feature an amenity center with a swimming pool, parks, playgrounds and three miles of hike and bike trails. Also in Wylie, Creekside Estates is nestled among the trees and grassy meadows near Southfork Ranch. Wylie is known as the ‘City Between the Lakes’ (said lakes being Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard) and is one of the fastest growing cities in Collin County.

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The City of Allen is also a fast-growing suburb that has earned its fair share of accolades including Best City for Young Families (ApartmentList.com), Top Ten DFW Suburbs (D Magazine), 2nd in Best Cities for First Time Home Buyers (WalletHub) and more! The Landings of Kittyhawk and Cumberland Crossing are in the middle of new shopping, dining and entertainment venues and with easy access to the Sam Rayburn Tollway and Highway 75 the rest of DFW is just a short drive away.

Frisco – #3
Frisco is a sports-lover’s dream! Currently home to four pro and minor league teams, Frisco is soon to have a new team in town – the Dallas Cowboys! With great schools and plenty of entertainment, Frisco is a fantastic city to raise a family. The Traditions of Frisco is now in closeout but the Dominion at Panther Creek and Hills of Kingswood each have important qualities. Dominion of Panther Creek is chock-full of family-oriented amenities and the gated Hills of Kingswood offers a private haven with luxury in mind.

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Also along the shores of Lake Lewisville is Little Elm. This town is experiencing major growth but works hard to maintain its appealing small town charm. Little Elm boasts the largest beach in North Texas and easy access to major highways. Frisco Hills is located within the Frisco ISD boundaries and is just 35 miles away from downtown Dallas.

Grand Sells Fifth Home for HOPE!

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Posted on 8th May 2015 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

5thHomeForHopeWe are thrilled to announce our 5th Home for HOPE has been completed and purchased! The charity home is located in the Chadwick Farms neighborhood at the edge of Roanoke, TX. Grand Homes, along with our trade partners, constructed this home with the goal of donating the proceeds from the sale of the home to Homes for Hope.

Homes for HOPE is a non-profit organization that, together with HOPE International, provides financial resources and support to help alleviate physical and spiritual poverty in 17 developing countries around the world.

08_Great RoomThis particular home is the Abernathy floorplan, a sensational 4 bedroom, 3 bath abode with awesome drive up appeal. The feature that made the Key family fall in love was the open concept of the entertaining area. They are honored and proud to be purchasing the home whose proceeds will help others across the globe.

Founded in 1999, Homes for Hope works within the homebuilding industry, forming partnerships with builders and their trade partners to create revenue-generating projects – “homes for hope” – which provide financial support for HOPE International’s microeconomic development programs across the globe.

To date, homebuilders and trade partners around the country have completed 89 homes, raising over $10 million in charitable contributions. With their assistance, HOPE has been able to offer an estimated 1 million loans aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty for aspiring entrepreneurs in 17 countries around the world.

Blacina GuerreroBrooks, a recent recipient of the Dallas Builders Association’s Hugh Prather Humanitarian Award, believes in the idea of giving back. “Grand Homes has always supported, and will continue to support, many local charities to benefit the communities in which we build; Homes for HOPE allows us to have an impact beyond our own community to help eliminate poverty in areas of need throughout the world,” says Brooks.

We would like to thank our trade partners who made the construction of this home possible and wish the Key family many happy years in their new Grand Home!

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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