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8 Storage Tips to Help You Clean Better, Clean Faster

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee, New Homes Phoenix, New Homes Tampa | Posted: March 25, 2017

Organizing ideas to keep all your cleaning supplies handy.Though there may be a dozen other items on your to-do list, you can’t hide from the one you wrote in red at the top of the page in all caps and circled twice: “Clean the house.” It’s a drag, and the task always takes twice as long as you expect it to.

But it doesn’t have to be a drag. Not if you’re organized, that is.

When everything is accessible and ready to go, you’ll be motivated to get started — and you’ll finish faster, says Jan Dougherty, author of “The Lost Art of House Cleaning.”

Try these ideas for a bit of motivation to grab your cleaning gloves:

#1 A $3 Tension Bar for Spray Bottles
The rooms that require the most cleaning accoutrements are the bathroom and kitchen. Fortunately, they both typically contain the gold standard for supply storage: the cupboard under the sink.

But this blank box can be a lot more efficient. Add a cheap and easy-to-install tension bar to hold your spray bottles where you can easily see and grab them.

Alternatively to a tension rod, Dougherty suggests installing a sliding rack at the bottom of the sink cabinet so you can easily pull out what’s under there without breaking your back to get it.

#2 Use S-Hooks to Convert Any Closet to a Broom Closet
Have just one broom closet, but three stories and nine rooms to clean? Or no broom closet at all? Turn any closet into an efficient space for cleaning supplies by using inexpensive S-hooks to hang mops and brooms right where you need them. And, wow, look at all that floor space for storing your buckets and other supplies!

#3 Use a Cart to Move With You
No closets? No problem. Do what hotel maids do — use a cart to haul your cleaning supplies around. The one pictured comes from IKEA (about $30), and does the job without taking up a ton of space.

#4 Build (or Buy) Shelves to Fit That Odd Corner
Your home is a special snowflake. Whether it’s small and open or huge and labyrinthine, locating your home’s unique opportunities for shelf space can be a great way to make cleaning supply storage more convenient. It could be that open area in the corner by the stairway, or that dead space at the end of the hall.

After all, you don’t want to run around looking for things.

Inexpensive shelving can be tucked anywhere, and you can configure units to fit your supplies. If you’d rather not look at your storage, you can always use a decorative curtain or screen to keep it out of view.

Can’t find room in the main house? Garage space — especially close to the door of an attached garage — can be an efficient spot for a set of shelves to live.

#5 Hang a Hook for Gloves
Below the sink is the natural spot for gloves, but finding them crumpled up and stuck to the side of a grimy spray bottle makes for a gross cleaning delay. Hanging them up makes rubber gloves easy to find, and keeps them clean and dry. Add some grommets to your gloves, or use a chip clip with a looped top for the same effect.

#6 Pull Out a Closet
This is the Cadillac of cleaning storage solutions — making a closet-sized pull-out rack. If you’ve got a foot or two of blank space between the right walls, you can have a pull-out closet custom fit for all your supplies. From the outside it looks like one of your cabinets. Inside, everything is visible and easily accessible.

#7 Hold It All in a Shoe Caddy
It’s cheap. It’s easy — and all those pockets! The beauty of using a behind-the-door shoe caddy is you can hang it in or on any closet or door depending on where you want your supplies. Clear plastic sections make products easy to see for grab-and-go cleaning. Drips and spills wipe right off. And to keep the cleaning product clutter out of sight, simply close the door.

#8 Pegboard the Lot
Pegboards are the Swiss Army knife of the organization world; they can do everything. You can hang small shelves, baskets and, of course, hooks of every shape and size on this baby — just need wall space. Pegboards keep cleaning products up off the floor and make them easy to locate.

The secret, says Dougherty, is the discipline to put everything back the same way every time.

Source: Houselogic.com

Why Single Women Are Buying Homes at Twice the Rate of Single Men

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee, New Homes Phoenix, New Homes Tampa | Posted: February 5, 2017

Skip the spouse, buy the house: Single women account for 17 percent of homebuyers in the U.S., vs. 7 percent of single men.
By 2007, Michelle Jackson, a 30-something writer in Denver, held a master’s degree, had traveled the world, and was enjoying her social life as a single woman. She also felt the pull to purchase her own home, a rite of passage she thought was reserved for the coupled.

“I wanted to have my own place,” Jackson said.“A lot of people in my circle of friends were women purchasing their homes when they got married, but I still felt like I wanted to build my own wealth and buy. If and when I met someone, it’s something that just added to what I bring to the relationship. It didn’t make sense to wait.”

A few open houses later, Jackson was preapproved for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage and had put an offer in on a small, one-bedroom home in a triplex in Denver for $72,500. She still lives in the home, which was appraised last year at more than double the price she paid, and said she plans to renovate it and perhaps buy an additional property nearby.

“I’m so happy,” Jackson said. “It’s completely changed how I feel connected to the place where I’m living. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.”

The news and research about women and money can be dreary. Women earn less than their male counterparts, pay harsher workplace penalties for pursuing parenthood, struggle more with debt, and save less for retirement.

But there’s one area of personal finance where single women are outpacing men in the U.S., and it’s a significant one: home ownership.

Nearly a century since the publication of A Room of One’s Own—Virginia Woolf’s essay on women’s urgent need for a private physical space in which to flourish—and a legacy of laws that restricted women in owning property or considered them to be property, single women account for 17 percent of homebuyers in the U.S., compared with 7 percent of single men. The data, from last year, are from the National Association of Realtors.

“I’m not married, I don’t have kids. I can live alone, and fabulously. I feel empowered”
Although women have been ahead of men in NAR’s data since 1981, the gap has widened even further in recent years, said Jessica Lautz, NAR’s managing director of survey research and communications. Property values and mortgage lending imploded after the 2008 financial crisis, and low interest rates have made lending more appealing to new, more frugal buyers.

Single women are also likelier than single men to be parenting on their own, Lautz noted, and therefore likelier to seek stable housing for raising children. There were 8.6 million single-mother households in 2011, more than three times the 2.6 million single-father households, according to the Pew Research Center.

“If you have children, it’s definitely going to play a role in where you’re thinking of living and how,” Lautz said. “And a mortgage can provide financial security. I think women, even with lower incomes, want a place where they can have roots and really own a place. The psychological desire to do that is great.”

With that comes an increase in financial sacrifices women are willing to make to own a home, Lautz said, such as taking a second job or working their budgets to save for a down payment. “They really value home ownership, and they’re willing to give up a lot to have a home of their own.” Source: National Association of Realtors
Then there are single women’s sheer numbers. As millennials postpone or shrug off marriage, more women are unmarried than ever before. Today, one in every five Americans 25 years and older has never been married, a sharp contrast to just 9 percent in 1960, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. More of them are men (23 percent) than women (17 percent), according to the Pew Research Center, but it’s the women who dominate as homebuyers, for the reasons above, and more.

For one, unmarried women may be likelier than men to seize singledom as a lifestyle, said Bella DePaulo, a professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the author of Singled Out.

“Despite the stereotypes that insist that women care more about marriage than men do, it may actually be single life that women embrace more than men,” DePaulo said. “Some research suggests that single women are especially unlikely to be lonely—again, contrary to our stereotypes. … I think that buying a home is a way of living your single life fully, rather than seeing your single years as just marking time until you find The One.”
When single women do buy their first homes, they do so at an older age than men, 34 compared with 31, according to NAR research from last year. And women are buying at a lower average price: $173,000 compared with $190,600.

Single women also have long had a slightly higher foreclosure rate than men: 73 per 10,000 vs. 70 per 10,000, Daren Blomquist, a senior vice president with ATTOM Data Solutions, said. 1 One reason may be that men’s properties involved larger initial sales and appreciated faster than women’s.

“There’s a domino effect,” Blomquist said. “Because of the wage gap, you see women having to purchase lower-value homes, and they’re more open to risk when they do. Typically what causes a foreclosure is some kind of shock, like a job loss. If you have a lower-value home that’s appreciating less quickly, you have less of a cushion than someone who has seen their value appreciate more.”

For Rachel Weiss, a fashion executive in New York, the thought of owning a home in Manhattan “always seemed so unattainable.” Having spent her 30’s and some of her 40s in a rent-stabilized studio in the West Village, she accumulated a pile of cash that was sitting dormant in a savings account and was hungry to invest. On a whim last spring, she began to look at properties, and she said she was surprised when, running the numbers and being pre-approved for a mortgage, she saw that a one-bedroom in a co-op in the area could be within reach.

“I outgrew my apartment 10 years ago, and buying a home was always in the back of my mind,” Weiss said. “But I didn’t know what to do and never knew if I could afford an apartment. I started looking online at Trulia and Streeteasy, and the next day [real estate agents] started calling. It wasn’t premeditated or anything. It was almost like I was on Tinder for an apartment.”

After a few open houses, Weiss had narrowed her search to apartments in smaller buildings with lower maintenance fees. She was OK in a walkup, but location was still a priority. She put an offer on a one-bedroom co-op in Chelsea for $640,000. It was accepted. She moved in last August.

“There was a psychological aspect to it, too,” Weiss said. “I’m in my 40s, and I looked at what my life was like. I’m not married, I don’t have kids. I can live alone, and fabulously. I feel empowered.”

Source: Bloomberg: Mary Pilon; January 31, 2017

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).

U.S. Army Corporal Jesse Murphree to receive keys to custom-built home at ‘WELCOME HOME’ Celebration Event on Sept. 12, 2015

Categories: Giving Back, New Homes Tampa | Posted: September 11, 2015

Afghanistan veteran U.S. Army Corporal Jesse Murphree and family will receive the keys to their new custom-built home in our Lago Del Rey community on Saturday at the 10:00 AM dedication ceremony. Tampa builder William Ryan Homes joined forces with the non-profit Building Homes For Heroes to lead the project’s building efforts. This year, William Ryan Homes has served as the lead sponsor for not only this home, but also a second to be completed by year’s end. Read the rest of this entry »

$217,726: That’s What You’ll Save (Give or Take) If You Buy a Home Now

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee, New Homes Phoenix, New Homes Tampa | Posted: June 19, 2015

Buying a home costs money. Lots of money. There’s the down payment and the monthly mortgage payment and the maintenance and taxes and the insurance and… Are you overwhelmed yet?

It might seem like so much that you just want to put off the house hunt and sign that yearlong lease with your landlord (even though he upped your rent 25% and will likely do the same next year).

But this is going to blow your mind: Even with all of those costs, you still stand to save more than $200,000 over the next 30 years if you buy right now.

“But that’s over the course of 30 years!” you say. “I’m thinking about my money right now!” you say.

Well, get this: Wait just one year, and you throw nearly $19,000 in savings down the drain. The penalties are so high because mortgage rates are forecast to increase and because home prices are rising quickly, according to our chief economist, Jonathan Smoke.

Yep, that’s right. There’s a financial benefit—and, similarly, a financial penalty—for every single day you pay your landlord instead of your mortgage company. At a national level, the 30-year financial benefit of owning today is $217,726, according to our economic data analysts, who crunched the numbers to determine the relative merits of buying vs. renting. (Their work doesn’t capture qualitative advantages such as more control over your living situation, flexibility with pets, and, generally, more options—all things many potential home buyers would argue are equally, if not more, important when deciding whether to take the plunge.)

Postpone for one year, and you’re losing out on an estimated $18,672 in savings. Delay for three years, and that figure jumps to $54,879.

“We’re at a critical juncture: Rents, home prices, and mortgage rates are all expected to rise significantly over the next several years,” Smoke says. “That means the cost of delaying homeownership will go up even more sharply, if you wait three years or even one. It’s much like the decision to start contributing to a 401(k). Delay contributing, and you lose out on the compounding returns.”

‘Financial calculus’ confirms it’s wise to buy ASAP

Smoke and his team used a lot of factors to come up with these estimates, and they made quite a few assumptions as well.* For instance, they assumed that any money saved by renters would be invested, and that the investment would enjoy a compound annual growth rate of 5% (that’s consistent with conservative long-term expected market returns).

We know—these are some pretty big assumptions. How many renters are actually saving and investing? But we’re telling you about these assumptions, because the bottom line is this: Our data team stacked the deck against owning and still came out with eye-popping figures in favor of buying.

“The financial calculus confirms it’s wise to buy—and buy as soon as possible,” Smoke says.

That’s because no matter how you slice it, you can’t deny a few key facts that make the case for buying: Nationally, it’s cheaper right now to buy than to rent, home prices are expected to appreciate, and, while renting is subject to inflation, homeownership costs are locked.

In some markets, financial ‘penalty’ is over $1M

But, as always, it depends on where you go.

For example, in Bismarck, ND, the financial benefit of buying is actually negative. That means you’d spend $12,350 more over the next 30 years to buy instead of rent. That’s because in places such as Bismarck, rents are low, and while home prices have risen dramatically over the past few years, they aren’t expected to rise much in the future. That seems like an incentive to buy, right? Not necessarily. Think about this in terms of home appreciation. Because home prices may have peaked for the foreseeable future, you don’t stand to gain much from owning a house here.

The following markets have the least financial benefit over the next 30 years:

1. Bismarck, ND: –$12,350
2. Dallas–Fort Worth, TX: $830
3. Grand Forks, ND–MN: $4,999
4. Kahului–Wailuku–Lahaina, HI: $7,965
5. Houston, TX: $8,951

But travel west to California and you’ll see an entirely different picture. In Santa Cruz, for instance, you stand to save more than $1 million over the next 30 years if you buy today. That’s because both rent and home prices are skyrocketing, thanks to strong economic drivers such as job growth, population growth, and household growth.

But it’s still hard to get a foot in the door: A median-income household in Santa Cruz could afford less than 10% of the homes available for sale there.

In order to realize a positive financial benefit from buying a house, owners have to wait for “break-even time periods”—when the transaction costs of buying and selling cancel out. Nationally, that wait time is just over three years. In markets that have higher home price to rent ratios, such as San Jose, CA, and New York City, owners normally need to wait longer—as long as six to seven years.

“From a pure financial perspective, you have to be committed to staying longer term,” Smoke says about those high-cost markets. “That’s one of the reasons why rents are also high and getting higher.”

The 30-year financial benefit of owning in the following markets exceeds $500,000:

1. Santa Cruz–Watsonville, CA: $1,006,413
2. Santa Rosa, CA: $883,068
3. San Jose–Sunnyvale–Santa Clara, CA: $782,144
4. Urban Honolulu, HI: $714,748
5. Napa, CA: $712,192

So, in some places you win, in other places you lose. That kind of means it all balances out, right?

Nope, Smoke says: Nearly 90% of the markets (335 of ‘em) produce a financial benefit of at least $100,000 from owning over 30 years. In addition, almost a quarter of the nation’s markets reap a financial return greater than the national average.

We’re not exactly math majors, but we’re picking up what Smoke is putting down. It might feel challenging to come up with a down payment, but we never saw the savings spelled out in such plain language. So BRB—gotta go buy a house.

*Our data analysts used the following assumptions to calculate the relative merit of buying vs. renting:

They factored in a 20% down payment with a closing cost of 3%. Maintenance and annual improvement costs are 1%, and the opportunity cost of capital is 5% (average U.S. investors required return on equity investments).

They assumed a marginal tax of 25% and the cost of selling a house is 8% of the sale price. Capital gains tax is 15% beyond $500,000 (for married couples). Rent brokerage is 1% of first year’s rent and rent insurance is 1% of monthly rent.

Source: Rachael Stuls, Realtor.com May 28th 2015

Saluting Our Military

Categories: New Homes Tampa | Posted: May 22, 2015

William Ryan Homes Tampa and Building Homes for Heroes

While WRH has always supported our men and women in Public Service, as exhibited by our relationship with Building Homes for Heroes, it’s this time of year that reminds us of the ultimate commitment that these men and women make to protect our freedom.

We remember the commitments of Sargent Joel Tavera, who we have constructed a mortgage-free home for, as well as Army Corporal Jesse Murphree and U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sargent Scott Nichols who are both anxiously awaiting the completion of their new homes in concert with Building Homes for Heroes.

It is with this in mind that we extend to all active duty and retired military personnel a special Selection Center Allowance of up to $2,000 for homes purchased in the month of June*.

“This is our way of thanking the many military families who make their home in Tampa, for their service to our country,” said Jeff Thorson, Division President. “Whether based in the area or supporting family members here while in service around the world, these people give so much for all of us. This is our way of giving back. We want to help these families in uniform live in a beautiful home.”

Ladies and Gentlemen: THANK YOU ALL for your commitment to our country.

*This special allowance applies to any William Ryan Home, whether the home is already under construction, or a to-be-built home in one of our 13 communities across the Tampa Bay area.







Easy tips to maintain energy efficiency in your home

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee, New Homes Phoenix, New Homes Tampa, Uncategorized, Why Buy New | Posted: April 22, 2015

energy efficient homes

High energy use not only has environmental impacts but it can hit you personally in the pocketbook. Here is a list of helpful suggestions that can help you reduce energy consumption in your household. You’ll also find water conservation and recycling tips.
•Heating System
•Air Conditioning
•Smart Appliance Use
•Water Heater
•Conserving Water

Heating System

•Clean or replace heater and air conditioner filters regularly. Keep outside vents free of leaves or debris that may clog vents.
•When the heat is on, set your thermostat at as low a level as you feel comfortable. You save for each degree you lower the average temperature of your home.
•Close doors to seldom used rooms and turn off heat or air conditioning in these areas.Lowering thermostat
•Keep windows near your thermostat tightly closed; otherwise it will keep your furnace working after the rest of the house is heated to the desired temperature.
•If you have oil heat, have the firing rate checked periodically.
•Dust and vacuum radiator surfaces frequently. Dust and grime impede the flow of heat.
•Keep draperies and shades open in sunny windows; close them at night.
•For comfort in cooler indoor temperatures, use the best insulation of all — warm clothing.
•Use kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans sparingly. These fans can blow away a house full of heated or cooled air in an hour.

Air Conditioning
•Keep your cooling system well-tuned by a professional service person.
•Clean or replace air conditioner filters regularly.
•Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as you still feel reasonably comfortable.
•Don’t set the thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. Your house will not cool any faster.
•If you have window air conditioners, turn them off when a room will be vacant for a few hours. You’ll use less energy cooling the room down later than if you had left the unit running.
•Use a fan in conjunction with your window air conditioner.
•Don’t place lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. Heat from these items is sensed by the thermostat and could cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
•Keep out daytime sun with blinds or shades.
•Dress appropriately for the warmer indoor temperatures.
•Open the windows and use a fan on warmer days.

Smart Appliance Use
•Use large appliances in the early morning and late evening.
•Use cold water rather than hot when running the garbage disposal.Air-drying clothes in the sun saves energy
•Keep range top burners and reflectors clean so your stove operates at peak efficiency.
•When using an oven or an electric burner, turn it off a little while before the cooking is done. The oven or element will stay hot after you turn it off.
•When you have a choice, use the range top instead of the oven.
•Use your dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads.
•Scrape dishes before loading them into the dishwasher so you won’t have to rinse them.
•Let your dishes air dry.
•Don’t use the “rinse hold” on your dishwasher for just a few soiled dishes.
•Dry clothes in the sun (check your covenants, clotheslines are prohibited in some communities).

Water Heater
•Minimize hot water use by taking shorter showers and washing your clothes in cold water.
•Try setting your water heater at 120 degrees.

•Keep your fireplace damper closed unless you have a fire going. An open damper can let as much as 8% of your heat go out the chimney. The warmth from a fire on the hearth generally doesn’t radiate through the house; the heat gain is confined to the room with the fireplace. In fact, a considerable amount of heated air from other parts of the house can go wastefully up the chimney when a fire is going.
•To lessen heat loss when you use your fireplace and the furnace is on, lower the thermostat setting to 50 or 55 degrees. Some warmed air will still be lost, but the furnace won’t have to use as much fuel to keep the rest of the house at its usual temperature.
•Close all doors and warm air ducts to the room with the fireplace, and open a window near the fireplace half an inch to an inch. Air needed by the fire will be provided through the open window, and the amount of heated air drawn from the rest of the house will be reduced.

Conserving Water
•Take showers rather than baths. Showers use about a third as much water.
•Take shorter showers.
•Avoid leaving the water running while shaving and brushing teeth.
•Don’t use the toilet as a trash can.
•Use the dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads.
•Don’t run water continuously for vegetable and dish washing.
•Water lawns in the morning to avoid evaporation.
•Keep grass at least two inches high to shade roots.
•Use mulch or ground covering plants to prevent excessive evaporation.
•Use waste water from the house to water your garden.
•Plant native or drought tolerant plants.
•Water trees slowly, deeply and infrequently to encourage deep rooting. A slow drip for an hour once a week should be sufficient for most trees.
•Use a broom rather than the hose to clean off walkways, patios and other outdoor areas.
•When washing your car, use a bucket of water or a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle instead of letting the hose run.

Recycling saves energy, natural resources and landfill spaceRecycling

Reduce the amount of garbage you generate by buying and using products wisely:
•”Precycle” by purchasing products in recyclable containers.
•Purchase foods in bulk or concentrate.
•Avoid products that are neither reusable nor easily recyclable.
•At work, make two-sided photocopies.
•Use cloth towels in the kitchen rather than paper towels.
•Stop unwanted junk mail by removing your name from mailing lists.

Reuse product whenever possible:
•Start a compost pile with your leaves and grass clippings.
•Leave a coffee mug or two at work and avoid using disposable cups.
•Use blank back sides of used paper for scratch work.
•Look into purchasing quality used items instead of new ones.
•Take your grocery bags back to the market and reuse them.
•Mend clothes and repair broken items.
•Take care of your belongings to help them last longer. In particular, try to keep your car on a regular maintenance schedule.
•Use products that are made to be reused, such as cloth towels, sponges, glass dishes and metal eating utensils (rather than paper and plastic), rechargeable batteries, etc.
•Drop off your used motor oil, antifreeze, and car batteries at places that recycle automotive wastes.
•Donate clothing, books, toys, appliances and furniture to charitable organizations.

Source: National Association of Home Builders, April 2015

Building Homes for Heroes!

Categories: New Homes Tampa | Posted: November 11, 2014

William Ryan Homes and Building Homes for Heroes are at it again!

Building Homes for Heroes, William Ryan Homes, New Homes in Tampa

William Ryan Homes Tampa is pleased to share that we are partnering, once again, with the Building Homes for Heroes organization to build a mortgage-free home for a true American Hero, Army Corporal Jesse Murphree and his family! On October 9, 2014, with local media present, we held a groundbreaking event in our Lago Del Rey community in Land O’ Lakes, FL to mark the start of building our beautiful Jensen floor plan home for this family!

In December of 2007, Army Corporal Jesse Murphree was serving near Ali Abad, Afghanistan when the vehicle he was riding in rolled over a Russian anti-tank mine that exploded. He was thrown down the side of a mountain in the middle of enemy territory, while the two sides engaged in a firefight. Unconscious, he was later pulled to safety by members of his unit and was transported back to base by Medevac. He had to be resuscitated twice during the flight. When he awoke on New Year’s Day he was in the U.S at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He suffered several injuries, including the loss of both of his legs above the knee, traumatic brain injury, nerve damage and PTSD. He has had to endure multiple surgeries since then. Through all of this he continues to face life head-on and with a positive attitude. After his return to the U.S. he reunited with his sweetheart Ashlee, they have since married and now have a precious two-year-old son, Brody.

Our first collaboration with Building Homes for Heroes was in 2011; we partnered to build a home in the New Tampa community of Grand Hampton for another amazing American hero, Joel Tavera. You can read more about Joel’s story by clicking here.

Building Homes for Heroes plans to build 50 homes for our American heroes in 2015! This is only the beginning for us as well; we plan on partnering with them to honor our heroes for many years to come! Follow our blog to see future posts about this family’s home as it progresses.


New Home, New Neighborhood, Same Great City

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee, New Homes Phoenix, New Homes Tampa, Why Buy New | Posted: October 30, 2014

New Home, New Neighborhood, Same Great City

Whether you love your area or are ready for a change – the bottom line is you want a new home.  But it’s not just the home you’re investing in, it’s also the location.  We know that location can be just as important as a perfect floor plan, that’s why we pick the most desirable locations and communities where you can build your new home.

New Home, New Neighborhood, William Ryan Homes

About our Chicago Communities

With 13 available communities in the Chicago-Land area, we offer a variety of options where you can find your perfect location.  All of our communities are carefully selected to provide you with the most desirable amenities, including great school districts, walking and biking paths, nature trails and forest preserves, Metra train access and much more!

About our Madison Communities

Our 4 open communities in Madison offer convenient locations for easy commutes, access to restaurants, shops and recreation, as well as a quiet a peaceful environment.  Our best of both worlds communities are worth checking out.

About our Tampa Communities

With 12 communities and growing, you know you are sure to find your perfect Tampa neighborhood.  All of our communities are unique, and some even offer a community clubhouse with many lifestyle comforts.  And all of our communities are positioned to allow an easy commute as well as provide you with that back to nature feel.

About our Milwaukee Communities

Our 5 Milwaukee communities provide you with the perfect suburban setting.  Their incredible school districts, commuter friendly locations and proximity to amazing shops restaurants and recreation, provide you with everything you want in your new neighborhood.

About our Phoenix Communities

2 communities and growing, our Phoenix locations include a beautiful view of the White Tank Mountains, proximity to one of the most famous golf courses in the country and excellent school districts.


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30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Drop Below 4%

Categories: New Homes Chicago, New Homes Madison, New Homes Milwaukee, New Homes Phoenix, New Homes Tampa, Why Buy New | Posted: October 23, 2014

This month, 30-year fixed mortgage rates dropped to 3.97%, the lowest since June 2013.

Now buyers can lock in the lowest rates of 2014!  

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Mortgage rates, which loosely follow U.S. bond yields, have moved lower this month amid volatility in the U.S. stock market as well as weakness in financial markets overseas and global growth concerns.  – CNBC

With 30-year fixed mortgage rates dropping to the high 3% range, an average home-buyer with a $400,000 loan can expect to save about $150 a month and up to $1800 a year.  The savings may not be over-the-top, but these rates seem to have increased the sense of urgency for home buyers. And the decline in mortgage rates is predicted to encourage more home sales this fall.

Check out today’s mortgage rates.

Mortgage Rate