American West Leads Las Vegas 2018 Sales

 To start off the New Year, American West has once again jumped out as Number One in new home sales in the Las Vegas Valley.

“We were Number One in sales five times in 2017 so it is fantastic to start 2018 off in that same position”, said Larry Canarelli, American West Homes Company Founder. “The surge in new homebuilder demand in Las Vegas is a result of tremendous economic growth in the city. While last year’s sales increased by almost 20%, current buyer demand would indicate that 2018 new home sales could increase an additional 20% to as high as 20,000. Building permits are at a level that has not been reached since 2006.”

With over 19,000 homeowners and growing, our strength and commitment to excellence has never been stronger. American West will be celebrating 34 years of homebuilding this year and as the largest residential land holder in the state, we look forward to helping make the dream of a new home come true for many more Las Vegas families.

The American West new home designs offered throughout the Las Vegas Valley range from 1,552 to 4,934 square feet.

For more information, visit www.AmericanWestHomes.com

Meet Kelly Hughes, American West’s Online Sales Counselor!

While American West homes can speak volumes on their own, we also have a dynamic team that makes our company really stand out. One of those team members is our new Online Sales Counselor, Kelly Hughes. When future homeowners begin their new home search on the web, Kelly is their first point of contact. She is an incredible resource for anyone who may be ready to start the process but isn’t sure how to do it.

What is your role at American West Homes?

As the Online Sales Counselor for American West, I am here to assist our future homeowners in identifying which communities and floorplans will best suit their needs. I can introduce them to all that American West has to offer, help get them qualified, and make sure that their new home buying experience is not only easy, but enjoyable from start to finish.

What is your favorite part about working with new home buyers?

Working in new home development is by far the most rewarding facet of my real estate career, not only because I get to help people find their perfect new homes, but because I have the chance to really get to know my buyers and their families throughout the buying and building process. I am in the unique position of getting to welcome families into their new American West homes, while also welcoming many of them into the Las Vegas community as a whole. I love seeing our American West homeowners around town… we really are like one big family!

What advice do you have for prospective home buyers?

Buying a new home is a big investment in your future, so of course it can feel intimidating. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be! This is where I come in handy as an Online Sales Counselor. I am here to answer any questions that prospective home buyers may have, whether they’re looking for the first time or are experienced buyers.

  • Take advantage of the resources available to you.
  • Take advantage of this market.
  • Do not let this opportunity to invest in your future pass you by. Do it!

What’s your favorite part of the home buying process?

I really love the excitement that comes with each step of the process. American West is a unique company because our New Home Specialists are involved in the process from start to finish. We get to know the buyers, we get a sense of what they need in a new home, and we get to experience their excitement when they fall in the love with the perfect floorplan. Then, the fun part is getting to help them choose all of their interior selections, and give their new home a look and feel that is truly unique to them. All of that being said, I don’t know if anything beats the feeling of getting to give a new homeowner their keys for the first time!

What would people be surprised to know about you?

That I am a real – and rare – Las Vegas local. I was born and raised in the Las Vegas Valley. And not only do I work for this amazing company, but I have experienced the American West difference for myself. I spent my childhood growing up in an American West home. So, when I talk to prospective home buyers, I am truly speaking from experience!

What three words best describe you?

I would say compassionate, confident, and sincere. I understand the emotional experience that goes into buying a new home, and I have compassion for every new homeowner that I have the pleasure of working with. I see every prospective home buyer as a real person, a future neighbor or even a friend, not just a customer. I am confident in my ability to help families improve their lives, and in the quality of the product that I represent. Finally, I am a sincere person. I live true to myself, my friends and family, and I bring that same sense of honestly and reliability to my professional relationships as well. I am always going to be upfront with my home buyers because I genuinely want to use my expertise to help better their lives and our community.

What do you like to do on your days off?

On my days off, I like to enjoy all of the entertainment options that are unique to Las Vegas! It doesn’t matter the day, there is always something fun to do here. I love to spend time outdoors, either hiking at Red Rock or spending a day at Lake Mead. Of course, I love to take advantage of local specials and discounts! I try to check out as many live performances as I can because we are home to some of the most talented entertainers in the world. Last, but definitely not least, I love to go to all of the Vegas Golden Knights games at the gorgeous new T-Mobile Arena. Go Knights!

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Well, being the avid sports fan that I am, my dream would be to see a professional sports team win a championship for Las Vegas! Whether its hockey, football, or maybe even a future basketball franchise, I want to be there when Las Vegas wins big!

When you’re ready to begin your new home search, reach out to Kelly. You can contact her by cell or text at (702) 308-1732 or by email khughes@americanwesthomes.com

 

 

 

 

 

Contemporary and Innovative Skyview Terrace Grand Opens

We are thrilled to  announce the launch of our newest community, Skyview Terrace. Located in Southwest Las Vegas, this innovative community introduces a new collection of contemporary, single-family homes which include rooftop decks as standard.

The new 3-story designs at Skyview Terrace range from 2,344 to 2,550 square feet, and will feature American West’s hallmarks of quality, value and choice. Unlike competing builders that are offering rooftop decks as luxury upgrades costing $20,000 and up, though, American West will offer them as standard included features.

As noted in MarketWatch.com, additions of rooftop decks have been accelerating for the past several years. Pete Reeb, a principal at John Burns Real Estate Consulting in Irvine, CA, said, “Builders are finding great success in attracting buyers by offering thoughtfully designed and integrated rooftop decks in new home projects.”

“In addition to adding value to the homes, the rooftop decks offer homebuyers over 500 square feet of additional outdoor living space,” said Larry Canarelli, American West Company Founder. “Homebuyers are attracted to the lower maintenance appeal of rooftop decks. Plus, the views from our rooftop decks are incredible. There are mountain views to the west and Strip views to the east.”

Skyview Terrace is a gated community that will also feature a community/dog park for its residents. The open living spaces and finishes in the homes bring the best of contemporary, innovative living to the Las Vegas Valley.

For more information, visit AmericanWestHomes.com or call 702-978-7698.

 

Jones Crossing is the Hottest Property in Town!

A recent article in the Las Vegas Business Press reported on the upswing pace of new home sales and closings in Southern Nevada. Amid the impressive numbers collated by Home Builder Research, the third quarter of 2017 had 6,644 closings which was a 15.8 percent increase from 2016. In October of 2017 the city had 746 new home sales which brought the 2017 total of new home sales to 7,392, a 14.3 percent increase from 2016.

“The consumer demand has continued to be stronger than we envisioned earlier this year,” said Dennis Smith, president of Home Builders Research. “Builders have been getting more creative, and many have expanded their product offerings.”

Also included in the article is the fact that American West’s Jones Crossing community has closed the most homes in 2017, through October. 130 homes have been sold at Jones Crossing, beating out several national builders in the area, including DR Horton, KB Home and Lennar.

What does Jones Crossing have that makes it so popular? Several things, including contemporary home designs that fit a variety of lifestyles, an incredible price point from the $290’s, and a sought-after location at Coronado Ranch in the southwest valley. When you add in the best schools, plentiful shopping and recreation options, and easy access to the 215 Beltway, it’s not hard to see why Jones Crossing is such a hit with new home buyers.

Come see Jones Crossing for yourself. Call (702) 323-5403 for more information. Sales office is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and located at 6154 Parma Ridge Ct., Las Vegas, NV 89118.

Link to story: https://businesspress.vegas/real-estate/demand-for-new-las-vegas-homes-increases/

 

 

 

Our Homes Make Holiday Hosting a Breeze!

It’s holiday gathering time! If you’re lucky enough to live in an American West home, then hosting holiday festivities – large or small – should be so easy! In fact, we’d bet that your house will be holiday party headquarters for years to come! Here are just a few reasons why:

• The open floorplans are perfect for entertaining – plenty of conversation areas and room to move around.

• The gourmet kitchens feature huge dining islands and so much counter space for baking and prep work. Plus, the state-of-the-art appliances will make cooking any feast a breeze! And the best part is that the cooks in the family will never feel isolated from everyone else.

• There are so many choices as to where to put the Christmas tree! Or if you’d like, you can have a couple of trees. Our home designs offer spacious great rooms, family rooms and bonus rooms. You will have plenty of room for the entire family to gather around while opening presents.

• The game rooms will be a huge hit. The prefect place for the kids to hang out, play games or watch a holiday movie. Or for the adults to gather if there are sport fans in the group. .

• The welcoming entryways, gorgeous front doors and spectacular stair railings are all prime spaces for holiday decorations.

• You’ll have plentiful room for overnight guests, with lots of spacious bedrooms.

No doubt about it… an American West home is THE home for the holidays!

Happy Holidays from American West Homes.

 

Las Vegas is Packed with Fun Holiday Festivities!

Las Vegas is s city that knows how to celebrate the holidays. There are tons of festivities throughout the city and we have picked out just a few of our favorite holiday events and activities.

NOV 7-JAN 1
Holiday Cactus Garden at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory

The Holiday Cactus Garden returns with more than a million lights adorning the desert landscaping. Santa will be around on weekends for photo ops. Plus there’s an ice skating rink this year. Cost: Free admission. (Skating $10/hour 10am-6pm, $15/hour 6-10pm).

NOV 17-JAN 7
Lights On The Speedway

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway goes holiday with a massive display of lights. Drive your car around and under colorful tributes to Christmas, Hanukkah, and everything else jolly and bright. Cost: $20-30 ($50 for fast pass).

NOV 17-DEC 25
Holiday Fun in Summerlin

Downtown Summerlin’s free holiday parade features everything from toy soldiers to nutcrackers. The parade runs weekends until December 15; then it runs nightly through Christmas Eve. There’s also an ice skating rink, a Hanukkah celebration (Dec. 13), and Santa’s Chalet with a pine forest. Cost: Free (Skating $15; Santa photos start at $24.99.)

NOV 17-DEC 25
Holiday Cookies at The Honolulu Cookie Company – The Grand Canal Shoppes

Indulge in some serious Christmas cookies with these delicious holiday creations, including white chocolate pumpkin and white chocolate ginger spice shortbreads. Cost: Boxes of cookies range from $12-$43 depending what you get.

NOV 20-JAN 10
Skating and snow storms and s’mores at The Cosmopolitan

The Ice Rink is back at the Boulevard Pool, along with fire pits, snow storms, and classic holiday movies. Cost: Free admission. (All-day skating $20; skating for locals & hotel guests $10 Tuesday-Thursday.)

NOV 24-JAN 1
Start a new tradition at the Winter Village at Green Valley Ranch

For the first time, the Backyard at Green Valley Ranch will become a Winter Village, featuring holiday music, 60+ decorated trees, fire pits and a 6,000 sq. ft. ice rink with real ice and views of the Vegas Strip. Cost: Free admission. (Skating $20.)

NOV 24-DEC 31
Continue a cherished tradition at The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

This beloved winter wonderland features millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, great food and endless holiday cheer. Don’t miss the Forest Express passenger train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Boris the Elf’s Experience, and so much more! Cost: Adult general admission $12. Child general admission $10.

NOV 24-DEC 31
Sledding at Wet n’ Wild

Check it out! The water park has been transformed into Christmas Town, with an ice skating rink, sledding hill, lights, snow, and a 40-foot Christmas tree. Cost: General admission $20. (Children 2 and under free.)

DEC 1-30
Snowfall on the Strip – The Linq
Enjoy a White Christmas in Las Vegas with nightly snowfall throughout the outdoor promenade. Holiday performers will make an appearance at the top of the hour from 6-9pm during the week. Cost: Free.

DEC 1-JAN 6
Stop And Smell The Holiday Flowers

The annual holiday display is back at the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio. Thousands of flowers, lights, and decorations, including the tallest Christmas tree on the Strip, plenty of poinsettias, and a few floral polar bears. Cost: Free

SUNDAY, DEC 31
The Earlier Side Of New Year’s Eve

If midnight is a little too late for celebrating, bring yourself and the kids to the Discovery Children’s Museum earlier in the day for Noon Year’s Eve (from 10:30 to 12pm). Guests can make their own noisemakers, and sip on sparkling cider during a Noon balloon drop. Cost: $10-30

We hope you enjoy the holidays!

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.

6 Tricks and Tips for Epic Pumpkin Carving this Halloween

What’s Halloween without some fun pumpkin carving activities? Before you grab your tools and get all set up, though, you’re going to want to check out these clever tricks for creating the best jack-o-lantern in the neighborhood.

  1. Choose your tools wisely. Serrated or boning knives work best for cutting out the lid or large holes in the bottom of the pumpkin for balance. Use an ice cream scoop to remove all those pesky seeds more easily. Try small paring knives that often come in pumpkin-carving kits for carving the finer details.
  2. Get the inside scoop. Forget straight up and down; carve the lid out on a slight angle to keep it from falling through once you replace it. Or don’t carve a lid – carve out the bottom instead.
  3. Let there be light. If you’re going with old-fashioned candles, create a little chimney so the pumpkin can breathe. Light a candle and put the lid back on for a few minutes. See where the lid has blackened and cut a small hole here for smoke to escape. For an easier alternative, grab some battery-operated tea lights, rainbow LEDs or even strobe lights for a cool – and less flammable – effect.
  4. Smells like… pumpkin spice? Make your jack-o-lantern smell like a seasonal delicacy by sprinkling a little cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice inside the lid. Once you light a candle, sit back and enjoy the aroma!
  5. Make your pumpkin go further. Save the pumpkin seeds for a yummy fall snack! And before you toss those gooey scraps, consider getting creative and using them as decorative elements that ooze from the mouth or eyes of your jack-o-lantern!
  6. Keep your jack-o-lantern smiling longer. By spreading petroleum jelly on the cut edges of the pumpkin, you can help seal in moisture. Or add some bleach to a spray bottle filled with water, then spray the pumpkin daily. You’ll be able to fight mold while preventing your pumpkin from drying out. If all else fails, try to revive your pumpkin by placing it facedown in cold water for up to 8 hours.

 

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

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