Wall Tiles in your bathroom: Many uses and benefits

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Wall Tiles for your bathroom Wall tiles have always been popular because of the huge range of styles and colours available and the fact that they have so many uses. Think of wall tiles in the home and a lot of people will instant think of the bathroom, but that isn’t the only room in […]

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Winnipeg Condo Market Update – June 2021

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Updated for this month, shows sales and listings stats for Winnipeg’s Condo Market

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What To Inspect in Your Home Before Selling It

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Your home will need a few things looked at before you can put it up for sale. Make sure you inspect these important things in your home before selling.

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6 Kitchen Upgrades With Impact

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Making home improvements that boost your property’s value is an essential part of preparing your house for sale. Given how the kitchen is considered the heart of the home, it makes sense that you’d invest your time and energy into kitchen upgrades, presenting this room in the best light possible. After all, how the kitchen […]

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Custom Winnipeg Luxury Homes Report – May-June 2021

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Winnipeg Luxury Homes Market Report. Shows sales, listings and expired listing stats on luxury homes in Winnipeg. Updated Monthly, about homes and condos over the half million dollar mark. #realestate #Winnipeg #housingmarket #luxuryhomes

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The Top 5 Items in Your Home To Throw Away Right Now

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Getting rid of mess and clutter can seem like a lengthy chore, but you can easily shave time off that task by throwing these things away right now.

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How To Buy a Home “Sight Unseen”

Here at Taylor Morrison we’ve created a variety of tools that embrace the digital world and make it easier than ever before to buy a home “sight unseen,” or as we like to call it, #SiteUnseen (purchasing without ever having toured the property in person). Whether you’re unable to visit a sales office, or simply prefer to tour options from the comfort of your couch, we’re here to empower you on this unique type of home-buying journey.   

Over the last 12 months, Taylor Morrison has averaged a little over one home per day sold 100% virtually, so if you think you’re alone in this non-traditional way to buy, you’re not! As technology evolves and more and more people migrate out of densely-populated metro areas (with many companies extending remote-work options for their employees), virtual home buying will continue to grow. While it may seem like a daunting experience, we’re here to guide you through the process of buying a new Taylor Morrison home “sight unseen” with the following advice. 

Know Your Budget, Pre-Apply for a Mortgage, and Map Out Your Wants vs. Needs. 

This advice is not limited to buying a home sight unseen. Any house hunter should take this first step, regardless of how they are planning to purchase. Everyone’s financial situation is different, but you’ll want to figure out how much you can pay each month and then work backwards to find the purchase price that suits you and your family. 

Check out our online, state-of-the-art mortgage technology, Dorothy, to help “pre-apply” for a mortgage before you start house hunting. This process includes analyzing your income, assets, and present debt to estimate what you may be able to afford on a home purchase. Pre-application speeds the process once you find the home you want to buy, which is extremely important given the hot market we’re currently operating in where time is of the essence! Obtaining mortgage “pre-approval” is another thing entirely, but it’s a good idea to take that step as well (as it shows that you’re a serious homebuyer who can secure a mortgage, which helps in this highly competitive market). To purchase a Taylor Morrison home, you can either use the lender of your choice or work with our affiliated lender, Taylor Morrison Home Funding. Qualification and market conditions change during construction so working with a lender that understands our construction process keeps everyone working together for a seamless transaction. 

After you come to a clear understanding of what you can afford, create a list of what you absolutely must have in your new home. Prioritize what’s important to you, whether that’s location, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, square footage, or something else. As you work through that priority list, you should start to consider which items are not necessarily deal-breakers for you. Coming to terms with these wants vs. needs will better equip you to narrow down “finalists” as you virtually scope out options. 

Get to Browsing. 

Head to our website and filter by city, price, and bedroom count to get a preliminary sense of what’s available. 

Get in Touch with an Internet Home Consultant (IHC). 

You may not be physically with someone at a sales office, but you are not alone in this process! Getting in touch with an IHC from the area you are interested in is the best way to ease the stress of this unconventional purchase journey. It’s like having a personal concierge for home buying! With inventory flying off the market quicker than anyone can build, it’s a great idea to get in touch with an IHC early on, as homes you may be seeing online one week may be unavailable the next. It’s a frustrating reality of the market right now, and an IHC is going to be in-the-know of what communities are likely to go fast so you’ll have a clearer idea of what to expect by talking with them via phone, chat, or email. Sharing that list of wants vs. needs will help the IHC guide you in your next steps. 

Digitally Immerse Yourself With the Communities You’re Interested In.

Many of our communities have interactive floor plans and 3D virtual tours, and it’s all right there at your fingertips. Watch and rewatch the available tours and envision how you might fill the space if it was to become your home. Explore the 3D space room by room and virtually look around—you can even open “measurement mode” in some of our tours. Take notes on questions you have. If a 3D tour is not available for a community you are interested in, don’t fret, your IHC can set you up with a virtual tour from an actual salesperson at the models you’re interested in. Even if a 3D tour is available, you can still set up a virtual walkthrough! Our passionate sales team  will customize your sight-unseen experience to suit your needs—don’t be afraid to ask them for photos and videos that you can “revisit” later on—let them be your eyes on the ground! 

Example clip of a 3D Virtual Tourof Larimar model from Parten 75s in Austin, TX.

If you already know exactly what you want (depending on availability in the the area you’re interested in), you can easily reserve a quick-move-in home or even a to-be-built home online, selecting from available homesites and floor plans without ever needing to be in touch with an IHC or a sales-team member beforehand!

Our NEW to-be-built reservation system empowers you to take control of the home buying experience. Choose the homesite, floor plan and exterior elevation (as available) – then reserve that combination online – on your time, from the comfort of your home!

Use Outside Resources at Your Disposal. 

Don’t get us wrong, the IHCs and sales team you’ll work with are experienced, reliable resources of information, but it doesn’t hurt to add an extra pair of eyes. If you have a trusted family member or friend in the area you are looking to buy in, see if they’d be willing to take a physical visit for you. Buying sight unseen can be nerve-wracking, so it always helps if you have someone you know who can provide additional reassurance. If you have no one in the area, you can still share the virtual assets and info you’ve been reviewing with someone close to you. Get their input! They might think of a question or concern that you haven’t considered. Use other online tools to help make an assessment: poke around Google maps to see what’s in the neighborhood or check public school rankings in the area if you have children. We want you to feel as comfortable and confident as possible with this important, life-changing decision. 

Remain Patient and be Communicative. 

While online tools providing virtual access to shoppers have forever changed the home buying experience, it’s still not as simple as a “click to buy now” process. No amount of technology or virtual tools can change the nature of the current market (with extremely high demand and not enough inventory), so you may be met with unforeseen setbacks. For example, in some areas we are taking the Highest and Best Offer approach to selling homes, which is essentially the process the resale market operates in. Home shoppers will be invited to submit their Highest and Best Offer for available homesites, and the most competitive offer will be selected. We empathize with you about how competitive the market is today and how frustrating that may be for some home shoppers. Regardless of these unusual market conditions, we aim to provide an excellent customer experience for every home shopper and buyer. Communicate with your sales agent early and often to make sure you’re aware of potential stipulations surrounding a community/homesite you may be interested in. 

Embrace the Journey!  

Buying your new home #SiteUnseen can be just as exhilarating as buying it in person. We’re here to help you every step of the way. 

“We were a lot less nervous about buying ‘sight unseen’ because of the amount of tools and exposure we’ve had to the home itself. We could tell it’s a quality product.”

Taylor Morrison Homebuyers Jeremy and Alyssa, Phoenix

“The best thing about Taylor Morrison’s online tools, aside from the fact that they are intuitive, is that we can use them any time of the day. When you’re excited about the homebuying process and you want to keep things moving along, this is the way to be able to have instant gratification.”

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Ontario, CA Relocation Guide

If you have been thinking of making the move to Ontario, you are not alone. Many Southern California homeowners are heading inland to find larger homes with better amenities for a lot less money than what you pay to live on the coast.

But what is lifelike in Ontario? Is San Bernardino County real estate right for you?

Let’s find out!

Feel the Sunshine

Even lifelong SoCal natives can forget how different the weather is in Ontario. If you love sunshine, dry summers and mild winters, the area’s hot-summer Mediterranean climate could be a great fit – especially if you choose a master planned community with a beautiful swimming pool.

Plus, all that sunshine makes it easy to take advantage of the area’s wealth of outdoor recreation:

Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park features 150 acres of open space with two lakes for boating and fishingThere are dozens of golf courses within 20 miles of Ontario – the beautiful Whispering Lakes Golf Course is in town and was recently renovated with a brand-new clubhouseLace up your hiking boots to hit the trail at North Etiwanda PreserveRancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is just outside of the city and is the largest botanical garden dedicated to California native plantsYou will also find unique outdoor adventures that include farm tours, wineries and open-air shopping malls

Excellent Cultural Opportunities

For a city of its size, Ontario offers a wide selection of top-notch museums and arts venues. If you like history and live performances, it is easy to fill your weekends with fun.

The Chaffey Community Museum of Art features works from nationally recognized artists as well as top local talent | 217 S Lemon Ave, Ontario, CA 91761 | 909-463-3733The Ontario Museum of History and Art preserves, interprets, and celebrates the history and cultural heritage of Ontario and the surrounding area | 225 South Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762 | 909-395-2510A visit to the Graber Olive House is just like escaping for the day to the Mediterranean, as the oldest business in Ontario, this historic olive farm has been open since 1894The Toyota Arena plays host to a fantastic selection of big-name performers and is also home to the Ontario Reign hockey teamSpectacular historical homes include the John Rains House and the Sam and Alfreda Maloof House, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Close to Mt. Baldy

Imagine having Southern California’s best natural skiing and snowboarding destination just 40 minutes away. New homes for sale in Ontario, CA put Mt. Baldy Resort at your fingertips, where you will find 800+ skiable acres and 2,100 vertical feet of drop. Don’t ski? Head to the Snow Tubing Park!

Mt. Baldy Resort isn’t just about winter fun, either. The mountain is also a premier summertime destination for zip lining, hiking, camping, and cycling. There is plenty of fun to be had in the spring and fall, too.

Premier Shopping Venues

If your idea of a good time is filling your shopping bags, Ontario is a great place to live – and without all the traffic jams, you can easily hop in the car and hit up several shopping centers in the same day and never have to stress about parking.

Here are four of the area’s most popular shopping destinations:

The Station at Eastvale features Starbucks, In-N-Out, Costco and more | 5030 Hamner Ave, Mira Loma, CA 91752Eastvale Gateway is a beautiful shopping mall with more than 70 big box stores, popular retailers, and eateries, including outdoor dining | 12571 Limonite Ave. Suite 255, Eastvale, CA 91752Ontario Mills is a Simon mall with nearly 200 hundred businesses to choose from | 1 Mills Cir, Ontario, CA 91764Victoria Gardens offers a beautiful open-air shopping experience for shopping, dining, and entertainment from more than 150 retailers, restaurants, services, and more

Ontario Master Planned Communities

For Southern California home buyers who love new home neighborhoods, Ontario is a fantastic choice. Master planned communities offer the convenience of having everything you need to live a great life, all in one place.

Mariposa at Park Place

Taylor Morrison’s Mariposa at Park Place community features accessibly priced new Ontario, CA homes with access to the incredible amenities at Park Place in Ontario Ranch. The 14,500 square foot Parkhouse amenity complex includes a stunning resort-style pool and surrounds, state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis courts, dog park, private movie theater and a well-appointed clubhouse for connecting with neighbors or enjoying quality time with family and friends.

Transportation

Houses for sale in Ontario at Mariposa are surrounded by parks and freeway close for fast and easy commutes. Enjoy a smooth drive to both the 15 Freeway and 60 Freeway plus proximity to the Ontario International Airport and East Ontario Metrolink Station.

Ontario International Airport | 2500 E Airport Dr, Ontario, CA 91761 | 20 minutes from the communityEast Ontario Metrolink Station | 3330 E. Francis St., Ontario CA 91761 | 15 minutes from the communityFive minutes to I-15, ten minutes to I-60, minutes to Euclid Avenue, 71 and 91 | Get Directions

Shopping

The Station at Eastvale: 6 minutesEastvale Gateway: 10 minutesOntario Mills: 15 minutesVictoria Gardens: 20 minutes

Education

And if you are looking for great schools, residents of Mariposa are zoned for:

Ranch View Elementary School (TK-5) | 3300 Old Archibald Ranch Road, Ontario, CA 91761 | (909) 947-5545Grace Yokley Middle School (6-8) | 2947 S Turner Avenue, Ontario, CA 91761 | (909) 947-6774Colony High School | 3850 E Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761 | (909) 930-2929

New Homes

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All this, plus spacious floor plans inspired by the way you live and a gorgeous streetscape where you will truly feel at home. Check out this Facebook Live tour to see for yourself.

Plan Your Visit Today

To truly experience all the reasons why you should consider making your next move to Ontario, CA, schedule a personal community and model home walkthrough or visit the Sales Center during regular business hours.

Explore Mariposa

Mariposa at Park Place Sales Center

3041 E. Travertine St., Ontario, CA 91762 | Get Directions

dditional Helpful Information

Virtual Home Buying 101: Make Your Next Move OnlineSelf-Guided New Home ToursTips from an Internet Home ConsultantMoving States? Here’s How to Make It EasyMoving Day: Before, During and After

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Best Reasons to Love Life in St. Johns, Florida

If you’re looking for a charming Florida town with proximity to local beaches, excellent shopping and dining options nearby, settle down in St. Johns. For new homes in Florida with a welcoming atmosphere and plenty of activities, you’ll love this inviting community. With a growing population and excellent choices for dining and shopping, it’s no wonder St. Johns is ranked #2 in the state for the best counties to live in Florida. Keep reading for the best reasons to fall in love with life in St. Johns, Florida.

ccess to Gorgeous Beaches and a Sparkling Crystal Lagoon

Is there anything better than a warm day with sand between your toes and salty air in your hair? If you’re looking for a home that’s located near amazing beaches, you’ll love life in St. Johns.

Mickler’s Landing Beach Park

Mickler’s Landing Beach Park, USA, County Rd 203, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

St. Johns is just 20 minutes east of Mickler’s Landing Beach Park. The beach offers stunning views of the sparkling waters and amenities such as off-beach parking, a pavilion with picnic tables, access for leashed dogs, and more. Soak up the golden rays with the sun on your cheeks and enjoy everything life near the beach has to offer.

Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Beach is a must-visit when youlive in your new home in St. Johns, Florida. Located 30 minutes from St. Johns, Ponte Vedra Beach offers the perfect combination of laid-back luxury and natural beauty. After a warm day laying out in the sun, take a short drive to delicious outdoor eateries like The Reef Restaurant with its amazing wine list or Harry’s Seafood Barre & Grille with bayfront views and Cajun cuisine.

Historic St. Augustine

Just 30 minutes away from St. Johns homes, St. Augustine is the perfect getaway for beach lovers and history buffs. Spend time walking along the sands or visit cultural attractions such as the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument or the Fountain of Youth Discovery Park.

Beachwalk Crystal Lagoon

100 Beachwalk Club Drive, St. Johns, Florida 32259

Beachwalk is home to northeast Florida’s first 14-acre crystal lagoon. Residents can enjoy luxurious amenities including kayaking, sailing, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, and water slides along with a putting green and expansive green spaces.

Convenient Shopping and Dining

After a busy day exploring St. Johns, easy access to shopping and dining options make last-minute dinners as simple as can be. Enjoy close proximity to multiple shopping centers for your grocery runs.

St. Johns Commons

2200 County Rd 210, St. Johns, FL 32259

Located just minutes from your door, St. Johns Commons offers everything you could need. Their retail center features convenient grocery stores such as Winn Dixie and quick dining options like Domino’s, Taps Bar & Grill, and Firehouse Subs.

The Pavilion at Durbin Park

480 Durbin Pavilion Dr., St. Johns, FL 32259

The Pavilion at Durbin Park will be your go-to destination for the best shopping and dining options. The expansive multi-use lifestyle center features retail stores such as Burlington, Walmart, Five Below, and more. If you aren’t in the mood to cook, try one of the many great dining options including Jana Steakhouse, Keke’s Breakfast Cafe, Mellow Mushroom, or Salsas Mexican Restaurant.

Nocatee Town Center

120 Marketside Avenue, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081

With a convenient location just 12 minutes from new St. Johns real estate, Nocatee Town Center includes multiple grocery and takeout options to make entertaining guests or enjoying meals in your spacious home. Shop for groceries at Publix or choose takeout from Panera Bread, the Loop Restaurant, or First Watch.

Nearby Medical Centers

When you’re searching for an amazing new home, proximity to medical centers is important. Ascension St. Vincent’s Health Center is located just 7 minutes away. Also, he Animal Medical Clinic is just 8 minutes away so you can ensure your beloved pets are healthy and safe too.

Excellent Schools

Students living in Beachwalk in St. Johns, Florida are zoned for excellent schools in the St. Johns County School District. The highly rated Nease High School offers an IB program, NJROTC, and three specialization academies. New homes near Nease High School other schools in the St. Johns County School District offer close proximity and amazing school ratings.

Ocean Palms Elementary School: 355 Landrum Ln, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082Alice B. Landrum Middle School: 230 Landrum Ln, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082Allen D. Nease High School:

Welcome Home to St. Johns at The Cove at Beachwalk Community

When you’re ready to settle into your new home in St. Johns, Florida, you’ll love this community by Taylor Morrison. The Cove at Beachwalk will bring a stunning array of thoughtfully designed homes to the resort-style living community. Enjoy Northeast Florida’s first 14-acre Crystal Lagoon, a 12,000 square foot clubhouse, fitness center, children’s activity room, a swim-up bar, splash dog park, putting green, and six Har-Tru tennis courts. No matter how you enjoy spending your time, you’ll find plenty to do in The Cove at Beachwalk.

Plus, with a convenient location just one mile east of I-95, you will have easy access to local beaches, retail and dining options, employment campuses, highly rated schools, and medical centers. Every day at The Cove at Beachwalk will become as adventurous as your favorite vacation days.

One- and two-story homes in The Cove at Beachwalk range from 2,715 to 3,835 square feet. Relax in open living spaces with bright and airy floor plans that make entertaining a breeze. After a long day exploring everything St. Johns has to offer, settle into the spacious owner’s suite or enjoy a delicious meal in the designer kitchen. Enjoy the beautiful homes that Taylor Morrison is known for in a  town that’s known for its charm.

Sign Up for the VIP Interest List

When you’re ready to turn every day into a luxurious vacation, look no further than St. Johns and the coming soon community. Sign up for the VIP interest list to stay informed as The Cove at Beachwalk comes to life.

Join the VIP Interest List

Make Your Move to St. Johns

As you search for new Florida homes, the desirable city of St. Johns will stand out as the ideal location. This charming town features access to sparkling beaches and a gorgeous crystal lagoon along with retail and dining options. Make your move to St. Johns, Florida and experience a new level of living life to the fullest.

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How to Carve the Best Pumpkin on the Block

While Halloween may look a little different this year, there’s no reason you can’t still have an amazing outdoor display. If you’re not interested in shelling out big bucks for a 12 foot animatronic skeleton, or if your style is more autumn chic than gothic gore, you have plenty of options when it comes to the traditional jack-o’-lantern. Before you cut into your sacrificial squash, check out these top tips for making a carv-tastic display.

Pumpkin selection

There are no rules for what size or shape makes for a great jack-o’-lantern. Any pumpkin can rise to ghoulish greatness. Do look for a pumpkin that isn’t bruised and has no mold around the stem. Who wants to cut into a rotted pumpkin? Also, look for a pumpkin with a flat bottom that will sit firmly without rocking.

Tools

Every job is made easier by the right tools. A kitchen knife is not the best – or safest – thing to use for pumpkin carving. You can get a set of pumpkin carving tools at many hardware or drug stores around Halloween, but you can also use items already in your possession – power drills, awls, wood gouges or even cookie cutters. Don’t forget a big spoon to scoop out the guts!

Carving

Rather than giving your jack-o’-lantern a cap by cutting it at the top, draw a circle on the bottom of your pumpkin and cut your opening there, making sure to angle your blade toward the center to create a ledge for support of the finished cut area. Clean out the guts (save the seeds and roast them for your post-carving snack!) and scrape the insides of your pumpkin until they are about an inch thick in the areas you plan to carve. If you’re using a pattern, tape it on and transfer it by tracing with a poking tool. Then you’re ready to carve! If you’re using a pumpkin saw, it’s easiest to keep the pumpkin on your lap, holding the saw like a pencil and using a steady up-and-down motion. Saw at a 90-degree angle with gentle pressure.

Preservation

To extend the life of your jack-o’-lantern, spritz it with water and keep it in the refrigerator while it’s not on display. Spread some petroleum jelly on the cut edges to keep them from drying out. If your pumpkin starts to shrivel, submerge it in cold water for a couple of hours. It should come back to life. Just make sure to dry it well on the inside to avoid mold. You can also ward off mold and insects by spraying or soaking the pumpkin with a water-and-bleach solution.

Display

If you are using a candle, cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin toward the back to act as a chimney for smoke and heat. A candle will be more secure if you drill a hole for it. You can also use battery-operated LEDs, Christmas lights or even a nightlight to illuminate your pumpkin. If you carve a design in the back of your jack-o’-lantern, you’ll produce a shadowy effect on the wall behind it, making it extra spooky!

However you choose to carve your jack o’ lantern, use your creativity and have fun.

Beyond the jack-o’-lantern

For more simple and spooky outdoor decor ideas, check out these fun Halloween hacks.

Related:

52 Unexpected and Amazing Ways to Decorate Pumpkins13 Easy DIY No-Carve PumpkinsBudget Decor: 10 Ways to Dress Up Your House for Fall

Originally published October 2014.

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