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.

Communities Designed For Family Living

As one of the nation’s most successful family owned homebuilders, American West has been providing homes for the families of Southern Nevada since 1984. We have a proven track record of success.

Our neighborhoods are the best masterfully planned in the valley. The value that is built into every American West home is incomparable. Each home design is beautiful and offers unique architectural features that you would expect to find in a custom home. Our variety of new home designs offer something for everyone. There are one-, two-, and three-story homes that range from 1,552 to 4,934 sq. ft.

Many companies build homes but few are as committed to improving the quality of life for the people who live in them. American West considers virtually every aspect of living – comfort, lifestyle, convenience, quality and innovation. We combine unmatched value, the best locations, well-planned communities and the newest amenities in all our homes and communities.

Discover our new home designs and communities www.AmericanWestHomes.com

Benefits of Homeownership

There are many benefits to homeownership Here are the top five:

1. Savings: Owning a home is like investing in an automatic savings account. You accumulate savings in two ways. Every month, a portion of your monthly mortgage payment goes to the principal, reducing the overall loan amount. Each year, a percentage of your mortgage payment goes to paying down the principal. Second, your home appreciates over time, making it one of the best financial investments and increasing your household wealth.

2. Tax Breaks: Owning a home can unlock some of the biggest potential tax breaks most people have access to. The interest paid on a home loan is typically the largest potential deduction for middle-class Americans.

3. Equity: Buying a home is the largest investment most families will ever make and homeownership is the largest creator of wealth for Americans. It allows families to build financial security as the equity in their home increases. On a national level, home appreciation has historically risen 5-6 percent annually. When you pay a landlord, its money down the drain. When you pay a mortgage, your money is going towards something you own and is over time producing equity.

4. Price Stability: Las Vegas is a city where rent-controlled apartments do not exist. What this means is that each lease renewal could mean an increase in your rent. Owning a home provides price stability. While a rent payment can change substantially from year-to-year, you will have the same monthly payment for 30 years under a fixed-rate mortgage. Even if you get an adjustable rate mortgage, your payment will stay within a certain range for the entire life of the mortgage.

5. Security: When you own, it’s yours. And it remains yours for a lifetime if you choose. You also live in a neighborhood with other homeowners, meaning more time to build relationships and friendships. Recent studies have also shown that homeowners rank themselves as healthier than their renter counterparts.

The Las Vegas Housing Market is hot right now! It’s a great time to buy. Don’t hesitate and start building equity today!

Gorgeous Master Baths

As a homebuilder who takes into consideration their homeowners wants and needs, we understand that a spa like master bath retreat should not just be limited to the ultra-luxury crowd. This is why you will find from our 1,552 to our 4,934 square foot homes that we put a lot of thought into our beautiful master bath designs. Each design is breathtaking and will leave you with a feeling of tranquility, bliss and delight.

Discover some of the gorgeous master baths in our new home designs:

Signature Master Suites

Dollar for dollar, square foot for square foot, no other builder offers more quality, choice and value than American West. Our home designs have always stood apart from anything else in the Las Vegas Valley. If you could build your own home, it would probably be a lot like ours.

We understand the wants and needs of homeowners. We understand that every room in your home tells a unique story. You can find superior architecture and craftsmanship in every room of a new American West home.

Our signature master suites are designed for luxury and comfort. At the end of each day, we understand that there is a need for a private hideaway. A place where you can retreat and relax and more importantly get a good night’s sleep.

Discover some of the gorgeous master suites in our homes…

Your New American West Energy Saver Home

With new homeownership comes the security of knowing that everything is brand new and that your personal choices are reflected in your home. Choosing a new American West home also means that you’ve made a sound financial decision.

American West is focused on building energy efficient homes with sustainable materials and features that matter to you and your family. Our energy efficient building materials and building process demonstrate not only a commitment to excellence but also a respect for the environment and an understanding of what our homeowners need in their new home.

Some of the INCLUDED materials and features in a new American West home are:

  • 14 SEER Natural gas & air conditioning unit
  • Vinyl dual-paned low-E3 coated argon gas filled windows & sliding glass doors
  • Energy efficient radiant heat barrier roof sheathing
  • ENERGY STAR© appliances
  • Quick recovery and high efficient natural gas water heater
  • Protective house wrap shields your home against air & moisture infiltration
  • Water-conserving Moen© faucets & showerheads
  • Fully insulated fiberglass front door

The energy efficient features in your new American West home are chosen specifically for the southwestern climate where our homeowners live. As a local builder, we understand the need for energy efficient features that work specifically for our Las Vegas climate.

At American West, every day we choose to build the kind of energy efficient, elegantly designed homes that are the right choice for you and your family. Choices that mean reduced energy bills, greater comfort, and higher quality for our homeowners.

American West Energy Saver Homes

As a local builder, it is important to us to design energy-efficient homes that fit the needs of our specific southwest climate and not just one that was designed on a national level. We live in a city where we experience both hot and cold temperatures. Our eHome features and building materials have been specifically chosen for the Las Vegas climate.  

We focus on building energy efficient homes with sustainable materials and state-of-the-art features. Our homes are both energy-efficient and eco-friendly, so they are healthier and more comfortable for you and your family, while also being gentler on our environment and your pocketbook.  

As you can see, American West is committed to not only building you the new home of your dreams, but doing so in an environmentally sensitive way. By integrating these features in our homes, we honor our commitment to you, your family, and the environment, long after you move in. 

Visit any of our new home communities – there are 10 – and discover more about why American West is the best choice for your new home.

 

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Celebrating 32 Years of Homebuilding

American West is and has always been passionate about new home design. We are motivated by our surroundings, the city we call home and our homeowners. This passion is currently seen in the 10 new home communities located throughout the Las Vegas Valley with new home designs ranging from 1,552 to 5,487 square feet.  

Larry Canarelli, American West’s Company Founder, has been a part of the homebuilding business since the 1970’s in both California and Nevada. Together with Malcolm Compton, they have designed every home and community that American West has built in Las Vegas since 1984. As a company, we take great pride in the impact our homes and neighborhoods have had to the growth of Las Vegas. We have created and continue to create neighborhoods that stand the test of time. Whitney Ranch, The Lakes at West Sahara, Legacy in Green Valley, El Capitan Ranch, Silverado Ranch, Coronado Ranch, Highlands Ranch – they are all our creations. And after 32 years, we have only just begun.  

The American West family grows each and every day and as a company we are thrilled to be able to make the dream of a new home come true for Las Vegas families. As we celebrate the strength of our 32 years, we look forward to continuing to help make dreams come true.

For more information on our new homes and communities, visit www.AmericanWestHomes.com

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Stop Paying Rent And Become An American West Homeowner

Selling people on the idea of homeownership isn’t usually too hard. After all, it’s the quintessential American dream. From the sense of security to the sense of community, not to mention the financial benefits, the advantages of owning a home – especially an American West Home – are clear.

Our new homes combine unmatched value, prime locations, well-planned neighborhoods, and the newest amenities to create the best new homes and communities in Las Vegas. Plus, we offer the lowest price per square foot around! 

Still on the fence? Totally understandable. Deciding to buy a new home is among the biggest financial decisions that many people make. The advisability of buying versus renting depends on many things – location, financial stability, future plans and lifestyle preferences. Here are a few reasons to consider buying a home instead of renting:

  1. Building equity. As a renter, your monthly payments only benefits the landlord. Mortgage payments made by homeowners build equity for you.
  2. The home will be yours. As a renter, you have a limited ability to personalize your living space. As an owner, you can have things just as you want and everything is brand new.
  3. A measure of inflation protection. Studies by Case-Shiller suggest that, over the long term, housing has beaten inflation by a couple of percentage points a year.
  4. It is forced savings. Part of a mortgage payment goes towards the principle repayment. You’re paying yourself by building equity. As a forced monthly savings, it is a good discipline.
  5. Stable housing costs. The curse of renting is the inevitable increase. With a fixed-rate mortgage, the payments are fixed for the life of the loan, a clear advantage over rental market fluctuations.
  6. Tax benefits. Homeowners enjoy tax deductions on interest payments and property taxes.
  7. Controlling your destiny. A renter is always at the mercy of the landlord. As a homeowner, the power is in your hands.
  8. You’ll get a better home. It’s getting harder to find a good rental. If you want the best home, in the best neighborhood, you are better off buying.

Always consider the true cost of renting, investing your money – month after month – in something you don’t actually own. Instead, turn that rent payment into a down payment on a home of your own.

Quit throwing your money away. Buy an American West home in Las Vegas.

Visit www.AmericanWestHomes.com and start investing in your future today!

New Home Communities Designed For Family Living

As one of the nation’s most successful family owned homebuilders, American West has been providing homes for the families of Southern Nevada since 1984. We have a proven track record of success and have accumulated numerous local and national building awards including being the only two-time winner of the ACE Award, which recognizes us as the Number One Home Builder in America.

Our neighborhoods are the best masterfully planned in the valley. The value that is built into every American West home is incomparable. You will be awestruck by the beauty of the home designs and all the unique architectural features that you would expect to find in a custom home.

Whether you’re just starting out or moving up in the world or even looking for a home to enjoy your retirement, American West builds your perfect choice in the most highly sought after neighborhoods of Southern Nevada.

For more information on our new homes and communities, visit www.AmericanWestHomes.com

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