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Benefits of a Townhome: ?Lock and Leave? Lifestyle

One of the best aspects of owning a townhome is the ?lock and leave? lifestyle it affords people. With the holiday season approaching, consider these tips to keep your home safe and secure (and remain worry free) while traveling:Request help from a neighbor: Inform your neighbor when you will be on vacation and ask them to watch your townhome while you are away. Have them also collect your mail and newspapers to reduce any signs that make it obvious no one is home.Avoid vacation announcements: It?s understandable that you?re excited to travel for the holidays, but avoid advertising it on Facebook and Twitter. Posts similar to ?can?t wait to be in New York? and ?on the road? can tip off burglars that your home is unoccupied.

Rent or Buy? The Benefits of Owning a New Townhome in the Dallas Area

Rent orbuy?This question has likely crossed the minds of most adults at some pivotal stage of their lives. Although this is a common decision to have to make, financial experts almost always reply with the same answer: buy.One major benefit is the tax deduction of the amount of interested paid toward a home mortgage.But there are other compelling reasons as well:In 2010, the Federal Reserve determined the median net worth of a household was $77,300. (Results for 2013 will not be available until early 2015.)

Why Empty Nesters Choose Dallas Townhomes

After spending more than a decade looking after others, many parents welcome adjusting back to a life of their own – especially when it?s simplified!Empty nesters choose townhomes because they seek convenience and simplicity with privacy a detached home provides.They are also attracted to reduced interior and exterior maintenance. Builders recognize this desire and design homes specifically to the needs and lifestyle of an empty nester.

New Townhome Available Now: The ?Brady? plan ? Richardson, TX

Located in the Brick Row Community at 643 Matthew Place inside the Brick Row community of Richardson, Texas, this beautiful, new-construction townhome is designed to provide a convenient, relaxing lifestyle.Walk through the front entry of the Brady floorplan and you are greeted by soaring ceilings and natural light. With its rich hardwood flooring, the living area is as sophisticated as it is inviting.

Energy Efficient Features of CB JENI Viridian Townhomes

As a builder ofnew townhomes in Dallas, we make it our priority to build the very best homes using superior-quality materials and modern, energy efficient technology.Below we outline a few of the energy efficient features so that you better understand their benefit to you, your family and home:State-of-the-art PEX plumbing:Cross-linked polyethylene, also known as PEX, is stronger and more reliable than polybutylene piping (PB).

The Benefits of a Community Homeowners Association

Preserves and Protects Property Values.This is done by maintaining community standards and neighborhood attractiveness.A home?s value is directly affected by the appearance of neighboring homes and the community as a whole. HOA covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) implemented and enforced by the HOA prevents discrepancies that could negatively affect the value of the other homes. To avoid fines, homeowners have a vested interest in correcting problems from architectural and code violation to landscaping issues.As its name implies, homeowners associations are lead by board members who are actual homeowners in the community.

Dallas Townhome Sales Up Nearly 40 Percent

Townhome and condominium sales were up almost 40 percent January through July of this year compared to the same period in 2012!In a recentcolumnin the Dallas Morning News, Dallas real estate agent Jeff Updike said the following:?The prices are back up where we thought they would be in 2007. The market is very strong.?Updike also said more people are looking for a townhome in North Texas than ever before; a reason he claims is causing so much activity.

The Verona Model Located in Viridian ? Arlington, Texas

Viridian, a new mixed-use, master-planned community located in north Arlington, is CB JENI Homes? newest community offeringtownhomes for sale.Enter through the front door and you are greeted with soaring ceilings and plenty of natural light from the impressive floor-to-ceiling window which lights up the entire first and second floors.The front family room intuitively guides you into the kitchen – as these formerly separate spaces have been designed to flow naturally from one to the other.

3 Helpful Apps for Real Estate Professionals

From communicating with clients online to browsing hundreds of home listings on a single page, technology has changed and helped improve the real estate industry.If you are a REALTOR®, you might agree that you are always on the go. That is why you need to check out these three helpful mobile applications which are designed to be reliable resources for your busy lifestyle with the real estate industry in mind.Real Estate by TruliaTrulia?s free mobile app is organized into separate sections for rentals and homes to own, and even an open house locator updated in real time.Because this app is location based, you can even view listings within a desired distance of your current location.

The Upside of Downsizing to a Townhome

Downsizing has never been more rewarding than it is today. CB JENI Lifestyle Homes build townhomes designed around yourlifestyle.The Verona model in Viridian (Arlington, Texas)Townhomes afford you the desired balance of commitment and leisure that you have been looking for. (Don?t plan on spending your weekend working on home improvement and maintenance projects!)For instance, ournew townhomes in Virdian, a new master-planned community located in north Arlington, Texas, have vapor barriers under all concrete floors, a Weyerhaeuser Silent Floor System to prevent squeaks and engineered post-tension slab foundation.

Introducing Viridian, Newest CB JENI Community Located in North Arlington, Texas

Real estate developer JCKPL, LLC has begun the construction of phase two of its 2,300 acre mixed-use, master-planned community,Viridian, located in north Arlington.CB JENI Lifestyle Homes is buildingtwo-story townhomes(six differentmodels and floor plans) ranging in size from 1, 572 and 2,249 square feet and priced between $195s and the $240s.Photo credit: Viridian DFWViridian truly puts the ?community? in the idea of a master-planned community.The 800,000 square foot town center, Viridian Village, has set aside 400,000 square foot for shops and restaurants and 400,000 for offices and various medical spaces.

Community Highlight: Brick Row ? Richardson, TX

Located just off of the Central Expressway (75) and Spring Valley Road in Richardson, the Brick Row community in Richardson, Texas, is a prime location for those looking for a beautiful two-story townhome.Brick Row Townhomes by CB JENI Lifestyle HomesCB JENI Lifestyle Homes offersfour different floor planswhich range from two to three bedrooms each with a spacious master suite.All homes were built with energy efficiency in mind.

A Review of the Callaway Model Located in CB JENI Community, Chase Oaks Village

Enter a Callaway model townhome by CB JENI Lifestyle Homes and you will be greeted to soaring 12-foot ceilings and a welcoming, spacious floor plan.The family room flows naturally into a gorgeous kitchen with striking cherry stained wood cabinets, granite countertops and modern, stainless steel appliances.Upstairs where the master suite is located, you will find a spacious loft and versatile open room that may be used for endless entertainment, a third bedroom, or simply a quiet place to read with plenty of natural light.The second bedroom and bath are located upstairs as well.

CB JENI Lifestyle Homes Expands to Arlington

Coming soon to north Arlington: another CB JENI community!Bruno Pasquinelli, owner of CB JENI Lifestyle Homes, is proud to be building new townhomes in theViridian– a ?mixed-use, environmentally sensitive, master-planned community.?Viridian is a scenic community that features resort-like amenities: a nature preserve, five different lakes, 600 acres of open space and 600 acres of lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands – kayaking, sailing, canoeing and fishing welcome! Everything is easily accessible by way of paved trails which also lead to many other recreational options: the neighborhood golf course, tennis and sand volleyball courts, a basketball pavilion and multiple swimming pools.

Bruno Pasquinelli of CB JENI Lifestyle Homes Announces New Townhomes in Coppell, Texas

Dallas-area townhome builder, CB JENI Lifestyle Homes, has homes available (insert word here) in? their newest community,Villas at Lake Vista, located in Coppell, Texas, just south of Interstate 121. OwnerBruno Pasquinelli, known for award-winning homebuilding excellence in townhome design, invites you to tour the new townhomes now at special reduced prices.There arefour separate, distinctive floor plansranging from 1,923 to 2,444 square feet and priced from the $250s.

Cool Down With These (Super Easy) Heat-Free Recipes

Summer is in full swing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area! Is this weather leaving you on the lookout for the creative ways to keep cool?It?s no coincidence that ice cream, popsicles, potato, and pasta salad are enjoyed the most during the summer months. We encourage you to try out these refreshing, ?no-heat? recipes:IngredientsServes: 12(12 -14) cherry tomatoes(3/4) cup mayonnaise(1/2) cup finely shredded cheddar cheese(1/3) cup sliced green onions(1/4) cup bacon bitsCut off a thin slice off of each tomato top and scoop out the seeds.Combine all remaining ingredients into a small bowl.Spoon into tomatoes. Refrigerate for at least two to three hours.Summer LasagnaServes: 4Ingredients(3) tablespoons grated parmesan cheese(3) tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil(8) lasagna noodles, broken in half crosswise(1) small garlic clove, minced(2) pints grape tomatoes, halved(2) zucchini (about 1 pound total), halved if large and thinly sliced(1) tablespoon torn fresh basil leaves, plus more for servingSalt and ground pepperCombine ricotta, Parmesan, and two teaspoons of oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Eight Handy, Time-Saving Tips for the Kitchen

Kitchen located in Chase Oaks Village,Plano townhousesWho doesn?t love an instant fix for a recurring, pesky problem? Check out these brilliant solutions to common issues found in the kitchen:Edibles1. To keep a bag of brown sugar from transforming into a cement block, toss in a few marshmallows. They hold in moisture and keep the sugar soft and moist.2. Save time and cut multiple cherry tomatoes all at once!It?s easy. Place the washed tomatoes between two plastic lips and saw through them with a serrated knife.3. Boil-free hard boiled eggs: Did you know you could bake hard ?boiled? eggs in the oven? And it?s much easier than the traditional method! Here?s how:Preheat oven to 325? FahrenheitPut eggs in a muffin tin (so they don?t roll around)Bake for 30 minutesRun under cold water4.

Summer Inspired DIY Projects

For those hot summer days when you can?t imagine leaving the cool relief of your Dallas-area townhome, keep yourself busy with these fun and fairly simple DIY projects.(Click on the words in bold for links to the full instructions.)Warm Weather WreathDon?t be intimidated. Using a store bought foam wreath as the base, this festive door decoration is much easier to make than it looks.Once you finish wrapping the foam in a decorative fabric, attach whatever your creative mind desires!-From Craft-o-maniac.comCoffee Filter PeoniesTake one look at this faux floral and your mood will instantly brighten.(Note that this project is a labor of love.

Exciting Dallas-Area Events in July

Highland Park Film Festival (FREE):July 15, August 5, August 19Where:Highland Park Village Theatre (32 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205)When:All screenings begin at 7 p.m.At 7 p.m. on the first and third Monday in July and August, the Highland Park Film Festival will feature a different film that is completely free and open to the public!Scheduled films:July 15: Sunset Boulevard (1950)August 15: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)August 19: The Sound of Music (1965)Full event infoConcerts(Because there?s nothing like a summer concert!)July 3: Willie NelsonJuly 10: Lynard SkynardJuly 12: Fitz and The TantrumsJuly 13: John MayerJuly 27: Brad PaisleyJuly 27: American Idol LiveWhere:Bishop Arts District (Oak Cliff region; Dallas)When:Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 6 ? 10 p.m.

How to Get Your Home Ready for Company in Three Steps

Do you like to celebrate summer by hosting parties and social gatherings with friends and family? Maximize to your time and minimize stress with these three tips:1.Focus your efforts.Unless your guests are touring yournew townhome, focus your cleaning only on the rooms that will be used. Most likely you won?t be entertaining in the master bedroom or master bath. As the host or hostess, you get to decide how much of your home is viewed.2.Collect all out-of-place objects.Using an empty laundry basket, go through all of the rooms and put all clutter, or things that are out of place into the basket. When you?re done you can either:Hide it out of sight in your closet until after guests leave.