California is becoming the first state where renewable energy is mandatory. Solar panels are the mainstream form of energy and the states Energy Commission is expected to approve new energy standards that would require solar panels on the roofs of nearly all new homes, condominiums, and apartment buildings from 20/20 onward. There may be exceptions for homes that can’t fit solar panels or if the roof would be blocked by taller buildings or trees. However, if this is not the case, all new construction will require solar panels. [Read more…]
Sage is the latest collection of townhomes at Sage in Livermore. This is one of the largest developments in Livermore with dozens of new homes, recreation, and open space just north of the freeway. There are 4 distinct subdivisions in Sage: Balance, Harmony, Synergy, and Tranquility. From single family homes to townhouses, there’s something for everyone in all price ranges in Sage.
Sage has been very popular since it’s successful opening in 2016. Built by Shea Homes, these properties have received six awards from the Building Industry Association and the facilities and amenities are unparalleled [Read more…]
Ready to build plans, existing homes and lots in Gale Ranch’s newest communities Alita and Carmela. Quick, move in ready homes start at $1,551,142 featuring 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and 3500 square feet. [Read more…]
SB 800 is a new California law that addresses residential construction defect litigation on new construction properties and establishes warranties for those new construction homes. This law applies to both single-family homes and condominium residential construction for purchases after January 1, 2003. Note: it does not apply to condominium conversions.
This new bill will set a new standard for construction allowing builders and developers the right to repair defects to avoid litigation up to 10 years after the purchase. It does require buyers to follow maintenance guidelines but it provides builders and developers with legal defenses. This bill will mandate that a building whether it be a condominium complex or single-family home come with a tenure warranty. Homeowners associations typically sue the developer sometime around year nine in order to get any warranty issues paid for by the insurance company.
[Read more: Do New Homes Need Inspections?]
SB 800 also will require that builders provide information to the buyer along with the contract letting the buyer know whether or not the builder has adopted the SB 800 provisions. This bill not only affects the current buyer but any subsequent buyers within the 10 year time period. Builders are still allowed to provide additional protection to a homeowner should they choose.
SB 800 to find construction defects as functionality standards for water intrusion, structural damage, soils, fire protection, plumbing and sewer and electrical. There’s also an additional category that protects “to the extent a function or component is not addressed by these standards, it shall be actionable if it causes damage.”
[Related: How to Avoid Sticker Shock on New Homes]
The statute of limitations are 10 years from the close of escrow for all construction defects, five years from the close of escrow for paint and stains per manufactures representations, and four years from the close of escrow for plumbing and sewer systems, electrical, exterior pathways, hardscapes and driveways and untreated steel fences to prevent unreasonable corrosion.
This new bill is to prevent any litigation issues, especially with homeowners associations and condo complexes. For the state of California, sellers may have a difficult time selling the unit while litigation is pending due to financial issues. With this new law, it should be easier to sell without litigation within 10 years. [Source]
Robson Homes, also designing Mission Heights, is working on another new development called The Abbey. Located at Palmdale Estates, the epitome of style and grace with gardens and luxury homes, the new development of The Abbey will be just off Mission Blvd south of I-680. The Abbey will be a small enclave of 15 homes next to the Palmdale Estates featuring two floor plans, the Olive and the Fig. This is the first phase of the development.
The Olive will feature 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 2,223 square feet with a 2-car garage. This is a two-story home with a bonus 3rd floor for storage and an optional 4th bedroom. It offers ground floor living with a mudroom, kitchen, living and dining room with the master suite and 2 additional bedrooms on the 2nd floor.
The Fig will offer 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 2,273 square feet with a 2 car garage but a different layout. The Fig is 3 stories with a private ground floor suite, ideal for an in-law home. The kitchen is on the expansive 2nd floor, which opens to the living room and dining room with the master suite and 2 additional bedrooms on the third floor. The laundry is also on the 3rd floor making it perfect for keeping all laundry together.
All homes will feature luxurious master bedroom suites with custom-designed freestanding vanities, limestone or marble slab countertops and high-end designer knobs and pulls. Bathrooms and kitchens will feature Kohler designed basins and faucets. There are generous walk-in closets with custom shelving.
In the kitchen, homeowners will enjoy Viking, freestanding stainless steel range with six burners and a Kohler farmhouse style sink and designer faucet. Each room is an open-air room ideal for entertaining with separate living spaces, a mud room with built-in cabinetry, laundry rooms, wall-to-wall carpeting and craftsman style oak wood stair railings.
Residents are part of the Fremont school district and will utilize the Chadbourne Elementary school, the Hopkins junior high middle school, and the Mission San Jose high school.
For more information on the Abbey estates or to be notified when new listings at the market contact my office today. Prices are still to be determined but will approximately be between $1,325,000 and $1.4 million.
Buying a new home is an exciting venture. New home/new you! Despite being very exciting, homebuyers may think they can skip the inspection because if something is brand new it should be perfect. Right? Just as a brand new car may have issues, new homes can too and that inspection can be a real revelation.
Not only should you conduct a final walk-through of your new home, but also have a non-biased home inspection. If you are customizing the house, you want to make sure the builder or developer used the correct materials and finishes you chose. Perhaps the tile is the wrong color, slightly crooked or the carpet should have gone down the hall instead of stopping at the top of the stairs. These little details are obvious to homebuyers that chose the materials but there are things that go far deeper than cosmetics in new homes that a professional home inspector should check out and correct before you sign on the dotted line.
Defects can happen and many new homes come with warranties to guard against such things. Nevertheless, if you do not know about them, you cannot argue for them. If you have never lived in the home, you may not know that you can hear people walking on the second story, or that the pipes knock when using the washing machine, or that the back door rattles when the front door closes. While a home inspector may not be able to catch all these issues, they can inspect places most homeowners will never tread. This includes the crawl space, attic, roof, and under sinks for plumbing issues.
Read more: 5 Major Home Inspection Red Flags
Home inspectors will be able to tell if the installation was proper. Most new homes have builder grade materials and appliances but a new homeowner may not realize some appliances are not adequate for the size of the home. We inspected a 3,000 sq. ft. home and found that the installed furnace only heated 1500 sq. ft. This would have cost the homeowner hundreds if not thousands in heating and cooling costs! Most homeowners would not realize this until they are calling the electric company wondering why their bill is through the roof.
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You would be shocked to discover what some of our inspectors have found; missing siding, unattached ductwork, broken roof trusses, raised roof shingles and more! These things should be fixed before homeowners take residence.
Having a building inspection and signing off on a permit is not the same as a home inspection designed specifically for the future homeowner. It pays to have this type of inspection done; every. single. time…. Do not neglect it!
Contact me today to find a home inspector in your area for your new construction home.
There are lots of new home developments and subdivisions going up throughout the Tri-Valley area. While a lot of these have general layouts and set designs, homebuyers can really customize the building experience to create the home that is unique to them, lifestyle and practicality. Designing and building a custom home you certainly don’t want to make any mistakes however, mistakes are given but if you can learn ahead of time with some of the more common mistakes are, you have a better chance of avoiding them. Here are some pretty common mistakes that homebuyers can make when building a custom home.
#1. Not being in control of your design.
Like I mentioned earlier, some things are set in the design, especially if you are building in a subdivision that has a few general layouts however, many people have high expectations that the developer or builder will do everything for them. The developer should go off of your ideas, not the other way around. Make sure you are in control of the things that you can have control of things are done to your expectations.
#2. Not maximizing your mortgage.
Use your mortgage to add more things to your home rather than credit cards. A mortgage interest can be anywhere from 3% to 4% nowadays which is a lot better than a 15% or even a 22% interest rate on a credit card. Maximize that mortgage for customizations when building a home. If you have more questions talk to your real estate provider or your lender for details on how to maximize your mortgage.
#3. Not planning for delays.
Delays happen would building a custom home. This could mean that cabinets didn’t get shipped in time; a certain paint color became unavailable and you have to pick a different one; certain tile is not available for shipment that ruined the needs to be reordered. All of these delays are pretty common when building a custom home so if you are starting another home or moving from a rental property you want to make sure that you have pushed out your move-in date further than expected. There are going to be delays and things usually take longer than expected so if you plan for this you will be less frustrated in general.
#4. Not planning for over budget.
Always leave cushion in your mortgage or in your budget for a little extra. Things will always come in a little bit over budget and if for some reason they surprisingly come in less than budget, you have an extra money to spend elsewhere. Plan for a little bit of over budget and then you won’t be as frustrated or as tight on funds when you move in.
If you’re looking for a great home in the Tri-Valley area or would like to customize a new home contact my office today. I’d be happy to give you a list of brand-new homes surrounding the San Ramon, Pleasanton, Livermore or Danville area that are brand-new and ready to be customized.
Patterson Ranch is located between Newark and Union City in Alameda County California. This new community features three distinct neighborhoods built by KB Homes, DR Horton and Brookfield.
The Magnolia community features 15 homes built by KB Homes ranging in size from about 2000 ft.² to 4000 ft.² and lot sizes starting at 4500 ft.². These homes are still being built out. There are four designs to choose from from 1973 ft.² to 3105 ft.². These features 3 to 5 bedrooms and two car garages.
Currently homes are priced from 1 million $327,938-$1,462,030. Homes come with landscaping and drought tolerant plants, urban farm Park inspired amenities including a working barn, farmhouse, orchards and vegetable gardens and conveniently located close to Interstate 880.
This is one of the newest and most recent neighborhoods to be built out in Patterson Ranch. They have released preliminary floor plans featuring four bedroom single-family homes with a loft or choice of fifth bedroom. Brookfield is the builder in this neighborhood featuring 48 units from 2100 ft.² amount sizes from 4000 ft.².
Update: I was recently able to tour the prerelease homes on a special tour. KB homes and DR Horton homes are open but Brookfield homes are not officially open yet, However I was able to write up the very first contract at Bellaire! We were able to get it even before the sales office and models officially opened!
Built by DR Horton, this community features 66 units from nearly 2600 ft.² and lot sizes from 5000 ft.². These homes were designed as a Belt for Better Living® single-family home detached community of luxury homes in the master-planned Patterson Ranch located in Fremont. Situated on a historic site dating back to California’s Gold Rush and adjacent to the Coyote Hills Regional Park. The urban farm will feature a holistic integrated edible design with farm like architecture and “Ranch House” craftsmanship. There are four designs to choose from from 2596 ft.² to 3402 ft.² with three or four bedroom designs, one or two-story floor plans and two or three car garages. Prices start at $1,550,000 to about $1,700,000 based on design, size and upgrades.
In total there will be five distinct, intimate neighborhood designs to allow each person to find their own little custom home. It features acres of parks and open space, beautiful trails and lots of trees. Homes are built with green design in mind using the latest in insulating and efficiency techniques. The community itself is also designed with water conservation in mind.
Patterson Ranch is close to Palo Alto, San Jose and the San Francisco Bay area just minutes to Highway 880 and the Dumbarton Bridge. There are dozens of local recreational areas and parks with on-site community amenities and over 21 acres of open space.
The location is just north of downtown Fremont close to the Ardenwood community and the historic farm and regional preserve just east of Coyote Hills Regional Park. There’s easy access to the interstate and Highway 84 and across the bridge to Palo Alto and Redwood City. Residents can travel north to Union City and shops, markets and restaurants are no more than 5 to 10 minutes away.
For more information on Patterson Ranch, new homes and one of the first in some of the newest communities within this master-planned neighborhood contact my office today. I’d be happy to offer photos, information and details about model homes, showrooms and upgrades.