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Far East of El Paso: The Move of Your Life

Southwest style home surrounded by desert vegetation and rock landscape

The west and the central regions of El Paso tend to be some of the most populated throughout the city. This shouldn’t worry you from finding the home of your dreams, though. El Paso is a city growing with more people and businesses and because of that, a plethora of the loveliest homes are being constructed and built. The east side is blooming with life and a variety of homes for you to choose from. Let’s explore more of the benefits of moving into the eastern region of El Paso. 

Room for School

Because of the great demand of people coming into El Paso, more schools have been built specifically in the neighborhoods surrounding Pebble Hills Boulevard. Sergeant Manuel R. Puentes and Pebble Hills High are the newest additions to the Socorro Independent School District, in which they are currently working on two new schools for the Pebble Hills region. These schools are being built specifically so that you can place your child in a school close to home. 

Proximity to Shopping Centers

In addition, more homes are being built due to the shopping centers that are close by. It’s safe to say that no one desires to drive more than ten minutes just to get a gallon of milk or fill up on gas. The homes being built in far east El Paso are close to everything you need- clinics, dentists, grocery stores, restaurants. These new homes come with bringing you the services of your everyday life.

New Homes For a Fair Price

The homes that are being built in the Pebble Hills region are not only new, but they contain some of the highest quality and most advanced technology. You’re probably thinking that this comes with the cost of being pricey, but in reality, all of this is available to you for a price we can all work with. Who wouldn’t want the most updated homes for a flexible budget?

Palo Verde Providing You with the Best

El Paso is known for vibrant sunsets and its desert aura. You can find this beauty of El Paso especially in the far East, where new homes are waiting for you. Contact Palo Verde Homes today to learn more about how we can provide a new home for you!

What to Do Within the First Year of Owning a New Home

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Buying a new home can feel a lot like graduating from college. For years you struggle, sacrifice, and put in the hard work, then comes the day when you earn your degree, which is not a guarantee for a job but a credential that can open many doors. Owning a new home can be a lot like that. You suddenly have this new brand new accomplishment under your belt and it feels great but then you begin to learn there’s more to it than that.

You’re not alone. Many new homeowners are caught off guard once the costs of owning a home begin to settle in. Not to worry—you’re in good hands. Here at Palo Verde Homes, we work with buyers we believe will be successful in their journey as a homeowner and do our part to ensure you know just what you’re getting into so you can enjoy this lifetime accomplishment, as you should! As Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

What to Do in the First Couple of Weeks

Okay now that Franklin’s quote as settled in, it’s to plan out a couple of key items. Shortly after you move in, within the first weeks, there is a couple of home maintenance you’ll want to handle:

  • Do a thorough walk-through of the home and look for any possible repairs. Before you begin unpacking and setting up the home, including hanging decorations on the wall, you want to make the home doesn’t require any repairs. In the event a repair is needed, it’s much more difficult to have it done once there’s furniture in the home.
  • Check all appliances and electrical outlets. Although this is something that will be inspected in the walk-through, it’s always a good idea to test out your appliances within the first weeks of moving in to make sure everything is intact.
  • Know who to call in the event of an emergency. Whether you’re new to the area or El Paso in general, you want to know who to call outside of 911. For example, a local plumber, electrician, insurance agent, gas leak, and other home damages. Having these numbers on hand can prevent losing any valuable time, which is especially critical in an emergency situation.
  • Keep an emergency supply kit somewhere safe. In the same sense, you want to make sure you have a supply kit stored nearby in the event of a power outage. For example, if the lights go out you’ll have a flashlight on hand. It also doesn’t hurt to store non-perishable food and water in your pantry as well as blankets and other essential items one would need if the electricity goes out.

What to Do on a Monthly Basis

Owning a new home certainly has its perks. For one, you won’t have to worry about unexpected damage or severe home maintenance issues such a leaking roof. However, there are items you will need to keep track of and handle on a monthly basis. These include:

  • Change the air filters each month. This will help keep the air inside clean. Some people extend this to two or three months but if you’re running your AC or heater on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to replace the filters each month.
  • Test the carbon monoxide detector and other home alarm systems. The batteries in carbon monoxide detectors can stop working without notice so it’s a good idea to test the detector once a month just to ensure the batteries are working. This applies to other battery-operated doctors.   
  • Flush out the water to remove accumulated sediment. Water can cause appliances such as your washing machine or sinks to stop working much sooner. This is because the chemicals in the water will damage the pipes. As a precaution to the water you’re drinking and using for other household chores, it’s a good idea to check your water softener and replenish the salt if needed.    
  • Clean the garbage disposal. Like many commonly used but often forgotten areas of the home, the garbage disposal can easily get dismissed. We recommend marking these monthly maintenance items in your calendar on days that are easy to remember. For example, every 10th day of the month throw some ice cubes in the garbage disposal and turn on the grinder then flush it out with hot water and some baking soda. This will clean out all the residue that tends to stay behind.

Every Spring and/or Fall

While El Paso is fortunate to have rather mild and predictable weather, we do see a changing of the seasons, even if it’s not as dramatic as the leaves changing colors or the first snowfall. In our city, it’s more like the first day of triple-digit weather or the first full day of rain. Regardless of how you observe the changing of the season, at least twice a year when it gets cold/warm out, you want to do these items:

  • Have your roof inspected. New roofs don’t require nearly as much work as older homes but keeping it safe and damage free is as easy as a yearly routine inspection.
  • Remove any leaves or debris from the gutters. This will prevent the backflow of water, which can result in foundational issues or other structural damage.
  • Check your plumbing and make sure the pipes are all working. Just like a new roof, your plumbing won’t be difficult to deal with but it’s best to have your pipes inspected at least once a year.
  • Inspect your home appliances. From your oven to the washing machine and refrigerator, it’s a good idea to inspect your home appliances on a seasonal basis. Any small issues are much more feasible to repair than larger electrical issues.
  • Do a walk-through of your home’s exterior. If you don’t spend a lot of time outside, exterior issues are easy to dismiss. Make sure to do a rigorous walk-through of your home and look for any damage such as splitting paint, vegetation that requires work, a faulty door, or any issues with your irrigation system.    
  • Check for any cracks or gaps in the windows. Again, for a new home, it may be uncommon for the area around the windows to begin cracking or splitting but as caution and preventable measures, inspect your windows. Look for gaps between the trim and exterior siding as well any new caulk that needs to be re-applied.     

Have a Specific New Home Question? Contact Palo Verde Homes Today!

Yes, having a home is work. But is it worth it? Absolutely! In a list format, it may seem like there’s a lot to do but since most of these items are spread out and can easily be tackled within a day or two, it won’t be as nearly as tiring as one might imagine. It’s also a good idea to call in a professional for some of the items, which often involves an inspection and update on that part of your home. Knowing is better than not knowing when it comes to home damage. Most importantly, doing these items will help keep the pristine look and feel of your new home.

If you have any specific questions about your new Parlo Verde Home, please connect with us today!

Before You Build: 5 Steps to Follow

Building a new home begins long before the foundation is poured. To avoid costly mistakes during the construction process, start with these five important steps. As you move from your dream house to your real house, be sure to ask questions and share your progress.

1. Plan Your Budget

Begin now to think about how much you can afford to spend and how much building your new home is likely to cost. Chances are you will need a construction loan and a mortgage. It’s not too early to find out what size loan you qualify for. Also, knowing the approximate costs will help you modify your building plans to meet your budget.

2. Choose Your Lot

Whether you are building your home in a suburban development or a site with sweeping ocean views, you will almost always need to choose the land before you select floor plans or other details. You (and any pros you hire) will need to investigate factors such as soil condition, drainage, zoning and building codes in the region.

3. Line Up Your Team

You’ll need a team of experts to design and construct your house. Key players will include a builder, an excavator, a surveyor and a home designer or an architect. Many homeowners begin by selecting the builder or contractor. That pro then selects other members of the team.

4. Pick a Plan

Many new homes are built using stock plans from a catalog. The builder or a home designer may make minor modifications in room size, window style or other details. A custom-designed home, on the other hand, is created specifically for the family which will live there. In most cases, custom-designed homes require the services of a licensed architect. Whether you opt for a stock or a custom design, you will be wise to choose a plan that will meet your needs for many years to come.

5. Negotiate a Contract

Be sure to get a written contract which has been signed and dated by both the builder or contractor and the architect or designer. A contract for new home construction will describe the project in detail and include a listing of all the parts to be included in the house. Remember to amend the contract if you or your team make any changes to the project later on.

20 Creative Color Schemes Inspired By The Color Wheel

An empty room is a blank canvas for any decorator to fill with color, pattern, and texture. While decorators have a handle on color schemes that work, choosing color schemes can be a scary proposition for others. Fear not, there are a few easy guidelines to follow that will have anyone picking colors like a pro.  There are five basic color schemes and a myriad of options from which to draw upon for inspiration and we will review each of them.

Monochromatic

The monochromatic color scheme is perhaps the easiest to understand. It is the use of anyone tint, hue or shade of a single color.  This scheme can be either very relaxing or very dramatic depending on the color chosen and the various shades or tints incorporated. For a bit of drama consider the use of a warm hue such as red or orange. For a cooler feel try blues or greens. Grays, whites, and creams are fabulous options for neutral schemes.

Analogous

The analogous scheme uses consecutive colors on the color wheel.  Mixing colors that are adjacent to each other creates a colorful yet harmonious look.  Using more than five colors would be a bit jumbled and cause visual confusion in a space. A safe bet is to pick three to four that you like together and decide which will be a key color and which will be accepted.If yellow and green are favored colors you could build a scheme that involves yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green and green into space.

Complementary

A complementary scheme is created by using colors, shades, tints or tones of two colors found opposite each other on the color wheel.  This scheme is easy to use and leaves a room feeling harmonious and soothing. Pick the two colors you like and build your scheme from there.  Expand the palette by incorporating a lighter tint or a darker shade of the two colors. This will add some depth and character to the room. Add white to both green and red to achieve the vibrant and cheerful look of the pink and green room, or add white to the yellow and blue to achieve a soothing formal look for a living room.

Split Complementary

A split complementary scheme involves the use of three colors. Start with one color, find its complement and then use the two colors on either side of it.  For example, the complement of blue-green is red-orange and the split complement of blue-green would be red and orange. Again, any shade, tint or tone of these three colors can be used when developing your color scheme.

If One Of Your Goals For 2019 Is To Become A Homeowner, Read Along…

Owning a home is one of the greatest investments. And right about now you’re thinking, “Yes, I’ve heard that phrase time and time again.” The reality is, owning a home can provide you with many incentives and a prosperous future. However, getting there is what takes the majority of work. Being determined, persistent, and wise about this decision is what truly matters.

Here at Palo Verde Homes, it’s our priority to match people with homes and guide them in their journey to homeownership. If you’ve made it your goal to become a homeowner in 2019 then we’d like to provide you with a couple of tips to help get you started.

Tip #1. Don’t settle.

This is a lifetime investment after all. Spend time exploring what you need and desire in a home. Make a list and carry it with you. There may be some give and take, especially if your partner has a different set of ideas but it’s important to find a balance. Once you begin attending Open Houses and working with a Realtor, who will also pose discovery questions, you’ll have a better picture of what will fill your desires in a home.

Tip #2. Research the builder.

You can fall in love with certain layouts or home features but if the home’s foundation is not what it should be, you’ll have numerous problems down the road. Knowing that the builder is reputable and has a solid customer satisfaction rate is key. One of the first items on your agenda should be researching home builders in the area. See what type of warranties they offer, make sure they meet all of the standard qualifications and don’t be afraid to ask for customer reviews. You should get to know the builder and ensure they are able to provide you with quality service from beginning to end.

Tip #3. Get pre-qualified for a loan early on.

Having your finances in check is especially important. One of the first items your Realtor will want to know is how much you’re looking to spend. If you have any outstanding debt or bad credit, this will affect your qualifications for a loan. Ultimately, it’s critical that you know what amount you can afford for a monthly mortgage. Knowing upfront what you can and cannot afford will save you from headaches and heartbreaks.

Bonus Tip: Contact Palo Verde Homes

We don’t say this because we’re biased to our own high-quality, beautiful homes, we say this because we are confident in our ability to bring you a home you’ll cherish for years to come! Knowing your goal is to become a homeowner in 2019 excites us. Each year we meet so many couples, families, and young professionals embarking on a new journey of homeownership and it’s truly what keeps our passion alive. Once you see a couple of our model homes in person you’ll have a great sense of why we continue to score a 5/5 among current owners.

We’re confident 2019 will be the year you unpack your bags and shout, “I’m home!Contact us today to make that vision a reality!

Affordable Homes and El Paso’s Unique Real Estate Market

Every home buyer is looking for a good deal. El Paso is a great market for affordable homes, as the standard of living is not sky high but there is still a lot of growing industry and development. This makes for ripe territory to build great new homes at an affordable cost.

The El Paso market is impacted by a lot of factors. Just like any other real estate market, the state of the economy in the country lays a huge role in how people are buying homes. As it stands today the market is doing really well. There is economic independence and growth throughout the nation and there is confidence in investing and the stock market. These are good signs for any real estate market and El Paso is seeing the fruits of this.

In fact, El Paso is ranked one of the fourth hottest real estate markets in 2018. The El Paso Times reported that El Paso ranked ahead of Fort Worth, Austin,  and San Antonio. This ranking was done by Trulia.com, one of the biggest real estate websites in the nation. It indicates the state of affordable houses in El Paso and the demand for great homes.

A Diverse Community

Part of what makes El Paso a burgeoning market is the fact that we are quite a diverse community. We not only see people moving here from Mexico, but also military families that get stationed at Fort Bliss. This creates a lot of demand and that makes homes more affordable and gives families an opportunity to get their dream home without paying a huge price.

In late 2017, KVIA reported that according to the Texas Association of Realtors several neighborhoods in El Paso saw a great surge in home sales. These include the east side of town and some of the growing communities in those areas.

Buyers Want Newly Built

It was also reported that there is a big demand in the area for newly built homes. There seems to be quite the indication that this is what buyers want. Newly constructed homes are still affordable homes, but they come with a whole new set of benefits and perks that home buyers are looking for today. Some of these new benefits include newer amenities, higher energy efficiency,  and modern layouts. Home buyers also know this means less upfront maintenance and stress over malfunctioning parts of the house. A new home is a new start and many people are looking to start new in the growing Sun City.

Get Affordable Homes with Palo Verde

As a locally owned and operated company, Palo Verde Homes are highly dedicated to the El Paso community and part of our mission is to build beautiful and affordable homes that are unmatched in performance and quality. Check out our floor plans and see for yourself! Gives us a call today and get your dream started.

The Advantage of New Properties for Your New Home

couple looking at floorplan for new properties in El PasoHouse hunting can be daunting. What are you looking for? Are you a brand new prospective homeowner? Are you looking to upgrade from your starter home? Or are you looking to upgrade your home to what you have wanted all along? Every single one of these instances can be looking for a unique layout, unique features, and a look that is all their own. Real estate agents can spend hours, weeks, months- all of this time just showing you property after property that just doesn’t fulfill what you want in your new home. That is why looking at brand new properties in the area can be exactly what you need. With Palo Verde Homes, our new properties can be custom made to suit your needs exactly. We can make your home exactly as you want it so you can stop searching amid properties that just aren’t what you need.

The Advantage of Considering Custom New Properties

Searching for a new home is more than just looking for a place to sleep. This adobe will be yours- it will have to suit your personality, your unique needs, and your plans for the future. It’s vital and crucial for you to feel like you belong in your new home. You need it to feel like home, otherwise how will it be? When you consider new properties, you can build a home that is completely yours, instead of a left over home that was made for someone else’s needs. You can choose every aspect, from the layout to the number of rooms, how those rooms will  be used, and other important details.

Considering the Your Needs Now and in the Future

First Time Homeowners

For first time homeowners, looking at house after house can be overwhelming. As a result, it can lead to hasty decisions that many couples end up regretting in the future. With new properties, new homeowners can carefully consider what they need now and what they will need in the future. For example, a couple just starting out doesn’t really need five bedrooms and a huge space. You are learning how to live as a couple and adjust to a new space. A starter home with two to three bedrooms is a good choice. You also have to consider if you want to entertain, if you want to have kids, pets, and other things that can require a bit more room. In addition, it also gives you room to decide what you really want to invest in. With the money you save by limiting your bedrooms to two or three, you can decide to have a room for entertaining to turn into a bar, or invest in landscaping in the backyard to accommodate your entertaining needs.

A Second Family Home

For those who are upgrading from a starter home to a true family home, space is usually the biggest consideration. A growing family can mean you need at least four to five bedrooms in order to let your kids have their own bedrooms, or if you have a bigger family, to allow your kids to have more room in their shared spaces. A bigger backyard can also be on the list. In addition, being able to have a separate room that is devoted to family entertainment can help separate the adults and kids so you can have your space as a couple or single parent without feeling you are knee deep in kids stuff all the time.

After the Kids – Your Golden Years Home

Sometimes, after your kids have moved out and it’s just you or you and your spouse, a change of scenery can be healthy and fulfilling. Perhaps a two story home won’t be easy on your knees as the years advance, or maybe you are tired of taking care of a pool. Perhaps you just don’t want to take care of so much space now that you don’t have to. There are many considerations to make as you get older, and being able to custom create a new property to suit your needs is usually the best way to decide where to spend your golden years.

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The Five Big Thrills and Benefits of Buying a New Home

Becoming a homeowner is an exhilarating and often daunting commitment. It requires the consideration of a variety of factors. Buying a new home offers home buyers an entirely different set of options and allows for your vision to become a reality. At Palo Verde Homes, we offer modern customized homes, which means you can choose the layout, make important decisions, and dictate the final product before building even begins.

#1 Customization

You want to add your own in-home gym or a special room with large windows for your paintings, or perhaps you want a decked out car shop in your garage. If you are customizing your home, you have great control over its design and final outcome. When working with experienced builders, you can have great control over the final product. Customization allows you to choose amenities, materials, and floor plans.  This means you’ll have some say about the number of rooms, their size, and even the wall material and more.

#2 No Leaks!

When buying an older home, you’ll likely be doing some maintenance on it not long after you move in. Whether it’s fixing some minor roof leaks, an old water heater, a broken faucet, or who knows what else, there will more than likely be some investment necessary for home upkeep. When it comes to new homes, this is not likely to happen for a while because everything is new and working properly. There is yet to be any wear and tear.

#3 Begin Anew

New beginnings are always exciting and full of prospect. As you move into your new home, you will not only have the layout fit your style, needs, and desires, but you will have a completely blank slate with which to commence making memories. Your kids will be the first to run around in the grass, you will be the first to walk on the carpets and the new floors. There is certainly a thrill to all of this.

#4 A Burgeoning Community

If you’re moving into a newly built and customized home, chances are the neighborhood is one of the other new houses. A lot of times this means you are moving in together with other newly arrived neighbors, many times younger families and people looking to establish themselves in a new community.

#5 Modern Amenities

Another great thrill of buying a new home is the fact that these newly built houses are decked out with all of the latest amenities and necessities to fit the needs of a 21st-century family. Newly built homes have a lot more outlets and equipped with much better capabilities for servicing the many electrical devices a family uses on a daily basis. At the same time, modern homes are much more easily set up with home automation upgrades, which allows for an enhanced functionality and performance, not to mention energy efficiency.

Make Your Dream a Reality with Palo Verde Homes

Don’t settle for just another cookie cutter house, choose a customized and modern home from Palo Verde Homes and work with a caring designer and specialist ready to bring your vision to life.

Purchase a New Home with a Builder

Buying a home is stressful even before the packing begins. Finding a great location is one thing, but let’s not forget your wish list, your spouse’s, the kids’, the dog’s, and your mother and mother-in-law’s demands as well. Does the home have a good kitchen and do you cook enough to justify the size? What about family get togethers, which room will they be hosted in? How about bathrooms? Do the kids really need their own bathroom? Oh! Jack and Jill doors can be easy for sharing… right? When you turn to a new home builder these questions can be answered the easy way.

Living in a New Subdivision

Such questions put excessive strain on families and individuals turning to a new home builder, and simply takes the fun out of planning for the future and looking at different homes. But how to best avoid these stresses? The answer is plain and simple: build your dream home from the ground up. Want an office space? Need a mother-in-law suite with specific bathroom requirements? Heard of a pot filler? For El Pasoans, they come in handy when the caldo pot needs filling. What about entertaining spaces? Built in lights and sound systems make awkward pauses less frequent.

Palo Verde Homes Includes You

So how does one go into the home building process? The standard practices include going to a builder and seeing a “standard” model home used for showing prospective buyers what they could make their own. However, with Palo Verde Homes these standard practices can be more than what the average homeowner bargains for. Model homes are often shown with tens of thousands of dollars worth of upgrades and additions that would bust a reasonable budget. With our new home builder, we make it a priority to show model homes that only contain standard features in the “inclusion” policy. By doing so, potential homeowners can have a clear view of what they’re walking into and what they could be purchasing.

Make the Right Move Right for You

Operating in the El Paso area for more than ten years, Palo Verde Homes allows you to customize your needs while also committing to being energy smart with each home they build. Building to Energy Star standards, Palo Verde Homes will not only take care of you, but the environment you and your family will live in. Contact them today at Palo Verde Homes to speak with an agent about constructing your house with our new home builder as well as to view floorplans. Call today, realize your dream tomorrow!

Working With a Builder is Worth the Wait

a yellow house superimposed with a sketch of the how and two hands framing the houseWorking with a builder for your next home can be a very gratifying process. Granted, it takes several months for a home to be built. However, this time is well worth the wait for several reasons. Choosing from a floor plan that suits your family needs customizing every detail of your home, and getting the energy efficiency of a brand new home are just a few of the amazing benefits.

Choose the Right Floor Plan

When you work with a builder on your home the first thing you get to do is pick a floor plan that is best for your family. There is no need to compromise, or visit home after home to find something that suits your needs. Whether you want an open floor plan or four bedrooms or any other specifications, it’s much easier to have when you are working with a builder.

Customize the Details of Your Home

Another great benefit that many home buyers love is the fact that you get to customize all the details of your new home. This means that you can choose the tile, countertops, wall colors and just about every other detail. Depending on your budget, you can also add in extras like French doors leading to your back patio or a gas fireplace. Oftentimes, home buyers in El Paso get more bang for their buck when they go with a builder. There is no need to purchase a home and compromise on amenities that you will never need.

An Energy Efficient Home

When you choose to buy a newly built home or work with a builder you can be sure that the home will be energy efficient. With the newest materials, installation and appliances homeowners actually save hundreds of dollars every month by moving into a new home. The new windows in a New Home Alone can save on Heating & Cooling costs. Not only that a well-sealed home will prolong the life of the HVAC systems.

Visit Palo Verde Homes Today

Be sure to visit one of our model homes and get in contact with one of our friendly staff members. Are El Paso experts at Palo Verde homes can help you get started on your dream home. From choosing the right floor plan to customizing the perfect space for your family, you are short to be wowed. Waiting a few months for your dream home is a small price to pay. Contact us today for more info.