Texas CEO Magazine Features Grand Homes’ CEO Stephen Brooks

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Posted on 28th November 2011 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Homebuyer Tips |Real Estate News

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In the November/December 2011 issue of Texas CEO Magazine, President and CEO of Grand Homes, Stephen Brooks, made the cover story with his interview on why and how he reinvented Grand Homes.  From thriving as a young company experiencing rapid growth to facing downsizing and monetary cutbacks at the peak of a troubled housing market, the article takes you through the history of Grand Homes and why it was imperative for Stephen Brooks to make comprehensive changes if his company was going to remain competitive. 

“Grand Homes found itslef in a place many businesses never recover from  – low customer satisfaction ratings, dated products and an organization with no reason to change. ” But it did.

In the article Mr. Brooks shares some of what he has learned from being in the home building industry for almost 25 years, and talks about how he was motivated by another influential CEO, Gary Kelly of Southwest Airlines, to reanalyze his relationship with his most important asset, his customers. 

Through hard work and even harder decisions Mr. Brooks was able to create a culture and a business model around customer satisfaction.  “We redefined our business through our service performance.” And it didn’t come without reward.  Grand Homes has experienced 94 consecutive quarters of profit, and was recognized as “Americas Best Builder” for 2011 by Builder Magazine.

You can access the complete article here on Texas CEO Magazine’s website.

 

 

Grand Homes Thriving in Tough Housing Market

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Posted on 26th September 2011 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Homebuyer Tips |Real Estate News

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Last month Grand Homes experienced one of their highest sales months of the year, indicating that even in a challenging housing market Grand Homes is delivering a quality product and service that people want to buy.  As Grand Homes opens and develops new communities they are enthusiastic about maintaining this trend through the end of the year. (more…)

Model Home for Sale in Plano!

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Posted on 21st September 2010 by Grand Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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The Grand Empress exudes Mediterranean charm with its tiled roof, upstairs balcony and a courtyard entry. This 4 bed, 3 bath offers 4,226 square feet of living space, complete with outdoor living areas, room for entertaining and plenty of fireplaces (four!) to keep things cozy. Now reduced to $624,400!

A courtyard with outdoor fireplace greets you upon entry. A study opens with French doors to the courtyard, making it an ideal place for outdoor living and fresh air.

Step inside to a dramatic entrance with curved staircase open to the family and kitchen. The large gourmet kitchen overlooking the family room makes the perfect place to gather and entertain.

Upstairs there is room for everyone with the spacious gameroom with wet bar, private media room and convenient kids’ computer loft.

Living space is expanded to the backyard outdoor oasis. Here you’ll find the swimming pool, complete with pool BBQ and a second outdoor fireplace.

Now is your chance to own a model home with all the extras and special features! In the fantastic location of Regency Park in Plano, you’ll have easy access to major highways, business corridors and shopping & restaurant venues. Children will attend exemplary Frisco schools.

Take a virtual tour and see more photos of this home.

Home for HOPE Groundbreaking

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Posted on 17th September 2010 by Grand Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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We’ve broke ground on our second Home for HOPE! The Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas, Homes for Hope, neighbors, and trade partners joined Grand Homes in McKinney as we dug up that dirt!

More than 75 attendees participating in the ground breaking, including a large group of Grand Homes’ trade partners – subcontractors, suppliers, and consultants – all donating or discounting their labor, materials, and services to help secure a large donation upon the sale of our Hope Home.

Grand Homes CEO Stephen Brooks said, “I can speak for our company team and trade partner family when I say that giving thousands of people in struggling communities around the world a chance to work themselves out of poverty is all the motivation we need!” Joining in the groundbreaking was Mike Lennon, executive director of Homes for Hope; Bob Morris, executive vice president of the HBA; and Mike Mints, Grand Homes vice president.

Bob Morris said, “Grand Homes represents the heart of our industry in doing this project…We’re very proud to be associated with them in this act of life-saving kindness.”

Thank you to BMC Select for donating our beautiful sign for the Hope Home and the vendors & homeowners who came out to support this cause!

Grand Homes will be contributing its own overhead and profit, including the donations from our trade in the final sum given to Homes for HOPE. HOPE’s primary service is the provision of microloans in 12 of the world’s most desperate countries. Starting at only $50, these loans enable entrepreneurs to start or expand their small businesses, creating a steady income that will lift their families out of poverty.

Grand Homes Breaks Ground on another Home for HOPE

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Posted on 13th September 2010 by Grand Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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Grand Homes is excited to announce the groundbreaking celebration of our second Home for HOPE! Join Grand, members of the community and the Homebuilder’s Association of Greater Dallas as we break ground on the charity home this Wednesday, Sept 15th at 10 am at 8200 Cheatham Ct. in McKinney!

This charity home will be built by Grand Homes as part of our Shiloh Ranch community. The donation from the sale of the home, priced in the $220,000s, will benefit HOPE International, a microfinance network dedicated to alleviating world poverty by providing financial services for impoverished families. Grand Homes will be contributing its own overhead and profit including donations from trade partners in the final sum given to Homes for HOPE. See the impact of HOPE International and Homes for HOPE on youtube.

HOPE’s primary service is the provision of microloans in 12 of the world’s most desperate countries. Starting at only $50, these loans enable entrepreneurs to start or expand their small businesses, creating a steady income to lift their families out of poverty. Across the country, Homes for HOPE has reached out to over 100 builders, and Grand Homes has answered the call a second time to participate in the initiative that allows builders to have a worldwide impact simply by doing what they do best: building homes.

Despite a nation-wide crunch in the housing market, Stephen Brooks, CEO and owner of Grand Homes, 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,” said Brooks.

Bob Morris, Executive Vice President of the HBA of Greater Dallas, praised the collaboration between Grand Homes and Homes for HOPE, saying, “The Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas is pleased to represent members, such as Grand Homes and Homes for HOPE, who see the value in serving the community both here in the Dallas Metroplex and abroad. It is a privilege to know that our members are making an investment in something bigger than themselves and their own financial gain. … Long-term, they are impacting lives and giving hope to generations down the road. We are excited to support and promote Homes for HOPE projects.”

Grand Opening of Gated Community in Frisco!

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Posted on 26th August 2010 by Grand Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Grand Openings

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Grand Homes announces the Grand Opening of our newest gated, luxury neighborhood Hills of Kingswood in Frisco. With pristine views set in a rolling terrain and natural beauty, you may forget this luxury lifestyle is only minutes from the thriving business and shopping corridors of Frisco.

Tucked away in an abundance of trees and waterways bordering Lake Lewisville Park, The Hills of Kingswood offer a private haven with luxury and convenience in mind. Hike and bike trails wind through the neighborhood alongside a creek surrounded with mature trees. Families who enjoy an active as well as relaxing lifestyle will fall in love with Frisco, ranked #7 in America’s Best Places to Move -Forbes.com.

Grand Homes are priced from the $260s to the $460s and are from 2,000 to over 5,500 square feet with 3 to 6 bedrooms on spacious home sites. Many homes include game rooms, media rooms, home offices, wine rooms, reading balconies, butler’s pantries, mud rooms and kids computer lofts. Children attend the exemplary rated Hicks Elementary School in the Frisco ISD.

The Hills of Kingswood is located near Highway 121, the Dallas Tollway, Shops of Starwood and Legacy Business Corridor. It is just minutes away from Stonebriar Center, Lake Lewisville, Warren Sports Complex, Dr. Pepper Ballpark and the new Frisco Recreation and Aquatic Center.

Click here to learn more. To visit Grand Homes from Dallas North Tollway, Exit Lebanon Road and travel West 2.5 miles (1 mile west of Legacy). Take a left on Rock Creek Parkway to the guard house.

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