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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A NEIGHBORHOOD

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When you’re searching for a new place to call home, one of the first questions asked is “What are the best neighborhoods in Amarillo, Texas?” But with all the different factors there are to take into account, sometimes knowing where to start is challenging. That’s why we put together a few tips to help you along the way.

THINK ABOUT CONVENIENCE.

If you’re looking for convenience, consider if the places you frequent are within a short distance from the neighborhood you’re considering. Also, determine whether or not these amenities are necessary or if how far they are from your home matters.

DON’T FORGET THE NOISE LEVEL.

If you’re looking for a quiet neighborhood, choosing a place to stay located behind a busy shopping center or within a short distance from a highway may not be the best idea. It’s important to consider noise level when you’re looking for a new neighborhood to call home.

CONSIDER ACCESS.

While a cul-de-sac may be a place you always wanted to live, it’s also limited to one way in and one way out. Consider how easy it will be to access and leave your home. Take a look at the environment, too. There are sometimes natural routes that make it easy to access alternative routes, such as an alley at the back of your home. Also consider if it’s important to live in a gated community versus a non-gated community.

TAKE MARKET POTENTIAL INTO ACCOUNT.

When you move to a new neighborhood, it’s vital to consider resale value. Consider whether schools and businesses are being built in the area, as these are signs of a potentially growing market.

CONSIDER A STRESS-FREE TRADE-UP

Whichever neighborhood you choose, make sure it’s one that fits your lifestyle and needs. With Experience Homes‘ Home Trade-In Program, we sell your home while you sit back stress-free and get a brand new one built and customized to fit your needs. Consider taking the guesswork out of selling and buying your home and contact us today to learn more about our Home Trade-In Program.

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6 EASY WAYS TO SAVE FOR A DOWN PAYMENT

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Finding the money for that first home can be a challenge. Without at least 20 percent to put down, most lenders will require that you purchase mortgage insurance that will increase your monthly payment for years (until you’ve built up enough equity to equal that 20 percent). Fortunately, there are a number of creative ways you can find the extra money you need to buy the house of your dreams.

 

  1. Find a side gig.

There are scores of ways to earn a little extra every week. Write articles online for platforms like Scripted, Crowd Content and WriterAccess. Mow lawns in the evenings after your day job. Start a small business, such as a dog-walking venture or a direct sales business with companies like Mary Kay, Tupperware and the like.

 

  1. Clear out your attic, garage or closet.

You’re likely going to need to clean out those areas when you move anyway. Why not get a head start and use the money you raise from listing your unwanted furniture, collectibles and household items on Craigslist, eBay or Facebook Marketplace. You’d be surprised how much your “clutter” is worth.

 

  1. Borrow from yourself.

Why borrow from friends or family members when you may be able to borrow the money you need from your own 401k or IRA account? You can borrow an unlimited amount from your 401k and up to $10,000 (or $20,000 if married) from your IRA for a first time home purchase.

 

  1. Pay down your credit card debt.

If you carry one or more credit card balances from month to month, you could save a significant amount by reducing your balances and/or paying the entire bill off. The 15 to 30 percent in interest you pay each and every month could go a long way towards the amount you need for your down payment.

 

  1. Set up automatic savings.

Yet another easy way to get that 20 percent down payment is to set your savings on autopilot. Most employers will direct deposit a specified amount of every paycheck into your savings account. That way you won’t be tempted to spend it before you make it to the bank to deposit it yourself. In addition, there are apps, such as Acorn, that invest the “spare change” from your credit card purchases automatically.

 

  1. Lease-to-own.

Consider a lease-to-own home, such as those offered by Experience Homes. You can save for your down payment while you are already living in and building equity in your home. For more information, please see our Lease Option Path page.

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IS THIS SUMMER THE RIGHT TIME TO SELL MY HOME?

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“I’m ready to list my home because my family has outgrown our current home. Is this summer a good time to sell my house?”

It’s a question we’re asked every day. People want to know if now is a good time to sell their current home and upgrade to a new one. They want to ensure they make the move now before the fall school season starts.

Often people have growing families and they’re expecting a baby and want to get settled into their new home in time for their new bundle of joy.

The great news is that there are several options for upgrading homes such as with our home trade-in program, which means this summer might be the ideal time to buy a new home!

We take the stress out of home ownership and upgrades.

According to Realtor.com, the summer is when about 50% of home sales take place, making this a good time to sell your existing home. At the same time, people want to find a safe, new neighborhood for their families so they can get settled in and set up before the new school year begins.

The biggest concern that people have with selling their current home is usually the timing: They don’t want to carry two mortgages while they are moving into their new home and waiting for the old one to sell. That’s where we can help.

At Experience Homes, we buy homes, sell homes, and build new homes. We also have a great home buying alternative which is our home trade-in program that lets buyers sell their old home and build a new one.

Home ownership made easy.

With the home trade-in program, we will pay for the appraisal with your current home and we’ll buy your trade-in. That way you will have all the time you need to move to your new location. It’s that simple!

The home trade-in program eliminates the guess-work when it comes to selling a home and purchasing a new one. There aren’t a lot of builders that offer this type of program and a lot of people don’t even know about it. Our home trade-in program gives homeowners all the time they need to sell their old home and move into a new one.

Your home is where your heart is and it’s where you raise your kids and make your memories. It shouldn’t be stressful and that’s why we’re here to help.

Home trade-ins are easier than trading in a used car.

Part of the excitement in having a new home you build yourself is deciding how you want it laid out, how many bedrooms you will have, and other options we can help you explore together depending on how much house you need.

Do you want a big island in the kitchen? Front-facing bedrooms for the kids? A view of the backyard from a private master suite for the adults? A private den or office in the basement? A one-car garage or a two-car garage?

These are all options you can explore when you trade-in your old home and have a new one built – and we’re there every step of the way to make it a smooth transition.

“We were stressed over nothing. Not only was the sale and move easy, it was a great transition for our kids, too!”

Stress-free home ownership this summer and we’re here to help you.

Your home trade-in this summer will be an easy process and we’ll help every step of the way. We appreciate our customers and their feedback. We also believe in transparency, so please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the home trade-in program. We’re here to make this the best summer ever as you progress into your new home. Let’s start the path to new home ownership today!

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7 HOMEMADE HOUSEWARMING PRESENTS THAT AREN’T PIE

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Pie. It’s an American classic and makes a great gift for just about any occasion. However, sometimes you just need a little something different for that best friend’s housewarming gifts. While they might appreciate a lovingly made pie (and who doesn’t), they’d probably appreciate something that would last a little longer. Here are seven great ideas for something you can make yourself that shows your friend just how much you care.

 

  1. Placemats

These are so easy to do with a little fabric and a little sewing know-how. Standard size is 18″ x 12″ so get a few yards of a nice sturdy fabric. Another option is a holiday theme or pick two fabrics and make them reversible.

 

  1. Terrarium

Living things make great gifts and this is an easy, low-maintenance option. Look for a glass enclosure and pick a few succulents or even a cactus or two. They go with every decor and show you put thought and effort into it.

 

  1. Picture Frame

Wooden picture frames are ideal for personalization. They can be painted, stained, covered with fabric or smaller wooden shapes. Add a picture of the two of you and you have a gift that will truly impress.

 

  1. Baking Kit

Mason jar gifts are all the rage. You can fill them with just about anything but a fun idea is a to put all the dry ingredients for cookies or brownies into one (along with the directions, of course). Add a ribbon and maybe include a pan to cook them. Bonus: The smell of baking will make that new house smell like home.

 

  1. DIY Gift Basket

Make a custom gift basket by assembling a group of themed objects and artfully arranging them in some type of useful container. Some options include hand tools in a toolbox, cleaning supplies in a bucket, and scented candles and towels on a bathroom tray.

 

  1. Throw Pillows

With a little fabric and some stuffing, you can make decorative throw pillows for your friend’s new place. Some styles don’t even need stitching, so there’s no need for a sewing machine or even needle and thread.

 

  1. Coasters

Help your friend keep their furniture protected and add a decorative element with a set of coasters. These can be made from standard items like laminated cardboard or fun foam shapes. For something really unique, try your hand at painting some squared-off pieces of shale or slate.

 

Handmade housewarming gifts are special and your friends are sure to treasure them forever. And when you’re ready to find that special place to call home for yourself, remember, Experience Homes has the expertise you need.

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Parade of Homes

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The Parade of Homes is a showcase of new homes held annually in the Amarillo and Canyon community. This year’s parade will start April 26, and will continue for the following two weekends. Come take a tour of the newest and most beautiful homes, including our very own home on 9751 Strawberry Field.

This home in Strawberry Fields is newly constructed with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 beautiful bathrooms. The master is very spacious with the bathroom connected. The master bath has his and her sinks and vanity areas. This home is up to date with new appliances, tile flooring, giving it a modern and elegant look. This kitchen has sleek gray and white granite countertops that correspond with the dark alder wood cabinets.

When building this home, we took our time to make sure we gave its new homeowners our absolute best craftsmanship. For the parade, Willow Home Staging and Design furnished the home. This home features foam insulation, upgraded lights, and a 30×40 shop. There are so many things to love about this home making it easy to visualize you and your family living here.

Tickets for Parade of Homes are $10 and are available at Pak-A-Sak, United Supermarkets or online at http://amarilloparadeofhomes.com. Children under 12 are free. Come take a look at this home, but be careful because you might just fall in love with it!

If you are interested in our home trade-in program, buying a new home, or building a new home, contact us! We would love to assist you in finding the home of your dreams.

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Time to Visualize Your New Home

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Close your eyes.

Think of all the beautiful houses you’ve seen that have left an impression on you. Of those houses, which ones would you personally choose to have as your home? Narrow it down to one or two.

How do the exteriors look? One-story or two? Flat roofs or peaked? Columns or an open porch?

Imagine pulling up to the house and looking at the front door. Is it a stately home with grand columns that give it an air of importance and security? Is it a sprawling home, each wing of the house stretched out on its own plot and an open porch that’s just waiting for you to come up and knock?

This is all part of a home’s architectural style. We are drawn towards homes that we think (or desire to) best fit the personality and needs of the family. If you’re in the market for a pre-owned home, you will may have a slew of homes that meet your criteria, but only seriously consider placing offers on the homes that visually appeal to you. With that in mind, it’s worth taking the time to read up on the main architectural styles you’ll see while house hunting, along with their respective pros and cons!

The more you know about what you’re looking for in a home, the more confident you’ll feel when you do find it. And of course, if you’re building your own home with us at Experience Homes, you can make sure your build plans have exactly what you want for your dream home.

RANCH HOME

The most common style you’ll see today in pre-owned homes is the ranch style home. This style is characterized by a lack of stairs- the home is all one level. Most of the homes in this style are seen in the classic “L” shape but there are also those with a “U” shape that allow for a pool or contained garden and/or lawn.

One of the unexpected benefits of the ranch style will come to light if you only plan on living in the home for a short term: moving costs and moving effort is much, much lower than other styles. The level floor plan allows you to move in easily and without fuss. Heating and cooling is easily controlled as long as the attic is properly insulated, making for lower utility bills. Maintaining the exterior of the ranch style can be easily done by yourself with a just a stepladder while a bi-level home needs more manpower.

On the flip side of the coin, a downside of the ranch style is that there is less privacy as the bedrooms and living areas alike are all on the same level. If you’re thinking of buying a ranch style home, pay attention to the condition of the roof. Because of the sprawling single-story layout, ranch homes typically have expansive roofs and replacing one can be costly.

PROS:

  • Easy move-in, move-out
  • Lower utility bills
  • Easy maintenance

CONS:

  • Less privacy
  • Expense of replacing a roof
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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN BUILDING A HOME – MONTH SIX

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You made it! We are now in month six – the final month of what to expect when building a home. All of the big projects are finished and we are left with a few minor details. Last month we talked about installing cabinets, flooring, and garage doors. Now we will be adding in the finishing touches.

After tile and cabinets have been installed, it is time to pick out countertops and backsplashes for your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and any other parts of the house that need it. When choosing countertops, granite is usually the top choice. It is available in a variety of shades such as; blacks, whites, greens, corals and beiges, and no two pieces are exactly the same. Granite is available in two finishes. A polished finish results in a shiny look and often darkens the appearance of the stone, while honing is soft and matte. It is important to consider the cost for granite, because depending on many variables, including color, finish and origin of the stone; it can get a little pricey. While this is all happening, the trim is being finalized and doors are being put into place.

We initiated plumbing and electrical work in month 4, but now we will finalize it all. Installing plumbing for the toilets, showers/baths, water heater, and sinks takes place before the final electrical wiring. And although there are many interior plumbing projects to tackle, we also finish the plumbing for the outside sprinkler system. Once all the water works are finished, we can move on to the electrical portion. Any interior light fixtures will be wired as well as wiring for the dishwasher, garbage disposal, porch lighting, and the outside electrical unit.

The last finishing touches include adding in the carpet and paint touch-ups. Carpet is always done last because workers will constantly be in and out, so installing it last will keep it from getting dirty. Paint touch ups are also towards the end because when installing carpet, there is a chance the bottom wall trim will get scratched from the tools. All exterior finishing touches, fencing and back/front porch work, is finalized at this time too.

To conclude the process, the home builder and the inspection team do a final quality walk-through before bringing in the customer for their final look. Building a home is a long process, but we want to give you the best Experience when doing so. This last month is full of emotions and excitement knowing that soon, you will finally be moving in to your brand new home.

Experience Homes in Amarillo, Texas is a quality home builder ready to build you the home of your dreams. Contact us today to get started!

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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN BUILDING A HOME – MONTH FIVE

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To build a home is an exciting process, especially when you get to month five. Your home is finally starting to take its shape and you can start imagining how the finish product is going to look. Last month we went through what is called the “rough-end” process. This includes: electrical, plumbing, and insulation being installed, and drywall being hung. After passing the inspection, the fun begins.

One of the first things to happen is we will hang the garage doors. About this time is when the exterior of your home is starting to come together. The brick is fully done and any stonework is being finished up. Once all of the bricking and stoning is finished, it is time to start prepping for the plumbing and drainage system in your front yard. Depending on weather delays, this part may take a while. But luckily, the weather will have no effect on what is going on in the interior of your home.

Last month, they finished up drywall which means this month we can start tile work. This is part of the exciting creative process because you are finally getting the kitchen design and spa bathroom that you’ve always wanted. Tile work can include anything like; showers, bathtubs, kitchen floors, and backsplashes. Incorporating tile doesn’t have to just be limited to bathroom or kitchen though; it can be placed in any room to add uniqueness to your home.

Installing cabinets is the next exciting step. You can design and customize them with full extension roll-out shelves, large drawers in base cabinets, hidden pull-out trash bins, wine racks or china displays. You can get as creative as you want because it’s your house. After all tiling and cabinetry is finished, painters will come in and start the trim and crown molding.There is so much excitement to building a new home. Many decisions and a lot of creativity take place in the process to make it the perfect home for you. We can make your dreams a reality and help build you your dream house. Call us today to learn more about how to build a home. Check back in February for month 6 of the home building process!

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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN BUILDING A HOME – MONTH FOUR

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Building a new construction home is a journey and if you pick the right construction company it can be an extremely fun and fulfilling process. That’s why it is so important to us at Experience Homes to make the home building process a positive experience. Building a new home from the ground up doesn’t have to be intimidating, so we are giving you a month-by-month roadmap of the building journey. Last month we walked you through constructing the basic skeleton of your new home. The framework is up and your new home is actually starting to look like a home now!

By this time in the process the sheet rock and exterior brick has been delivered and any duct or electrical work that was not completed during the last month will be in place during this time period. Work is also beginning on the interior insulation. We select insulation that is rated for its thermal performance or R-value, which is an indicator of how well the material resists heat transfer. This is also the time where much of the sealing and caulking work is taking place.

Once all the electrical, plumbing, ductwork, and insulation has been installed and thoroughly inspected it is time to begin putting up the sheet rock also known as drywall and the interior textures. First, the drywall is hung throughout the structure. This is the time where the house really starts taking on the shape of a home. Rooms are separated and divided and you can see the visual effect of each and every space in the house. After the drywall is hung, it is taped so that the seams between the boards are no longer visible. Depending on preferences, any drywall texturing that needs to be done will also take place during this time. A primer coat of paint will be applied to the drywall once all the taping work is complete.

While there is a lot of work going on inside your new home, the exterior is also undergoing a transformation of its own. Depending on the weather now is about the time that work is ramping up on exterior finishes like brick or stone. Work may be taking place on the driveways, patios, and walkways as well.

Owning a new home doesn’t have to be out of your reach. There are so many more options than ever before when it comes to financing and designing the home you have always dreamed of for your family. We can help you find financing and even trade-in your old home towards a brand new construction home. There is no hassle, no pressure, no realtors and no hidden fees! Are you ready to consider your new home construction options? Come explore your options with us and be sure to check back in January for month 5 of the home building process!

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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN BUILDING A HOME – MONTH THREE

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Building a new home from the ground up doesn’t have to be an intimidating process, in fact it is a journey that can yield some amazing results and give you a home in which to build a lifetime of memories. That is, if you choose the right builder for your needs. At Experience Homes we want you to have a positive home building experience and are offering this roadmap through the entire home building process. Last month was all about building a solid foundation… and then waiting for it to cure. This month, with the slab poured and set we can start work laying out the skeleton of your new home.

With the slab in place and properly cured and the lumber delivered we can begin the process of framing the house. Work begins on the floors, walls, and roof creating the basic framework of the project. As the framing of the house progresses you will start to see the layout of your home unfold. At this stage of the process it is important to remember not to panic! A number of people will look at their home at this stage and think the house seems too small, it’s not, it’s just an illusion.

Next, plywood or sheathing is added to the exterior walls. Depending on the climate and time of year that construction is taking place, that sheathing may be covered with a protective barrier in order to seal off the elements from the interior structures of the home. This helps prevent water damage, mold, and rot. Work will also be starting on the roof, windows, and exterior doors.

Next the “heart and lungs” of the house are installed, meaning the heating and cooling systems. The ductworks for these systems are being put in place and HVAC vent pipes are installed through the roof. That’s not the only major change happening inside your new home, plumbing lines and electrical systems are also being worked on at this time. Teams are laying pipes and running wires through the interior walls, ceilings, and floors. Work is also being done on sewer lines, vents, and other water supply lines for fixtures.

During this time an electrician may also begin installing the receptacles for outlets, and running wires from the breaker panel to each receptacle. Wiring for telephones and cable TV may also be taking place.

Keep in mind that throughout this process inspections will be commonplace so the city or county in which the home is being built can ensure that all work is up to code. Rough framing, plumbing, and electrical systems must all be inspected for compliance.

The guts of the home are really starting to take shape at this point and your home is starting to look a little more like a house, rather than just a plot of land with some concrete on top of it!

The dream of homeownership doesn’t have to stay a dream, it can be a reality that we can help you achieve. There are now more options than ever before designed to help growing families get into a new home. We can help you find financing and even trade-in your old home towards a brand new construction home. No hassle, no pressure, no realtors or hidden fees. Come explore your options with us and be sure to check back in December for month 4 of the home building process!