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May 29

Yahoo! Finance: “Trumark Hires Veteran Developer to Grow Master Planned Community Business”


COO Peter Kiesecker to Acquire and Manage Properties for Trumark Communities

Posted May 29, 2015 2:34 PM

NEWPORT BEACH, CA-  (May 29, 2015) – Trumark Communities announced that it has hired Peter Kiesecker, a former executive at Standard Pacific Homes with more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, as chief operating officer of its newly launched master planned community business called Trumark Communities.

“We have met with Peter several times over the years and have been impressed with his leadership skills, market insights and ability to execute a business plan,” said Michael Maples, co-founder of Trumark. “We are honored to have him join the Trumark team and to lead this important new platform for us.” Read Full Story

May 27
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Trumark Communities to Focus on Master Planned Properties

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – May 27, 2015 — Trumark Companies announced it has created a residential land development platform, Trumark Communities, capable of acquiring, developing and selling improved lots primarily to third-party builders. Trumark Communities will focus on master planned properties that typically require specialized expertise and larger capital commitments because of their size and duration.

“We believe the size, design, location and amenities of master planned communities will look different in the future and we want to lead that transformation,” said Michael Maples, co-founder of Trumark. “We want our master planned communities to captivate today’s home buyers and thus capture higher revenues for our builder clients.”

Trumark has hired Peter Kiesecker, a former executive at Standard Pacific Homes with more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, to lead the new division as chief operating officer. Trumark Communities will coordinate its efforts with Trumark Homes, expanding on Trumark’s reputation for thoughtful, creative, place-making into larger, multiple-neighborhood communities.

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May 25

Buying a Trumark Home: Practical and Aesthetic Elements

Everyone wants to end up with the home of their dreams when they buy a new Trumark home.  In order to do this, you have to consider all the factors that go into the making of a dream home.  Some of these are going to be practical while others will be aesthetic.  For example, you can’t have a dream home if there isn’t enough space for you and your family.  On the other hand, your home might fulfill all your practical needs but it may not be built in the kind of style that appeals to you.  So consider the practical and aesthetic elements before you buy. 

Size.  How big a home do you need?  This will obviously depend on the size of your family.  If you have a small family, you’ll just need one room for each family member.  But if you have a larger family, you’ll need a bigger home.  Plus, if you have relatives coming to stay over often, you might want to factor that in before you buy your home.  You might also want to think about whether you plan to have more children in the future.  If a bigger family is in the cards, you’ll need to make sure that you have enough space for everyone.  

Work Requirements.  If you work from home, you’ll need to have an extra room that you can turn into a home office.  Even if you don’t have a panoramic vista from your home, you can have your home office overlooking the garden you’ve created in your backyard.  At the same time, you don’t want to be too close to the parts of your home where there is likely to be noise.  So if your kids are constantly playing in the backyard, you should probably have your home office facing the other way.  Make sure that a home has a good space for your home office before you buy.

Hobbies.  A home should reflect your personality.  So if you love photography, you might want to have space for a dark room.  If you like painting, set up a small studio with lots of light.  If you like working out, set up a home gym with a treadmill, free weights and maybe even a TV screen to keep you occupied while you sweat. If you like gardening, buy a home with a nice-sized backyard.  There are so many landscaping options that you can take advantage of, such as the ones you see in this article from Huffington Post. 

Aesthetic Elements.  In addition to being practical, your dream home also needs to be aesthetically pleasing to you.  A lot of people prefer spacious houses where there is a lot of floor space.  However, there are also those who like rooms that feel snug and cozy.  Think about the type of home where you have generally felt most comfortable in the past.  Was there a home that you lived in that you particularly liked?  Why did you like it?  This will help you to figure out whether you prefer a spacious or cozy environment.  It might also bring to light other aesthetic elements that appeal to you.  Visualizing your dream home as per the tips in this Real Simple article is also a great technique that can help you to accurately imagine the type of home that will be right for you.

Contact us for more great tips on buying the home of your dreams.

May 18
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7 Organizational Tips to Maximize Space in Your New Home in Newark, California

When you move into a new home in Newark, you’re going to need some time to unpack completely because, let’s face it, unpacking is a lot of work.  You can’t do it all in one day.  During that time, you’re going to have some boxes lying around, possibly half-opened.  Not everything is going to look perfect during this transitional period.  However, you can make sure that when you’re completely unpacked, everything has a proper place.  Your new home and your old one might require different organizational techniques because of differences in size, layout etc.  So here are a few tips you can keep in mind:

  1. Clothing.  First, you want to figure out how much closet space you have.  If it’s not enough to fit all your things, you’ll probably want to get a spare wardrobe or chest of drawers for your bedroom.  If that doesn’t suffice, think about buying furniture with storage space underneath.  You can get beds and sofas with drawers underneath.  These are easy to access and spacious too.
  2. Shelving.  If you have a lot of books, it’s a great idea to create an accent wall which just consists of shelving.  You can even get a moving stepladder which will help you to reach the upper shelves.  This gives the room the look of an old-fashioned, cozy library.
  3. Using Nooks and Crannies.  Often, people only assess the space they have in the main areas of their new home.  They overlook the nooks and crannies.  However, these areas can be used to store and beautify.  Put up a couple of small shelves with books and showpieces or create a window seat with storage in a corner of your home.
  4. Think Vertically.  One great way to save space and keep everything organized is to think vertically rather than horizontally.  You don’t need to spread things horizontally around your new home.  Instead, you can store them higher.  As mentioned above, you can get bookshelves that go all the way up to the ceiling.  Or get bunk beds for your kids so that you have more space in the rest of the room to store their things.  People have even been known to put couches or desks under top bunks.  Kitchen shelving or cabinets which go all the way to the ceiling will also be helpful.
  5. Get a System.  You need to think about exactly what type of system will make living in your home more convenient for you.  Some people like to organize their clothes by color.  Some might want to organize their books by author name or time period.  Others might want to organize clothes according to type — dresses, skirts, tops, pants etc.  You need to consider what type of organization will work best for you.  Try out a few ways of organizing things before you pick one.
  6. Buy One, Throw One.  Every time you buy something new, throw out something old.  If you buy a new piece of clothing, get rid of an old one.  If you buy your kids a new toy, throw out an old one.  This will make sure that your home never gets full to bursting.
  7.  Use Old Things in New Ways.  It’s always fun to come up with new uses for old things.  When you’re throwing out stuff, think about whether you can use it for something else.  Real Simple magazine has an entire section devoted to this idea where they recommend interesting things such as using a dryer sheet to remove soap scum from shower curtains and coffee filters to wipe your laptop screens.  After all, organization is also about making the best use of the things you have.

Contact us for more great ideas about organizing your new home.

May 11

7 Ideas for the Ultimate Housewarming Party at Your New Home in Newark, California

When you move to your new home in Newark, it’s a good idea to take some time out for celebration.  You’ve just made a life-altering decision for yourself and your family.  What better way to celebrate it than by throwing a housewarming party?  This is a good way to get to know your neighbors and to get together with friends and family whom you haven’t seen in a while (probably because you’ve been so busy with the process of buying the home).

A lot of people tend to skip this because they think it will be too much work.  You just spent all this time choosing and buying a home, and you’ve also had to put a lot of energy into moving.  Do you really want to take the trouble of cooking and decorating just so you can have some guests over?  Here are a few reasons why you might want to have a housewarming party and effortless, elegant ways to host one: Read Full Story