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Traton Homes is Hosting a Summer Block Party

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Summer is here and Traton Homes is celebrating with a Summer Block Party Event. All new home shoppers are encouraged to join the party and tour the quick move-in home of your dreams. During this event, Marietta-based Traton Homes is offering 10 homes that are ready now or under construction and ready very soon. Special incentives and pricing are available for a limited time on select homes.

Kimberly Garwood, Director of Marketing for Traton Homes says, “We all love summer and all of the exciting activities including the beach, the lake, riding bikes, picnics and neighborhood block parties. Our Summer Block Party event is the perfect time to celebrate summer by choosing and moving into your new Traton home.”

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McKinley Homes Announces Grand Opening of Mason’s Mill Estates

McKinley Homes Announces Grand Opening of Mason's Mill EstatesMcKinley Homes is pleased to announce the grand opening of the new decorated Jasmine model home at Mason’s Mill Estates in the Stonecrest Mall area of Lithonia, Georgia. Located near the intersection of Rock Chapel Road and Union Grove Road with easy access to Highway 20, this popular DeKalb County community has already closed more than 70 homes.

Mason’s Mill Estates will host a Grand Opening Event on Saturday, July 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join McKinley Homes for food, music and more. Guests are invited to tour the new Jasmine decorated model and find out more about Phase II of Mason’s Mill Estates. Continue reading

Traton Homes’ 1825 Stilesboro Enjoys Strong Initial Success

Front exterior of homeTraton Homes announced pre-sale contracts and lot reservations for 1825 Stilesboro in May, and approximately one-third of the 36 homesites in the community are already either reserved or sold. Specifically designed for homebuyers 55-and-over, this age-restricted Marietta community offers ranch home plans perfect for those seeking single-level living and a low-maintenance lifestyle. Priced from the high $300,000s, this community has been very well received with 14 total lot reservations or contracts in just over a month.

“Traton is delighted that interest in this new community is so strong,” Traton Homes Director of Marketing Kimberly Garwood said. “One third of our home sites in this community are already reserved and/or sold which demonstrates the high demand for 55+ active-adult living in this desirable Marietta location.” Continue reading

Traton Homes Opens Model in The Village of Fuller’s Chase

Ttownhome Exteriorraton Homes is excited to announce the opening of their new decorated model home at The Village of Fuller’s Chase, a community of 22 luxury townhomes located in Downtown Kennesaw and priced from $319,900.

Featuring the Fuller plan, the new model showcases an open concept design and modern farmhouse décor. This home includes three bedrooms, three and a half baths, a two-car garage, and a large island kitchen with quartz countertops and tile backsplash. Lofty 9 ft. ceilings, hardwoods throughout the main level, and a luxurious owner’s suite with large shower and huge walk-in closet enhance the home’s spaciousness and elegance.

“The Village of Fuller’s Chase is a walkable community where an easy stroll will get you to Kennesaw’s charming downtown area,” said Traton Homes Director of Marketing Kimberly Garwood. “Residents can park their car in the garage and walk to restaurants, entertainment and parks.”

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McKinley Homes Announces Old Ivy Place in Jonesboro

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McKinley Homes announces Old Ivy Place, a new townhome community in the heart of Jonesboro. Affordably priced from the $140,000s to the $150,000s, Old Ivy Place offers three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom townhomes with granite countertops, modern wood floors, brick exteriors, and a one car garage.

Kimberly Slaughter, Marketing Manager for McKinley Homes, says, “Old Ivy Place in Jonesboro gives home buyers the best of everything – affordably priced homes and great proximity to shopping, restaurants, and activities.”

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Right Choice Homes: Right Choice for You

Right Choice Homes: Right Choice for YouSpring is finally here and learning more about the Right Choice home program will certainly put a “spring” in your step. Spring means the beginning of warmer temperatures, and with that, fluctuating energy bills.

Our friends at Jackson EMC have partnered with TV Host and Home Energy Expert Ty Pennington for a series of informational Ty Talks videos that share helpful tips on saving energy, the benefits of the Right Choice home program and more. Continue reading

Coming Down to the Wire to Save on Green Home Upgrades

Tax credits for green upgrades expire soonWe are down to the last few days to save on taxes by purchasing energy-efficient upgrades, so don’t delay. The tax experts at the Equifax Finance Blog point out just what it takes to earn the federal tax credits and offer more great tips, as well!

On December 31, 2013, the legislation that gives homeowners a federal tax credit expires so be sure to go out and purchase any energy efficient windows, water heaters, air conditioners, heat pumps and insulation before then. Many cities and states also offer tax credits to homeowners who make energy-efficient home improvements, such as dual-paned windows, solar-powered systems and tankless water heaters. Just like the federal tax credit, you don’t need to have everything installed, but you do need to make the purchase before the year ends and let Uncle Sam finance your future energy savings. Continue reading

Green Built Blog Tops Green Construction Websites List

Green Built BlogConstructionManagementDegree.com recently compiled a list of the ‘Top 100 Construction Sites on the Web,’ and Green Built Blog came in at no. 1 in the Green Construction section. The Green Built Blog keeps consumers and builders alike up-to-date with the latest green housing news. Their articles often feature builders with green programs and incentives for green retrofits as well as information about the latest green trends and communities.

ConstructionManagementDegree.com is an online resource that was created in 2010 for students considering a career in construction management. The site compiles comprehensive lists of campus and online degree information for those considering this career path as well as offering them an unbiased database to find articles, information and trends in the construction management industry.

The Construction Management Degree website describes the Green Built Blog as a place, “You can get current green housing news that touches on topics such as energy-efficient homes, green building legislation, green design trends, and green events at this blog.”

They comment about the Green Built Blog further by saying, “From residents to commercial building owners and contractors, you can learn about the latest environmentally-sound news here.”

Check out the Green Built Blog online today and see why it has topped the ‘Green Construction’ section of the Top 100 Construction Sites on the Web.

For more information on green Atlanta new homes, visit Atlanta Real Estate Forum.

Green Retrofit for Tapestry Youth Ministries By HomeAid Atlanta

HomeAidHomeAid Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that builds and maintains housing for the homeless, in partnership with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, recently began an energy efficient initiative as part of their Environmental Sustainability Program. This initiative is aimed to help Atlanta nonprofits serving the homeless, by retrofitting their current facilities to make them more capable and energy efficient.

Made possible by a large donation to HomeAid Atlanta’s parent organization, HomeAid America, this green program was launched after receiving an astounding $600,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

This past September Tapestry Youth Ministries, a College Park based nonprofit organization serving homeless teen-mothers and their children, became part of HomeAid Atlanta’s energy efficient initiative. Using Green Day Energy Company, a partner of HomeAid Atlanta, an extensive evaluation and green retrofit was made in the home Tapestry Youth Ministries uses for their base of operation.

HomeAidAtlantaGreen Day Energy made several improvements at the Tapestry home including the addition of low flow faucets and toilets, improving the insulation with upgrades and adding air seals, even the simplest change of energy efficient lighting was done. Overall, Green Day Energy estimates the Tapestry Youth Ministries home could now save almost $9,000 per year in energy costs! That number is staggering for a small nonprofit, but it is also encouraging for nonprofits of all sizes to realize that green building and green retrofitting could be just what your organization needs to reduce energy costs and increase facility capabilities.

For more information about this HomeAid Atlanta Environmental Sustainability Program, please visit the HomeAid Atlanta website.

2013 NAHBGreen Awards Now Accepting Entries

2013 NAHBGreen AwardsThe National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is pleased to announce that they are now accepting submissions for its 2013 NAHBGreen Awards. Individuals, companies and organizations are recognized annually for excellence in residential green design and construction practices, advocacy efforts and green building programs.

This year, the award winners will be announced in conjunction with the 2012 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on January 23.

“The NAHBGreen Awards showcase the best and most innovative work in green,” said NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. “This is an excellent opportunity for industry professionals to be recognized for their hard work.”

Both members and non-members can apply for these prestigious awards. In order to be eligible for the Green Project of the Year categories, projects must have been started no earlier than January 2010 and substantially completed by December 2012.

Project of the Year award categories include: single family, multifamily, remodel and site development. You may also enter to win Advocate of the Year.

All projects must be scored to the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard to ensure fair comparisons for judging purposes. This can be done by using on the online Green Scoring Tool.

All entries must be received by October 18, and application fees are $250 for Project of the Year categories and $150 for the Advocate of the Year award.

For more information or to apply, visit www.nahb.org/greenawards. For examples of green building in Atlanta, visit Atlanta Real Estate Forum.

If you have any questions, please contact Chad Riedy at criedy@nahb.org.