American West Homes Number One in New Home Sales

Continuing a year-long pattern, we are thrilled to have finished October as one of the top 5 new home builders in the Las Vegas housing market. We also ended the last week of October ranked as the #1 New Home Builder in all of Las Vegas with 28 Net Sales, according to Home Builder Research Inc., which reports on weekly traffic/sales in the Las Vegas market.

Leading the Las Vegas new home market in weekly sales is an impressive achievement for a local homebuilder that is competing against national builders like DR Horton, KB Home and Lennar Homes. (To compare, DR Horton had 17 net sales for the week ending October 29; KB Home had 21; and Lennar Homes had 12.) American West is the only local, privately owned builder on The Weekly Traffic/Sales report and currently has 9 communities in Las Vegas. DR Horton has 27 communities, KB Homes 31 and Lennar Homes 24.

“All of our communities are selling so well,” said Larry Canarelli, American West Founder. “To be #1 for the week, and #5 in the market against major public builders is huge. They have so many more communities than we do, but we are keeping pace!”

As a builder, we have a proven track record of building the best homes in the best locations and it is definitely paying off. “2017 has been a great year for us,” said Canarelli. “Everyone here has put their heart and soul into every home we’ve built. And we look forward to continuing that trend as we head into 2018.”

Best Apps For The Home

Fun fact: The Apple App Store and Google Play Store both have around 800,000 apps available. 800,000. Talk about confusing.

So, how are you supposed to figure out which apps are the best for creating a smart, integrated home? It depends on how much integration you want, how much you want to spend on devices, and what your level of comfort with technology is.

Some apps are designed for full smart home integration – from the thermostat to the refrigerator to the doorbells. Other apps are specific to individual products, like light bulbs or wi-fi. Some apps only work with one line of products (Apple, Amazon), while others can integrate technology from a whole array of companies. There are many apps that are only available for iOS, so if you have Android, you’re out of luck.

Here are some of the best or most popular apps for the home:
• Behavioral intelligence apps: These apps learn from your behavior and adapt accordingly. They may also suggest behavior modifications or additional devices. E.g. Nest Thermostats, Honeywell Total Connect Comfort and Muzzley Smart Home.

• Individual product apps: These apps connect with individual smart devices, like Philips Hue light bulbs or Belkin WeMo plugs. With Hue, you buy a starter kit and build a smart lighting array for whatever rooms you use the lights in. WeMo is a plug-in device. Anything you can plug into a wall can become a smart device. You can program appliances, home & away lighting schedules, or check to make sure the curling iron is off.

• Security apps. Home security is one of the biggest beneficiaries of smart technology. You don’t need to buy expensive and elaborate security systems. With small wireless cameras, GPS capabilities and smart locks and doorbells, you can monitor your home from anywhere in the world. You’ll know what time the kids came home from school, and whether someone left the back door open. E.g. Alarm.com, ADT Pulse, Canary, BeOn, Control4 My Home.

• Whole home integration apps. If you’re looking to integrate the entire house, there are dozens of apps that can help you connect, control and monitor everything from your smart phone. Amazon Alexa, Vivint Smart Home, Samsung SmartThings, Kasa, and Stringify are just a sampling of the apps available for whole home control.

• Personal service apps. Want a toothbrush that monitors how well you brush? There’s an app for that. A lawn mower you can control from the sofa? Ditto! Earplugs that help you go to sleep – and wake you up? Absolutely! Check out the Oral-B app, the Hush Smart Earplugs app, and the Robomow app.

Note: While the apps may be free, they often require the purchase of specific hardware, software or physical devices in order to operate. Check out how much you’ll be spending before getting too attached to a particular app.

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