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Girls with Power Tools remodeling company gives homes, communities a facelift

Ruth Haller was on her hands and knees, crawling as she pulled the heavy-duty construction material up from the floor of the home she is remodeling in Barrio Logan.

“As you can see, it’s not glamorous,” she said of the work.

The teacher-turned-renovator now runs a home-remodeling company called Girls with Power Tools with her friend, Pamela Macias.

The pair have been working on the South 26th Street home for more than a month. They plan to finish next week and place the 1930s Craftsman up for sale.

The work is not all for profit.

The Girls with Power Tools proprietors plan to use 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the home to purchase laptop computers for students in the neighborhood or in other parts of San Diego. They are also considering purchasing wireless internet cards for needy families.

Haller will dedicate another 10 percent to Guitars in the Classroom, a Mission Valley nonprofit that trains educators on using music to enhance education.

Haller said it feels wonderful to give back to the community where she started her teaching career, and where she feels at home. She spent nearly nine years at Emerson-Bandini Elementary, which is less than two miles from the house on South 26th Street. Later she transferred to Webster Elementary.

“I love coming back to the neighborhood I started in … being here … it just feels good to go down the street every day and see everything that I love about being Mexican,” Haller said.

Macias and Haller started their home-renovation company earlier this year, after flipping four other properties independently.

Macias was a Realtor and eviction agent before she began helping clients with distressed properties by renovating the homes.

With the pandemic in full swing, and a temporary ban on evictions, there

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Pandemic boosts sales of luxury homes in resort communities

Wealthy Americans are snapping up multimillion-dollar homes in exclusive resort communities as the coronavirus pandemic continues to fuel a work-from-home lifestyle that no longer tethers workers to the office five days a week. 

Sales of expensive homes in places like Aspen, Colorado; the Hamptons; and Palm Beach, Florida have been booming since May, when it became clear the pandemic would upend Americans’ lifestyles indefinitely, according to real estate agents and appraisers across the country. 

“We are seeing greater sales gains in more expensive properties in areas people consider to be retirement destinations and resorts,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), a trade association representing real estate professionals. “I think this new economy and working from home can also mean working from a vacation home — that is, a larger size home with more elbow room that is in more of a vacation destination.”

For July, home sales in resort regions across the country were up nearly 29% compared to last year, according to NAR’s data. 

Indeed, the COVID-induced remote work phenomenon is fueling much of the uptick in high-end property sales in vacation destinations, according to New York City real estate appraiser Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel.

In Aspen, there’s been what Miller called an “unusual surge” in home sales above $5 million in recent months.

Last month, nine new sales contracts were signed for homes between $10 million and $20 million in the upscale ski town, versus one in September last year, according to Douglas Elliman’s report of signed residential contracts authored by Miller.

“Inventory is flying off the shelf,” he said of the 800% increase in signed contracts for Aspen homes. 

Sales are rising in other high end communities as well. In Palm Beach County in September, ninety new contracts were signed

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KTGY-Designed Communities Receive Recognition for Best Architectural Design

“Estancia – Plan 6 in Mountain View, California, won the MAME Award for the Best Architectural Design Attached Home – Under 2,000 SF. Lennar is the builder. KTGY Architecture + Planning is the architect.”

OAKLAND, Calif. – KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area has recognized KTGY-designed residential communities and residences at the prestigious 43rd Annual MAME Awards competition presented by the Sales & Marketing Council. The awards honor the industry’s most outstanding builder, sales, marketing and trade professionals who have distinguished themselves by working hard to deliver their best each day for the betterment of the industry. The winners were announced from the list of finalists on October 1, 2020.

KTGY’s winning design was:

Best Architectural Design Attached Home – Under 2,000 SF
Estancia – Plan 6
Location: Mountain View, California
Builder: Lennar
Architect: KTGY Architecture + Planning

This new, distinctive community is situated in the center of the Silicon Valley in proximity to the Bay Area’s technology hub and Google headquarters, appealing to families and young professionals. The three-story townhome’s design incorporates fine craftsman detailing; the front porch serves as the entrance point of the home opening to the first level foyer, with two-bay garage and ground-floor bedroom and private bathroom ideal for hosting out-of-town guests. The stairs lead to the second level that opens to a spacious living and dining area with open kitchen, a powder room is also provided on this level. Two outdoor decks adorn the open layout, located off the great room and kitchen submerging the space in natural light and creating an ideal space for entertaining guests. The third floor contains the master suite and additional bedroom with walk-in closet and two full private bathrooms. Washer and dryer are conveniently located on the

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LGI Homes Announces Opening of Three New Communities in Dallas-Fort Worth Market

The beautiful Ozark plan is now available at Oak Ridge.

The brand-new Ozark plan offers a spacious, open layout paired with a host of impressive upgrades.
The brand-new Ozark plan offers a spacious, open layout paired with a host of impressive upgrades.
The brand-new Ozark plan offers a spacious, open layout paired with a host of impressive upgrades.

DALLAS, Oct. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LGI Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ: LGIH) today announced their continued expansion into the Dallas-Fort Worth market with three new communities, Princeton Crossroads, Oak Ridge and Seagoville Farms.

Ideally located northeast of downtown Dallas in Princeton, Texas is the community of Princeton Crossroads. Within this new community, LGI Homes is constructing 331 homes, offering a luxurious lineup of three-, four- and five-bedroom floor plans. Homes in this community range in size from 1,803 square feet up to 2,700 square feet and feature the highly sought-after CompleteHome Plus™ package. Included in every new home in this community are designer-selected features and upgrades such as stainless steel Whirlpool® appliances, granite countertops, two-inch faux wood blinds on all operable windows, ceiling fan light kits in the living room and master bedrooms, a Wi-Fi-enabled garage door opener and more. In addition, Princeton Crossroads is situated near a host of incredible parks and outdoor recreation. Enjoy fishing, swimming and boating at nearby Lavon Lake, spend the day at JM Caldwell Sr. Community Park or check out some of the incredible shopping in downtown McKinney. Closer to home, residents of Princeton Crossroads will soon enjoy a brand-new community park with a picnic area, a children’s playground, walking paths and plenty of open green space. New homes in this community start in the $250s.

LGI Homes continued Dallas-Fort Worth expansion with the opening of a new community in the east Fort Worth area. Oak Ridge, located less than two miles from I-820 and just minutes from downtown Fort Worth,

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Havenpark Communities hosts grand re-opening at Brookwood Estates to celebrate community improvements

West Fargo Mayor and City Commissioner Visit Newly Renovated Havenpark Property

West Fargo City commissioner, Mandy George; Havepark Communities Divisional Vice President, Sean King; and West Fargo City Mayor, Bernie Dardis pose in front of the newly installed Brookwood Estates monument sign.
West Fargo City commissioner, Mandy George; Havepark Communities Divisional Vice President, Sean King; and West Fargo City Mayor, Bernie Dardis pose in front of the newly installed Brookwood Estates monument sign.
West Fargo City commissioner, Mandy George; Havepark Communities Divisional Vice President, Sean King; and West Fargo City Mayor, Bernie Dardis pose in front of the newly installed Brookwood Estates monument sign.

Brookwood Estates Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Residents and staff at Brookwood Estates gather over food and entertainment to celebrate their community's relaunch. Masks and sanitization were provided for all attendees.
Residents and staff at Brookwood Estates gather over food and entertainment to celebrate their community’s relaunch. Masks and sanitization were provided for all attendees.
Residents and staff at Brookwood Estates gather over food and entertainment to celebrate their community’s relaunch. Masks and sanitization were provided for all attendees.

Brookwood Estates Community Pride

Residents at Brookwood Estates take pride in their community and strive to make their community a beautiful place to live in.
Residents at Brookwood Estates take pride in their community and strive to make their community a beautiful place to live in.
Residents at Brookwood Estates take pride in their community and strive to make their community a beautiful place to live in.

New Community Clubhouse

Havenpark Communities has invested over $1.3 million in community updates at Brookwood Estates. Among these updates include a new community clubhouse.
Havenpark Communities has invested over $1.3 million in community updates at Brookwood Estates. Among these updates include a new community clubhouse.
Havenpark Communities has invested over $1.3 million in community updates at Brookwood Estates. Among these updates include a new community clubhouse.

New Roads at Brookwood Estates

Havenpark Communities has invested over $1.3 million in community updates at Brookwood Estates. Among these updates include newly paved roads.
Havenpark Communities has invested over $1.3 million in community updates at Brookwood Estates. Among these updates include newly paved roads.
Havenpark Communities has invested over $1.3 million in community updates at Brookwood Estates. Among these updates include newly paved roads.

New Homes at Brookwood Estates

Since taking ownership of Brookwood Estates in 2019, Havenpark Communities has actively sold and leased new homes to residents.
Since taking ownership of Brookwood Estates in 2019, Havenpark Communities has actively sold and leased new homes to residents.
Since taking ownership of Brookwood Estates in 2019, Havenpark Communities has actively sold and