April 13, 2013

The Book: Dream Home



ARE YOU IN THE MARKET TO BUY A NEW HOME? Are you a real estate agent or builder whose clients need help in buying their new home? Do you wish there was one simple guide that helps you through the process of buying a home and explains everything from the key players in the housing business to interior design choices and architectural styles? DREAM HOME is that guide. It provides home buyers with insightful commentary on the American housing industry and turns readers into more informed real estate consumers.

This book will help you:

  • learn about the process of making and marketing houses
  • understand how selecting options for your home is a major cost factor
  • consider the impact of styles and themes on the identity of your home
  • communicate what you want instead of automatically accepting what you are offered
September 1, 2015


11308 Kincraig Court
Austin, TX 78754
(512) 291-2092


Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 6:30pm
Friday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 7:00pm


PRICED FROM $190,995 – $229,995

  • Convenient to Hwy. 290, Hwy. 183 and SH-130
  • Close to major employers like Samsung, Dell and Applied Materials®
  • Only 10 miles to the University of Texas
  • Private community recreation area with swimming pool, basketball court, fitness center, playscape and two tennis courts
  • Master-planned community with acres of greenbelt, six ponds and on-site elementary school

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Priced from $190,995
Monthly Payment – 30 years* $1,574
Stories 1
Square Footage 1340 sq ft
Bedrooms 3 – 4
Baths 2
Garage 2 Car
  • Master suite at rear of home
  • Walk-in closet at master bedroom
  • Stone, brick or stucco facade
  • Available bedroom 4 at den and other Built to Order choices
  • 42-in. garden tub and separate shower at master bath available
  • ENERGY STAR® qualified homes certified by third-party inspector
September 1, 2015

Stirling Bridge by Centex Homes

New community in Austin, TX offering 8 home plan options to choose from.

This single family new home community is The Stirling Bridge by Centex Homes and is located in Austin, TX. This community features 3-4 bedroom homes from 1431 to 2787 square ft., starting at $183,990 to $218,990. The builder’s description of the community follows: Stirling Bridge features include: Close to Hwy 130, 45, I-35, 290, 183 and Parmer Lane; Near Dell, Samsung, Applied Materials and Apple; Optional Greenbelt Home Sites; Oversized Lots; Walking Trails; 15 Minutes from Downtown Austin Listing and description provided by newhomesource.com.

Price: $183,990 – $218,990

Bedrooms: 3 – 4 bd

Bathrooms: 2 – 2.5 ba

Sqft: 1431 – 2787 sqft

Sales Office: 6101 Magnus St. Austin, TX 78754

Office Hours: Monday through Saturday: 10:00 – 6:00, Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00

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September 1, 2015

Woodstone Square – Theresa Cascio

A classic Tarrytown townhouse in a coveted enclave. The largest unit in a small classic complex. An inviting courtyard entry with a calm fountain welcomes you in. Wood floors on main floor. Updates include complete redo of Master Bath and Master Closet, upgraded Kitchen counters and back splash, windows, paint, carpet, etc. 1 bed and bath on main. Master and remaining 2 beds up. Room for elevator. HOA maintains the exterior.

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Address: 41 WOODSTONE SQ AUSTIN TX 78703

List Price: $850,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 3
Sq Feet: 2568
Price SQFT: $331
Year Built: 1973





UNIT STYLE 1st Floor Entry
EXTERIOR Balcony, Patio-Uncovered
INTERIOR Built-in Book Cases, Plantation Shutters, Smoke Detector
KITCHEN Granite/Marble Counters
KITCHEN APPLIANCES Cook Top Electric, Double Oven, Dishwasher, Microwave Oven
ROOMS Formal Living, Office/Study
MASTER Double Vanity, Full Bath, Walk-In Closet
VIEW No View
GARAGE Attached
STEPS Interior Steps, No Exterior Steps
HOA NAME Woodstone Square
HOA FEE $349
HOA FEE INCLUDES Common Area Maintenance, Common Insurance, Exterior Maintenance
TAX AMOUNT $12,343
SUBDIVISION Woodstone Square
REGION Austin – Central
AREA AMENITIES Cluster Mailbox, Common Grounds
September 1, 2015

Highlands at Mayfield Ranch – Theresa Cascio

A thriving suburban setting surrounded by nature! Conveniently located in Round Rock, Lennar Homes ar Highlands at Mayfield Ranch offers the Vista II Collection. Home range from 2,224 sqft-3,539 sqft and showcase the most popular luxury features including granite kitchen countertops, ceramic tile flooring, full irrigation systems and a luxurious master suites. Homes also include a built in appliance package, crown molding, 8′ Interior Doors and covered patios. Larger home designs include multiple living areas, game rooms, and optional add-ons such as a media room or a study. Residents will enjoy nearby parks, shopping, dining and entertainment. Children attend school within the Georgetown Independent School District. There are 15 homes for sale on the market


3712 Ashbury Road (Amistad) at Highlands at Mayfield Ranch: Vista II Collection, Round Rock, Texas

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Garages
  • 2,224 sq.ft.
  • 1 Story

From: $360,413

Amistad (2224 sq. ft.) is a 1-story home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2.0-car garage. Features include dining room, living room and master bed downstairs.



3717 Ashbury Road (Big Bend) at Highlands at Mayfield Ranch: Vista II Collection, Round Rock, Texas

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Garages
  • 2,974 sq.ft.
  • 2 Stories

From: $394,360

Big Bend (2974 sq. ft.) is a 2-story home with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2.0-car garage. Features include dining room, game room, living room, master bed downstairs and study.

September 1, 2015

Addison Homes by Milestone Community Buildings – Will Powell

Addison is a new master planned development close to Austin International Airport. The neighborhood consists of over 250 lots to be developed by 4 different homebuilders: Buffington Homes, Homes by AVI, Milestone Community Builders, and Pacesetter Homes. I chose to focus on the houses built by Milestone Community Builders. They offer 11 plans from which buyers can choose. Additionally, each plan has two different ‘looks’ available.

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“Close to all you love about Austin, Addison is a livable, walkable new home community with great floor plans from the area’s top builders. Add in miles of hike-and-bike trails and sidewalks woven into dedicated green space, a private residents’ pool and community pavilion, creekscape boundaries and a tree-lined boulevard entry means residents at Addison can enjoy living more.

Top that with 15 minute easy access to downtown and all the things you love about Austin, and you’ll understand why living at Addison really does mean living more.”

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Model homes are available for tour in the ‘Franklin’ model as well as the ‘Gibson’. Tours are available Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 7pm.

Phone: 512-879-3873

Sales Center: 5600 Hwy 183 S. Austin, Texas 78744

September 1, 2015

Garlic Creek – Premier Series – Raul Rodriguez


Located about 18 miles from the University of Texas campus, the Garlic Creek community is nestled in Buda, Texas with affordable homes surrounded by an abundance of onsite amenities. This community features new, energy-efficient homes, ranging 1,508 – 3,550 sq. ft., and is just a short drive to downtown Austin. Homes at this community range from $225,990 to $278,990.


The community includes an abundance of amenities including a community pool, basketball court, clubhouse, community center, fitness center, kid’s splash pad, playground, walking trails, and is in close proximity to the greenbelt, and park.

Every home built helps showcase the commitment to providing energy-efficient homes that let you spend your money on better things than utility bills. Meritage home at Garlic Creek is built standard with the following energy- and money-saving features:
– Spray-Foam Insulation
– ENERGY STAR® Appliances
– ENERGY STAR® Programmable Thermostat
– Low-E3 Vinyl Windows
– CFL Lighting and Fixtures
– Weather-Sensing Irrigation
– Water-Efficient Fixtures
– Dual-Flush Toilets
– Low VOC Carpets, Paints and Finishes

The Garlic Creek Sales Center is located at 2889 Garlic Creek Drive Buda, TX 78610 and the hours of operation are:

Hours of Operation:
Mon: 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tues – Sat: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

The Contact Phone Number for the Sales Center is: 877.275.6374

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PALOVERDE (Plan #3256)

Listing Price:
Model Specs: 2,597 sq. ft. |4 bed | 2.5 bath | 1 living | 2 garage | 2 story



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PALERMO (Plan #3250)

Listing Price: $261,990
Model Specs: 2,409 sq. ft. | 4 bed | Master downstairs | 2.5 bath | 1 living | 2 garage | 2 stories

A 2409 square foot, 2 story home that has an inviting covered front porch on all elevations. You walk in to a large formal dining area in proximity to a large open kitchen with abundant counter space to work with. This house has a game room and a media room. Large master bedroom downstairs with 3 oversized bedrooms upstairs all with walk in closets for lots of storage!




September 1, 2015

The Travis Model home – Ell Asonibe


The Travis model home is a product of M/I Homes, national home builders established in 1976. This home is part of M/I Homes’ Sweetwater community, 25 minutes west of downtown Austin. This community features sports fields, pavilions, inclusion in Lake Travis ISD, and nearby retail and entertainment. The homes built in Sweetwater sit on 70 ft lots with “Open-concept” floor plans and back patios.

The Travis model is a two-story, single family home, with 4 bedrooms.

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Ground floor plan


Visiting hours for this site are:

10AM – 6PM, Monday through Saturday

12PM – 6PM on Sundays.

More information from the M/I Homes website:

  • Square Feet:3,369
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Full Baths:3
  • Half Baths:2
  • Garages:2
  • Stories:2
  • Homesite:2303
  • Master Location:First Floor
  • Home Collection:Prestige Series
  • Street Address:
    6009 Empresa Drive
    Austin, TX 78738
September 1, 2015

Glencoe @ Harris Branch-Ashton Woods-Blair Vo-Le

“Ashton Woods is more than just a homebuilder. We are blazing new trails in design, personalization and possibilities so we can build homes that reflect the unique people who live in them. The result is a truly personalized homebuilding experience. Let’s collaborate together to bring your unique vision of home to life.”

for more info: http://www.ashtonwoods.com

Sales Center:  11713 Arran Street, Austin, TX 78754

Phone: (855) 308-0039

Website: http://www.ashtonwoods.com/austin/glencoe-harris-branch


Tuesday-Saturday 10 am- 7 pm

Sunday & Monday 12 pm- 7 pm

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Model Homes:
Westlake Collection

2,842 sq. ft. | 4 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 1 Car Garage

From $274,990



Elevation A

Westlake A

Elevation B

Westlake B

Elevation C


Medina Collection

1,902 sq.ft. | 3 Bed | 2 Bath | 2 Car Garage | 2 Stories

from $237,990


Elevation A


Elevation B

Medina B

Elevation C


Other homes ready to build:

Coleman Collection

2,528 sq. ft. | 4 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 1 Garage | 2 Stories

from $259,990

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Elevation (3 styles to pick from)

Coleman A

Danbury Collection

2,123 sq. ft. | 3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1 Car Garage | 1 Story

from $245,990


Elevation ( 3 styles to pick from)

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Montgomery Collection

1,519 sq. ft. | 3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1 Car Garage | 1 Story

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Elevation ( 3 styles to pick from)

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Taylor Collection

2,329 sq. ft. | 4 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 1 Car Garage | 2 Stories

from $247,990

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Elevation (3 styles of pick from)

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Thornton Collection

2,634 sq. ft. | 4 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 1 Car Garage | 2 Stories

from $265,990

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Elevation ( 3 styles to pick from)

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September 1, 2015

South Grove by Meritage Homes – Landon Parker

Looking for a more charming neighborhood to call home? Look no further than South Gove in south Austin, located near FM 1626 and 1st street. With only 49 homesites, this close-knit setting offers a more intimate-style of living rather than a massive community with hundreds of residents. Give your family the privacy and warmth of a smaller community in Austin.

South Grove provides homeowners easy access to shopping and entertainment at Southpark Meadows, South Congress restaurants, and Mary Moore Searight park. Nearby IH-35 and the 45 Toll Road make commuting a breeze.

In addition to the quaint atmosphere and low tax rate offered at South Grove, residents can rest easy knowing their home is Energy Star-certified. Every home we build helps showcase our commitment to providing incredibly energy-efficient homes that let you spend your money on better things than utility bills. After all, we believe in building new homes and communities the way they can, and should be, built. That’s why every Meritage home is built standard with the following energy- and money-saving features:

– Spray-Foam Insulation
– ENERGY STAR® Appliances
– ENERGY STAR® Programmable Thermostat
– Low-E3 Vinyl Windows
– CFL Lighting and Fixtures
– Water-Efficient Fixtures

Sales Center11310 Birlandier CourtAustin, TX 78748

Phone: 877-275-6374

Hours of Operation:

Mon: 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tues – Sat: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm – 7:00pm




Available homes ready for September 2015:


The Sabine

2,800 sq ft.| 5 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 2 Garage | 2 story


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The Trinity

1,976 sq. ft. | 3 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 2 Garage | 2 Story


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September 1, 2015

Assignment 1 – Green Row Homes by David Weekly Homes – Ko Kuwabara

David Weekly Homes is one of several builders working in the Mueller Community, which will eventually include over 4,500 multi-family and single-family detached and attached homes. Homes range from 1,000 sq. ft. affordable homes starting at $169,990 to 5,000+ sq. ft. homes priced well over $1 million. Some of the homes are designed by architects, but most are not.


A little more information about the builder (from http://www.davidweekleyhomes.com):

“David Weekley Homes began in 1976 in Houston, Texas, and has grown to become the largest privately-held home builder in America. We’re passionate about our Customers, building exceptional homes, our fellow Team Members and the communities in which we live and work.”

For this assignment, I chose Davis Weekly Homes’ Green Row Home, which includes two floor plans, the Barwood and Ellandale. The Green Row Homes are EnergySaver Homes backed by the nationally-recognized Environments for Living Platinum Level Program and 3 year Heating & Cooling Energy Usage Guarantee. The original Mueller Master plan, dated 2004, indicates 577 row homes to be built by 4 different builders through several different phases. These Green Row Homes represent only a portion of the 577 homes.


Lot Size: 22.5′ X 55′

Area: 1,295 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 2-3

Bathrooms: 2.5

Garage: 2-car

Price: from $385,990


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First Floor Plan

Second Floor

Second Floor Plan


Lot Size: 22.5′ X 55′

Area: 1,462 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 2-3

Bathrooms: 2.5

Garage: 2-car

Price: from $405,990

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First Floor Plan

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Second Floor Plan

Model Home Information:

Location: 1913 Zach Scott Street, Austin, TX 78723

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Sunday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM


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