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Providence Homes enters three model homes in 2014 St Johns County Builders Council Parade of Homes

Categories: Providence News | Posted: August 31, 2014

Monroe Model at Nocatee

Providence Homes entered three model homes in the 2014 St Johns County Builders Council Parade of Homes. The Parade of Homes runs from August 30 through September 14, featuring the finest builders throughout St Johns County. The Providence Monroe Model Home located at 124 Cross Ridge Drive in Greenleaf Village at Nocatee is the 2014 Showcase Model Home. This 100% ENERGY STAR Certified model home features 4,198 square feet of living space with 5 bedrooms 4.5 baths with an extended family suite that offers flexibility for a variety of families.

There is also a virtual tour of the model home available on the St Johns County Builder Council website, http://www.stjohnsbuilderscouncil.com/ParadeofHomes.aspx.

“Providence Homes is thrilled to be part of the St Johns County Builders Council Parade of Homes,” said Director of Sales, Robert Goettlicher. “We welcome the chance to support the St Johns County Builders Council and this special event every year.”

The other Providence Model homes entered this year are The Fanning Model located at 36 Eagles Nest Lane at Village Center in Durbin Crossing and The Emerald Model located 104 Woodcross Drive at Woodcross in Durbin Crossing.

For more information, check out the St Johns County Builder Council website at http://www.stjohnsbuilderscouncil.com/ParadeofHomes.aspx.

Providence Homes is Jacksonville, Florida’s hometown builder. As one of the area’s largest locally owned home builders, we are committed to building beautifully designed, 100% Energy Star certified homes at an affordable price. No matter which neighborhood you choose in Clay, Duval, or St. Johns County, Providence Homes has been a name families can trust as a Jacksonville new home builder for more than 20 years. Visit providencehomesinc.com for more information.

Back to School Checklist

Categories: Home Care Tips | Posted: August 28, 2014

Back to School

Thought getting the kids out of bed was hard? Well now that the summer sun has set, it is time to get them out of the house and back to school. Getting yourself and your family back into the routine of school days can be just as exhausting, and scary, as going back to school yourself. Although, with this checklist, your band of wild ones will be sure to not miss a beat, (or a homework assignment). Most importantly, you’ll be equipped to keep YOURSELF organized, not to mention your home.

Before School

____ Lunches are packed and in a location the kids can easily grab them.

____ Backpacks are packed with all books and in close proximity to lunch box.

____ Kids are dressed, preferably in clothes that match.

____ Keep a calendar for school events to check everyday so that your kids wear pajamas on the CORRECT pajama day.

____ All kids are present and accounted for at the bus stop or in the car.

____ Wave goodbye, blow a kiss, be on your merry way.

 

After School

____ Have a shoe rack at your front door in order to prevent tracking dirt and to keep your house looking brand new.

____ Have a snack prepared and readily available in your kitchen.

____ Set up a coming home routine complete with some down time before they start their homework.

 

Now, how do you make time for cleaning and organizing? Easy – chore time! Remember, a clean home is a happy home.

 

Getting your home and your children ready for the school season is not a task for the simple minds, but don’t you forget about these checklists. If used daily, any scheduled routine can become habitual and make for an even smoother school year.

 

For more helpful home tips, visit www.providencehomesinc.com.

 

Providence Homes is Jacksonville, Florida’s hometown builder. As one of the area’s largest locally owned home builders, we are committed to building beautifully designed, 100% Energy Star certified homes at an affordable price. No matter which neighborhood you choose in Clay, Duval, or St. Johns County, Providence Homes has been a name families can trust as a Jacksonville new home builder for more than 20 years.

Bringing Transparency to the Housing Market

Categories: Energy Star | Posted: August 22, 2014

In October 2013 A RESNET Policy Proposal titled “Introducing Transparency and Rationality into the Home Buying Process” cites that the lack of information available to consumers regarding the energy performance of homes is a significant issue for American homebuyers as well as the U.S. economic strength and national energy security. To address this issue, RESNET supports a mandatory requirement for Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Scores for all homes, new and existing, financed through a federal mortgage program, such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). RESNET believes this will lead to greater transparency in the marketplace and allow homebuyers and mortgage financiers to include energy efficiency and have a better understanding of the energy performance of the home.

Energy Efficient Homes

A second, equally important problem affecting American homeowners are current mortgage underwriting practices that ignore energy (and cost) saving features in homes. The new calculation will account for a home’s expected energy cost savings when calculating the value and affordability of energy efficient homes. The adoption of a new formula will bring rationality and greater flexibility as to how mortgages are calculated in the U.S. Housing market,

Other sectors such as automobile and home appliance manufacturers, for example, understand that consumers are increasingly engaged in comparison-shopping for products based on their efficiency. Whether it is MPG (miles-per-gallon) stickers for cars or Energy Guide labels for appliances, these industries have responded to consumer demand for transparency.

Requiring a HERS Index Score for all homes financed through federal mortgage programs like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and VA will create real transparency for homebuyers.

Currently over 250,000 homes are rated and issued a HERS Index Score each year. Over 1.3 million homes in the nation have been issued a HERS Index Score. Already communities in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Massachusetts and New York require that all new homes are energy rated and post the HERS Index Score at the time of listing.

Over 150 state and local governments across the United States from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Boston, Massachusetts are making HERS Index Scores a performance compliance option as a part of their building energy code.

In addition Multiple Listing Services (MLS) in Colorado. Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Washington includes a HERS Index Score in their listings. The MLS is a critical tool is transparency in the market place. Realtors use it to identify homes for prospective buyers and appraisers in identifying comparable properties for the appraisal.

Bringing transparency and rationality to the housing market is long overdue. Inflexible mortgage underwriting and appraisal procedures place obstacles in the paths of homeowners who want to invest in cost-saving energy efficient improvements. In addition, while consumers across the United States are able to make informed buying choices for appliances and cars based on energy performance, it is far more difficult for them to do so when purchasing a home.

Providence Homes is Jacksonville, Florida’s hometown builder. As one of the area’s largest locally owned home builders, we are committed to building beautifully designed, 100% Energy Star certified homes at an affordable price. No matter which neighborhood you choose in Clay, Duval, or St. Johns County, Providence Homes has been a name families can trust as a Jacksonville new home builder for more than 20 years.

ENERGY STAR® Rating Impacts Market Advantage for New Homes

Categories: Energy Star | Posted: August 13, 2014

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The North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance recently completed a market impact study comparing a random sampling of ENERGY STAR homes against homes with no building certifications that were appraised as similar as possible to the ENERGY STAR homes by a third-party appraisal company.

The results?

– ENERGY STAR Homes were found to have a statistically significant market advantage compared to similar code-built homes.
– ENERGY STAR homes sold for significantly higher sales prices, sold for significant higher price per square foot, and sold in significantly fewer days.
– ENERGY STAR Homes sold for a greater proportion of their list price. (This result was not found to be statistically significant.)

This 52-page study, titled Market Impacts of ENERGY STAR® Qualification for New Homes (by William Pflegar, Chuck Perry, Nicholas Hurst and Jeff Tiller), was conducted to demonstrate the benefits of home certifications, and to provide new information on the impact that an ENERGY STAR® qualification can add to the value of a home beyond just that of monthly energy savings.

The study proposed 4 specific questions designed to elicit whether ENERGY STAR Homes have a market advantage:

1. Do ENERGY STAR qualified homes sell for higher prices compared to similar code built homes?
2. Do ENERGY STAR qualified homes sell for a greater percentage of their list price compared to similar code-built homes?
3. Do ENERGY STAR qualified homes sell for a higher price per square foot compared to similar code-built homes?
4. Do ENERGY STAR qualified homes sell faster (fewer days on the market) compared to similar code built homes?

So what does this mean for the home buyer? The results indicated by this study suggest that ENERGY STAR Homes have a competitive market advantage compared to similar code-built homes. This multidimensional advantage is substantial enough to suggest to home buyers that the investment in ENERGY STAR certified homes is more than worthwhile.

We are Jacksonville, Florida’s hometown builder. We have built more than 2,500 homes for families right here in Jacksonville, Florida! As one of the area’s largest locally owned home builders, we are committed to building beautifully designed, 100% Energy Star certified homes at an affordable price. No matter which neighborhood you choose in Clay, Duval or St Johns County, Providence Homes has been a name families can trust as a Jacksonville new home builder for more than 20 years.

Rob McKisick Marks 13 Years with Providence Homes!

Categories: Providence News | Posted: August 4, 2014

Rob McKisickCongratulations to our Director of Construction, Rob McKisick, on his 13th anniversary with Providence Homes! Rob’s leadership, dedication and commitment to excellence has played a vital role in our continued growth and success during this time. His attention to detail and desire to build the best possible home make him a favorite with his customers and our team! We are so proud to have Rob as part of Providence Homes and can’t wait to celebrate many more years to come.