Grand Homes Recommends Making a List for First Time Home Buyers

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Posted on 14th December 2016 by Grand_Homes in Homebuyer Tips

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If you’re a first time home buyer, we at Grand Homes recommend that you first make a list of all the things that you look for in an ideal home. This will not only save you time and effort, but it will also help you get exactly what you want—and perhaps even more. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, how else would you know that you’ve found the one, right?

Other that the most common factors like location, neighborhood or community, nearby establishments and facilities, garage, and of course, price, below are some of our suggestions:

1. Space. How much space will you be needing? Consider the number of bedrooms, the size of the kitchen and living room, and the number of toilet and bath. If you like entertaining, then you would need a large enough space to accommodate your usual number of guests, plus a few unexpected extras. You may also want to consider having an extra bedroom for the occasional stay-in guests.

2. Garden, patio, and balcony. If you like the outdoors, then you should definitely consider a home with a nice garden and patio, and even a balcony for those days when you want some fresh air but don’t want to step outside the house. Also consider the landscaping, if any.

If you’d like to view our ready-for-occupancy homes, please feel free to get in touch with Grand Homes at your convenience.

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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!

Grand Gives Back

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Posted on 10th October 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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DSC_1229Yesterday was a very exciting day here at Grand Homes. Not only was it the final day of Grand College sales training, but sales associates and office staff were able to come together for a very important cause. Special guests Jack Nulty, Executive Director at Homes for Hope, and Leah Rutt, the daughter of Hope International founder Jeff Rutt, joined Grand Homes for a check presentation.

During yesterday’s presentation, Ms. Rutt explained how her family would donate food and medical supplies in Ukraine before they decided they wanted to help in a way that would make a lasting difference. This is how HOPE International came to be.

Homes for HOPE is an arm of HOPE International that works with home builders to facilitate and encourage the construction of HOPE Homes. What makes HOPE Homes special is that the labor, materials and services are donated or discounted in order to increase profit. Profit from the sale then goes towards the provision of microloans to entrepreneurs in impoverished countries so they can start or expand their own small businesses. This enables business owners to earn a steady income to support their families and eventually rise out of poverty.

Eleva1The home sale that allowed Grand to make this donation was built in the Frisco Hills community in Little Elm. This is the fourth home Grand Homes has built with Homes for HOPE. Our fifth HOPE Home is currently under construction at Chadwick Farms in Fort Worth. For more information on our latest Home for Hope visit grandhomes.com or call our Chadwick Farms sales office at 682-237-7515.

Grand Homes is proud to be a part of this life changing opportunity and is extremely grateful for our amazing trade partners who helped make this effort possible. We could not have done it without them!

Luxurious Living in Parker

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

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McCreary-Front-10x6.6x300McCreary Creek Estates in gorgeous Parker, Texas is officially a closeout community! We currently have three absolutely stunning homes that are ready for move in NOW! Parker has been named as the #1 Best Dallas Suburb by D Magazine and Collin County has been ranked #14 in the Top 20 of the Best Places to Raise a Family according to Forbes.com. One fun fact is that Parker is also the location of the famed Southfork Ranch from the TV series ‘Dallas’!

Now you can have a mini-ranch of your own as all current move-in ready homes each stand on at least one acre of land.

06_StairsLet’s begin with the Grand Belvedere. This 6 bedroom, 3.5 bath home boasts a three car garage, guest suite with full bath, unique split staircase, private study, a second staircase leading to the upstairs gameroom and a balcony off the gameroom where you can enjoy the amazing fall weather!

inventory_10719Next we’ll visit the Hampton VII. This 6 bedroom, 6 bath home features a dramatic double curved staircase, formal living area with a 2-sided fireplace shared with the home office, guest suite with full bath, mud room and a wine bar where you can wine and dine guests without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

inventory_10693Finally we stop by the majestic Hamptons. The Hamptons comes stocked with 5 bedrooms, 4 baths and two half baths. Visitors are greeted by double front doors and a breathtaking double curved staircase. Also included is a wine grotto, enlarged master bath with a 2-sided fireplace shared with the master bath, a mud room and a 4 car garage.

Each of these homes was built with the homeowner in mind and are ideal for entertaining. Visitors will marvel at the elegant dark wood floors and plush upgraded carpeting upstairs. Keep warm and cozy in your vaulted family room with the gas fireplace. While the kids are busy in the upstairs gameroom and media rooms, you can take care of business in the gourmet kitchen. Whip up your favorite meal with the help of the GE Profile stainless steel appliances, gas cooktop, granite slab countertops and more! All elevations include ornate stone façade, cedar and/or brick detailing and a classic porte-cochere.

Aside from neighboring the famed Southfork Ranch, McCreary Creek Estates is also near Oak Point Nature Preserve, Pecan Hollow Golf Course, Lavon Lake and is located within Plano ISD.

Give us a call today at 972-429-7773 to set up a tour of your family’s new home!

New Phase in Frisco!

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Posted on 29th August 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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Some exciting news is coming to you from Dominion at Panther Creek in Frisco. First off, we have a new phase! Second, our model home has been given a makeover and has been remodeled!

If you are looking to live in a family oriented, premier community this is the spot for you.

First off, we have views!! The elevations of the homesites are such that they look down on rolling hills! This is one of the last pieces of property in Frisco that has such spectacular views and with this being our final phase in this community we highly encourage you to act fast and select your homesite while they’re still available. All of our homesites also either back up to a dense tree line or Panther Creek so privacy is at a premium here. You won’t find this anywhere else in Frisco.

DSC_3979_amenity center fountainAlso, we have two series of homes here. We have homes that have rear entry garages and homes with the garages in the front so we can accommodate any buyer’s taste.

Located within the highly sought after Frisco ISD, there is TONS to do around this neighborhood. Several sports teams call Frisco home and there are plenty of shopping and dining options just around the corner. Want to stay closer to home? This community features a pool, cabana, lake, greenbelts, hike and bike trails and so much more!

The homes at the Dominion of Panther Creek run from the $400s to $590s and are created with our signature features such as vaulted family rooms and old-world inspired stonework. Multiple living and dining areas, as well as media and gameroom options make these homes ideal for entertaining. Like all of our Grand Homes, floor plans are easily customizable to fit your family’s needs and are 100% Energy Star engineered, rated, tested and certified which will save your energy cost in the long run.

5dining2We can’t emphasize this enough – HURRY! We only have 30 home sites left, some of them over sized, and yes we have north east facing homesites! This will be the final opportunity to be able to live in the prestigious, highly sought after Dominion of Panther Creek.

Come see our newly remodeled model home and get a great price on your new home this weekend! Whether you’re looking to build or move in quickly we have what you need! Click here for more info on this premier community.

2014 Energy Star Market Leader

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Posted on 22nd April 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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estarGrand Homes has been recognized as a 2014 ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader for our commitment to ensure that our homes are energy efficient.

To receive this award, our homes must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that require an integrated approach to design combined with tried-and-true best building practices. Upon completion, each home must undergo third-party inspection of energy performance to guarantee that it is at least 30% more efficient than typical new homes built today.

We have taken the next step in building the best home for our customers by using only the best materials for our homes including 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! All of this so our customers can experience lower utility bills, higher resale value and a greater comfort level knowing their home is protecting the environment.

In the past year, we have contributed to 509 ENERGY STAR certified homes being added to the market. This is equivalent to eliminating the emissions from 181 vehicles, saving 923,835 lbs of coal and planting 713 acres of trees.

Visit grandhomes.com for more information on our award winning homes.

DFW Housing Market Outlook for 2014

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Posted on 3rd January 2014 by Grand_Homes in Dallas Real Estate

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Forecasters expect last year’s 100-mph housing market to ease off the gas in 2014.

But that doesn’t mean that home sales and prices will stall in North Texas or nationwide.

Most housing analysts anticipate a robust spring and summer home selling season — just not as frenetic as in 2013.

“What will be different this spring is there should be more inventory on the market,” said Jed Kolko, economist with Trulia Inc. “More inventory because prices have come up, so more people will be thinking about selling.

“Also, there is more construction than there was a year ago, so that adds more inventory,” Kolko said.

The rise in the number of homes available to buy and higher financing costs should temper the market, he said.

“We can all use some calm,” Kolko said. “It should be a more level housing market in the next year.

“Prices aren’t rising as fast as they were, and people aren’t as worried about another bubble.”

Last year brought unprecedented growth in the Dallas-Fort Worth housing market, erasing damage done during the recession.

Median home sales prices in North Texas were up by more than 10 percent, roughly double the long-term average rate of increase for the area.

The number of pre-owned homes sold jumped almost 20 percent.

With the surge in sales, inventory fell to a near-record low.

At the end of the year, there was less than a three-month supply in the Dallas area. That’s about half what is considered a normal market.

“I’d be surprised to see double-digit home price increases this year,” said Dr. James Gaines, an economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. “I’m expecting more sellers to come forth and even up — at least to some extent — the disparity between supply and demand.

“Demand will still be strong, so prices will go up despite interest rates that slowly drift upward during the year,” Gaines said.

He said any real slowdown in housing demand probably won’t happen until the second half of 2014.

Ted Jones, an economist with Houston-based Stewart Title, said robust job growth in Texas ensures a strong housing market. But maybe not as dynamic as in 2013.

“Expect to see a 6 to 8 percent increase in total existing home sales in 2014, with median prices rising from 5 to 7 percent” statewide, Jones said. “Homeowners in Texas should be pleased with the value performance of what, for most individuals, is their largest store of wealth: their home.”

Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the few major markets in the country where home prices have surpassed where they were at the top of the market in 2007.

But home construction in North Texas is still nowhere close to where it was before the recession.

D-FW single-family home starts will rise again in 2014, but probably not as fast as in the previous year, said David Brown, who heads the Dallas office of Metrostudy Inc.

“Starts jumped over 20 percent in 2013, and I expect them to grow another 10 percent to 15 percent this year,” Brown said. “Higher new home prices and higher interest rates impacting affordability are one reason the growth rate will likely slow in the next year.”

And continuing constraints on builders — including lot supplies and labor shortages — will mean that new home inventories will remain tight in 2014, he said.

“I expect the market to be very strong this spring because total housing inventory is likely to be even lower than it was last spring,” Brown said. “When buyers start to look for homes, there will be even fewer choices than last year.

“This is likely to create the same competitive environment amongst buyers that existed in the market in the first half of 2013.”

Nationwide, single-family home starts are forecast to rise by 30 percent this year, pushing total home construction to the highest point since 2007, said David Crowe, chief economist with the National Association of Home Builders.

“The level of mortgage interest rates is not as significant as the availability of mortgages,” he said. “I foresee some slight easing in the eligibility rules.”

Article By: Steve Brown, Dallas Morning News

See full article here.

Texas Ranks #2 in Top Business Climates

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Posted on 12th November 2010 by Grand Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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When it comes to a warm and sunny climate, you’ll find it in Texas and in more ways than one. In a new site selection analysis, Texas ranks among the top business climates in the nation.

It’s no surprise for the Lone Star state thatDallas Texas continues to top the charts. You may recall Texas was recently named the leader for economic recovery, according to National Journal and The Atlantic. This summer, Texas was named “America’s Top State for Business” by CNBC. For the sixth year in a row, CEO Magazine deemed Texas the “Best State to Do Business.” Texas cities ranked top in “America’s Recovery capitals,” by Forbes and Moody’s Economy. And, released last month, Texas ranked seventh in Forbes’ list of “Best States for Business and Careers.” (more…)

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