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William Ryan Homes Continues Its Commitment to Veterans and Building Homes for Heroes

Categories: Giving Back, New Homes Tampa | Posted: November 11, 2016

William Ryan Homes Tampa and Building Homes for Heroes will partner again in 2017 to build a mortgage-free adaptive home for a wounded veteran.

William Ryan Homes Tampa and Building Homes for Heroes will partner again in 2017 to build a mortgage-free adaptive home for a wounded veteran.


William Ryan Homes Tampa
is pleased to share that in early 2017 we will once again partner with Building Homes for Heroes® in breaking ground on our fourth custom, mortgage-free home for an injured American veteran.

The ground up build of our Jensen floor plan is being constructed for Army Sergeant George Vera and his family, in Tampa, Florida. William Ryan Homes Tampa builds beautiful adapted homes that meet the physical needs of severely injured veterans that have suffered amputations and are often wheelchair bound.

A huge supporter of the Building Homes for Heroes mission, William Ryan Homes Tampa has previously built mortgage-free homes for Army Sergeant Joel Tavera in Central Florida, USMC Corporal Anthony Trzeciak in Riverview Florida and Army Corporal Jesse Murphree in Central Florida.

Army Master Sergeant George Vera

Army Master Sergeant George Vera

Army Master Sergeant George Vera

In his 20th year of service, in August of 2015, Master Sergeant Vera’s base came under attack from a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (IED) driven by suicide bombers. Master Sergeant Vera exposed himself to the blast as he pulled wounded soldiers away from enemy fire. He was shot during his efforts.

Sergeant Vera suffered a spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis. He is now confined to a wheelchair. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and a loss of his vital organs, including a kidney, and part of his liver and intestines.

For his service to his country, Master Sergeant Vera has been awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal (4x), Meritorious Service Medal (2x), Army Commendation Medal (3x), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (7x), Army Good Conduct Medal (6x), the Ranger tab, Special Forces tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

Master Sergeant Vera, his wife, Angela, and their daughter, Isabella, will be gifted a mortgage-free William Ryan home in Tampa, Florida.

About Building Homes for Heroes

Building Homes for Heroes has been at the forefront of building mortgage-free homes for injured veterans for 10 years and is one of the fastest growing charities in the nation and this year is on track to gift 1 home every 10 days. This month Building Homes for Heroes is scheduled to gift their 100th home to an injured hero.

Founder and President, Andy Pujol has made the veterans they assist their #1 priority and in doing so have achieved a 94% program percentage rating for two consecutive years. This accomplishment is due in part to the fact that Pujol does not take a salary for the work he does for the organization.

Building Homes for Heroes continues to assist severely injured veterans through the implementation of additional programs such as an annual Team Building event, financial awareness program, and emergency funding programs. To find out more, visit (http://www.buildinghomesforheroes.org).

10 Real Estate Trends in 2016

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Milwaukee | Posted: September 3, 2016

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Home prices are up year-over-year and new home sales are on track for the best year since 2007.

What will 2016 still hold for homebuyers, sellers and renters? Here are the top real estate trends to watch for this year.

1. Home prices will continue to rise…moderately.
Economists and housing experts surveyed by Zillow expect home values to grow an average of 3.5 percent with most markets experiencing modest gains. That’s closer to historical averages and more sustainable than double-digit increases. However, some economists are worried that price appreciation may be approaching bubble territory in some hot markets like San Francisco, Denver, and Dallas.

2. Interest rates will inch up.
Economists widely agree that the Fed will increase its fed funds rate gradually throughout the year. Rates on adjustable-rate mortgages, which are tied to the prime rate that tracks the fed rate, will react immediately to a Fed hike. The rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage will increase slower, because it follows the yield on the 10-year Treasury, rather than the fed rate.

Rates on a 30-year mortgage currently stand at about 4 percent, up from record lows but still extremely attractive by historical measures. The Mortgage Bankers Association expects rates to reach 4.5 percent in 2016.

While some worry that higher interest rates would dampen the housing market, job security and wage growth are larger factors on home activity than interest rates.

3. First-time buyers will continue to struggle.
Part of the reason for the muted housing recovery is the lack of first-time buyers. These buyers—who traditionally fuel the market—have had difficulty saving for a down-payment due to stagnant wages and high rents. “The investors came in and helped accelerate the housing recovery by being willing to buy when the market was bleeding, but they have pushed up home prices rapidly in some markets, and all of the sudden those markets are unaffordable for the traditional, first-time buyers,” says Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.

The median age of first-time homebuyers—currently at a record-high 33—will head even higher next year, according to Zillow. Another headwind facing first-time homebuyers: Prices for entry-level homes are increasing faster than prices at any other price level, according to CoreLogic. That’s because developers have been building larger, more expensive houses rather than starter homes.

4. Credit will get—a little—looser.
While the days of no-doc loans and drive-by appraisals will likely never return, the pendulum is inching closer to center after several years of tight credit restrictions. The average FICO score on all closed loans in the third quarter was 723, the lowest level in at least four years, according to Ellie Mae. Two years ago, the average score for denied applications was 729.

Banks may be even more willing to work with homebuyers over the next year as the volume of refinances falls as interest rates rise. “There will be more competition for borrowers,” says Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic. “We may start to see more flexibility in credit standards and underwriting.”

5. It will still be cheaper to buy than rent.
Rental rates have risen even faster than home prices in some markets. Buying a home is 36 percent cheaper than renting nationwide for millennials and now is the best time to buy since 2012, according to Trulia. Buying is cheaper than renting in every one of the country’s 100 largest metro areas. The disparity could likely grow as rents are expected to increase by 8 percent next year, according to a Rent.com survey of property managers.

6. The suburbs will make a comeback.
The suburbs are once again becoming a potential destination for buyers as downtown living increases and Millennials start families, according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute. The most attractive suburbs are close to a city and have walkable Main Streets, job opportunities and public transportation. In the largest metro areas, more than four out of five jobs are located outside of the center-city core.

7. Buyers will want green and smart homes.
Despite the higher costs, home builders and remodelers are increasingly incorporating eco-friendly features into projects to meet growing demand largely from affluent Baby Boomers who prioritize energy efficiency, a healthier indoor environment and durability. More than half of builders and 39 percent of remodelers say they are working on green projects, according to a study from Dodge Data & Analytics for the National Association of Home Builders. Those percentages are expected to rise over the next five years.

Sellers that don’t want to invest in full-scale renovations are turning to smart thermostats and lights that can be controlled by smartphones to pump up their eco appeal. “It’s a great way for sellers to differentiate their properties from others on the market,” says Budge Husky, chief executive officer at Coldwell Banker Real Estate. “You’re not only getting the energy savings, but it becomes a lifestyle feature.”

8. Videos will be the new photos.
High-quality, professional photographs have become the norm for online listings. To stand out in today’s market, more sellers are working with their real estate agents to create virtual tours and videos to highlight their properties.

Videos can help create positive reactions and emotional connections to younger buyers accustomed to sharing photos and videos on social media. Los Angeles real estate agent Scott Tamkin has been using video game-like 3D tours to allow potential buyers who may be abroad to virtually “walk through” a property to get a real feel for it.

9. All-cash sales will continue to decrease.
About a third of home sales in August went to all-cash buyers, down form a high of more than 46 percent in January 2011, according to CoreLogic. That share will likely continue to decline in 2016, which is good news for mortgage-dependent buyers who have had trouble competing with all-cash offers in some markets.

10. New homes will come back big time.
New home construction was one of the hardest-hit industries after the housing bust. At their lowest point in 2009, developers had scaled back production by nearly 79 percent. They’re finally starting to ramp up again. Single-family starts increased 10 percent this year and are expected to rise another 23 percent in 2016, according to the National Association of Home Builders. That coincides with healthy sales. New home sales grew 15 percent this year and are forecast to jump 26 percent in 2016.

Source: By Beth Braverman- The Fiscal Times

Housing Forecast: What To Expect In The Second Half Of 2016

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee, New Homes Phoenix | Posted: July 8, 2016

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Where have all the houses gone? That’s the question economists and, more importantly, would-be homebuyers are asking themselves. Demand is healthy and home values are rising. Owning a home remains a better deal than renting one and mortgage rates are near record lows, meaning borrowing money to buy is cheap. Nevertheless, inventory is scarce and falling.

“At a time when rising prices should be inducing inventory, exactly the opposite is happening,” explains Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at real estate data firm Trulia. “That has been the biggest story in the last six months and it will continue to be a story for the rest of the year.” According to Zillow, also a data firm, in May inventory of low- and middle-tier homes fell 8.9% and 9.7% respectively, compared to a year earlier. Top-tier inventory fell 0.5%.

Now that we’re halfway through 2016, here’s a glimpse how the rest of the year is likely to play out.
The Dynamics: Mortgage rates could reach all-time lows. Fitch Ratings expects U.S. mortgage rates to reach all-time lows following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. This is because Brexit pushed the Treasury rates that serve as a benchmark for mortgage rates to new lows. The 30-year fixed-rate hit a record low of 3.31% in 2012 and is currently about 3.6%. Low rates could spur demand for homes, as well as a spat of current loan refinancing.

Brexit has drawn new attention to rates, but mortgage have been relatively cheap for so long that economists have finally stopped forecasting a rise. According to a Trulia survey this is in line with average consumers, who rank interest rates a distant third among their housing market concerns–behind finding a home they like and qualifying for a mortgage.

In May, groundbreakings stood at an annual rate of 1.138 million, below the 1.5 million needed to get supply back in line with demand. Adding to the pain–most of the homes that have been built in recent years have been for the luxury consumer, rather than lower price starter homes.

The median home price has risen 5.4%. Economic theory suggests rising starter home prices should entice new construction in the segment, says McLaughlin.

Meanwhile, people aren’t moving as often, meaning fewer existing homes are coming onto the market. Prices have risen so much that potential sellers can’t afford to buy that next level home in their current neighborhood. McLaughlin calls the phenomenon “gridlock.” While Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Zillow, describes it as a game of musical chairs where someone is left without a seat. Says Nela Richardson, chief economist at web-based broker Redfin: “Yes people can sell their home in a New York or San Francisco minute, but they won’t have anything to buy.”

Home values are currently appreciating an annual rate of 5%, well above the historical average of around 3% to 3.5% and a pick up from a year ago. Gudell attributes the strength to low inventory, low mortgage rates and a strong labor market. (Yes, the May jobs report was disappointing, but trend is still solid and wages seem to be picking up.)

Plus across the country buying remains more attractive than renting. Zillow finds that the current breakeven point for home ownership–the time you would have to live in a house before buying would be financially advantageous over renting–is 1.8 years. Trulia judges that interest rates would need to cross 7% for that national dynamic to change.

What it means for you: Have your checkbook ready.
Right now the typical home is selling in just 42 days; in markets like Denver, Portland and Seattle sales are happening in a week or less. That is the shortest time on market Redfin has seen since it began tracking in 2009 and it is a full week faster than a year ago, meaning this ultra-fast market is speeding up. With no clear supply bump on the horizon this trend is likely to continue.

What moms look for when buying a house

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee, New Homes Phoenix | Posted: June 27, 2016

Open floor plans, a mud room, and an office so parents can keep tabs on their kids

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Open floor plans are high on moms’ wish lists.

Traditionally, when people with children have looked to buy a new home, they were more concerned with neighborhood schools, walkability and convenient shopping than with the actual layout of the home they’d be occupying.

But that is changing, says Jeff Martel, a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (BHGRE) agent in Boise, Idaho. “Ten years ago, the only thing families were looking for was square footage and a large yard,” he said. “Configuration of the home is more important now,” as people prefer open floor plans rather than separate dining and living rooms.

“We see less and less formal spaces,” Martel said, as floor plans with separate dining rooms aren’t as preferable as a larger kitchen, often not just with one large central island, but two islands. “Everything happens in the kitchen,” he said. “Kids use the islands now for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” he said.

Separate home offices are out too, replaced by an office nook off the main living space so that parents can keep tabs on what kids are looking at online. “You want a family office that’s very visible with a direct sightline to the kitchen,” he said.

Lindsay Alteri, who works for BHGRE in Raleigh, N.C., and is a mother of two young kids, said she’s seeing moms wanting the same thing — a large kitchen space, open floor plan and even laundry space on the same floor with room to fold laundry so they can keep an eye on everything. “What I hear is, ‘I can’t leave my kids unattended,’” she said.

Location of the garage also counts with many moms and parents, Alteri says. “If there are stairs to and from the garage, are you going to be willing to go up and down them carrying a child” in from the car, she asks.

Stacy Barry, a realtor at Century 21 Scheetz in Indianapolis, agrees. “You want an open area floor plan with wide stairs for carrying little ones and laundry baskets,” she said.

Barry, along with BHGRE’s Martel, says the garage should be attached with a walk-in area to the laundry for muddy kids.

“You want a ‘mud room’ that has a bench and some storage for boots that’s done in a hardwood or laminate where you can drop everything like backpacks and jackets,” Martel said. The mud room should be a separate entrance to the house from the main entrance so that guests don’t see it, he said.

Above all, as parents know all too well, “kids come with clutter,” Martel says.

As a result, Martel and Barry both say that, not surprisingly, parents want lots of built-in storage in bedrooms, attics, spaces under stairs and even hidden storage behind bookshelves where you can pile toys and clothes when company comes.

As kids get older, agents say that some clients want separate living areas for kids and adults.

“Young families desire to be on the same floor,” said Martelm but “as the kids get older, have the master bedroom retreat on the main floor, and have the kids have their own space,” with bedrooms on the separate floor and separated so they don’t share a common wall to allow for privacy.

Source: DANIEL GOLDSTEIN : PERSONAL FINANCE REPORTER, Marketwatch.com June 19th 2016

The Parade of Homes Tour at Fox Point in Sun Prairie

Categories: New Homes Madison | Posted: June 22, 2016

Combining traditional touches with modern details, this home masterfully blends the two styles together by builder William Ryan Homes. The “Fordham” floorplan showcases 4 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths at its finest in this year’s 2016 Parade of Homes in Fox Point. Our architectural design and open-concept floor plans. Offer inviting spaces effectively displaying livability and quality in today’s home buyers demanding market.
Stepping into the home, you are immediately greeted with a striking two story entry that showcases the Classic Oak Treads and Painted Risers with Wood Railings to the second floor. This bright and spacious foyer leads seamlessly past our dining room, which holds a gathering of six people, into our state of the art showstopper Chef’s Kitchen. The abundance of storage in the 42 inch high Maple cabinets, unique backsplash details, & Stainless Steel appliances were used to design the entire space. With the addition of our Super Island, this beautiful open space can comfortably host a house full. Continuing into the Family Room where the open concept design continues with the dramatic stone fireplace, which is the perfect place for family gatherings and entertaining. Upstairs you will find three guest bedrooms along with a large and cozy Master Bedroom. The unique Designer Master Bathroom is a spa like retreat with Herringbone floor tile and vertical tiled shower that seamlessly transitions into a deep soaking tub.
Want to see more? Come visit our models for your personal tour in Sun Prairie in the West Prairie Village subdivision or Scenic Ridge in Verona and learn about our wide and various floor plans. Meet our knowledgeable sale representatives to discover more about our turnkey advantages. At William Ryan Homes, everything we do is Driven by Design to Make it Easy, so you can enjoy your new home.

Source: Parade of Homes Brochure Snippit- June 2016

Special savings offered at White Ash Farm

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: June 5, 2016

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Offering over 2,700 square feet of living space and brimming with today’s most popular options and upgrades, the Sheridan, at 25110 Prairie Grove Drive in the Plainfield community of White Ash Farm, is available now with spectacular savings for buyers who can close by June 30.

“White Ash Farm has been one of our fastest selling communities with only five of the original 50 homesites remaining for sale,” says Chris Coleman, Chicago Division president for William Ryan Homes. “Knowing that buyers have varying timetables and often want to move when school is out, we went ahead and built one of our most popular plans, the Sheridan. “

Highlights of the two-story Sheridan with Colonial exterior, include four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, hardwood flooring throughout the first floor, formal living and dining rooms, gourmet island kitchen with upgraded cabinets, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances and breakfast room, signature morning room, spacious family room with fireplace, master suite with private luxury bath, first-floor mudroom, convenient second-floor laundry room, full basement, attached three-car tandem garage and concrete driveway.

Located east of Route 30 near the intersection of 252nd Avenue and 119th Street, White Ash Farm is served by highly touted District No. 202 schools, including Freedom Elementary School, Heritage Grove Middle School and Plainfield North High School.

Both ranch and two-story designs are offered at White Ash Farm and range from 2,200 to 3,785 square feet with three to five bedrooms, two to 3.5 baths, basements and three-car garages included as standard. The remaining homesites feature cul-de-sac, open space and nature trail locations. The professionally-decorated Jensen model is open for touring with homes currently priced from $317,990 to $380,990.

White Ash Farm is home to the Normantown Trails Equestrian Center with walking and equestrian trails winding throughout the community. The scenic neighborhood also features acres of open space, a pond and numerous cul-de-sacs. Commuters are within minutes of I-55, I-355 and Routes 30 and 59 as well as Metra train service in nearby Lockport or Joliet.

The model and sales center at White Ash Farm are located at 25120 White Ash Drive in Plainfield.

For more information, visit williamryanhomes.com or call 815-600-7628.

Source: Chicago Tribune

New-home sales exploded in April: What it means for you

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee, New Homes Phoenix | Posted: May 26, 2016

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The spring home-buying season has definitely sprung. Sales of new homes soared 16.6% in April, blowing away economists’ expectations for a rise of 1.8%, the Commerce Department announced Tuesday.

Steve Udelson, president of real estate brokerage Owners.com, breaks down what it all means.

Q: What do you think of today’s new-home sales data?

A: Sales of new homes increased in April to the highest level in eight years and jumped 16.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 619,000. This signals a healthy real estate market, especially coming on the heels of an increase in existing home sales announced last week.

With continued job growth and low mortgage rates, the demand for housing is solid. From a regional perspective, sales in the South and Northeast climbed, and sales improved in the West as well. In addition, the Midwest set a fast pace for existing home sales as reported last week.

Taken together, this is all good news for the housing market.

Q: What are your observations about sales so far this year?

A: While the early start of the year was a bit slower than usual, the spring real estate market has heated up and is on a steady incline.

It’s a strong market from an inventory perspective as well. Buyer demand is exceptionally high in the midpriced market but a bit softer than usual in the very low and very high ends of the market. I project that a solid spring real estate season will continue well into the summer.

Q: What are your thoughts on the effects of a possible interest rate increase by the Fed in June?

A: There is no doubt interest rates can impact the real estate market and mortgage rates. However, we saw very modest changes during the first interest rate increase last year and anticipate the same this time around.

That said, if interest rates go back up to more normal levels, we can expect this will have a bigger impact on mortgage rates and create more pressure from an affordability standpoint.

Q: Any advice for buyers right about now?

A: Buyers should do their homework and get smart and informed about the home-buying process as the first step. It’s no surprise that potential home buyers are using online tools to narrow down their home search and identify their “dream” homes, learn about the market in certain neighborhoods and understand key facts like a home’s price history.

Source: USA Today Lisa Kiplinger, May 24 2016

How To Create a Well-Designed Floor Plan in Your New Home

Categories: New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee, New Homes Phoenix | Posted: May 11, 2016

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Congratulations, a new home! It is an exciting time full of countless to-dos. One to-do is frequently overlooked. It’s the step that saves you money on moving day and quickly transforms a new house into your new home. Lay out your future before moving day!

It is essential to create a floor plan for your new home BEFORE you move. If you have a plan for where each piece of furniture will be placed in your new home, you will save time and money on moving day. The movers will not be rearranging your furniture for hours while on the clock. Sadly, the easy act of creating a floor plan before a move is a rarity. If you are not an interior designer it can be extremely challenging to know how to create a floor plan and envision a layout for your new home. So naturally, I called upon an experienced pro, Interior Designer Kathy Geissler Best of Kathy Best Design, to unwrap the secrets behind creating a beautiful and functional floor plan.

Here are Kathy’s seven steps to create a well-designed floor plan:

1. Edit: Edit your furniture. Move only pieces you love and use. Now is the time to get rid of furniture. You want your new home to look open and feel fresh. Give items that you no longer love to the Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, a family member, or sell at a consignment store.

2. Measure: Once edited, measure your key pieces. You don’t need to measure every piece of furniture, just the large items like sofas, beds and main tables.

3. Take a Field Trip: With furniture measurements in hand, take a trip to your new home. Stand in each room and think about how you are going to use each space. Rooms will be used more often if they have multiple purposes. For instance, a living room can be both for entertaining and a family game room, and a guest room can double as a home office.

4. Don’t Rush: Walk around the new home. Experience the light in each room at different times of the day and if possible on different days. Think about how you want to use each room and what will be the focal point of each room.

5. Take Note: Once you have a purpose and a feel for each room, it’s time to make a sketch. Draw a rough sketch of the room and jot down measurements. Note locations of electrical outlets, windows, light switches, chandeliers. This information will help you place furniture and décor later. Be sure to measure the path of entry to be sure big furniture items will fit through doorways, halls, and stairs.

6. Play & Design: Another way to get ready for the move, is to make templates of the large furniture pieces on butcher block paper. Move the templates around and play with them, rearranging them in different places of the room, until you find a layout that feels right. Then adjust to these pro rules:

a. Think about where you want to look in each room. At the fireplace, the view, TV? Face the furniture to work with this focal point.

b. Figure out where you want the bigger pieces and then build around them.

c. If you can, place dressers in the bedroom closets to open up space in the bedroom.

d. Leave an open welcoming path into each room. For example, do not have the back of a sofa facing the entrance to a living room.

e. Think about seat heights. A dining chair is taller than a lounge chair. You want chairs and a sofa to be at the same level in a sitting area.

f. Leave at least 18 inches to walk around beds. If guest rooms are not large, a queen bed will make the room appear bigger.

g. Use rugs to define areas. For instance, define a reading space in the living room with a separate rug. Be sure to make note of where rugs go so the movers can lay them down first in the correct locations.

7. Sketch & Post: Now that you have figured out where you want each large piece of furniture, complete your sketches. Tape the drawings of each room layout in the rooms. The movers will know where to place the furniture.

Congrats again, you have a plan and the fun part is just beginning! At the end of move day, you will be walking into a home that fits you. The furniture staples will be placed just where you want and need them and now you get to add the décor accents! Furniture is like a wardrobe, dress it up with seasonal throw pillows, side tables and other accessories. You want to feel happy when you walk into each room. With the layout done now you can make your new home your happy place.

Source: Huffington Post, 05/03/16

Grand opening under way at Renwick Place in Romeoville

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: May 11, 2016

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William Ryan Homes is celebrating the Grand Opening of Renwick Place, a scenic community of 167 ranch and two-story homes introductory priced from the $240,000s and served by highly-rated Plainfield School District 202, including Plainfield North High School.

Located just east of I-55 and south of Lockport Road, Renwick Place is close to shopping, restaurants, easy interstate access and adjacent to Lake Renwick, an 830-acre preserve. An impressive collection of homes plans is offered with homes ranging from 2,052 to 3,011 square feet in size with three of four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, open chef-pleasing kitchens, basements and attached two or three-car garages. Homes are priced from $248,990 to $294,990.

“Renwick Place has been popular with buyers along the I-55 corridor who want the most value for their home buying dollar as well as a convenient commute to work,” says Chris Coleman, Chicago Division president for William Ryan Homes. “With both ranch and two-story plans to choose from, Renwick Place has been popular with both families and empty-nesters. We’ve had a tremendous response to the location, community and home designs with sales already over 50 percent in the first phase.”

Buyers may choose to customize their homes by adding morning rooms, gourmet island kitchens, bay windows, extended family rooms with fireplaces, finished basements and luxury master baths.

In addition to District No. 202 Plainfield North High School, children also attend Lakewood Falls Elementary School and Richard Ira Jones Middle School. The Romeoville Park District features a recreation center, Jungle Safari Indoor playground and fitness center and offers programs for children of all ages.

I-55 is minutes from the community, as is Metra train service in nearby Joliet and Lockport. Everyday shopping is within minutes with malls located in Bolingbrook and Joliet.

Lake Renwick Preserve creates an inviting country atmosphere for those to purchase homes at Renwick Place. Lake Renwick Preserve includes 839 acres of protected land highlighted by 200-acre Budde Lake and associated wetland habitat. The preserve is home to several varieties of birds, including the great blue heron and great egret.

In addition, the Lake Renwick Bikeway is a 3.5 mile, paved trail that travels through the wetlands and around the lake. Area residents can enjoy biking, hiking, running, in-line skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

The sales center and professionally decorated model home at 2093 W. Helen Drive in Romeoville are open 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. Call 815-272-9599 for more information or visit www.williamryanhomes.com/chicago-new-home-communities.

Up Your Pantry Prowess: 7 Great Ideas

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee, New Homes Phoenix | Posted: April 30, 2016

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If you are on a budget but want to change the feel of your pantry, a bright pop of color may be all you need. The pantry is often behind closed doors, so don’t be afraid to use a shade you may be hesitant to paint throughout your entire kitchen.

Unless your door is being used to hang extra storage, consider swapping a hinged door for a pocket door or barn door. These sleek alternatives eliminate the door swing and help with kitchen congestion. On the same note, make sure that the design of your door matches the kitchen’s look. Try drawing inspiration from your cabinets; it is more than ok if the pantry door is different from but complementary to the rest of the home’s doors.

When it comes to shelving, adjustable shelves are worth the investment; you’ll be thankful when it comes time to stack awkward holiday pans and odd-sized items that wouldn’t ordinarily fit standard shelves. Depending on your storage and usage, you may also consider vertical shelves for larger, flatter items like baking sheets and cutting boards. The benefit to vertical shelves is that you eliminate the need to remove a heavy stack of items on top of the desired bottom item.

Painting done, hardware installed – it’s time to stock up! Keep these tips in mind to reduce clutter and maximize storage space:

– Use clear or wire bins for storage so you can easily discern what’s inside.

– Under-shelf baskets (often short baskets attached to the underside of the shelf below) help to maximize storage if shelf height isn’t adjustable.

– Corner storage is often awkward at best and unreachable at worst. A Lazy Susan can help make corners more accessible and usable.

– For collectors of reusable plastic containers, a plate rack can help keep lids organized by size and shape.

Source: Living; Best In America Blog, April 24th 2016

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