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Real Estate 2022 Trends Every Home Buyer and Seller Needs to Know

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The previous year was rather unpredictable and eventful for those who were involved in real estate. Because of the housing market climate of 2021, many people are left wondering whether 2022 will be a better year or if home values and prices will continue to skyrocket. We discuss the trends for you to keep an eye out for! We’re here to tell you that there will definitely be some changes to the real estate market.

Limited Options for Home Buyers  

One hard truth to face is that home buyers may have a more challenging time while house hunting. Usually, it only takes a matter of days for the best listings to be snatched up fast. To help you in the competitive real estate market it is recommended to sacrifice some “must-haves” in your list to ultimately expand your search. 

Home Prices are High, And Will Continue Rising

Another hard pill to swallow is that prices have gone up in the past two years in the real estate market, and they will remain high. Real estate prices are going up just like everything else—groceries, gas, pretty much everything you need to buy. This is good news for sellers, considering they could make a pretty penny off their home. 

More Online Real Estate Services Are Expanding 

You may not have known that online services now make it available to buy and sell your house for you. Of course, online real estate services such as Zillow have been around for homebuyers to browse what’s on the market. These services promise less hassle but may charge other fees, which could mean less profit if you are looking to sell your home.

New Home Construction is Increasing

Homebuilders all over the nation are being asked to continue building to meet the demands of the real estate market. Although, homebuilders are finding it difficult to keep up with demands due to worldwide supply shortages. On the bright side, experts are saying that the supply shortage should start to clear up this year, meaning additional inventory should be coming into the real estate market very soon. 

The Housing Market Could Slow Down due to Rising Mortgage Rates 

While many people may be on the hunt for a new house, some buyers may find themselves easily discouraged due to high mortgage rates. Mortgage rates hit an all-time low back in January 2021 but have steadily risen since then. By the end of 2021, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was standing at 3.05%, and experts are saying it could still go up. 

Property Taxes are Going Up 

Home values remain high. As a result, property taxes are going up, especially for homes in Texas. The good news is that taxable valuations cannot go up more than 10% in a single year. In addition, Texas provides protection for homeowners from sharply rising property valuations. 

Buyer Demand and Competition Should Decline 

As we mentioned earlier, since some homebuyers are becoming easily discouraged due to some unpromising changes in the real estate market, the demand should definitely ease in 2022. This may not be the best news for those who are looking to sell their home, but if you are looking to buy, this will make things much easier for you. 

Home Value Will Begin to Normalize 

While home prices were high in early 2022, home value is expected to ease up towards mid-2022, no later than the end of the year. This is expected to happen because a lot of people are going to find themselves priced out. Thus, affordability will be an issue. This is what will weaken demand and ease home values later on in 2022. 

Most Homes Stay on the Market for an Average of 21 Days 

This is especially important to know if you are looking for a home. Experts have found that listings are posted for an average of 21 days are starting to come off the real estate market in even shorter time spans. With that being said, you have to act fast. Should you find a property you’re interested in, start working with a real estate agent right away. 

Much Fewer Foreclosures for this Year 

The government is focusing on keeping foreclosures to a minimum. This can be especially important news for homebuyers struggling to make ends meet, but there is no need to fret just yet! There are plenty of ways to avoid foreclosure, such as reviewing your monthly budget and taking on extra work to be able to pay your mortgage. 

Get the Homebuying Process Started with the Professionals at Palo Verde 

The home buying process may seem tough for some, but here at Palo Verde, you’ll find everything you are looking for in a new home right away. Contact us today to learn more about how to get started.  


Centuries in the Making: The Glory of the Modern Kitchen

Scandinavian classic kitchen with wooden and white details, minimalistic interior design

Homebuilders are survivors. We are bred to adapt, transform, and move forward with the wisdom of the past and a vision for the future. So despite the hurdles facing housebuilders today, we continue to do the work we love of building homes for people to thrive in and cherish. 

Our central mission at Palo Verde Homes has always been to build quality homes that last and speak to beauty and functionality. So we thought we would pay homage to one area of the modern home that matters a lot to homeowners. The custom kitchen sets the stage for the rest of the design—it is central, defining, and inspirational for the rest of the floorplan. So what makes a modern kitchen? 

The dominant philosophy surrounding the modern custom kitchen is one of beauty and functionality. The goal is the creation of a space that is beautiful, functional, and lends itself to the needs of the contemporary lifestyle. Before World War I and at the dawn of the 20th century, the kitchen was still very much seen as a part of the home that should be tucked away and hidden behind the family room, accessible only when necessary.

The kitchen transformation throughout the 20th century showcases changing societal values, technologies, and even family dynamics. From the development and advancements of the icebox to the refrigerator, the older ovens to multiple burner cooktops, to microwaves, kitchen islands, dishwashers, and more. 

The Four Defining Features of a Good Kitchen Design 

A cursory look online will lead to hundreds of 2020 kitchen trend articles that highlight popular colors, appliances, and styles. There will be a lot of talk about smart appliances and no-touch faucets. And while these details are certainly desired and take the kitchen to the next level, the central component of a functional kitchen is its layout and distribution. 

In the 1980s, as suburban homes grew in square footage, this gave way to a much more open layout, which allowed for the use of kitchen space as eating or hang-out spots. This allowed for more room and the ability to move around the kitchen. Here are the four main features to consider for your modern custom kitchen. From there, the details follow. 

#1 Kitchen Layout and Design 

The kitchen is no longer delegated to one person preparing a meal. Today’s kitchens are multi-cook and multi-purpose rooms. Designers think of kitchens today as having several ‘zones.’ It’s a reflection of how kitchens today are used in different ways and by more than just one person. Different kitchen layouts include: 

  • The galley kitchen: This is ideal for smaller spaces and is often used in apartments or condos. When designed well, it can be used effectively in bigger homes and lead to a breakfast room or extra dining area. One of the great advantages of galley kitchens is the cabinet and storage space created. 
  • The L-shaped kitchen: This is an effective and smart design that maximizes space but also eliminates kitchen traffic. The design can be effectively implemented in smaller and medium-sized kitchens. 
  • Horseshoe kitchens with kitchen islands: A horseshoe kitchen will also create plenty of storage and cabinet space while enhancing the functionality of the kitchen. The kitchen island can be used as the sink/dish area, leaving open the rest of the surrounding space to the placement of appliances. 
  • The peninsula kitchen: This is a great way to implement the kitchen island feature while closing off space. It provides an option for an eating area on the counter for a to-go breakfast or allows for extra preparation space for ingredients. This layout is a mix between the horseshoe kitchen and the l-shaped, taking the best of both worlds and combining it. 

These are only a few of the possibilities in layout. There exist many combinations and fusions between some of these popular choices, but a custom kitchen can be spaced out in whatever way the client wants. 

#2 Cabinets and Storage Space 

Part of what enhances a modern kitchen’s functionality is the way that it allows for space to be used. Storage space is a big asset in kitchen design because it removes the need to have things ‘stored’ on top of the cabinets and so much of the minimalist design is to avoid clutter and promote the wise use of space. The cabinets tend to have less ornamentation and have a sleek design that matches the modern appliances of today. The material ranges widely depending on the kind of look you are going for. Popular material today for cabinets includes:

  • Wood
  • Plywood
  • Medium-density fiberboard 
  • Polyester 
  • Melamine 
  • Wood veneers
  • High-pressure laminate 

#4 Countertops 

Another unifying element of the kitchen is the countertops and next to the layout itself and the cabinets, these three elements will create a cohesive design for the entire kitchen. The countertop material also tends to define the tone but complements any kind of kitchen layout. While some materials go in and out of vogue—granite was the go-to in the 90s— the 2021 homeowner has more options than ever before. The most sought-after materials for your kitchen countertops include:

  • Granite
  • Soapstone
  • Marble quartz
  • Solid-surface materials
  • Laminates 
  • Ceramic tiles
  • Some woods and/or butcher block material
  • Stainless steel

#4 Appliances 

A kitchen wouldn’t be one without the major appliances and range hood. The range hood might seem like a small detail, but it has become a prominent feature in today’s custom kitchens. Today’s appliances have really come a long way from the simple appliances in the late 70s and early 80s. The modern-day refrigerator is almost unrecognizable from its 1900 predecessor the ‘icebox.’ Today’s automated-energy-efficient-and automatic dishwashers look very different from the early precursors in the early 60s and 70s.

As these four main features are designed and arranged, the rest of the kitchen comes together. That’s when people think about adding smart elements, kitchen color, flooring, etc. 

Get the Glory of a Modern Kitchen with Palo Verde Homes

Your kitchen defines your home in so many ways. It will welcome guests, family, and provide an intimate setting for those closest to you. It’s more than just a room, it’s a lifestyle. With many options to choose from, we’re confident Palo Verde Homes will build the kitchen of your dreams. 

Interested in finding the right kitchen layout and material for your new home? Connect with us today and find out more about our modern designs. 

El Paso, Texas: The Best Place to Raise a Family!

Hispanic couple sitting on the sofa reading a book at home with their baby son and young daughterWhether you’ve been stationed to work at the army base or have received a job offer in the southwestern city, you don’t have to think twice about moving to El Paso, Texas. The far west city is known for providing couples and families with the perfect opportunity to balance their social life, work obligations, and their own downtime. If your family is your number one priority, don’t be afraid to go with your gut and make a bold move to the West Texas city. Not only is the city of El Paso perfect for families but it has provided a home for people from all over the world. We discuss the many attributes that make El Paso a definite option for you and your little ones. 

Affordable Cost of Living

El Paso is rather admirable due to the simple fact that housing is affordable in almost every region throughout the city. Looking for a new home? You’re in luck. New homes and models are almost just as affordable as used homes and the city is growing rapidly. Whatever your preference may be in finding a home, we’re confident that you’ll find your every desire here. Additionally, some home builders, such as the proud Palo Verde Homes, have extensive knowledge regarding the many communities that make El Paso what it is. 

Expanding Your Child’s Knowledge

Most El Pasoans are rather knowledgeable when it comes down to speaking English and Spanish fluently. It’s a matter of no time before both you and your child start expanding on your bilingual skills! Many educators and teachers are certified in helping Spanish-speaking children with their English-speaking skills. The amount of support in El Paso is incomparable. Besides the bilingual nature of El Paso, there is so much more our city has to offer. 

Appreciation for the Arts and Culture 

El Paso is a historic site, popularly taught in Texas and U.S. history. With an extensive history, it’s no surprise that it has become an artsy and cultural hub, catching the attention of people from all over the country. Duranguito, an old neighborhood that resides in Downtown El Paso, has become a popular site due to its historical background and the townspeople’s attempt to clean it up with the help of artwork. This neighborhood is only one of many admirable sites here! 

Finding a Job That Works with You 

Almost every profession and field of work can be found here in the city. El Paso is filled with small and local businesses, so with that being said, employers all over the town are almost always willing to take on an extra member. The team at Palo Verde Homes can guarantee that whatever kind of position you are aiming to work for, you’ll be able to find exactly that! Even more, we can guarantee you’ll find a career that still allows you the necessary time for your family and personal life. 

Education Systems: Up and Coming 

As more houses are being built and more communities being established, the demand for more schools has risen dramatically. Whatever is your preferred community in the city, you’ll likely be able to enroll your children in a school that you can place your trust in. Additionally, school officials in El Paso are willing to work with you should you have any concerns! Even better, once your children are ready to pursue their career aspirations, we have colleges and a reputable university! 

Healthcare Everywhere 

Emergencies can happen at any time, any place. In these moments, the most important thing to do is to stay calm. It can be hard to keep yourself cool and collected, but as the city continues to grow, more and more healthcare and medical facilities are being built closer to homes. Besides emergencies, medical necessities can be reached with ease. You don’t have to dread a half-hour drive just to be seen by a doctor. El Paso is ideal in proximity! 

Recreational Areas in Every Neighborhood 

Not only do you want to ensure that you and your children are receiving the appropriate care, but you also want to provide your children with some fun from time to time! With more homes, schools, and small businesses, comes more recreational areas. Parks, athletic centers, and much more can be found in several neighborhoods in El Paso. We have larger sites, such as the Franklin Mountains, for your family to enjoy all year long! 

Providing You with A Beautiful a Home 

Here at Palo Verde Homes, we care about the quality of your home life. To top off your living experience, we suggest you give us a call so we can assist you and provide you with a home. Don’t hesitate to connect with us today! 

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time Indoors

Now that we’re all spending more time indoors, it may feel as if there isn’t much to do. Whether you consider yourself an introvert (you’re relishing in the quarantine) or you’re more of an extrovert (you’re longing to see your friends or to go out for a drink at your usual haunt), we can all agree that we’re on the same boat. Even introverts are grasping at straws when it comes to finding ways to spend their time. If you’re in the El Paso area, then you’re aware that even the parks (including hiking trails) have closed down to the public. If you feel as if there’s nothing to do, take a look at the tips we’ve compiled below.

Workout from Home

One of the saddest realities about quarantine is that we’re not supposed to go outside, except for necessary tasks such as getting groceries or visiting the doctor. If you’re a regular at the gym or you’re starting to get tired of this newfound stagnation, then we’ve got a great option for you! There are countless of workout videos available online for you to choose from. If you have a television with internet capabilities, you can even play the workout on your big screen! And you don’t have to worry about not having the right equipment since many of these videos don’t require any equipment. You can just take a 15-minute break from your daily qua-routine to exercise for a bit. 

According to many health journals, working out regularly can actually improve your mental health! Since exercise releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin, you can improve your mood from the comfort of your home. If you’re really hankering for some fresh air, then you can go for a light jog around the neighborhood. Thankfully, this is still allowed under the current quarantine guidelines. Just make sure to stay six feet away from everyone and, if possible, wear a face mask with a filter!

Play Video Games

Video games are great ways to escape our current reality and enter a plethora of different lands. Whether it’s rescuing a princess from an evil lizard-dragon creature or building a small community on a deserted island, you have many options for escapism. Even if you’ve never considered yourself a “gamer,” you can still try it out and see if it’s for you. Now, thanks to the advancements in modern technology, our smartphones are able to play countless video games without any loss of quality. If you don’t own a home console, simply take a look at your App Store and check out the most popular games. Who knows, you might find your next great obsession! 

This is also a great way to bond with your family and friends. Even if you’re unable to physically see your friends, you can still hang out with them digitally!  You can connect and play with friends over the internet and chat via speakerphone. It’ll be as if they’re right there in the room with you!

Now There’s Time to Read

How many times have you walked past that bookshelf only to feel guilty about the discrepancy between the books you own and the books you’ve read? I can’t be the only one! Now that we’re basically locked in for the foreseeable future is as good a time as any to finally become a book worm. You can read a few minutes each day to get your mind off of things or you can sit down and read for hours and hours. It’s up to you!

This can also serve as a great time to build up reading habits for your children. You can schedule daily reading time or you can even read to them out loud to make the whole experience all the more enjoyable and memorable. If you don’t have any books left to read, then reread your past favorites! Or, better yet, you could take up eBooks and audiobooks. There are many options out there for you to delve into, such as free trials and memberships. 

Catch Up with Friends and Family, Digitally

One of the worst things about quarantine is the inability to see friends and family whenever we please. Thankfully, there are digital options available where we can see and speak with our friends and family. It may not be as close to actually seeing them in person, but it’s as close as we can get during this time. Planning weekly family nights or organizing a synchronized movie watch along with friends is possible. All you need is an internet connection, a webcam, and some earphones. Remember to check up on your friends, as well. A simple phone call can help anyone feel better. If you think of a friend or wonder how they’re doing, shoot them a text or call them up! Everyone’s feeling a bit strange during these times; you can restore a sense of normalcy by chatting and having a good time!

Relax Within Your Palo Verde Home

Mental health is paramount, now more than ever before. Always remember to take time to improve yourself, both mentally and physically. If, for instance, you’re working from home, you can relax after the day is over by sitting gon the couch and watching a few episodes of the Masked Singer. It’s a strange time for everyone but Palo Verde Homes is here for you. We’re all going through this together. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call. 

American Homes Through the Ages: A Look at Home Architecture of Past and Present

There are entire stories of American history embedded in the homes leftover from decades past, many of these stories tell important truths about our culture, the lives we’ve lived, and how we’ve progressed as a nation. As a homeowner, your home is part of the legacy of the American Dream. After all, that Dream, as most of us know it, always includes owning a little piece of land where we can live our lives and raise our families. It doesn’t have to have a white picket fence but today it might have some solar panels, tall ceilings, and a kitchen island.  So what are some of the stories our houses tell about us? We thought we’d take a look. 

Geography also contributes to some of the features used by home builders in different parts of the country. That’s because climate, customs, and culture also play a role in the way a home is built. For example, adobe homes are made for warm climates, while the Northeastern United States builds homes with roofs especially poised to catch snow or excess moisture. In Louisiana and much of the South, you will find what is called the shotgun house, built specifically for the humid and hot climates.  

Pre 20th Century Homes and the Captured Way of Living

It’s no secret that living before the 1900s must have been quite different from living done today. And yes, there are still homes that are for sale built prior to 1900 but they are mostly located in New England areas and upstate New York. You will find these old gems in Massachusetts, Boston and other areas of the country that belonged to the early settlers. So what are some of the sought-after features of an old home pre-1900? According to Forbes magazine, some of the main features of these classic homes will have exposed brick, pocket doors, carriage houses, and grand staircases.  Carriage houses are a type of outbuilding that was built for the horse carriages. Staircases, like old wooden staircases, are actually quite an attractive feature, as many modern homes replicate the older style. 

20th Century Homes: A Wide Breadth of Building Styles

A lot happens in one hundred years and in America, throughout the twentieth century, there was the tail end of the industrial revolution, the first World War, the roaring twenties, the Great Depression, the Second World War, the economic boom of the ’50s, the cultural turbulence of the sixties and seventies, and the technological advancements of the ’80s and ’90s. All of this was reflected in the homes that people built, bought, and decorated. 

Homes from the 1900s will usually have features like tin ceilings, fir floors, and classic chimneys. Other common features from early on in the century included built-in buffets, claw-foot tubs, and china cabinets. The clawfoot tub, for example, is another feature that has returned as part of the vintage decor for many home designers. Instead of putting in a walk-in shower, or regular tub, the claw foot has returned with a vengeance and is now part of many designer bathrooms. 

The 1920s was the era of wooden features. Properties from that decade often list a gumwood trim and herringbone floors. Herringbone floor is a rarer but often desired feature today. People enjoy its classic pattern and elegant look. In the 1930s, a slate roof and glass doorknobs were in. After WWII, of course, America grew rapidly and during this time the building shifted to the suburbs and to the Midwest. 

Homes in the 1940s begin to show central heating, parking accommodations like side-drive, double-wide driveway, or carports. In the 1960s there is a love of terrazzo floors and dual paned windows. The ’70s had multiple-floor homes and a lot of shag carpet. 

In the 1980s we begin to see a lot more modern features. These homes will often list a cathedral ceiling skylights, sunken living rooms, and mirrored closets. In the ’90s the palladium windows were used often, as well as island cooktops and pot shelves. In the new century, as the old one faded into the historical past, we saw a small snail shower, pre-wired surround sound, better insulation, hand textured walls, hardwood floors. 

The Home of the 21st Century — A Mix of Technology, Comfort, and Performance

There is no doubt that many homes of today will take design concepts from the past and make them new. We see it with a lot of vintage decors or certain features that have come back with slight modifications or better materials. Skylights, for example, and large windows are still quite popular as many people enjoy bringing nature into their homes and letting in natural light.  Instead of the full floor to ceiling chimneys in the ’70s, today’s homes might have a smaller chimney that offers the same comfort with less maintenance hassle. The decade of 2020 will likely continue some of the ongoing trends like a concern for energy efficiency and the implementation of nature into the home. 

Build New, Modern, and Make it Yours with Palo Verde Homes

 In the end, the past is never fully erased. As with anything, history and lessons that have come in decades past will always be a part of what we do and how we do it. It’s no different in-home architecture and design. Today we have the advantage of having advanced techniques and technologies to build beautiful homes better suited for the 21st-century family and lifestyle. Build your piece of history with Palo Verde Homes today. 

Unique Market Trends and Popular Choices for Homeowners

happy young couple getting the keys to their custom home

So you’re looking to buy a home? Your first home? Second? Third? We got just the right floor plan.  If you are a first-time homeowner the process probably seems a little daunting and confusing. It’s probable, however, that you have been thinking about and envisioning your ideal home for some time and have some unique ideas about what you want it to be like. As a custom home builder, we see it all the time. People come in with a clearer vision of their dream home than they think. Building custom is the way to go. It allows you some freedom as the details you want to control about your home. At the same time, the market is always changing and providing new and useful ideas that might increase the value of your home or make it more appealing to buyers and homeowners. We thought we’d take a look at some of these trends. 

Exciting and Unorthodox Kitchen Colors

People spend a lot of time in the kitchen. And recent decades have seen shifting trends about how the kitchen is structured, laid out, or what it contains. In addition to cabinet space, kitchen islands, and energy-efficient appliances, color trends can make a kitchen that much more appealing. Colors that are in style today for modern and unique kitchens include the color blue. Traditionally, kitchens will have some more neutral colors like gray, white, black, or brown, but recent trends indicate that people want to go back to exploring various shades for their kitchens and bathrooms. 

Trendy Features That Add a Little Pizzazz 

In addition to open layouts and modernized appliances and design, details of a home can really send its value skyward. In 2019, certain features that can really make your home stand out to include barn doors and farmhouse sinks. In the bathroom, they include glass showers, special vintage or unique-style vanities and more. 

Nearby Coffeehouses and Perks

This one is a kicker! According to a Zillow study, if you’re home is close to a Starbucks or similar coffee serving establishment, your home may just be raised in value. In some cities, the difference was even greater. So, buying a home near a Starbucks so you can pick up your Grande Low Fat Caramel Macchiato with extra caramel has even more advantages! 

Energy Efficient Appliances and Infrastructure

This one almost goes without saying. Indeed people are worried about the amount of energy their home is using. Today, homeowners look for a variety of ways to make their home energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Including energy-efficient appliances is in and forms a big part of what homeowners search for in a new and custom home. A modernized HVAC system is another huge advantage when it comes to long term savings and longevity for a new home. 

Go Custom With Palo Verde Homes

Thinking you want some say in the way your new home goes? Go custom. It offers possibilities and an incredible possibility to shape your dream home. It’s your money. Your future. Invest it in something you love. Call Palo Verde Homes today! 

How to Replicate the Beauty of a Model Home

Have you done a walk-through of a model home and found yourself gleaming at every corner? Model homes tend to get plenty of admirable looks and homeowners become inspired to switch up the overall interior look of their homes. If you have this dream of an aesthetic home, why not make it come to life? Having a home that’s satisfying to the eye and, of course, physically pleasing at the same time is fun to daydream about, but it is also very much possible! Where to start with redecorating can be a tough position to be in. Luckily enough, we have some guidelines for you to think over when drafting out the future interior of your home. 

Pick Consistent Color Schemes for Each Room

Not every room in your home has to be cerulean blue or carnelian red, but when you are choosing a color scheme for every room, it’s best to stick and go through with it. Colors tend to bring out specific moods, thus creating a grouping of hues. Compliment the walls of your rooms- don’t make them contrast. 

Picking the Furniture Theme

If you have rustic, wood ridden furniture in a modernized home, it won’t look bad, it’ll just feel off-setting, in a sense. The style of the home you live in is already enough to tell you what kind of furniture will complement the style. You can look into your home’s floor plans to give you details regarding the style.

Make the Space Cohesive

Maintaining cohesion helps the furniture and decor of your home blend with each other. You may not want to have a very repetitive color-scheme in your home, but you do want the theme of furniture choice to carry out in your kitchen, dining rooms, and extra space in your home. This space cohesion tends to make your home feel more open and welcoming. 

Palo Verde is Qualified to Make Your Dream Home Come to Life

If you’re starting from scratch in terms of home-decorating and also looking for a new home, Palo Verde Homes is more than willing to provide you with exactly that! Give us a call today to learn more about finding the home fit for you.

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!

Palo Verde Homes: Where we Build and Why these Are Great Communities

Beautiful, functional, and elegant homes are few and far between.  Palo Verde Homes builds throughout the El Paso region but is concentrated in three main areas including Horizon City, Santa Teresa, and the City of El Paso. Each of these offers a different environment, but each one has its own characteristics and benefits. Within El Paso city limits, there are plenty of options to choose from including westside and eastside, both of which offer different amenities, shopping centers, schools, and more. We thought we’d take a look at some of the growing aspects of these communities and explore what makes them great places to live, raise a family, and purchase a home.

Looking at Horizon City

Horizon City is a growing town located on the eastside of El Paso County, Texas. It is a burgeoning and expanding community but is still more of a rural community with bigger land properties, neighborhoods that are further apart, and less traffic.  Census date indicates that the town has considerable population growth since 2010. At the same time, there is growing infrastructure and communities in surrounding area, including development, shopping centers, and more are making the area a very popular place in the county.  The area of Eastlake is a popular and new community garnering a lot of attention due to its new infrastructure, parks, bike lanes, and the success of the surrounding schools. Building a home in Horizon City still offers a certain amount of rural qualities and is less populated and congested than the city of El Paso. If you’re looking for a growing small town feel, Horizon might be the place for you. Mission Ridge is a community located on Eastlake Blvd which is also showing incredible promise of growth with the Eastlake Marketplace, hospitals, and more. Horizon City is only a few minutes drive from El Paso, where there is more entertainment and events happening.

The City of El Paso

The city of El Paso is a densely populated area with approximately 680,000 people. It is no longer the small town people often claimed it to be, although many will argue it still has a small town feel when it comes to the friendliness of the people and the culture. For the last decade, Texas has seen a lot of influx of people rushing to the Southwest for better weather, more sun, lower taxes. Recent downtown revitalization efforts have made El Paso a fast-growing and modern community with the baseball stadium, new shops, restaurants, and bars, along with the downtown area and throughout the whole city. Visit downtown El Paso today and you’ll see a very different city than existed just ten years ago. Development within the downtown area but also several communities on the westside and eastside have helped the population of the city grow.

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa is a town in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. It is part of the Las Cruces Metropolitan statistical area although it is geographically closer than El Paso. It is a small town with approximately 5,000 people. Plenty of development and real estate area has made Santa Teresa a desirable place to live for people looking for a smaller community with a small town feel. It is a few minutes drive from El Paso and has easy access to I-10, shopping centers, and shops.

Get Your Home in the Community You Love

Whether you are looking to live in the heart of El Paso, on the New Mexico border in Santa Teresa, or on the far eastside in Horizon City, these are all great areas to purchase your new home. There is a low cost of living, plenty of wildlife, beautiful desert landscapes, mountains, and plenty of entertainment and fun. El Paso is also home to the University of Texas at El Paso, which has recently received recognition for its research projects and capabilities.

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The Emergence of Luxury Homes and What Defines Them

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The term luxury can have multiple meanings, but in real estate, the term often refers to a home that possesses certain features, amenities, or architectural characteristics. Luxury homes have become quite popular in recent years, as people look for entrancing curb appeal and spellbinding homes that stand out from the rest. Palo Verde Homes and custom builders can help you redefine luxury the way you envision it.

What Makes Luxury?

We all know it when we hear it. Yet, it’s often hard to define. To some, it might suggest affluence, to others a mere surface extravagance, a preoccupation with polished aesthetics, but it can simply mean a home that stands out, a home that is eye-catching, creates an impression and says something special —perhaps mysterious— about the people that live there. It’s a home that is in some ways a work of art and a representation of architectural integrity and beauty.

Real estate, like any other market, is always changing and expanding. Home features and fashions change as lifestyles and culture change, but luxurious doesn’t just mean fancy finishes and intricate fountains by the pool. In this way, it is broadly defined, but certain characteristics help determine what constitutes luxury.

When it comes to real estate, luxury can mean:

Location & Surrounding Areas

One thing that defines a home is the location and its surrounding area. A home’s value is often defined by the neighborhood, neighboring houses, and the area of the city. In recent years, however, people are re-defining what good location means and it can change depending on a variety of factors. Someone might not find a gated community as their ideal location and might look for a more detached and rural sensibility. They might find a home near a park or a mountain trail to represent their idea of luxurious.


Luxurious living also means a home that can provide the lifestyle you want. A lot of times this means a home that grants people the ability for unique perks that are particularly important to them. For example, privacy. The modern world is not often concerned with privacy and personal spaces, but in their home people see this as a major advantage. A lot of times this is directly connected to security and other personal concerns. Luxury homes might include long driveways, gated and/or separated yards that provide slight seclusion or shielding from the world.


In other words, customization. The very idea of a customized home translates to comfort. Homeowners that have an opportunity to define certain characteristics of their home usually opt for features that would normally categorize real estate as luxury. This might include large walk-in closets, custom floors, cabinets, or individualized rooms. Luxury is not one size fits all. It is personal and defined by the homeowner’s preferences and vision.

Technologically Advanced

Luxury is smart. By today’s definition, smart refers to possessing unique technological capacity. This usually refers to a home that is equipped with the capabilities of home automation and other smart technological features popular today. There is a wide range of smart features in newer homes and these can be anything from motion detectors, security systems, automatic AC systems, and more.

Find Your Luxury With Palo Verde

With Palo Verde Homes you have access to amazing home builders that know how to create your ideal luxurious home. Whether that means wooden floors, landscaping, or marble countertops, we can help your vision come to life. Call us today.