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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! 

Need More Inspiration? You Can Count On Us! 

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. 

The Important Part Affordable Homes Play in the Community

one of the many affordable homes available from Palo Verde HomesHousing impacts your life in many more than simply having a roof over your head. The general rule of thumb regarding how much of your income should be allotted in order for a house to be considered an affordable home is 30 percent. For many families, that is not enough to afford a place to live and they need to spend more than that. An adequate supply of budget friendly residences is essential to community health. This contributes to the community’s health in several ways. The team at Palo Verde Homes offers beautiful and affordable homes to the people of El Paso.

What Affordable Homes Do for the Community

Not only does affordable housing fulfill the basic human need for shelter, it also contributes to the well-being of both parents adults and children. Several studies have shown that children do better in school and are less likely to experience a disruption in their education due to unwanted moves when it is available. Moreover, decent, affordable housing reduces stress, toxins, and infectious diseases. This, in turn, leads to better physical and mental health. Additionally, affordable housing also frees up funds that families can spend on other necessities. For adults, being able to afford a home means reduced stress as they do not have to worry about foreclosure or eviction. They have fewer health problems and reduced absenteeism on the job.

Affordable Homes and the Advancement of Society

Reasonably priced housing creates stability, community, and engagement. Affordable homes are also important to the economic vitality of an area as they can help to attract and retain employees. Affordable housing ensures that working families will remain in your community. They will be able to provide the labor necessary to help the economy grow. In addition, it also encourages working families to settle in your community and provide a growing population of students to keep your local school system healthy and strong. These can be used as selling points and competitive advantage for area employers.

Affordable homes also allow the local workforce to live closer to their jobs. Allowing for shorter commutes makes it so that workers can spend more time with their families. Additionally, it makes it so that the community benefits as there is less traffic congestion, air pollution, and expenditures on roads. When families can are able to remain in your community, they become part of the social fabric and advance the common good. If you are looking for affordable homes in the El Paso area, contact Palo Verde Homes today. We have been building for a decade.

Finding the Right Spot for Your Dream House

a couple dreaming about lots for sale and their future homeAs a kid, you knew treasure was always marked with an X. Locating the X was simple, but getting to the X was hard. As an adult, it’s the opposite. To get where you need to go, you just hop in your car, step on the gas, and pray the police officer you just passed doesn’t pull you over for speeding. There are no treacherous jungles or fiery beasts you need to get through before getting your treasure; just a few red lights. But when it comes to finding the right place to build your dream home, you know navigating the various lots for sale around the city and choosing the best one for you and your family won’t come with an X on a treasure map. But just like the trusty sidekick in all the pirate movies, Palo Verde Homes is here to help! We have multiple lots for sale across the El Paso area, so you’ll be sure to find the one that’s right for you. Here are a few extra tips on how to do so.

Tip #1: Where is the Lot Located?

Driving around El Paso, you’ll probably see a couple dozen lots for sale, so it’s no surprise one of the biggest determinants will be location. Picking the best one for you will depend on your situation. For one, is it just you or do you have a family? If you have a family, finding a spot near good schools, parks, and multipurpose centers will be best for you. But if you’re rocking the bachelor/bachelorette life, finding one in the heart of El Paso’s night scene may be the way to go. Other determinants like where you work, go to school, or visit often can also come into play. Doing this will help you narrow down a side of town at the very least.

Tip #2: What is Your Budget?

While everyone dreams of having a butler and an infinity pool, your wallet may be telling you that those luxuries will have to come later. It is cheaper to live in some parts of town than others, so that can also help you narrow down a general location to look for lots for sale.

Tip #3: What Size Do You Need?

 

This is also circumstantial advice and will depend on the size of your family and how big of a house you’ll need. If you have six kids and hope for each one to have their own bedroom, as they say in “Jaws,” you’re going to need a bigger boat (lot). But if you have a small family or don’t mind pairing your children off in rooms, a smaller lot will do. It’ll depend on what size yard and driveway you’ll need as well.

Tip #4: Contact Palo Verde Homes

If you’re looking for a good place to build your future home, check out our lots for sale! We have lots all over the El Paso area and can help you find the best one to take the next step in your and your family’s journey!

Important Things to Check When Viewing New Properties

new properties available from Palo Verde HomrdWhether you are a first-time buyer or an experienced buyer, looking at new properties is a big deal. Excitement levels and emotions run high and often cause important things to be overlooked when walking through a home. This is especially true if it is a brand new, never-before-lived-in a home. Before you hand over the down payment, take some time to make sure you are truly getting your dream home.

Check the Location of New Properties

The most important factor when looking at new properties on which to build a home is its location. This includes the distance between it and the neighboring homes and the nearest main road, as well as the distance from the property to the town’s amenities like shopping, dining, markets, warehouses, transport hubs, and freeways. 

You need to find out about the ownership, type and intended usage of neighboring areas, as well as the free land in the locality. Additionally, you should also inquire about the school district, even if you do not have or plan on having children as this will affect whether or not the home will hold its value. Finally, you should also ask where the home will be located on the new property and which way it will face. This will help with energy efficiency.

Costs of New Properties

You need to go beyond the cost of the home itself and find out about the additional fees that you will need to pay. This includes taxes, homeowner’s association fees, and estimated utility costs. This will help you determine exactly how much you can afford as a mortgage payment each month. Keep in mind that these things fluctuate so you may want to look at a two-year cash flow estimate before coming to a conclusion. You should also look into recent comparable sales of properties with similar characteristics in the area including the most common and suitable for both old and new properties and the expected depreciation on the new home.

If you are looking at new properties in El Paso, be sure to include Palo Verde Homes in your search. Contact us today to learn more about what we have to offer!

 

Custom Floor Plans Can Make You Fall In Love With Your New Home

happy family holding a small model home in their handsBuilding a brand new home is a huge investment but definitely worth it. There are many benefits that come with building your own home, including the ability to choose custom floor plans and the entire layout of your home. This can give you a home that is uniquely yours and that you don’t hate for one reason or another. If you are in El Paso or the surrounding areas, our team at Palo Verde Homes can assist you with building your brand new, custom home. We know the importance of building a home that you absolutely love.

Never Wish You Had A Different Home Layout Again

With prebuilt homes or certain home building companies, there are only certain floor plans that you can choose from. They may be floor plans that you do not necessarily like or love. Why settle building a home with options you do not really like? With the right home building company, you can pick absolutely customized floor plans that will cater to your every want and need. This means you can lay out your home exactly how you would like and put each room exactly where you want it. This will ensure that when you walk into your home, you are beaming with happiness instead of settling for a few things you do not necessarily like. So how can you truly benefit from this custom option in your brand new home?

Each Room Will Be Exactly The Size You Want

As stated above, custom floor plans allow you to lay out your home in the exact way you want it. This means you can have each bedroom exactly where you want it as well as the kitchen, bathrooms, and dining/living rooms. You can also pick the size of each room. This is probably one of the best reasons to decide to custom build your home. Many times, people regret purchasing prebuilt homes because the bedrooms are too small and cannot accommodate their growing families or need for more room. Picking the size of each room in your home can be a lifesaver and allow you the option to go with a bigger size in case you need more room in the future. Picking your own floor plans can be a great option if you want a home that you love, not just one you like.

Make The Most Out Of Your New Home Build

Building your home is an exciting venture and you want to make sure you make the most out of it and get everything you ever wanted and dreamed of. If you are in El Paso or the surrounding areas, our team at Palo Verde Homes can make your every wish come true. Create custom floor plans and much more with our reliable and professional home building team. We know the importance of building a home with quality materials and professionals who really know what they are doing. So, if you would like more information on our home building services or how we can better assist you, please give us a call today!

Tips on Reducing the Cost of Working with a Builder

 

a beautiful custom home's interiorIf you are worried about working with a builder because you think it will be out of your price range, there are a number of steps you can take to keep the price under budget. There are many choices you will have to make to help determine how much you will end up paying for your vision to become a reality. Palo Verde Homes is ready to help.

Steps to Take to Reduce the Price of Working with a Builder

Just like any other venture, you must do your research beforehand. You should go around to model homes in your area to figure out what you like, as well as what you want in your new house. Be sure to visit those built by the builder you intend to work with and those from other builders too.

Once you have a list of features that you like, list them in order of importance. This may mean making sacrifices and compromises with your significant other or whomever you are building the house with. Then, take this list to your builder and ask for their advice on how to save. They may be able to help you to be frugal enough that you will be able to include more amenities than you originally thought.

More Ways to Save

Keep in mind that if you spend more upfront, you will end up saving in the long run. That is due to the fact that you will have to pay more for energy efficiency in appliances, windows, and the like, but you will pay less in utility bills when they arrive. The same is true for building materials. Your builder will recommend specific materials because they know they will last. Otherwise, you may end up paying to replace them sooner rather than later. However, there are some projects that tend to be less expensive if done after the builder is finished. This includes some fixtures, appliances, and flooring. Ask your builder what the cost will be and then shop around.

Another thing you can do is try to avoid change orders by knowing what you want before the builder starts. This will not only cut down on costs but also frustration and time, as change orders cost more money and add considerable time and frustration to the building process. You should also be sure that you have supplied your builder with everything he or she needs beforehand. If you said you would pick out and deliver the tiles for the floor, do not wait until the week before to pick them out as they may not be ready in time and this will hold up the builder and cost more money.

If you are looking for a builder in the El Paso area, contact Palo Verde Homes today. We have been in the home building business for over ten years.

Building Custom Homes Can Offer You A World Of Possibilities

a beautiful home built by Palo Verde Homes If you are looking for custom homes or want to have one built in the El Paso area, chances are you probably need to find a good home building company to help you. Home building companies tend to have a nice inventory of prebuilt homes to choose from or you can build your own custom dream home with their help and expertise. If you are in the El Paso area, Palo Verde Homes can assist you with your custom build today. Our team offers a ton of amazing options including design options, energy efficient choices, and custom floor plans.

With Custom Homes, You Will Have Everything You’ve Always Wanted!

When people decide to build a custom home, chances are they are very interested in picking out their own special amenities and features. Personalizing your home is a great way to make sure that everything is exactly how you want it. Spending massive amounts of money and investing in a new home can be a big commitment, so why not make sure that you’re getting everything you want?

One of the best features about a custom home is the fact that you can pick your floor plan and essentially lay out the home however you would like. This means you can make sure there is ample space in each room, including the bedrooms so that you will never regret building small rooms later on down the road.

No More Dealing With Small Rooms And Bathrooms!

There are two main things that most people tend to have an issue with when it comes to moving into a house: small kitchen and small bathrooms. When you decide to build your own custom home, your kitchen and bathrooms can be as large as you would like. You will never regret making these rooms too large, especially after you’ve lived in a previous house with small rooms.

If you love to cook and love to spend time in the kitchen with your family, it is always a great idea to make sure that you build it with enough room for activities and storage. When it comes to your bathroom, this is essentially a relaxing oasis for you to unwind in after a long day at work. You will want it to have enough space for you to relax and enjoy the quiet time. Both of these rooms tend to get a lot of foot traffic, so it’s always important to make sure you build them large enough to accommodate your family and your guests.

Even Your Backyard Can Be Amazing

When you build a custom home, you will have the opportunity to turn your backyard into something absolutely incredible. If you like to entertain and host social events and gatherings, your backyard probably needs to look quite impressive. There are many ways you could turn your backyard into a beautiful, relaxing oasis.

Additional options include fire pits, barbecues pits, pools, and landscaping. All of these things can provide entertainment and relaxation for not only your family but any guests that you invite over as well. A great homebuilder will make sure to ask you what your wants and needs are before even starting your project. This will be a great way for them to ensure your home is being built to meet your satisfaction.

Palo Verde Homes Is Waiting For Your Call!

If you are in the El Paso area and are considering building a custom home, Palo Verde Homes would be more than happy to talk with you today. We have the experience and knowledge that is necessary to build quality homes with amazing features. If you want to build your dream home or find out about all of the services we can offer you, please feel free to contact us today!

 

New Home Builders Will Make Your Dream Home Come True

a beautiful home built by the new home builders at Palo Verde HomesA new home should have the best of everything, shouldn’t it? But how often have you heard horror stories of people’s homes collapsing? Or walls falling in? Such disasters happen when bad builders are involved. If you are building a new home to live in, you want to make sure you have good builders working for you. The team at Palo Verde Homes is made up of new home builders who are dedicated to serving you. They have builders who will focus on the quality you want, and they have the experience you need. With them on your side, you can rest assured that your home will be well built.

Quality New Home Builders

Quality new home builders do not skimp on materials, effort, or skill. They are people who not only know what they are doing but tend to take pride in it too. This means that the builders will get the best material available for their budget. Then they will take the time necessary to put the house together properly. Lastly, they will hire people of skill to work on your house. To put it simply, a quality builder will build a house they would want to live in. It is not just a matter of doing good work, but doing work that will last.

Warning Signs

When you start looking around for new home builders, make sure to watch for two warning signs. The first warning sign is unreliable management. Often times, companies and managers seem very friendly and helpful when you first meet them. After some time, however, they may turn rude or even become unreachable. This can be very detrimental, especially if you’ve already paid them for the drafting of floor plans or other services. The best way to avoid this is by checking as many reviews from previous clients as possible. This way, you can have all the knowledge you need and won’t be wooed by a charming demeanor. You can also take note of specific individuals reviewers talk about, whether positively or negatively. This will give you a good feel for the team and you’ll avoid costly issues down the road.

The second warning sign is a fast build date. Building a home takes an average of six to twelve months. If your potential builder gives you a date than that, then it is either a lie or a rush job. You do not want to get involved if it is either.

Choose Palo Verde Homes, Today!

Your home is a special place of refuge for you. This is why you need a good building crew to help bring it to life. Palo Verde Homes has a number of new home builders with the experience you want for your home. They are not only a quality home building company but a dedicated one. With them working for you, you know that your home will be beautiful and last for years to come.

 

Three Traits of Excellent Home Builders

a beautiful home built by the home builders at Palo Verde HomesIf you are planning to build a new home rather than buy a house that is already on the market, you clearly aren’t someone who is willing to settle. You have a vision of what your home should look like, and you are willing to take the necessary steps to make your dream home a reality. If you aren’t willing to settle for a home that is already on the market, however, you certainly shouldn’t settle for home builders that you aren’t comfortable with. Building a home is a huge project, and a trustworthy and experienced home builder, like Palo Verde Homes, is essential to getting the job done correctly.

Home Builders Should Be Skilled

Finding a quality home builder starts with research. There are many housing contractors in the industry, and it may take awhile to research options. That being said, don’t rush the process! A good builder should have a solid portfolio demonstrating their education and skill. Building homes take a lot more than assembling a lot of pieces. It is a craft, and good workmanship is important.

Home Builders Should Be Educated

Before hiring a builder, make sure to ask plenty of questions. Some builders are more educated than others, and construction philosophies vary from contractor to contractor. Here are a few questions you can ask during the exploration phase:

  1. What methods will you use to determine the exact cost of my home?
  2. Are you licensed, if so, by whom and what are the requirements?
  3. Do you have insurance, liability and workman’s compensation?
  4. How long have you been in the business?
  5. Can you provide me with names and phone numbers of the four most recent homeowners you built for?
  6. Do you have a finished home I can see?
  7. How long do you guarantee your workmanship?
  8. Do you guarantee a completion date, if so, how?

Home Builders Should Be Advocates

The best home builders are advocates for the homeowners they work with. They work hand in hand with the homeowner and design team to ensure that the completed project will match the homeowner’s vision while staying within a realistic budget. The relationship between the homeowner and the homebuilder should be creative and collaborative.

Building Homes in El Paso

Palo Verde Homes has been surpassing the standards of excellence in home building since 2007 when it first opened. Since then, it has been featured in Texas Builder Magazine and has been recognized as a 2011 national Energy Star Leader. Palo Verde builders are skilled and educated advocates of their clients, and they can help you build your beautiful El Paso home.