Reasons to Buy – Fantastic Interest Rates

Are you on the fence about whether you should buy your new American West home? The great news is that interest rates are still at historic lows.

Did you know that in 1980, interest rates were as high as 16% for a 30 Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage. In 1985, it was as high as 12%. 1990 saw it as high as 10% and in 1995 and 2000, it was as high as 8%. Between 2005 and 2010, it fluctuated between 6% and 5%. Today a 30 Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage is at 4% – the lowest it has been in a really long time.

The unfortunate thing is that if inflation picks ups, you won’t see mortgages rates this low again in your lifetime. So don’t hesitate, come into any of our 8 beautiful communities and let us help to make your dream of a new American West home come true. And with our partnership with our Preferrend Partnered Lender, imortgage, obtaining a new home loan may be easier than you think.

You can find information on all our communities and new home designs at www.AmericanWestHomes.com

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We are hoping that your day may be touched by a bit of Irish luck and that we can help make your dream of a new home come true. For information on all our new home designs that range from 1,608 to 4,770 square feet, visit our website www.AmericanWestHomes.com

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Buying A New Home is Cheaper Than Renting

Are you still renting? According to the “Rent vs. Buy Report” from Trulia, homeownership remains cheaper than renting nationally and in all the 100 largest metro areas.  A recent Forbes article states that, Buying a Home is Now 38% Cheaper Than Renting.

With 8 different new home communities with home designs ranging from 1,608 to 4,770 square feet, we are sure to find the perfect new home fit for you. Our partnership with our Preferred Partnered Lenders also ensures that you are given the best treatment and that the loan is one that best fits your needs.

Need more reasons why you should buy a new home in 2014? Check out our blog post, Reasons to Buy A New Home in 2014.

Information on all our communities, interactive floorplans and beautiful photography can be found on our website, www.AmericanWestHomes.com

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Home is Where Memories Are Made

A home is much more than 4 walls and a roof. It is where your child learns to crawl and then walk. It is where they learn to swim or throw a basketball. It is where your children grow. Home is where family and friends gather to help celebrate the milestones in your life. Home is where the memories of your life are made.

Think of a happy childhood memory. More than likely, that memory revolves around the home you grew up in. A home that was filled with love and joy. A home that your parents were proud to own. Why should you settle for anything less now? Owning a new home should give you a sense of pride. There is a reason home ownership is called the American Dream.

American West believes in building homes and not just houses. Over the past 30 years, we have welcomed more than 16,000 homeowners into our family and have been privileged to be a part of many heartfelt memories. We know how important a home and home ownership is to everyone. You may think that the most important thing about purchasing a new home is the best deal you can get. We believe it should be more about the type of value and quality you are getting when purchasing that home. Don’t you want the confidence that 20 years from now whether you are sending your child off to college, watching your first grandchild crawl on your floor, or enjoying your retirement years, that your home is still the envy of all your family and friends? Don’t you want reassurance that the quality and value of your home is still there? American West stands behind the belief that there should be no other answer than, “yes” and the proof of that can be found in every home that we build.

Let American West help build the foundation for your lifelong memories. Find your dream home at www.AmericanWestHomes.com

 

Benefits of Post-Tension Foundations

The foundation is not only the first part of building your new American West home, but it is possibly the most important part – everything else is built upon the foundation.  American West is known for going above the standard when it comes to constructing our new homes which is why we use post-tension foundations in all our new homes.

What is post-tension? It is a method of strengthening concrete using high-strength steel strands or cables, typically referred to as tendons. The post-tensioning method is the best practice for building stronger, more reliable foundations.

Benefits of post-tension foundations:

  • Enhances concrete strength
  • Resists soil movement providing a more secure, stable and resistant home foundation
  • Reduces cracking
  • Provides a stiffer concrete foundation that has more capacity to resist tensile forces (the maximum stress a material can withstand)
  • Increases home value

When it comes to durability, strength and stability, post-tension foundations are on the top of the chain.

Ensuring that your new American West home is built on a solid foundation is just the start of why we hold the reputation for the Best Built Homes in America. Visit any of our 8 communities today and discover all the other elements in our homes that make your new American West home an ACE Award Winning Home.

 

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Reasons to Buy A New Home in 2014

The old saying goes that the three important things in real estate are location, location, location (American West does have some of the best locations in Las Vegas). Another important element is timing. Prospective homebuyers always fret about when is the right time to buy a new home. Here are reasons why you should buy in 2014:

ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Although it’s far from setting a record pace, the economy has turned a corner. And although we’re not out of the woods just yet, USA Today states that “as the economy continues to grow, it may make buying a home even more attractive.”

HOME PRICES

Analysts predict that home prices will increase in 2014, which would make some homebuyers cautious about buying a new home. However, prices are expected to increase slowly and if the economy continues to rebound, prices will increase more steeply after 2014, meaning that 2014 may be the sweet spot to purchase a new home. The other great news is that as home values rise, more homebuyers will see their equity rising.

INTEREST RATES

Interest rates are still at record lows. It is anticipated that they will rise in 2014 but more importantly, continue to climb well into 2015, so it makes sense to buy this year before rates could go higher.

OWNERSHIP

Although these are reasons to buy this year, the joys of homeownership cannot be overstated. Homeownership brings a deep sense of emotional satisfaction that no money could ever buy. It is the American Dream that everyone hopes comes true.

Visit any of our 7 communities today and let us help you discover how owning a new American West home may be easier than you think. We’ll build the home of your dreams, you fill it with lifelong memories.

Find information on all our communities, interactive floorplans and beautiful photography at www.AmericanWestHomes.com

Quality Assurance

American West’s first step to quality is making sure our homebuyer’s questions are answered and that they understand the sales and construction process. In addition to a sales and escrow representative, a Quality Assurance Manger is assigned to every home we build. Together with the construction team, they will provide specific expertise throughout construction.

The Quality Assurance Manager specializes in construction techniques and procedures. He meets with inspectors and architects to make sure your new home is built and finished to the highest standards. The Quality Assurance Manager’s primary job is to insure that your new home meets the highest construction standards required by American West.

Upon completion of the home, your Quality Assurance Manager will take you through a room to room New Home Demonstration. He will familiarize you with all of the home features and components. “It’s very important that our buyers feel comfortable with all of  the working components of their new home. It’s a great feeling to deliver a home that you’re proud to be a part of,” Ron Reynolds, American West Quality Assurance Manager.

At American West, we are committed to excellence. Part of that commitment is providing “Quality Assurance” that insures that each and every home is built to American West’s strict construction standards. A commitment that each of our homebuyers get to experience day after day. This is the American West difference.

Helpful Moving Tips

You’ve found the American West home of your dreams and now, it’s time to organize the move! Whether you are moving around the corner or across the country, you can make your move to an American West home a smooth one with the proper preparation and planning.

Six Weeks Before the Move

  • Take a look at belongings and determine what items will make the move with you and what items can be donated or possbily gotten rid of.
  • Contact moving companies to get estimates.
  • Label where you are planning to put furniture on a floorplan of your new home. You can find your floorplan on our website or in our community brochure.

Four Weeks Before the Move

  • Notify the post office, magazines and credit card companies and friends and family of your new address. Change of address for the post office can be completed online.
  • Contact Utility Companies
  • Have services disconnected at current location the day after your departure.

    Have services connected at your new American West home the day before your arrival.

  • Start packing seldom used items

Three Weeks Before the Move

  • Start packing. Do a little everyday to even out the workload.
  • If moving from a different state, contact your doctors, dentists and veterinarian, to receive copies of medical records.
  • Contact your children’s schools and arrange for records to be forwarded to their new school.

One Week Before the Move

  • Clean your refrigerator.
  • Cancel delivery services.

Moving Day

  • Remember to pack a box of basics you’ll need on move-in day (tools, paper products, household cleaners, etc.)

HAPPY MOVING!

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ACE Award Winner

Over 2,000 builders from across the nation compete for it. Only one wins. The ACE (Award for Construction Excellence) Award is the most coveted honor in the home building industry. American West has received this highly-recognized award not only once…but twice! No other builder in the nation has accomplished this feat.

A team of professionals evaluated every facet of our building process, from construction techniques to quality control systems to materials to our people in the field. And American West passed with flying colors.

At American West, we don’t take this kind of recognition lightly. It’s an acknowledgement of the effort it takes to build with high quality standards year after year, home after home. Standards that meet the needs and demands of our homeowners.

With over 200 other national and local awards for design and construction excellence, American West knows that building your new home right is the most important thing. Homes with beautiful architectural features and floorplans that work for families. So rest assured that your new American West home is recognized throughout the country as being superior in both design and construction quality. The awards are nice, but what really counts is the over 16,000 families who have chosen American West to be the builder of their new home.

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Handy Home Selling Tips

Do you have a home to sell before moving into your new American West home? We understand that selling your current home is as important as purchasing your new one. To help, we have complied some ideas to create an irresistible home prospective buyers won’t be able to forget.

EXTERIOR IDEAS

  • First impressions are very important. A clean and well-maintained front yard can make all the difference in creating that memorable initial impact,
  • Keep all pathways to house clean and well lit.
  • Clean all patio furniture.
  • Replace any necessary flowers and/or plants.

INTERIOR IDEAS

  • Make sure to leave lights on when showing home and that all lights are working properly.
  • Have your carpet cleaned if necessary and vacuumed at all times.
  • Arrange furniture to allow an easy traffic flow. Remove any unnecessary furniture that might clutter the room.
  • All rooms should be cleaned and well organized. Avoid excess clutter.
  • Keep all window treatments open, allowing the natural light to flow in.
  • Clean all kitchen appliances in and out (especially the oven – yes, they will look in there!).
  • Dust and polish cabinetry with wood polish.
  • Keep closets and cabinets cleaned and organized. Prospects will open doors and cabinets.
  • Be sure the garage is clean and organized.

An infographic from ActiveRain showing some of the Biggest Home Seller Mistakes: