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America’s Top Ten Most Historic Homes 

Some people have the states and their capitals memorized like the back of their hand. But how many people can provide information about the United States’ most infamous houses and monuments? It seems that historic homes tend to be a bit lower on the spectrum of fame, but here at Palo Verde Homes, we appreciate how residential architecture has grown and advanced in part of these historic homes. Additionally, we want to keep our customers informed with every detail about homebuying, renovation, and much more. We take a look at some of the most historic homes in the United States and what they mean to the nation today. 

The Biltmore Estate 

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, this mansion was constructed by George Vanderbilt in 1895. It is known for housing approximately 250 rooms. Having spent six years in construction, the estate amounts to almost 8,000 acres worth of land; that’s large enough to fit four football fields! Visitors are welcome to wine tasting, dine, and stay in the hotels hosted by the North Carolina property. 

The Mount 

The Mount is located in Lennox, Massachusetts. Edith Wharton, a former author, took inspiration from British architectural design with hints of French and Italian when “The Mount” was birthed as a thought. Wharton ended up living in the mansion for eleven years with her husband before they decided they would sell it in 1911. The Mount was officially declared as a national monument in the 1970s, allowing citizens and tourists to roam the estate to learn more about Wharton’s life work and accomplishments. 

The Monticello

The Monticello of Charlottesville, Virginia is so famous that it is even taught in history and art classes, mainly at the university level. Thomas Jefferson is credited with creating this monumental piece. In fact, it is one of America’s longest-standing monuments. It went under renovation in 1796, where Jefferson lived until his death in 1826. Monticello now stands as a museum and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museum is encompassed around Jefferson’s life and the site as a whole. 

The Langston Hughes House 

If you ever paid attention in English class, you might recognize this name. This house earned its name as Langston Hughes, a famous American poet, resided in this building during his time working. He lived in this building for twenty years, where he would write poems, playwrights, and novels. This building is located in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home

Langston Hughes was the only famous American to have a building named after him. Martin Luther King Jr. was born in an Atlanta home that would soon gain recognition as he rose during the Civil Rights Movements. Alongside King, his siblings would also be born in the same house. After his assassination in 1968, the home was restored into a museum to highlight the life of King.

The Hearst Castle

The name says it all. The Hearst Castle is infamous for replication a fantasy-like destination one would see in a Disney movie. This building was owned by William Randolph Hearst, who is known for establishing the San Francisco Chronicle, was the one who pitched the idea of creating it. The Hearst Castle Stands as a center for arts, artifacts, and collectible items. 

The Graceland Home 

One of the most fun and exciting homes to visit, Graceland belonged to the one and only King of Rock, Elvis Presley. Visitors from all over the nation (and the world) come to visit Presley’s house to get an exclusive look at memorabilia from his music career and even some of his old vehicles and private jets! The mansion even has some rooms for rent for those who would like to enjoy a night in the infamous mansion. 

The White House 

Last, but not least, The White House is the most notable residential property and historic monument that lies on American soil. In all its white glory, the house was made with Croatian limestone. It took so long to complete that not even the first U.S. President, George Washington, was able to see it when it was finalized. 

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Bringing Vacation to Your Home: How to Get Away

It’s safe to say that many of our plans for 2020 took an interesting turn. As families have been encouraged to stay home as much as possible, people are not only trying to find ways to keep themselves entertained, but they are also trying to make the most out of their canceled plans. We understand how hard it might be for homeowners, especially those who love to travel, during this whirlwind of a time. But when there is a will to get away, there is a way! Maybe you need a vacation to get your mind off of work or other stress-inducing factors in your life. Whatever the case may be, there’s plenty of ways you can make your home feel like the vacation you’ve always wanted to go on. Let’s take a look!

Turn On the Candles and the White Noise 

With candles in sight and the peace that white noise brings, you can expect to feel like you’re on cloud nine within seconds! Aromatherapy has been known to help lighten up the atmosphere and help release stresses and anxieties. Even better, when you throw in the sounds of crashing waves or some light rainfall, you can summon the relaxing vacation you need to let loose. With these few accessories, you can experience a tropical paradise all within your home!

Prepare Your Home for the Winter 

No one really knows how long families will be encouraged to stay at home, so you’ll want to plan ahead and consider refurbishing your home. This way, you’ll bring a level of comfort and coziness you need to get through the winter. If you want to completely replace your furniture so it can fit all times of the year, you can consider switching to wooden sets and throw in more textiles for a warm, holiday-like feel. You might also want to upgrade your morning routine by treating yourself to new appliances, such as a personal coffee maker. With these simple changes, you bring the joy of the holiday season into your home!

Hang Up a Hammock 

There’s nothing quite like taking an afternoon snooze under the shade of your porch or backyard patio with the help of a beach hammock. With a hammock, you can rock yourself to sleep or even enjoy the leisure of reading a book or magazine where it’s nice and quiet. Two study figures with enough distance apart is all you need to put your hammock up and swing yourself into the vacation you deserve. Even better, you can always take it down if the weather starts to get unpleasant or if you have other ideas for your patio! 

Set Up a Bonfire

Some hotels often include special commodities, such as public swimming pools, buffets, and better yet, firepits! Firepits also can often be seen on beach shores, where families and loved ones gather together after an eventful vacation day. If you have a firepit in your backyard already, all you have to do is gather some wood and some lighter fluid, and you’ve got the vacation of your dreams all within the vicinity of your home! You can have your family gather together after sundown and roast some marshmallows for an even sweeter treat.

Build a Water Fountain for Extra Relaxation 

If you’ve ever been immersed by simply staring at a brook of rocks with water trickling down, you can admit how easily it can make you feel like you’ve been swept up off your feet and taken to paradise! You can either add this landscaping feature in your front yard, backyard, or even in the entrance of your home. A water fountain is much easier and cost-friendly than implementing a koi pond in your home or traveling somewhere where commodities might be limited. The sweet addition has all the right soothing sounds and sights you need to be taken away.

Add a Breath of Fresh Air with Color 

If you’re aiming for a tropical paradise, it doesn’t get any better or easier! By planting vibrant or exotic plants in both your front and backyard, anywhere you’ll go, you’ll be welcomed by a wave of authentic scents and colors of all kinds. People often enjoy the vibrancy of new plants, especially those that cannot be found close to home. By making an extra effort to spruce up your gardens, paradise can be found right outside your door! 

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Here at Palo Verde Homes, we are all about helping our customers manifest their ideas for their home life to a dream come true! Contact us today to learn more about how we are assisting our customers through stay-at-home orders. 

The Ascension of Affordability: Optimism in El Paso’s Housing Market

As the sun sets on yet another day, people all across El Paso dream about a future where everything is back to normal. But the surreptitious nature of our world is that life goes on, despite pandemics that bring entire nations to their knees. Taking a moment to gaze at yet another beautiful Southwestern sunset can provide some much-needed solace during these particularly trying times. 

Past the visual beauty of a Southwestern sunset lies the fact of the matter, however. As our planet continues to spin on its axis, traveling on its elliptical path around the sun, it creates a visible representation emblematic of the passage of time. Simply put, there will always be another tomorrow. The sun will continue to shine and it will continue to set in the west as the day draws to a close. 

Your Journey Towards Homeownership Begins

So now we ask you this: When was the last time you truly stopped to gaze at the sunset? Or, more poignantly, when was the last time you felt a semblance of normalcy? For many, this quarantine and stay-at-home order have made daily life more difficult than ever before. 

Depending on your particular living situation, your home may be going through a metaphorical change. Perhaps the walls of your small apartment are starting to close in on you; your current place of residence may be playing tricks on your subconscious. 

As these lingering thoughts grow and manifest into untameable beasts that rattle your mind at all waking hours, a small sliver of hope breaks through. A path has been laid, and it’s only a few paces ahead of you. Go on and take the first step towards your journey of homeownership. At Palo Verde Homes, we’re proud to build affordable homes in El Paso. Let us be your guiding light.

Understanding Affordability

The concept of “affordability” is multifaceted. Generally speaking, it’s a term used to define a pricepoint that can easily be achieved by the general populace. But the term itself serves a plethora of different purposes, ranging across the entire spectrum of human thought and worldly cognition. 

The act of purchasing an affordable watch, for example, is one that may not require the purchaser to think too much about the actual impact the purchase might make in his or her future. But the act of purchasing affordable homes in El Paso, on the other hand, still requires a fair bit of planning. Again, homeownership is a journey, whether the home at the end of the journey is affordable or not. The path towards both end goals is paved with the same necessary decisions, from choosing the right home builder to getting the best mortgage rates. 

The Truth About Affordable Homes in El Paso

Much like an oasis in the middle of a dry, arid desert, El Paso’s housing market stands apart as one of the most affordable in the nation. Although our city may not be the most glamorous or most lavish in the United States, it is still a great place to live. Time and time again, we rank atop countless lists as one of the safest cities in the nation. A welcome surprise, especially when one considers our sister city across the border, Juarez, Mexico, and its unprecedented crime rate. 

But let’s talk about affordability. In 2019, Realtor.com and MSNBC included El Paso among the most affordable cities for homeowners. In fact, MSNBC touted El Paso as a place where individuals “can buy a home on a $60,000 salary.” How’s that for affordable homes?

Looking Towards the Future

Up until recently, individuals and families alike tended to move to locations with the most opportunity, in regards to careers and education. This is why cities such as Los Angeles and New York City are full to the brim while smaller cities scarcely scratch the surface, population-wise. 

But now, thanks to COVID-19, many industries are transitioning from physical offices to digital workplaces. And although the future of the traditional office as we know it is murky at best (some are even going as far as to say that “the office is dead”), it is undoubtedly true that the option to work from home has had a positive impact on individuals and enterprises alike. Tech giants such as Google, Uber, and Facebook are leading the charge by allowing their employees to work from home permanently. If the giants of Silicon Valley see this as a viable option, it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world follows suit.

Now, you may be asking yourself, where are we going with this? You might consider this wishful thinking but all signs are pointing towards a future where remote work is seen not only as a viable option but as the best option. 

And now we reach the crux of the matter. If remote work becomes the norm, people won’t be tethered to certain cities or locations. They’ll be able to live wherever they want to live. This is where the question of affordable homes in El Paso finds its answer. Whether you’re planning on moving to a new city or you’ve lived in El Paso your entire life, now is the perfect time to take advantage of our affordable housing market. 

Palo Verde Homes: By Your Side, Every Step of the Way

It’s impossible to know what the future will bring, but we can surmise a few minute details here and there. If anything, there’s a solid possibility that our entire world will look very different once this pandemic draws to a close. We’ll understand the importance of an embrace because we went for so long without experiencing one. We’ll remember how awkward it felt to wear a facemask in public for the first time. And, most importantly, we’ll realize that these trivial matters that used to fill our heads with doubts and uncertainty don’t really mean much. 

As the sun rises, ushering the dawn of a new day, we want you to know that we’re here with you and we want to help. At Palo Verde Homes, we stand by our homes and our clients. That’s why we offer affordability without cutting corners. Give us a call, we’re ready to talk to you about the affordable homes in El Paso we have to offer. 

Small Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Here at Palo Verde Homes, we believe that there is no need to sacrifice the health of the environment for pleasant living. Taking care of our mother earth is very important and we do our best to make all of our homes the most eco-friendly and energy-efficient as they can be. In fact, we have been recognized as an Energy Star leader in homebuilding. We don’t want to stop there though. We are always looking for ways to improve and make the planet just a little bit cleaner. Here are some ways that you can help improve the earth with just a few small changes that can even save you some money in the process. 

Use More Rags

Rags are far more sustainable than using paper towels to clean and use at the dinner table. Cloth napkins at the dinner table also help make everything feel just a little fancier. Using rags to clean uses less waste because rags and cloth napkins are reusable. All you need to do is stick them in the washer. With reusable rags and cloth napkins, you are largely cutting down on paper products, which means that there is a lot less taking up space in a landfill somewhere.

Buy Some Dryer Balls

Again, the less paper that you use the better, and you can easily cut down by buying fewer dryer sheets. Dryer balls can last for approximately 100 loads and make your clothes just as soft as dryer sheets do. It’s time to get rid of single-use items and time to aim towards reusable materials. 

Cut Down on Dryer Usage

This is an appliance that we use way too often. Many times, we don’t need to put our clothes in the dryer for as long as we usually do. You can probably afford to take your clothes out a few minutes earlier. You can also just skip the dryer altogether. Hang your clothes out to dry on a clothesline or invest in a nice drying rack to eliminate the need for a dryer. 

Shop Vintage

For this, we mean both clothes and furniture. Don’t buy a used mattress or anything, but if you see a nice vintage chair that barely has a stain and was kept in good condition, go for it. This means that there will be fewer things in landfills. Vintage clothes can be really cute and stylish if you find the right items for you. It’s one less thing going in the dump. Also, don’t be afraid of taking your clothes and furniture to get repaired if they’re torn or broken instead of tossing them out. It saves space at landfills and it is probably less expensive than buying new ones.

Get Some Plants

A few houseplants are always a pleasant sight in anyone’s home. They can give you and your family some well-needed oxygen and they look beautiful. The world needs more plants, so give it more plan. Consider also growing your own herb garden. This will save landfills from the packaging that comes with them when bought in a store and will smell lovely in your home.

Get a Compost Bin

Speaking of plants, maybe it’s time that you get a compost bin. Compost is a great way to put use to all of your food scraps so that they don’t go into the trash and into a landfill. You can save up all of your food scraps and use them to fertilize your plants. There are plenty of compost bin containers that can go right on your kitchen counter and hide the smell. 

Invest in a Good Water Filter

Don’t be afraid of drinking the water that your house provides for you. No more plastic single-use bottles and jugs in your house. Switch to a nice reusable bottle and some nice water filters to have all of your tap water taste nice and fresh.

Get a Low-Flow Showerhead

Here is another big yet small way for you and your family to save some water. You won’t even feel the difference if you manage to find yourself one with good reviews. It’s a very subtle change, but it will save a lot of water for our planet, and it will make its money back in no time with all of the money you’ve saved on your water bill. 

We here at Palo Verde Homes deeply care about the environment and try to build our homes to be as eco-friendly as possible. We do our best to give you the best home while saving the planet. Hopefully, this list has helped you become more environmentally conscious and make some small but impactful steps towards being more eco-friendly. If you have any questions about the homes that we build, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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

new homeowners

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.

Five Reasons To Buy a Home in El Paso, Texas

Yes, we are at the Westernmost tip of the state and don’t often get included with the bigshot cities in the middle of the state. That doesn’t mean, however, that El Paso doesn’t have its fair share of exciting news to share with the rest of the world. In fact, El Paso has seen — especially in the last couple of years — a lot of changes.
#1 Affordable Prices
El Paso median household income is about 14, 790 dollars lower than the median Texas income. El Paso cost of living is also very affordable and this makes for beautiful homes at a bargain price. The median price of a home in El Paso is currently listed as 126, 700. Compare that price to a typical San Antonio listing at 249,024. This makes quite the difference for a homeowner looking for a family home. In a study reported by Forbes magazine ranking cities where people can live comfortably for less than $60,000, El Paso was high on the list.
#2 Buyer’s Market
A report in 2018, stated that El Paso was a healthy buyers market and had positive growth prospects for the upcoming year. The city’s market is seeing a formidable buyers and sellers market, as buyers from other places like Colorado, California, and Florida are coming in to snatch up these luxury homes at a low price. This creates higher demand for city homes and keeps the market viable, growing, and strong.
#3 New Neighborhoods
The city has a growing population that went from 676,391 in 2015 to 683, 577 in 2017. El Paso has several areas that have been showing a lot of development. From the Northeast to the downtown area, to far East, to NorthWest part of the city. Palo Verde, for example, builds homes all across the city including newest and pristine neighborhoods of Cimarron Sage. This neighborhood is the Westside’s new pride with tree-lined, walking trails, parks, open spaces, and scenic views of the Franklin Mountains. Another burgeoning neighborhood is the Tierra del Este, east of Loop 375 and in the midst of the picturesque desert landscape of the El Paso area. Can’t beat the breathtaking sunsets from the sandy terrain of the East.
#4 Great Weather
They don’t call us the Sun City for nothing. El Paso has an average of 297 sunny days a year. It is why many people with an aversion to cold, hurricanes, storms, tornadoes, or earthquakes, end up here. We have none of that. So, yes. This can save you a lot on a house on damages, insurance, and repairs. It also makes it a great place to raise a family, retire, or enjoy the great outdoors.
#5 Great Place to Raise a Family
Aside from its unique border culture, El Paso is a safe city with low crime rates. Its state University is growing every year and the city has prestigious institutions of higher learning with its community college system and other technical schools. There is a wide variety of entertainment, events, and opportunities for family events like rodeos, fairs, amusement parks, farmers markets, and more. The city has also invested a lot of money in recent years in its downtown revitalization project. This has brought great venues, events, entertainment, and art to the city including a baseball team, science museums, a new arena, etc.
Start Your New Life with Palo Verde Homes
Whether you are new to the city or have lived here your entire life and are looking for your first home, El Paso is a fine western town with the Southwest living, an influence of the cowboy, an air of Hispanic influence, a friendly population, scenic mountains, plenty of outdoor activities, and much much more. Get your new life started with a beautiful, newly-built, and modern Palo Verde Home.

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 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.

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Finding the Right Home Builder

New House Building Project. Construction Contractor Worker in the Middle of Future Balcony Entrance Preparing For the Next Move. Home Builders.When you are in the market for your next home the first thing you have to consider is buying a new or pre-owned home. Once you decide that going with a new home is the right choice, the next step is thinking about builders. You want to be sure to find a reputable company that offers what you want in a home. When you are buying a home, most often times you are making the biggest investment of your life. You want to be sure that you do your research and pick what is best for your family.

Quality Building Practices

The first thing you want to find out is what kind of building practices your prospective company employs. There is a big difference between tract home builders and custom home builders. For one thing, the main goal of a tract home building company is to pump out homes. You often find that these homes are built quickly and have small defects that can creep up later on down the line. The homes may also be less expensive, but again this is due to building practices. A custom home builder is most of the time a smaller-volume builder. They are more interested in quality than quantity. You will have the opportunity to work with your contractors to pick an design the right home for your family.

Green Home

Be sure to find out if your prospective builder utilizes sustainable materials and includes building practices that can increase the Energy Star rating and energy efficiency of your home. This can include installing the right windows and appliances, using quality building materials and including the right insulation.

Custom Options

You can get more bang for your buck when you turn to a company that offers custom options for your home. This can include everything from tile and countertops to floorplans and choosing the right neighborhood. When a builder does not offer these option you may want to consider moving on. You want to be sure that you and your needs are the priority, and not pumping out the next home.

Pick the Right Home Builder

When you are making the biggest investment of your life you want to be sure that you make the right choice. Getting the most out of your money, moving into the right neighborhood and choosing a home with great energy efficiency are all important factors. Be sure to contact Palo Verde Homes today to find out more about our home building company. We offer excellent service and quality homes.