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Sterling Custom Homes Pours Foundation at Newest Lake Travis Home

Sterling Custom HomesSterling Custom Homes has been building high-quality green Austin luxury real estate for the last 20 years. Because of the expertise and dedication to detail shown in their projects, Sterling Custom Homes has become the preferred builder for homeowners at The Reserve at Lake Travis.

Most recently, Sterling poured the foundation for its second custom home in the community, which is developed by Hal Jones Development Team. The luxurious and elegant home is perched on a cliff and overlooks Lake Travis.

The community is nestled among 3.5 miles of shoreline on the southern banks of Lake Travis. Waterfront home sites are priced from the $199’s, and the maintenance-free villas are priced from the $500s.

Homeowners in The Reserve at Lake Travis enjoy resort-style amenities including a private Cypress Club Pavilion, lazy river pool with swim up bar, full-service equestrian center and world-class marina for its members.

As one of the top Austin home builders, Sterling places emphasis on every aspect of the homebuilding process, knowing that these aspects translate to the home buyers’ lifestyle and enjoyment of their home. From everything down to site selection at The Reserve at Lake Travis, the builder offers advice and design solutions for all preferences. For more information, visit Sterling Custom Homes online or call 512-263-2214.

Smaller Homes Remain in Style Even After Recession

Home builders and buyers across America are taking a new look at home styles, based on recent data released from the Census Bureau, that found single-family homes have continued to get smaller in size, and this is likely to continue long after the recession’s end.

Apparently the median size of single-family homes dropped from 2,268 square feet in 2006, to an even 2,100 square feet in 2009, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) special study.

The popularity of smaller home sizes comes from lots of areas including: wanting to be more energy-efficient (the ‘green movement’), tighter credit standards, a growing amount of first-time home buyers, amount of equity in currently existing homes that can be flipped into new ones, and less interest in home buying as an investment. For more information on green building, visit Atlanta Real Estate Forum.

“A new housing market is emerging, and even with the recession in the rear view mirror we expect the popularity of smaller homes to persist,” said Bob Jones, chairman of NAHB and a home builder from Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Home buyers are requesting fewer luxuries, such as three-car garages, fireplaces and patios. Although Continue reading

A Lower Energy Bill – The Green Amenity

A Programmable Thermostat Can Save 10% on Energy BillsThere are many ecological benefits to purchasing a new green built home, but even more enticing may be the ecological benefits associated with the energy efficient home. By incorporating energy management into your new home, you will permanently decrease your monthly energy bill. There is no way you haven’t noticed the drastic increase in prices recently – and I don’t just mean gas and energy, but also groceries, movies, doctor’s appointments, school field trips, clothes, everything! The times have come where you need to start saving money any way that you can, and by purchasing a home with “energy amenities,” you are taking a step in the right direction.

Statistics report that the average U.S. residential electricity prices will rise approximately 3.7 % this year and another 3.6% next year – that’s almost 10% in a two year period. It also doesn’t help that the demand for electricity is expected to increase 40% in the next 25 years. Basic economics tells us when the demand for a product is greater than the supply, prices will drastically increase. Continue reading