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Mar 30

Neighborhood Spotlight: Dublin, CA

Dublin California Young Family

If you are getting ready to pack up and move to Fielding at Wallis Ranch in Dublin, CA for a new job or simply a change of pace or scenery, you might wonder what awaits you. The chances are you will love what you discover as you explore this East Bay and San Francisco suburb in Alameda County, located just 35 miles outside the city. Formerly known as Amador and Dougherty’s Station, Dublin is also near San Jose and Oakland, so you can enjoy the comforts of suburban living with plenty of conveniently located larger towns to mix up your social life and recreational activities.

A Growing Population Awaits You in Dublin, California

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Dublin’s population was approximately 46,023, but updated  2013 data estimates the city has experienced a population boom; now featuring 49,890. You can attribute some of this growth to the nearby Silicon Valley, whose workers continue their migration east into the state, according to the Business Journal. However, residents who work for local companies such as Medley Health, Arlen Ness and Sybase, Inc, which is now a subsidiary of SAP, are beginning to make up a large part of this growing home base as well.

Dublin, CA Focuses On High-Quality Education for Children

The 2010 U.S. Census also reported that 39 percent of homes feature families with children under the age of 18 years old. The city rises to meet the demands of this segment of the population by providing a strong and thriving school system, administrated by the Dublin Unified School District. The city features seven elementary schools, two middle schools and two public high schools. For families who prefer private education, Dublin also welcomes Valley Christian Schools, St. Raymond School, St. Philip Lutheran and the non-parochial Quarry Lane School.

The Local Dining Fare

Like many new residents in a new city, you’ll more than likely want to find your favorite restaurants around Dublin, CA for nights out with the family, romantic couples dinners and brunches with best friends. Local favorite spots, like Denica’s Real Food on Dougherty Road, offer you delicious dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner while Amakara on Regional Street takes care of your sushi fix and other Japanese delights. You might also try out Coco Cabana for Latin American fusion fare and Pamir Restaurant for Middle Eastern cuisine.

Local Events to Keep You Engaged

You will love the full roster of local events in Dublin. From April through September, visit the Dublin Farmer’s Market to enjoy local produce, handmade crafts, locally-crafted beers and concerts from regional musicians. Each September get to know your neighbors a little better and participate in the Family Campout where you can enjoy arts, crafts and marshmallow roasts together. Dublin never gets dull, so keep an eye out for various 5K races, senior events and plenty of healthy living engagements.

Don’t forget to schedule some cultural events with the ArcFest, which is also known as the Dublin Edge Film Festival, sponsored by the Dublin Film Commission. At this premier event, you get the chance to preview films from around the world.

Dublin, CA has so much to offer as it stands and as a city on the rise. It’s worth some closer exploration and consideration, especially as it continues to grow and evolve into the perfect place for young families and those looking for a more neighborhood-friendly environment that big citie

Mar 23

Housewarming 101: How to Throw the Perfect Party

Housewarming Wine

Throwing a housewarming party is about more than just celebrating a milestone as you begin the next phase in your life.  It’s a perfect time to meet your neighbors and make new friends.  Sometimes, however, it can be stressful to configure all the details of planning a big party, especially when you’re in a new environment.  Suddenly you have to worry about little things like where your guests should park,  or what they like to eat.  So, to help you become the best host you can be, we’ve got four tips for throwing the perfect, stress-free housewarming party:

Housewarming Party Essentials

Housewarming parties should be a low-key affair. You’re probably stressed out by moving, so don’t add to the pressure by trying to make everything ‘perfect’.  You and your guests will both enjoy a more relaxed affair if that’s the case.  Send out invitations at least two weeks in advance and pick a day and time when your attendees will likely be available.  A Sunday brunch or early-afternoon party is ideal because it sets a casual tone so that you and your guests won’t have to worry about this turning into an all-night event.

“How-To” Decorate for Your Party

You’ve just spent a lot of effort getting your new home looking amazing; now is the time to show it off. Before your guests arrive, do a walkthrough of each room where they might go and check for any little details like crooked picture frames or a smudge on a window. Placing fresh flowers in the main rooms is a classy touch, and, if possible, open the windows beforehand to air out any paint or cleaning product smells. Remember to help your guests find your new house by placing a sign in your front yard or wrapping a colorful ribbon around your mailbox.

Accommodating a Large Number of Guests

Be prepared for your expected guest list to suddenly grow at the last minute by having extra food, drinks, and chairs available if you need them.  Also consider the parking situation and determine ahead of time where to direct your guest to park. If any parking arrangements might interfere with your new neighbors, be sure to check with them in advance.

Housewarming Party Etiquette

It’s traditional for guests to bring housewarming gifts, but how you handle this depends on your personal style.  If you have everything you need already, include a simple note on the invitation card telling them ‘Don’t worry about gifts, just come and have a great time.’  However, housewarming gifts may also include simpler items like wine and beverages for the party or smaller tokens of appreciation. It’s best in a situation like this if you don’t ask for a housewarming gifts nor assume that you’ll be receiving one. Instead, just focus on priorities of your party.

Follow these helpful tips and your new home will be filled with happy guests in no time! All it takes a little forethought and a keen eye for what works in your house.

 

Mar 22

Trumark Companies Continues Significant Growth with Addition of Two Controllers

Trumark Companies, a diversified real estate developer and builder, has added two seasoned controllers to its operating companies – Trumark Homes and Trumark Urban. Laurie Byer joins the Danville office of Trumark Homes while Franziska Frey is stationed in Trumark Urban’s San Francisco office. The two will oversee all aspects of financial management including corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting, budget and forecast preparation, as well as the development of internal control policies and procedures.

“Laurie and Franziska each have an impressive background in the finance and accounting industry underscored by an ability to effectively lead teams and support significant growth. With several large-scale initiatives underway in 2016 for both Trumark Homes and Trumark Urban, Laurie and Franziska couldn’t have joined our team at a better time,” said Rob Fregulia, Chief Financial Officer of Trumark Companies. “We are pleased to welcome them to the Trumark family.”

Laurie Byer has more than 30 years’ experience in the homebuilding and construction industry with an emphasis in strategic planning, financial planning and analysis. Ms. Byer has held positions with both private and public companies in Illinois, Minnesota, Arizona and California, including Lennar, John Laing Homes, Signature Homes and most recently, served as Chief Financial Officer of Industrial Electrical Company in Modesto, Calif. She received a Master of Business Administration degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Elmhurst College.

Franziska Frey is a seasoned accounting and finance professional with particular expertise in process and policy development, full-cycle accounting, data analysis and communications. Prior to joining Trumark, Ms. Frey held several roles during her ten years with the Bridge Housing Corporation, California’s leading non-profit affordable housing developer, most recently serving as an Accounting Manager – Development. She obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from University of California, Davis and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from University of the Pacific.

This news comes on the heels of Trumark Homes announcing the acquisition of Fielding, a neighborhood subdivision within the Wallis Ranch master planned community under construction in Dublin, Calif. owned by sister company Trumark Communities. Trumark Urban also has several luxury residential projects underway in California, including TEN50, a boutique high-rise residential tower in downtown Los Angeles where sales will commence in April and The Pacific, a collection of 10 row homes and 66 jewel box residences in San Francisco’s prestigious Pacific Heights neighborhood.

About The Trumark Group of Companies

The Trumark Group of Companies is a diversified real estate developer and builder with expertise in land acquisition, homebuilding, community design, entitlements and office, R&D and retail development. Trumark has raised more than $460 million of equity and funded 25 projects since the depth of the recession in 2009. www.trumarkco.com

Trumark Homes is a visionary, next generation homebuilder with a robust portfolio of new home neighborhoods spanning the state of California. Emphasizing distinction and innovation in every home, Trumark Homes focuses on core infill developments in locations that exhibit strong job growth and provide access to major job centers. www.trumarkhomes.comTruBlu BlogFacebookTwitterLinkedIn

Trumark Urban develops high-density condominiums and commercial projects in global gateway markets with a focus on core urban neighborhoods close to jobs, transit and local businesses. With offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the firm has a portfolio of more than 1,000 condominiums and over one million square feet representing more than $1 billion of future revenue.  www.trumarkurban.com

Trumark Communities is a residential land development platform focused on acquiring, developing and selling improved lots in master planned communities. Its current pipeline includes 1,500+ lots representing total projected revenue in excess of $300 million. Trumark Communities realized lot sales to builders of over $200 million in 2015. www.trumarkcommunities.com

Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings, has entitled or developed approximately two million square feet of office, R&D, retail and hotel properties in the northern portion of the Golden State. www.trumarkco.com

 

Mar 16

First-Time Homebuyers Guide: What You Need To Know

Research by a millennial for a new home

As a first-time homebuyer, you may not fully realize that there is much more to homeownership than finding the house, getting a loan, and moving in. There’s a good amount of research that must be done beyond your finances and qualifications for a mortgage, and if you don’t take the proper steps, you could end up in over your head. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with a handful of suggestions to help you prepare for your first home:

Do the Math

Before you decide to purchase a home, be sure you can afford one by way of a free pre-qualification assessment. This is not an approval for a loan, but a general estimate of how much a lender might allow you to borrow.  Following this assessment, you will be able to see if you’re loan ready or need a few more months to get there!   From there you can become pre-approved for a mortgage and start looking for a home in your price range.

Do Your Research

There are dozens of internet resources you can use to find out everything you need to know about a neighborhood. This should include a look at how many homes have sold in the area (recently), how long they were on the market, crime statistics, and school ratings. You should also research property taxes, association fees, utility rates, and other expenses. All of these costs add up and will make a real impact on your finances.

Be Objective

Before making an offer on a home, bring an objective friend or relative with you to help you see things for how they really are; not as you see them from an emotional viewpoint. Make sure all of your furniture is realistically going to fit in your new home; don’t be afraid to bring a measuring tape with you either. You might think your sectional will fit in the living room, but will it fit through the front door?

Know the Neighborhood

Consider the big picture of what everyday life will be like. Visit the area on different days at different times to get an accurate view of the neighborhood. While it may seem quiet on a Wednesday afternoon, what’s it like on a Saturday night? Talk to neighbors and find out what the sellers have not told you. Drive around to find the nearest stores, restaurants, and gas stations. You should also test drive your commute to see how long it really takes to get to work.

Expect the Unexpected

While your apartment manager was responsible for fixing a leaky faucet or broken light, when you own a home, you become the plumber and electrician. Unexpected things happen, and you have to figure them out when they do. What about the exterior? Have you mowed a lawn before? What does homeowner’s insurance cover? Are those ants in the kitchen? All of these things will become a part of your life when you own a home, so be prepared for expenses you never expected.

And there you have it, five tips that aren’t too difficult to use but will help tremendously with your first home purchase. So grab a friend, hop in the car and do some real exploration to make sure you’re completely happy in your future home.

Mar 11

Trumark Homes and GTIS Partners Acquire The Fielding Neighborhood Within Wallis Ranch Master Planned Community in Dublin, CA

Community-wide grand opening anticipated in Summer 2016

Nationally award-winning California homebuilder Trumark Homes and global real estate investment firm GTIS Partners have acquired one neighborhood subdivision within Wallis Ranch, the highly-anticipated master planned development under construction in Dublin, CA. The neighborhood “Fielding” will include 139 two-story single-family homes ranging in size from 1,809 square feet to 2,686 square feet. Construction is underway with sales slated to begin in Q2 2016.

Wallis Ranch_ClubHouse And Park

The overall 184-acre Wallis Ranch master planned development was acquired by sister company Trumark Communities in 2014 through a partnership with Isles Ranch Partners, LLC and Castlelake, L.P. Upon full buildout, Wallis Ranch will deliver more than 800 new homes within eight neighborhoods to a region that has seen a significant boost in housing demand as a result of the thriving San Francisco Bay market located less than 40 miles away. The master plan features single-family detached homes and townhomes designed by local architecture firms KTGY (Oakland) and Dahlin Group Architects (Pleasanton).

“The opportunity to build new homes within Wallis Ranch represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for Trumark Homes,” said Trumark Homes Northern California Division President Tony Bosowski. “We are able to execute our vision of creating a community anchored by nature and a sense of place with the introduction of the Fielding neighborhood.”

To create a tranquil enclave that appeals to buyers’ active lifestyles, Trumark Communities dedicated over half of the master plan’s acreage to parks, open space and a water-quality basin. Landscape architects Gates Associates will bring to life a three-acre common area featuring an edible garden, fitness center, pool, spa and BBQ area surrounded by a mile of trail systems. Trumark continues to be a leader in innovation within the industry and with the California drought top of mind, the company will incorporate drought tolerant landscaping that will use all reclaimed water throughout the master plan.

“With its desirable Bay Area location and robust collection of amenities, we are confident that homes within Wallis Ranch will be highly sought after by buyers,” said Gregg Nelson, Co-Founder of Trumark Homes. “We are eager to advance the construction process and look forward to introducing new housing to a growing segment of the Bay Area.”

“The Dublin submarket has outperformed the national housing market over the past several years as a result of the Metropolitan Statistical Area’s constrained land supply coupled with its high desirability among homebuyers seeking strong schools, tranquil living and close proximity to Bay Area employment,” said Theodore Karatz, Director at GTIS Partners. “Wallis Ranch has been designed to be a special place with an expansive base of amenities and scenic views and we look forward to the project’s grand opening this summer.”

About Trumark Homes

Trumark Homes is a visionary, next generation homebuilder with a robust portfolio of master plan communities and new home neighborhoods spanning the state of California. Emphasizing distinction and innovation in every home, Trumark Homes focuses on core infill developments in locations that exhibit strong job growth and provide access to major job centers. The nationally award-winning homebuilder is part of the Trumark Group of Companies, a diversified real estate development and building firm that also includes: Trumark Communities, a residential land development platform; Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings; and Trumark Urban, a vertically integrated residential developer focused on core urban neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.TrumarkHomes.com.

About GTIS Partners

GTIS Partners is a global real estate investment firm headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, São Paulo, Brazil, Paris, France, and Munich, Germany. GTIS Partners has 80 employees and currently has approximately $2.9 billion of assets under management. To date, the firm has committed capital to residential, retail, industrial, office, hotel and mixed-use projects in the U.S. and Brazil. In the U.S., GTIS has invested in over 75 projects across 19 states, including 57 projects in the residential sector. In Brazil, GTIS has invested in 90 assets comprised of approximately 13,000 residential units, 530,000 square meters of office and industrial space, and over 9,800 hotel rooms acquired, managed, or under development. By combining hands-on real estate expertise with a disciplined investment approach, GTIS Partners helps create value for its investors and partners.  The firm pursues opportunistic real estate investments through direct equity investment and non-traditional lending activities and firm relies on macro-research as well as the hands-on industry knowledge of its experienced investment and asset management teams. For further information, please visit www.gtispartners.com.