Top Reasons to Use Grand Homes as Your Builder

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Posted on 10th May 2012 by Grand_Homes in Homebuyer Tips

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Grand Homes has been serving families in the DFW area for over 25 years.  In that time it has evolved, grown and changed in several ways in order to stay current with the market, and to ensure that every customer’s’ needs and expectations are met and exceeded.  Grand homes has committed itself to a business model that delivers the highest quality product at the greatest value.

If you are looking to build or purchase a home in the DFW area it is important that you select a builder you can trust with you home, your life and your family.  So join us as we look at a few of the many reasons Grand Homes should be the one to serve your home-building needs. (more…)

8 Steps to Smart Gardening

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Posted on 19th April 2012 by Grand_Homes in Homeowner Tips

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In honor of Earth Day this weekend, we thought we would take this opportunity to talk about an area of the home that is very important, but gets very little attention on our blog: the garden!  Gardens serve so many great purposes from making your home look welcoming and pretty to providing food for your family.  And since everyone has different levels of green in their thumb we thought we would share a fun and beginner-friendly article about how to start and maintain a garden of your own.  Enjoy!

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DFW and Houston Expected to Lead in Home Price Gains

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Posted on 28th September 2010 by Grand Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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Dallas real estateSome good news for the Dallas real estate market – forecasts show Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston to expect the largest home price growth throughout the country in the upcoming year.

Estimates show North Texas prices will increase 2.7% in the next year. Houston prices are expected to increase 3.8%, according to Veros Real Estate Solutions, housing analysis firm.

“The primary reason for the strong Texas showing is that Texas cities did not have a huge run-up in prices that occurred with much of the rest of the country,” said Eric Fox, Veros’ vice president of statistical and economic modeling.” Unemployment rates in Houston, Dallas and other Texas cities are below the national unemployment rate.

“Also, the months’ supply of homes for sale in Texas is modest,” Fox said.

See the full article and where other markets rank, “Houston, D-FW will lead in home price gains, forecast says” By Steve Brown, Dallas Morning News.

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.

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.”

Resort Lifestyle at Gentle Creek in Prosper

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Posted on 9th September 2010 by Grand Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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Now that families are back in the hustle and busle of busy work and school schedules, you may be wishing you were still on that summer vacation! Whether it’s spending an afternoon at the resort pool, playing a premier golf course or enjoying the scenic surroundings, we could all use a little more vacation time during this time of year!

At Vistas of Gentle Creek in Prosper, you don’t have to wait until your next vacation to enjoy a lifestyle full of resort amenities! From the $240’s, Gentle Creek is a golf community with natural wooded beauty on a hillside country setting overlooking the golf course, with resort-style amenities including the clubhouse with a restaurant, playgrounds and a community swimming pool.

“We are excited to announce brand new homesites have just been released in Gentle Creek this weekend. With Grand Homes’ Golfers Dream Package, Grand Homes will pay the intiation fee for membership to Gentle Creek Golf Club, or buyers can take advantage of our swimming pool promotion,” said Randy Summers, Grand Sales Consultant.

Children attend Prosper schools, which are one of the highest overall rated school districts in the DFW area. According to the North Texas Council of Government, Prosper is one of the 10-fastest growing cities in North Texas. Prosper will soon be the home of Moorland Village, the largest outdoor mall planned for North Texas with 188 acres of integrated retail, commercial and restaurants. “With easy access and great growth, Prosper has become an ideal location to live. That is why I chose to live here myself,” Summers said.

For more information about Vistas of Gentle Creek, click here.

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.

Grand Opening of the Tribute Lakeside Golf Community!

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Posted on 18th August 2010 by Grand Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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Grand Homes invites home buyers to the Grand Opening of The Tribute Golf Club in The Colony! We are excited to be a part of this family-friendly golf community located on Lake Lewisville with two premier 18-hole golf courses, ultimate resort style amenities and all within easy access to major highways.

The Tribute is a master-planned golf community with resort-style amenities. There is something for everyone from the infinity pool, themed splash park for kids, pocket parks, playgrounds, 6 miles of hike & bike trails and a beach club in the works. Not to mention a state of the art clubhouse at the Old American Golf Club under construction.

Grand features award winning designs priced from $230s to the $340s with 1,950 to over 4,100 square feet. Grand’s homes offer three to six bedrooms with multiple livings, such as family rooms, studies, computer lofts, media rooms, and game rooms. Children attend the exemplary rated Hackberry Elementary School.

Golf enthusiasts at The Tribute enjoy two 18-hole championship golf courses on the banks of Lake Lewisville. Golf Digest named The Tribute Golf Club as the #1 public golf course in the Dallas area. The Old American Golf Club was designed by Tripp Davis and Justin Leonard to simulate some of the most famous holes in Scotland.

Click here for directions to stop by and see all that this community has to offer! Visit the Tribute online at www.thetribute.com

The Lone Economic Star – Why Texas Continues to Thrive

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Posted on 27th July 2010 by Grand Homes in Dallas Real Estate |Real Estate News

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On the 80-mile drive from San Antonio to the Texas capitol in Austin, it’s difficult to miss the signs of growth. At every highway exit, it seems, huge new shopping malls greet motorists. Valleys where cattle grazed five years ago now sport shiny new Target stores, tract homes, and tennis courts. Between 2000 and 2009, Texas added about 4 million residents, more than half of them migrants from elsewhere in the nation. And Texas will almost certainly emerge from the recession with the nation’s strongest and most important economy.

In May alone, Texas, America’s second most populous state, added over 75,000 jobs—more than California (the biggest), New York (third biggest), and Florida (fourth biggest) combined. Texas has shown consistent gains in 10 of the 11 categories of private employment that the Bureau of Labor Statistics measures.

The state is far more than cowboys and oil: It has several of the nation’s leading medical research centers (Baylor and UT hospitals among them), one of the biggest computer makers (Dell), and a financial industry that never took a turn for the worse. And, even though unemployment remains a tick over 8 percent (about a point and a half lower than the national average), the rapid growth is bringing this down quickly. During the last week in June, the job-hunt website Monster.com offered more new job openings in Texas than in California even though the Golden State has over 10 million more people. In a nation looking for economic good news, Texas stands out as a bright spot.

What are the real secrets to Texas economic growth and attracting new residents? High oil prices, Lack of state income tax, nice weather and business-friendly environment all play an active roll but the real secret lies in Texas’ limited but activist government and affordable homeownership.
– Spending on public schools, improved the universities, and funneling dollars to efforts to make Texas a medical research hub
– Spending hasn’t increased faster than population growth and inflation.
– Expanding Transportation infrastructure; every major Texas metropolitan area has built new roads or greatly expanded existing ones.
– because of its prodigious road building, put more areas within easy commuting distance of its job centers.
– Remaining affordable homes; as a result, it was possible to build homes in Texas without resorting to subprime loans that damaged the rest of the economy.
– Inland location offers major metropolitian areas room for growth
– Public and private investments in the arts, parks, and universities have brought Texas a large affluent professional class.

In short, a state known for size and excess has succeeded because of public policies that avoided excesses of big government overspending, poorly conceived private lending, and business-government land planning. In this way, Texas offers important lessons for other states looking to claw their way out of the recession.

By Eli Lehrer. See the full article from The Weekly Standard here.

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