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Buying after foreclosure

Robson Ranch Villas

Closing paperwork

New Homes Locator Map

Developments of the Month

Window coverings

Types of stone

Homebuilder history

There are plenty of options available.

Brand-new villas offer a lock-and-leave lifestyle.

Know what to read before you sign.

Discover where new homes are being built.

some of the valley’s hottest developments.

Why they’re an important part of home décor.

learn about different types of stonework that beautify your new home.

Knoell homes leaves a lasting legacy.

FRIDAY, MARCH 01, 2013

New Homes is a monthly section dedicated to new home communities Look for New Homes on the first Friday of each month!

Each month, new homes brings you the latest news about new home communities so that we can help you find a new home just-right for your family, with the amenities you’re looking for, near what’s important to you. We’ll arm you with information to help you make smart decisions and choices by discussing what types of homes builders are building, design considerations, what’s the latest when it comes to financing and more. To suggest a topic, contact editor paula hubbs cohen at paula.cohen@cox.net.

Warming up to solar State-of-the-art options, but you still need to do the math BY JAKE POINIER

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ith just shy of 300 days a year of sunshine, the appeal of installing home solar power in Arizona is obvious. But even though the energy comes quite literally from the sky, consumers need to do a cost-benefit analysis to determine the right system, whether it’s photovoltaic, thermal or a hybrid. “You need to look at the life expectancy of the system, the component warranties and the total monthly cost vs. the benefit,” said CR Herro, vice president of environmental affairs for Meritage Homes, which offers ECHO Solar Energy Systems as an option for homebuyers. “It’s not just the price tag, but what it costs after federal rebates and programs from APS and SRP.” From a big-picture perspective, Herro noted, you also need to consider the resale value.

Purchase vs. lease

The decision to purchase or lease will affect costs as well as the financing options. In a new home, solar can be bought as an option and rolled into the mortgage, often making it the least expensive route (at least from an initial outlay perspective), while systems that are purchased separately will generally cost more to finance. Meanwhile, leasing is a mixed bag: You’re not eligible for the 30 percent federal tax credit or utility credits, but no money down and a low monthly fee can make it attractive.

Electricity production

During the daytime, homes with solar systems will often produce more electricity than they consume. “Through a net-metering arrangement with the local utility, your surplus electricity is credited against your bill,” said Jacque Petroulakis of PulteGroup corporate communications, adding that Del Webb’s Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch in Florence and Sun City Festival in Buckeye offer optional roof-integrated SunPower solar-electric systems. “In many ways, the electricity grid acts as a storage unit for your solar system, accepting excess production when you do not consume all of the electricity your system produces and providing electricity when you need more than your solar system is producing.” CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS pv value™, a photovoltaic energy valuation tool developed by sandia national laboratories and solar power Electric, is a spreadsheet tool that can help homeowners and others determine the value of a new or existing photovoltaic system installed on residential and commercial properties. according to their website (energy.sandia.gov), this free download works by using an income capitalization approach, which considers the present value of projected future energy production along with estimated operating and maintenance costs that are anticipated to occur during the pv module power production warranty timeframe. More info: energy.sandia.gov

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Backyard living spaces

Seamlessly blending your indoor and outdoor living areas BY ELISE RILEY

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oday, backyards are the result of focused, intensive design, just like the interior of a home. Indeed, the term “outdoor living room” barely raises an eyebrow anymore, since you can often seamlessly transition from air-conditioned comfort to a desert oasis, places where pools, water features, firepits, shade and lighting make the outdoors — weather permitting — just as nice as the indoors.

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GREEN IRRIGATION CONTROLLERS Don’t fret when monsoon season hits. let your irrigation controller handle it all. These new systems measure the amount of rainfall, the temperature and even the humidity in different areas of your yard. The system adjusts its watering schedule based on the data it collects.

Outdoor living and entertaining

In a tip o’ the hat to our fantastic climate, the concept of an outdoor living room has become the norm in today’s backyard environments. “Today’s homebuyer wants to have a yard that’s more an extension of the living area of their home,” said Bob Owens, vice president of Poco Verde Landscape. “They’re doing more patios, ramadas, firepits and barbecues. They’re looking for more spacious outdoor living areas because as homes and lots become smaller, it feels more roomy. In addition, they have a place outside in their backyard that’s comfortthat’s comfor table and elegant and matches the same indoor décor.” A number of builders partner with landscape companies so new-homebuyers can plan their outdoor spaces with the same detail as the interior of their home. The trend trend toward creating creating outdoor living rooms, landscape companies say, started after the recession and when buyers started purchasing homes that were more affordable moderately sized, af fordable and livable. “Inside my home the biggest room room is only 20-by-20,” said Dan Waters, owner of Creative Environments. “That’s small and if I want to entertain, I need the space. That’s in the backyard.” Waters said it’s possible to install 6,000 to 8,000 square feet of backyard space, where you can live and entertain and not simply have vegetation, for $10 a square foot.

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“I would guess that half the valley is running the water in the winter the same as the summertime,” said Bob owens, vice president of poco verde landscape. “It [an irrigation controller] takes no extra wiring, connects into your existing system and in a short amount of time, pays for itself. plus, you’re not overwatering or underwatering.”

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SMARTPHONE APPS Want to turn on your sprinklers, lighting or even your spa when you’re still at work? you can do it all by tapping away on your smartphone. check out remote-management systems that make your yard just as connected as your living room.

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VARIABLE-SPEED POOL PUMPS variable-speed pumps are becoming the new standard for pools and spas. These systems use energy as they need it, which means you save money overall. “The energy usage on these pumps is far less than that of a traditional one,” said Dan Waters, owner of creative Environments. “let’s say you’re in the spa and you want a little more speed in the jets.Today, you can do that very easily.There’s a lot of flexibility with these pumps, the life is longer and the quality is superior.”

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While the concept of an outdoor living room sounds fantastic — imagine the possibilities for spring afternoons, weekend barbecues and family gatherings — getting there can feel daunting (BACKYARD LIVING SPACES, continued on page NH8)

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LED LIGHTING Backyards are brighter and easier to maintain thanks to lED lighting. These lights often come with extended warranties for both the fixtures and the bulbs — up to 15 years from some manufacturers — and give off brighter lighting that uses significantly less energy.

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SMARTER WATERING HEADS Modern irrigation heads are positioned smarter so there’s less evaporation — why water the air when you should be watering your lawn? new drip irrigation systems also can result in water savings, which means good things for Mother nature and for your wallet. —Elise Riley

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foreclosures, while VA loans are available two years after a foreclosure or short sale. Huff noted that both FHA and VA loans can be available earlier based on certain extenuating circumstances.

Cleaning up credit

Buying a new home after short sale or foreclosure Options are out there BY DOLORES TROPIANO

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n 2012, according to Realty Trac, more than 100,000 people in Arizona lost their homes to foreclosure or suffered a short sale. But a short sale or foreclosure does not necessarily short-circuit the possibility of future home ownership. “There is absolutely a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Matt Baker, partner with the Bookspan Baker Team at Cobalt Mortgage which has offices in Scottsdale and Gilbert. “But there are mandatory timeframes to sit out on the sidelines.” Before the big ‘timeout’, Baker recommends getting a clear idea of the consequences you will have to endure. “We talk to hundreds of people a month in this predicament,” Baker said. “The best advice is for

BANKRUPTCY REQUIREMENTS The wait period for a conventional or Fannie Mae loan after filing a chapter 7 is four years from discharge date. after a chapter 13 it is two years from discharge or four years from dismissal. The wait period for an Fha or va loan after filing a chapter 7 is two years from discharge. after a chapter 13, it is one year of the payout period with satisfactory payments and permission from the bankruptcy court to enter into the mortgage transaction. Sources: cnn Underwriting with document support from 4155 Fha handbook (hud.gov); Fannie Mae seller/servicer Guide (fanniemae.com)

them to talk to a mortgage loan professional as soon as possible to make sure they are going down the right path and have the right timeframes in mind.”

Sidelines guidelines

According to Chantal Huff, senior loan originator at CNN Mortgage in Scottsdale, there are many options besides FHA loans available to those interested in purchasing a new home after a short sale or foreclosure. Huff said that conventional or Fannie Mae

loans are one option with a waiting period of seven years for foreclosures with no exceptions. A short sale requires two years with 20 percent down, four years with 10 percent down and seven years with a maximum eligibility or maximum loan to value. FHA loans require a three-year waiting period for both short sale and

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of home-buying terminology Binder. Receipt for a deposit paid to secure the right to purchase a home at terms agreed upon by the buyer and seller.

Huff said that each program has a minimum credit score requirement, but her experience is that typically there is not a lot of credit repair required after a short sale or foreclosure. “Just because it is a short sale or foreclosure doesn’t mean anything else has to be fixed,” Huff said. “Sometimes that is the only ding on their credit. Typically we want to see no late payments on bills within the most recent 12-month period.” An additional point to consider is that while foreclosures or short sales do not necessarily impact the interest rate on future loans, credit scores do. “I do lots of loans for borrowers who have had short sales and foreclosures,” Huff said. Huff and Baker both noted that prospective new-home-buyers should consult a mortgage loan officer to find out about and explore all their options. “I think many people are misinformed that they have to wait seven years,” Huff said. “There are multiple home loan options and multiple programs available.”

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Certificate of Occupancy. Document from an official agency stating the property meets the requirements of local codes, ordinances and regulations. Closing. Meeting to sign documents which transfer property from a seller to a buyer (also called settlement). Closing Costs. charges paid at settlement for obtaining a mortgage loan and transferring real estate title. Conventional Loan. Mortgage loan not insured by a government agency (such as Fha or va). Convertibility. ability to change a loan from an adjustable rate schedule to a fixed rate schedule. Earnest Money. sum paid to the seller to show that a potential purchaser is serious about buying. Escrow. handling of funds or documents by a third-party on behalf of the buyer and/or seller. Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Federal agency which insures mortgages that have lower down-payment requirements than conventional loans. Index. Interest rate or adjustment standard which determines the changes in monthly payments for an adjustable rate loan.

Joint Tenancy. Form of ownership by which the tenants own a property equally. If one dies, the other would automatically inherit the entire property. Mortgage Origination Fee. charge by a lender for the work involved in preparing and servicing a mortgage application (usually one percent of the loan amount). PITI. principal, interest, taxes and insurance (the four major components of monthly housing payments). Point. charge of one percent of the mortgage amount. points are a one-time charge assessed by the lender at closing to increase the interest yield on a mortgage loan. Recording Fee. charge for recording the transfer of a property; paid to a city, county or other appropriate branch of government. Tenancy in Common. Form of ownership in which the tenants own separate but equal parts. To inherit the property, a surviving tenant would either have to be mentioned in the will or, in the absence of a will, be eligible through state inheritance laws. Walk-Through. Final inspection of a home before settlement to search for problems that need to be corrected before ownership changes hands.

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at least one person 40 years or older per home. “This gives homeowners more time to enjoy the amenities and social opportunities in the community,� Hushka said. “They don’t have to worry about landscaping or upkeep.�

pening this month, the new Villa series of townhomes at Robson Ranch in Eloy offers a new option designed for new-homebuyers looking for a lowmaintenance, easy-care ‘lock-and-leave’ lifestyle. “Our research indicated there was a need for low-maintenance homes,� said Alina Hushka, vice president of marketing for Robson Communities. “We’re one of the very few homebuilders that’s offering lock-and-leave living.� Robson’s research shows that many of its buyers in Robson Ranch are seasonal residents. These attached townhomes offer not only spacious floor plans in a luxury, resort-style community, but also all exterior home maintenance.

The plans

Priced from the $130s, the Villas include five attached, single-level townhome floor plans. All offer two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with three plans including a den. They range in size from just under 1,300 square feet to nearly 1,700 square feet. All feature two-car garages and covered patios. “These floor plans offer a lot of living space for the square-footage,� Hushka said. “They feature openconcept living, which is perfect for entertaining friends and family.�

HOA covers a lot

The homeowners association established for the Villas will maintain the landscaping installed by the association on the front, side and backyard of each Villas homesite as well maintain the Villa home exteriors. It’s a natural fit for Robson Ranch, which is geared for homeowners 55-plus with a minimum of

Resort-style amenities

enjoy amenities including a resort-style pool, an indoor lap pool, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, pickleball and tennis courts, and much more. “Your backyard, in essence, will be a resort paradise,� Hushka said. A sampling of additional community amenities includes a gated entry, championship golf course with pro shop, softball field, dog park and access to plenty of clubs and activities. Major retail is minutes away across Interstate 10 in Casa Grande.

‘Dusty shoe’ grand opening

Villa models are currently under construction. Robson Ranch will hold a ‘dusty shoe’ grand opening on March 16 when visitors can tour the models before they’re decorated. More information is currently available at the Robson Ranch sales office as well as online.

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f you thought finding a new home was time-consuming, wait till you come to closing. The inevitable end to the home-buying process is punctuated by piles of paper that require what seems like an endless amount of autographs.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The papers are designed to protect the homeowners so they understand what they are getting into,â&#x20AC;? said Chris Mozilo, vice president of operations for the Homeowners Financial Group. Mozilo said that because of the depth of documentation, which can be 66 pages or more, many buyers are too overwhelmed to read anything. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just too much to read so they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read anything and just rely on their loan officer. It ends up being counterproductive,â&#x20AC;? he said. But it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be. Before gearing up for the big sign-off, here are some things to keep in mind.

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Experts generally advise reading everything no matter how daunting, but if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t or wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for whatever reason, Mozilo said that buyers should at the very least read the note, the settlement statement and the truthin-lending statement.

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Desert Passage in Maricopa From the $110s

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Classics II at Copper Ranch in Gilbert From the $240s

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Courts at Cooley Station in Gilbert

â&#x20AC;˘ 1,661â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2,037 sq. ft., 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 bdrms., 2.5 baths â&#x20AC;˘ minutes from Higley High and Chaparral Elementary

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Coldwater Ranch in Peoria

â&#x20AC;˘ 1,584â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2,868 sq. ft., 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 bdrms., 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 baths â&#x20AC;˘ easy access to I-17 and Loop 303; 15 minutes to Lake Pleasant Regional Park for hiking, boating and waterskiing

Located at N. Vistancia Blvd. and W. Happy Valley Rd.

Sin Lomas in Goodyear

â&#x20AC;˘ 1,678â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3,106 sq. ft., 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 bdrms., 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 baths â&#x20AC;˘ minutes from downtown and hiking at Estrella Mountain Regional Park

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Located at Cotton Ln. and Lower Buckeye Rd.

Greer Ranch in Surprise

â&#x20AC;˘ 1,805â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3,544 sq. ft., 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 bdrms., 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3.5 baths â&#x20AC;˘ commuter friendly, with easy access to Loop 303 Located at Cactus and Loop 303

San Tan Heights in San Tan Valley

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Saronno at Estrella 15 Joseph Carl Homes

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Taylor Morrison

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Courtland Communities From the $268s

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21 White Tank Foothills

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Blandford Homes

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McKellips Rd & Hawes Rd, Mesa www.blandfordhomes.com 480-895-2800

10 Lehi Crossing

Taylor Morrison

Models Now Open From the low $300s

Val Vista Dr. & Thomas Rd, Mesa www.taylormorrison.com 480-270-8617

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Blandford Homes

Grand Opening From the mid $100s

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From the $249s

Higley Rd & Ray Rd, Gilbert www.pulte.com 480-988-6722

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Maracay Homes

From the $322s

S. Hawes Rd, S. of Ocotillo Rd, E. on Via Del Palo, Queen Creek www.maracayhomes.com 480-699-1640

15 Parkside at Anthem at Merrill Ranch

Pulte Homes

From the $120s

Merrill Ranch Pkwy & Hunt Hwy, Florence www.pulte.com 520-413-6175

16 The Pecans

Blandford Homes

From the $400s

Chandler Heights & Ellsworth Rd, Queen Creek www.blandfordhomes.com 480-987-7820

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Blandford Homes From the $550s

McKellips Rd & Hawes Rd, Mesa www.blandfordhomes.com 480-641-1800

18 Robson Ranch A Robson Resort Community

From the $130s

I-10 and Jimmy Kerr Blvd, Eloy www.Robson.com 520-426-3300

19 Shamrock Estates Odyssey Collections

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Close-Out Community

Higley Rd & Germann Rd, Gilbert www.pulte.com 480-840-9195

22 Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch

Del Webb

From the $130s

Merrill Ranch Pkwy & Hunt Hwy, Florence www.delwebb.com 520-413-6100

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Higley Rd & Ocotillo Rd, Gilbert www.taylormorrison.com 480-821-0655

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From the mid $300s

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Blandford Homes

Pulte Homes

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ocated in the Sonoran surroundings of Cave Creek, Taylor Morrison’s Summit Collection at Lone Mountain features four single-story floor plans. The Tahoe (not modeled) features a great room plus three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 2,691 square feet. A three-car garage is standard, with an option for a four- or five-car garage. The Stowe (modeled on-site) has four bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 3,179 square feet, with a great room, family room and formal dining room. The Stowe also offers up to a five-car garage. Modeled at Taylor Morrison’s Blackstone community in Vistancia (Northwest Peoria), the Whistler floor plan is four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3,534 square feet with a three-car tandem garage. The Whistler has a bonus/play room located between two of the supporting bedrooms, plus an additional bonus room in the opposite wing. The largest plan, the Telluride (not modeled), has five bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 3,814 square feet. All of the Telluride’s supporting bedrooms are in the opposite wing from the master suite; this model has a four-car tandem garage. Kitchens in each model have granite counters, upscale stainless steel

FYI: Summit Collection at Lone Mountain Lot size: Quarter-acre Number of homes: 67 Nearby schools: Black Mountain Elementary; sonoran Trails Middle school; cactus shadows high school Nearby hospitals: Mayo clinic Nearby shopping: Desert Ridge Marketplace Nearby amenities: Tatum Ranch Golf club; Bartlett lake; McDowell sonoran preserve Trail; cave creek Regional park Directions: From loop 101: Exit scottsdale Rd., head north approximately eight miles to lone Mountain Rd. West on lone Mountain Rd. to 60th st. north on 60th st. into the gated community entrance. Sales office hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily; Fridays 1–6 p.m. Price range: From the $400s More info

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ocated inside Vistancia, a sprawling masterplanned community in Northwest Peoria, Mountain Gate is a private enclave of luxury homes built by Rosewood Homes. Just two homes are left in this intimate neighborhood, both of which are single-story models. Both homes have four bedrooms, two baths and 2,263 square feet. In addition to covered rear loggias, these Spanish-style homes feature exterior shutters, iron detailing and covered porches and courtyards, while kitchens are designed with upscale GE appliances, granite countertops and oversized Maple cabinets. Each meets EPA Energy Star guidelines; a sampling of energy-efficient features includes 14 SEER Lennox air conditioning units, Low-E windows and radiant barrier roof sheathing. Sitting at one of the highest elevations in Vistancia, Mountain Gate enjoys both mountain and city lights views. Residents can take advantage of Vistancia’s numerous amenities, including an aquatic park and the 3.5-mile Discovery Trail that connects the community.

FYI: Mountain Gate at Vistancia Lot size: lot 42 is 6,569 square feet; lot 53 is 5,760 square feet Number of homes: 2 available; 62 total Nearby schools: lake pleasant Elementary (K-8); liberty high school Nearby hospitals: arrowhead hospital; Banner Del E. Webb Medical center Nearby shopping: lake pleasant Towne center Nearby amenities: lake pleasant Regional park; Trilogy Golf course Directions: From loop 303: Exit lone Mountain Rd. West approximately three miles. Right onto 137th ave. Remaining homes are at 13728 W. creosote Dr. (lot 42) and 13687 W. creosote Dr. (lot 53). Sales office hours: Mailboxes with info are in front of both homes. sales associate will meet onsite by appointment. Price range: From $264,765 to $266,700 More info 623-487-7900 Rosewoodhomes.com

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appliances and custom Birch cabinetry with the buyer’s choice of stain. One hundred percent Energy Star appliances are used wherever applicable.

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gated active-adult community, CantaMia is located in the masterplanned community of Estrella. This 1,700-home enclave features 16 single-story floor plans with starting prices ranging from the $140s to the $210s. All have two bedrooms and either two or 2.5 baths. The Chorus series features the Aria, Cantata, Ballad and Serenade plans. The Aria has 1,419 square feet, the Cantata has 1,526 square feet and the Ballad has 1,694 square feet. The largest of this series, the Serenade, has 1,766 square feet. The Ensemble series features the Allegro, Cadence, Bolero and Vivace plans. The Allegro has 1,858 square feet, the Cadence has 1,898 square feet and the Bolero has 2,046 square feet. The largest of this series, the Vivace, has 2,280 square feet. The Symphony series features the Crescendo, Concerto, Ovation and Encore plans. The Crescendo has 2,323 square feet, the Concerto has 2,600 square feet and the Ovation has 2,686 square feet. The largest of this series, the Encore, has 2,852 square feet. A sampling of community amenities includes an indoor lap pool, heated outdoor pool, massage/spa rooms, pickeball, bocce ball, café, billiards, a demonstration kitchen and more.

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FYI: CantaMia Number of homes: 1,700 Nearby hospitals: Banner Estrella Medical center; West valley hospital Nearby medical facilities: Mountain Ranch Medical commons (expected completion mid-2013) Nearby shopping: power centers at palm valley Nearby amenities: Golf courses; Estrella Mountain Regional park; phoenix International Raceway; Goodyear Ballpark Directions: I-10 West to Estrella pkwy/pebble creek pkwy exit (Exit 126). left and travel south on n. Estrella pkwy. at roundabout, continue straight onto s. Estrella pkwy for seven miles to cantaMia. Sales office hours: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. daily Price range: starting from the $140s to $210s More info 17700 W. star point Drive, Goodyear 623-474-6960 cantaMia.com

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ocated in Chandler near Dobson Road, just south of Queen Creek Road, The Waters at Ocotillo provides an opportunity for new-home-buyers in a master plan where new construction has largely been unavailable for a number of years. The Waters at Ocotillo features eight plans in two series of one- and two-level homes with Santa Barbara-inspired architecture. Square-footage ranges from 2,504 to 4,407, with three to five bedrooms and 2.5 to 3.5 baths. Flexible designs allow for up to seven bedrooms, tandem three-car garages, courtyards and other personalized options. The Ocotillo master plan features 167 acres of artificial lakes, a 27-hole golf course, tennis courts, lush greenery, pedestrian walkways and park areas. The 1,900-acre community, home to the Intel Plant, includes additional commercial and industrial sites. More info 3394 s. Ivy Way, chandler 800-665-4140 pulte.com

FYI: The Waters at Ocotillo Lot size: From 5,980 square feet to 10,000-plus square feet Number of homes: 96 Nearby schools: Jacobson Elementary; Bogle Junior high; hamilton high school Nearby hospitals: chandler Regional hospital; Mercy Gilbert Medical center Nearby shopping: Downtown ocotillo shopping, dining, etc. several malls and shopping centers within a few minutes’ drive. Nearby amenities: lakes and state parks minutes away; several nearby golf courses Directions: From phoenix: East on I-10. Exit aZ-202 loop East santan Fwy. price Rd. exit, head south. past Dobson Rd. onto E. Market place. sales office on left-hand side of road. From the north: south on I-17. Exit aZ-101 loop East. price Rd. exit and head south. Follow directions above. From the south: West on I-10. Exit Queen creek Rd. toward arizona 347-s. Right on price Rd. Follow directions above. Sales office hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily; Wednesdays noon–6 p.m. Price range: From the $364s to the $687s


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Many homebuilders have partnerships with one or more landscape companies. Depending on that agreement, you might have some options for designing your backyard space while your home is being built. For example, poco verde landscape partners with 10 valley builders. homebuyers typically choose a front-yard landscape configuration based on their floor plan and homesite. “The front-yard package meets the requirements of the homeowners association,” said Bob owens, vice president of poco verde landscape. “It’s a way to create consistency in the community. This lets homebuilders create a better-looking community.”

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Beautiful interiors are just a stone’s throw away BY KRISTINE BURNETT

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here’s no denying that natural stone can add warmth and elegance to virtually any interior design theme, but many factors must be considered when it comes to choosing stone décor. From flooring and kitchen counters, to bathroom vanities and shower and tub surrounds, stone can be used throughout the home. However, not all stone is created equal. Varying degrees of porosity, density, durability and maintenance needs make certain types of stone better suited for specific areas.

Kitchens

Kitchens are generally the most high-traffic, heavyuse spaces in the home. As such, they require surfaces that can sustain the near-constant beating that comes from daily cooking, food prep and entertaining. Kristen Clarkson, sales manager with Primera Interiors, noted that hard stones tend to be a better fit for kitchen counters. “Granite is one of the hardest natural stones and the most popular choice for countertops,” she said. Along with its rising popularity, granite is becoming less expensive. “Price-wise, granite slab counters are more affordable now than they were even just five years ago,” said Amy Cahhal,

IMPORTED BEAUTY The vast majority of stone used for interior design, whether in tile or slab form, is imported. Travertine primarily comes from Mexico and Turkey while marble hails mainly from Italy and spain. Most slate is imported from India, but some slate is quarried in vermont and canada. Granite is usually shipped from Brazil, china, India and Italy, however, a select few quarries in south Dakota and north carolina produce granite, though the colors choices are limited. Source: amy cahhal, arizona Wholesale supply

sales manager at Arizona Wholesale Supply. In addition to granite, Clarkson noted a trend in mixing different stones and colors in the kitchen. “We’re seeing people accent granite counters with marble-topped islands to make them look more like furniture,” she explained. While the look of a marble island or counter is certainly appealing, its softness makes it more susceptible to scratching and staining. “You definitely need to be vigilant about sealing marble counters,” Clarkson cautioned. Those looking for a low-maintenance alternative to granite and marble should check out manmade products, including manufactured quartz options like silestone, Caesarstone and Samsung Radianz. Jack McDade, president of J.R. McDade Company, described quartz products saying, “They can give you a similar clean and contemporary look, but

they aren’t as porous so the upkeep is minimal.”

Bathrooms

Though marble may not be the best choice for the kitchen, it is frequently used for bathroom vanities and tub/shower surrounds. Cahhal cited marble, particularly the highly polished and shiny variety, as a beautiful choice for bathrooms. But, she noted that as a natural stone, it needs to be sealed on a regular basis. “You have to be willing to make that commitment,” she stressed. According to McDade, marble and travertine are the most popular stones used in bathrooms. In addition, Reba Shields, retail sales associate at Primera Interiors, highlighted Calcutta marble in shades of gray, blue and white as great options.

Floors

When it comes to outfitting floors with stone, travertine is by far the most popular choice, offering what many refer to as a timeless appeal. “People with the means to upgrade from porcelain usually move into travertine,” Clarkson commented. The neutral color and natural variation of travertine creates an elegant and refined look, plus it has a relatively appealing price point. Cahhal cited slate as another popular flooring option, explaining that its color and texture has a certain roughness that creates a more rustic look at a similar price. McDade added limestone to the list of most-sought-after flooring options while also highlighting how advances in the production of porcelain can give consumers a stone-like look without the maintenance. “They’ve gotten really creative with porcelains and the result is more durable, pet-friendly and affordable flooring for those who don’t want to invest the money or time to install and maintain natural stone.”

More info Arizona Wholesale Supply: arizonawholesalesupply.com J.R. McDade, Inc.: jrmcdade.com Primera Interiors: primerainteriors.com

Vertical blinds are often the best choice for sliding glass doors. “The majority of customers end up selecting them because they are so practical,” Ries said. They’re durable and can withstand motion and handling from the door being opened and closed repeatedly, she added.

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Window coverings are an important part of decorating your new home BY DEBRA GELBART

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eciding on window treatments for your new home can be a challenging undertaking, partly because window coverings are typically chosen after flooring, countertops, cabinets and paint colors. At that point, you may have ‘decision fatigue’, a weariness that may be magnified because there are so many options and decisions to make. Typically, said Rick Williams, owner of Designcenter Blinds in Gilbert, builders’ design centers will offer choices in blinds, shades and shutters or homebuyers can purchase them on their own. Indeed, new-homebuyers who want draperies, curtains, fabric toppers or cornices often will choose those from an interior designer or retail store, said Catherine Ries, owner of B & B Blinds and Shutters in Gilbert. Williams and Ries offer these tips to homebuyers who are ready to choose window treatments for their new home:

Keep room usage in mind. If you want a room to be darker for sleeping, Williams said, select products that have light-blocking properties like shutters or blackout shades. If you want light to infuse a room, shades that can be rolled up easily are a great option.

Be careful about transparent shades on windows. “Shades that let in a lot of light in the daytime make a lot visible from the outside as soon as a light is turned on at night,” Williams explained. “If you want to put a shade in a bathroom or bedroom, it’s a good idea to make it as opaque as possible.” Roller shades are a great option, Ries said, because they control light, heat and privacy in a room. She recommends a shade that blocks out at least 97 percent of light during the daytime in rooms where privacy is important. Consider painted shutters. All-wood shutters and blinds are not necessarily the best value according to Ries, who said that wood can warp and crack over time. A great option for painted shutters, she said, is a composite shutter made of bass wood flour (essentially recycled wood shavings) and resin that lasts longer than wood-only and holds its color better throughout the life of the product. Fabric window coverings and kitchens don’t mix. “Grease, dirt and moisture don’t mix well with soft window coverings in the kitchen,” Ries said. “Hard treatments, such as blinds, are better choices.” Think about layering your window treatments. Ries offers drapes and wood blinds together on a window or a semi-translucent roller shade with patterned drapes over it as examples of layering. Be cautious of color choice. Bright colors on windows may look good when your furniture complements them, but just be aware that they may put you at a disadvantage when it’s time to sell your home, Williams said. He said whites, creams, wood tones and stains are good neutral choices. For more information on selecting window coverings, check with your homebuilder’s design center experts or do an internet search for “how to choose window coverings” — literally tens of thousands of listings come up, including YouTube videos.

Most communities include front-yard landscaping because builders have to meet codes set by cities and developers. Basic front-yard packages are typically included in the price of a home, however, backyard packages will usually cost extra. some builders select landscape partners who will work with buyers during construction, while others leave that to the buyers. Either way, unless a homebuyer is planning to do everything from design to purchase to installation — a monumental task for the novice — the best plan of action is often to meet with a landscape company to have their backyard spaces designed. Those in the know advise that you meet with more than one company so that you’re comfortable with all aspects of the project, from design to budget. according to Joshua stubbs, senior designer with Blooming Desert, many mortgage companies will work with homebuyers during this process. Buyers can present a landscape plan in the pre-construction process and sometimes add those costs to an overall mortgage. some builders, too, permit lines of credit and will automatically send payments to landscape companies. “We’ll work with mortgage companies,” stubbs said. “We’re actually able to get in right after closing, install the project and take a lumpsum payment at the end of the project.” check with your builder to find out if there’s an existing landscape partnership that could be to your benefit. and be sure to talk to your mortgage broker to find out how much of your loan, if any, you can allot for a landscape budget. —Elise Riley

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(BACKYARD LIVING SPACES, continued from page NH1) for many homeowners. Fortunately, that’s where technology comes in. Many firms can create 3D renderings so homeowners can actually see what every inch of their yard will look like. Typically, buyers will have several design meetings with their landscape team to determine ever ything from overall design to materials, plants and more. Social-sharing sites like Facebook and Pinterest are also having an impact on backyard design. Homeowners can browse through hundreds of online magazines, blogs and sites to select design elements that they like. When it comes time to meet with a landscape designer, their dream backyard is at their fingertips. “As a whole, the public, because of things like Pinterest, is becoming more aware of what good design looks like,” said Joshua Stubbs, senior designer with Blooming Desert. “It’s my job to figure out what works for them. We might look through 100, 200 or 300 photos and find out what they like.”

Modern trends

Now that homebuyers have decided they want their backyard spaces as comfortable and livable as the indoors, it means that materials and craftsmanship are even more important. Modern backyards are clean, easier on maintenance and attractive to the eye. Most hardscapes incorporate pavers, which “float” on a thin layer of compressed gravel. They naturally shift over time, which means growing tree roots and the Valley’s extreme temperature changes won’t make them crack or break. “Travertine pavers are extremely popular and the cost has come down,” Stubbs said. “They’re cost-effective from both material and labor standpoints. They’re also great for

long-term use, because you’re not dealing with the cracking of tile.” In addition to new materials for decking and patios, designers also say there are changes in accent materials. “We’re starting to see more steel being incorporated in residences,” Stubbs said. “And more people are interested in alternative or outside-ofthe-norm wood pergolas.”

Let’s eat

Barbecuing is one of the Valley’s most time-honored culinary pastimes, and we’re fortunate enough to enjoy barbecue-friendly weather nearly year-round. Outdoor kitchens, previously only seen in luxur y residences, are now becoming commonplace in these newly designed outdoor spaces. “The outdoor kitchen is hugely popular, it’s one of the top things people are looking for,” Waters said. “Breaking bread with somebody and having a chance to have a glass of wine is very popular. That gathering place outside is fantastic.” Outdoor kitchens are more than rollup barbecues. They can include cooktops, garbage disposals, dishwashers, refrigerators, wine storage, warming drawers, pizza ovens and more. They’re complete kitchens, just out in the open air. “Creating complete [outdoor] rooms is what we’re doing now,” Waters said. “What used to be a family room with a kitchen inside, has now gone outside. It’s all about expanding your outdoors while connecting with that indoor space.” More info Blooming Desert bloomingdesert.com 480-756-9100 Creative Environments creativenvironments.com 480-777-9305 Poco Verde Landscape pocoverde.com 480-893-3948


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ne day in 1959, Frank and Peggy Knoell (â&#x20AC;&#x153;kuhNELLâ&#x20AC;?) were sitting in a coffee shop on the corner of Mill Avenue and University in Tempe, hoping they had not made a huge mistake. Frank, president of Knoell Homes and a successful homebuilder in the Valley since 1946, had purchased 40 acres on which to build new houses on Rural Road just south of Broadway. At the time, Tempe was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a sleepy college town,â&#x20AC;? said their son, Tom, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and most homebuilders hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even considered building there. But my dad understood that Tempe provided access to jobs and that if you worked in Phoenix, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have the sun at your back driving in and driving home. It was a nice bedroom community located relatively close to the city center.â&#x20AC;? On this day, a week before the subdivisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grand opening, Frank and his wife were passing time over cups of coffee, watching traffic through the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s windows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They saw four cars go by in an hour,â&#x20AC;? Tom said. Worried that there would be no traffic at the grand opening, â&#x20AC;&#x153;my mother said to my father, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Where are all the people?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? They neednâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been concerned. The grand opening drew plenty of prospective homebuyers thanks to effective advertising, a team of skydivers and the presence of the wildly

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popular longtime local childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainers Wallace and Ladmo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad became the first production homebuilder in Tempe,â&#x20AC;? Tom said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He pioneered the concept of Tempe as a great place for families to live.â&#x20AC;?

Started in Arcadia

The story of Knoell Homes begins in the midst of citrus groves at 40th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix. The groves were owned by Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father. Tom recalls that, after World War II, his father recognized the need for good homes as a result of the influx of veterans returning home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He went out on his own in 1946 and started building houses one at a time,â&#x20AC;? Tom said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clearing way in the citrus groves, he debuted his first subdivision, Arcadia Villa, in 1953. He built three more subdivisions before deciding to expand to Tempe.â&#x20AC;? By the mid-1960s, Knoell was selling homes in two locations in northwest Phoenix in addition to the Tempe location.

In 1979, Tom Knoell became president and CEO of the company, and eventually, the number of Knoell Homes ongoing locations in the Valley grew to 20. Through four decades, close to 200 Knoell subdivisions were established across the Valley, and as many as 20,000 Knoell Homes were purchased by Greater Phoenix residents. Saying that the timing was right, Frank and Tom sold the company to Shea Homes in 1989. A few years later, in 1993, Frank passed away.

Homebuilder DNA

Like his father, homebuilding is in Tom Knoellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DNA. Slightly more than five years after selling to Shea Homes, he was building homes again in Glendale and north Scottsdale. Today, he is president and CEO of Knoell Properties and his wife Cathy is the principal of Knoell Homes Realty. Tom credits his dad with instilling in him enthusiasm for homebuilding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was an innovator and he loved making things and helping people discover their talents,â&#x20AC;? Tom said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building was in his blood. His goal was to provide a home that families could afford to buy and live in. People loved their Knoell Homes and many homes were sold to multiple generations over the years.â&#x20AC;?

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