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BUILDER TURNS TO THE GARAGE TO DELIVER WOW FACTOR TECHNOLOGY THAT IS DRIVING SALES

This California builder wins home buyers with smart technology that enables in-garage deliveries and provides extra convenience and peace of mind.

by LiftMaster

Builder Online article.

Far West Industries of Santa Ana, Calif. knows a thing or two about attracting home buyers.

The family-owned and operated home builder navigates a daily gauntlet of large and small competitors, mostly in Coachella Valley, just outside of Los Angeles. Not many in the business can match Far West's 40-year record of zero loan defaults or failing to finish a community. The builder didn't layoff a single employee during the recession.

Call that performance a home-building instinct. It's a sixth sense that plays well in many ways. Take smart home technology, for example. From smart thermostats, smart door locks, and smart light switches, to offering a smart in-garage delivery solution, Far West is doubling down on the smart home experience, making these features standard with every Far West home. It's how they stay a step ahead of … read more

Iridium Phase 4B Sales Release August 7-8

Rancho Mirage

Phase 4B Sales Release August 7-8 at Iridium.

The Centre in Garden Grove Down to Final Home

Garden Grove

Final home available at the Centre.

A Palm Springs ICON Sells Out!

Palm Springs

The ICON community, whose Ebony model was awarded Best Architecture for a home under 2,000 sq. ft. by the National Association of Homebuilders organizations, is now sold out.

icon final home in twilight.

Popular Granite Ridge Sells Out in Record Time.

Jurupa Valley

Granite Ridge street scene as visualized by artist.

ICON Palm Springs takes home the gold for the Ebony model!

Palm Springs

The ICON Ebony model has been awarded Best Architecture for a home under 2,000 sq. ft. by the National Association of Homebuilders organizations.

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Best Architecture for a home under 2,000 sq. ft.

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MORE THAN HALF OF CONSUMERS BELIEVE NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO BUY A HOME

More than half of Americans polled on behalf of the National Association of Realtors believe that now is a good time to buy a home, the group said Monday.

Optimism fared well in the third quarter of 2019 as 63% of those surveyed said they believe that now is a good time for a home purchase, with 34% of those respondents saying they believe that strongly.

NAR's chief economist Lawrence Yun said the favorable outlook also merits a degree of caution. "Mortgage rates are at historically low levels, so I see no sign of the optimism about home buying fading," he said. "However, the fact that slightly fewer are expressing strong intensity compared to recent prior quarters is implying some would-be buyers have concerns about the direction of the economy."

Among those that stated that now is a good time to purchase a home, the silent generation (those born between 1925 and 1945) were most likely to express that belief. 75% from that demographic said that now is a good time to buy. They were closely followed by older boomers (those born between 1946 and 1954), as 72% from that age group agreed that now is a good time to purchase a home.

When NAR's third quarter Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) survey asked whether now is a good time to purchase a home, of those who have an income under $50,000, 54% answered "yes." Answers in the affirmative increased as household incomes increased. In the $50,000 to $100,000 bracket, 64% said now is a good time to buy a home, and among those polled who have an income of $100,000, 72% said that it is currently a good time to buy.

"Not surprisingly, as incomes increase, the process of buying a home is less of a strain," said Yun. "This has always been the case, but in this third quarter survey, we see it to an even greater extent – high earners are more open to buying a home."

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— 63% of those surveyed said they believe that now is a good time for a home purchase, with 34% of those respondents saying they believe that strongly. —

The NAR survey also asked respondents about their thoughts on selling a home in the current market. 74% of those polled said that now is a good time to sell a home – a modest increase over 73% last quarter. Of those respondents, 45% said they "strongly" believe now is a good time for selling a home, while the remaining 29% said they hold that belief "moderately."

Those in the West region were most likely to hold this sentiment, as 81% of the region's respondents said "now is a good time to sell." In comparison, in the Northeast, 67% said now is a good time to sell a home.

In regard to household income and thoughts on selling a home, the poll found that those in the higher wage brackets were more likely to state a belief in favor of now being a good time to sell a home. Among the surveyed who answered that now is a good time to sell, 82% of them earn more than $100,000. However, of those who earn less than $50,000, only 64% said now is a good time to sell.

Respondents were also questioned about their outlook toward the U.S. economy. 52% of those surveyed said they believe the U.S. economy is improving. This is a decrease from the second quarter of 2019, when 55% said they believed the economy is improving.

Millennials (those born between 1980 and 1998) were the most pessimistic, only 49% said the economy is improving and 51% said it is not improving. 54% of the silent generation – in this case, the most optimistic group – said the economy is improving. 40% of those in urban areas also believe the economy is improving, compared to 62% in rural areas.

From July through September, a sample of U.S. households was surveyed via a random-digit-dial, including a mix of cell phones and landlines. The survey was conducted by TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence. Each month approximately 900 qualified households responded to the survey. The data was compiled for this report representing a total of 2,705 household responses.

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ICON was just announced a finalist for the SoCal Awards!

Palm Springs

All three models – Citron, Indigo and Ebony – are finalists in the Best SFD Architecture under 2,000 sf.

See the full list of Finalists

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The homes at Icon have open floor plans with tall ceilings and polished concrete floors on the main level.
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Far West Industries acquires 27 new home community in the City of Rancho Mirage

Rancho Mirage

The new neighborhood will feature modern 3 bedroom homes plus den and varied casita suites on a gated street in a well established area of prestigious Rancho Mirage.

The community boasts large homesites from 11,376 sf to 18,176 sq. ft. in size. Far West Industries plans to start grading in the Fall of 2019.

Aerial view of new home community perimeters.

Far West Industries Earns Coveted Gold Nugget Honors for ICON Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Cassie Cherry (Danielian Associates), John Danielian, Heidi Burris (AI Design), Art Danielian.

Judges for the 2019 Gold Nugget Awards have named Far West Industries as a Gold Nugget Grand Award winner in its annual competition, which honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. Far West Industries took home the grand award for ICON Palm Springs, which was honored for Best Detached Single-Family Home 1,800 sq. feet or under.

"Gold Nugget Award winners reflect the building industry's best, brightest and most innovative architects, planners and builder/developers," said Judging Chairman and Gold Nugget ceremonies administrator Lisa Parrish. "We applaud them all."

Now in its 56th year, GNA is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. Winners this year were chosen from over 600 entries from around the world.

Gold Nugget Grand award.

Gold Nugget Awards — Recognizing those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development. Tap here to read the full story.

Modern Homes are Finalist For Prestigious Award

Palm Springs

ICON has been creating a sensation among homebuyers since its introduction, now it is be-ing recognized by the building industry with a finalist nominations for the prestigious Gold Nugget Merit award.

Gold Nugget Merit award.

Known as the "Academy Awards" of the building industry, PCBS's Gold Nugget Awards are presented each year to the top innovators in design, planning and development. Far West Industries' ICON has been recognized with finalist nominations for The Citron and Indigo models in the Best Single Family Detached Home Under 1800 Sq. Ft. category.

The competition is open to builders, developers, architects, and land planners with communi-ties and projects across the United States and internationally. The awards are selected by a panel of top industry experts after a review of over 600 entries. Winners must have displayed the most progressive trends in planning, design and building.

Winners will be announced and presented May 31st at the Gold Nugget Ceremony in San Francisco.

The new private-gated ICON offers 46 new modern homes in a sought-after Palm Springs area with a convenient location near the downtown area with all the popular boutiques, shops, galleries and restaurants.

Open and expansive floor plans at ICON range from 1,558 to 2,040 square feet with a wide array of features for the ultimate in style and comfort. The neighborhood of 46 two-story, sin-gle-family homes is gated and private. Four unique plans are available: The Citron, Ebony, Ebony 2 and Indigo.

Floor plans include dual master suites with private baths and outdoor decks.

ICON's streamlined and linear lines are finished with roof designs that float above walls cre-ating a visually modern indoor/outdoor living space. Outdoor casitas (available on select homesites) can be transformed into a private home office, guest residence, exercise or artist studio. Modernism design at its finest with polished concrete floors, voluminous ceilings, 12"x24" tile bath and laundry flooring, premium carpeting in all bedrooms, Bosch 800 Series stainless steel kitchen appliances, kitchen island with bar seating, stainless sinks, Quartz countertops, Thermo-foil flat panel cabinetry. Attached 2-car garages, luxurious private pools and spas, outdoor showers, and a solar package are among the highlights included with the ICON home.

ICON is located at 2705 Majestic Way, just north of Racquet Club on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs

For more information call Steve Sullivan at 760-285-5912 or join the interest list at ICONPalmSprings.com

Far West dedicates new Summit Park at their newest community of Granite Ridge in Jurupa

Jurupa Valley

Ribbon cutting ceremony.

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It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood at Granite Ridge… as we work our way up the hill for phase 8!

Jurupa Valley

Popular Granite Ridge Offers Buyers Both FHA and VA Financing, Making Homeownership Easy

Jurupa Valley

The new home neighborhood of Granite Ridge, one of the Inland Empire's favorite new home communities among buyers searching for a well-built single-family home, makes buying their first home possible. Offering both FHA and VA financing, buyers have discovered that they can purchase a new home here at Granite Ridge with as little as 3.5% down under FHA guide-lines.

For those who served in the military, they can buy a new home with as little as $1 down, upon approval.

Granite Ridge model kitchen.
The home chef will be impressed with the well-equipped gourmet kitchen

Granite Ridge offers scenic surroundings, beautifully designed and appointed homes, a con-venient location and affordability, creating the perfect home-buying opportunity especially for first-time buyers. Priced from the high $300,000s, families have the chance to purchase a custom-quality home in a gated community. Candice Katayama, Sales and Marketing Manag-er for builder Far West Industries said, "First-time homebuyers are so excited when they tour Granite Ridge and find out all the possibilities the community has to offer, and that homes of this caliber are affordable and attainable. Far West Industries is proud to offer Granite Ridge, providing a perfect place for children to grow up and where family memories can be made and treasured."

Granite Ridge provides three private parks for the exclusive use of residents. A total of 192 single-family homes are set within this gated community. Four distinctive floor plans are avail-able offering two- and three-story floor plans that range in size from 1,771 sq. ft. to 2,356 sq. ft. featuring up to 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.

Prospective homebuyers appreciate the spaciousness of the rooms including a central beau-tifully appointed great room perfect for family entertaining. Numerous custom-style features have been incorporated into the home interiors including raised panel doors, decorative hardware, 12"x12" ceramic tile floor tile in specific areas and decorative baseboards.

The home chef will be impressed with the well-equipped gourmet kitchen designed with to-day's most popular features. Included are a stainless-steel Frigidaire appliance package, granite countertops offered in a choice of colors, custom-designed maple shaker-style cabi-nets, stainless steel sink with high-arched faucet and recessed lighting. A convenient walk-in pantry offers stock-up space and in most plans is peninsula bar seating for casual meals.

The Granite Ridge Master Suite is a private retreat with many custom-quality features. The couple will enjoy a relaxing sanctuary completed by a spa-style soaking tub and glass-enclosed shower (per plan design), custom-designed maple vanity, dual sinks, com-partmentalized lavatory, and spacious walk-in closet.

Far West Industries is committed to provide homes designed with the latest advances in Green Energy-Efficient features that help save resources and keep utility bills low. Superior R-30 roof insulation and radiant roof barrier assists in maintaining comfortable conditions with-in the home reducing the use of heat and air conditioning. Natural gas forced air heating and air conditioning with high efficiency 14 SEER rating, energy-efficient dual glazed Low-E win-dows throughout, and a tankless water heater are additional green features to note. Homes at Granite Ridge are also solar ready. Water efficient front yard landscaping with automatic sprinklers systems are maintained by the HOA.

The community is conveniently located just off the 60 freeway. Take the Pyrite Street exit north and turn right on Granite Hills Drive to the community and the models. For more infor-mation call 951-836-7014. Tour the models daily 10 am to 5 pm.

Far West Break Ground on The Centre in Downtown Garden Grove

Garden Grove

Far West principals with shovels of dirt at ground-breaking ceremony.

Crescent Square In Signal Hill Down to Final 7 Homes

Signal Hill

With the busy summer now in full swing in the beautiful coastal city of Signal Hill, buyer activity at Crescent Square has been busier than usual with the nice warm beach weather.

So nice in fact, that the builder has just reported that they are down to the final 7 homes in this upscale single-family community.

Portion of Crescent Square site map.

Offering a limited collection of 25 homes, set in an intimate neighborhood with views of Long Beach, the coastline and the mountains, the few remaining homes offer three of the plan 1's and four of the plan 2's.

Both beautiful designs feature a unique three-story design that ranges in size from approximately 2,794 to 3,103 square feet. Boasting plenty of living space in a flexible design, residences feature 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms each including a 3-car garage and added amenities such as an included elevator for easy access to all living areas and a 3 car garage.

The third-floor of each home offers quite a surprise for shoppers with a bedroom, bathroom and expansive bonus room, or kitchenette on select plans. The third floor opens to an outside covered deck with room to customize your home even further with the addition of a television, barbecue, sink and/or refrigerator. The limit is only your imagination.

With the kitchenette on the upper floor it makes an ideal private suite for parents or grandparents with the elevator giving them easy access to the rest of the home.

Crescent Square offers prospective buyers a chance to own a new home in Signal Hill that is close to everything including nearby beaches of Long Beach, restaurants and shopping. To receive a private tour of Crescent Square, please register at CrescentSquareHomes.com, or call 562-665-3620. The homes are priced from the high $900,000's.

 

Far West Industries Recieves Small Business Honors

Irvine

Santa Ana-based homebuilder, Far West Industries is awarded the small-business honor at the Business Journal's annual Family-Owned Business Awards held on June 14 at Hotel Irvine.

Tap here or on the image below to read the full article from the Orange County Business Journal.

Page 4 of the Orange County Business Journal Interview.

 

Granite Ridge Sells 38 Homes in 7 Weeks

Jurupa Valley

With the grand opening of Granite Ridge homes just a few weeks ago, the sales team has just announced that they are basically selling 5 + homes a week!

Located in the beautiful city of Jurupa Valley, the hillside community of Granite Ridge literally celebrated its grand opening with hundreds of people just eager to see this affordable gated new neighborhood.

Now with 38 new families choosing Granite Ridge, it is fast becoming the Inland Empire's fastest selling new home community.

Evening view of front of model home with lights on.

Upon completion, this hillside community will be comprised of 192 single family homes in a pri-vate world that features a gated community and three private parks for the exclusive use of residents.

"We are seeing a lot of young families eager to buy their first new home," stated Karen Newcombe, Sales and Marketing Manager for the builder Far West Industries. "It is so wonderful to meet young people who thought they would never be able to buy their first home, yet alone a new home of this caliber. Our builder, Far West Industries takes great pride in being able to build affordable homes that families can afford and enjoy for the rest of their life."

Four distinctive floor plans are available offering two- and three-story floor plans that range in size from 1,771 sq. ft. to 2,356 sq. ft. with up to 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.

Prospective homebuyers will enjoy spacious and grand rooms with a central and well-appointed great rooms, separate dining areas and many notable details throughout including raised panel doors, decorative hardware, 12"x12" ceramic floor tile in specific areas, decorative baseboards.

Gourmet Kitchen features are impressive with a stainless steel Frigidaire® appliance package, granite countertops offered in a choice of colors, custom designed maple shaker-style cabinets and stainless steel sink with high-arched faucet. A convenient walk-in pantry and kitchen peninsula bar seating (in most plans) and recessed lighting completes the picture that's sure to please the most avid home cook.

The Granite Ridge Master Suite creates an exceptional private retreat with custom-quality features including a spa-style soaking tub and glass-enclosed shower (per plan design), custom-designed maple vanity, dual sinks, compartmentalized lavatory, and spacious walk-in closet.

Green Energy-Efficient systems are in place to help save resources and keep utility bills low. Superior R-30 roof insulation and radiant roof barrier assists in maintaining comfortable conditions within the home reducing the use of heat and air conditioning. Natural gas forced air heating and air conditioning with high efficiency 14 SEER rating, energy-efficient dual glazed Low-E windows throughout, and a tankless water heater are additional green features to note. Homes at Granite Ridge are also solar ready. Water efficient front yard landscaping with automatic sprinklers systems are maintained by the HOA.

The homes are priced from the mid $300,000's.

The community is conveniently located just off the 60 freeway. Take the Pyrite Street exit north and turn right on Granite Hills Drive to the community and the models. For more information learn more online at GraniteRidgeHome.com or call 951-836-7014. Tour the models daily 10 am to 6 pm.

 

A Perfect Pairing

Signal Hill

The only thing more beautiful than our homes are the sunsets at Crescent Square.

beautiful red sunset from roof top.

For more information, register to receive updates on Crescent Square homes.

 

BAM! SOLD OUT!

Lake Elsinore

The community of Trieste in Lake Elsinore sold out in record speed. Congrats to all the new home owners.

sold out

 

Granite Ridge Models Are Underway!

Jurupa Valley

Designed to be family friendly homes, the gated community located in the hillside of Jurupa Valley, will offer residents private neighborhood parks including tot lots, a half-court basketball and a recreation sports field, as well as open green spaces.

Tractor grading home lots

For more information, register to receive updates on Granite Ridge and its timing.

 

Far West Industries Begins Grading on 192 Single Family Homes at Granite Ridge in Jurupa Valley, California

Jurupa Valley
Granite Ridge land grading with heavy equipment Granite Ridge land grading with heavy equipment Far West Industries recently broke ground on their latest new home community of Granite Ridge in the Riverside area of Jurupa Valley. Offering four single family home designs, Granite Ridge will offer two and three story homes that range in size from 1,771 to 2,356 square feet of living space.

Designed with growing families in mind, the homes will offer plans that will feature up to 5 bedrooms, and 3 1/2 baths with large 2 car attached garages. Some of the larger plans include a 3rd floor bonus room as well as options to customize each home.

For more information, register to receive updates on Granite Ridge and its timing.

 

Far West Industries Acquires Crescent Square in Signal Hill

Signal Hill
Work has begun on the much anticipated new home community of Crescent Square located in the upscale community of Signal Hill. With grading now underway for 25 new homes, the interest list for prospective buyers is starting to grow. Anyone interested in learning more about Crescent Square is encouraged to sign up with the link below.

Crescent Square will offer homebuyers luxury single family homes with two very distinctive home designs. Focusing on style and livability, the homes will range in size from 2,794 to 3,152 square feet of living space with many unique features Offering up to 4 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths, and a three car attached garage, each home also offers an optional elevator. The third floor offers a large bonus room concept as well as covered outdoor living.

With work progressing nicely, the anticipated opening is still expected to be in the Spring of 2017, prospective buyers can register online to get the latest updates.

 

Professional Builder Magazine Interviews Scott Lissoy, President of Far West Industries

Click here to read the Professional Builder magazine interview by Susan Bady, of the President and Co-Owner of Far West Industries, Scott Lissoy, new home community builders in Southern California.

Modern Builder Magazine Interview

 

Modern Home Builder Magazine Interviews Scott Lissoy, President of Far West Industries

Click here to read the Modern Home Builder magazine interview by Jim Harris, of the President and Co-Owner of Far West Industries, Scott Lissoy, new home community builders in Southern California.

Modern Builder Magazine Interview

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