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San Joaquin Valley Homes and Presidio Residential Capital Close on Two Parcels of Land in Visalia, Calif.

VISALIA, Calif., Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital recently closed on two land parcels in Visalia to build a total of 121 single-family detached homes with single-level floor plans.

The first parcel on 19 acres, is named Arbor Gates and will introduce 91 lots near the northwest corner of Visalia Parkway and Demaree Street in southwest Visalia. The second, Cameron Court, encompasses nearly five acres near the southwest corner of Caldwell Avenue and Court Street in Visalia and will offer 30 lots. Model construction for both is planned for December 2020.

“We can’t wait to introduce homebuyers to these two new beautiful communities,” said Danny Garcia, vice president of sales at SJV Homes. “Both of these neighborhoods are in great locations in Visalia.”

Arbor Gates will be a gated community of garden-style homes and includes a neighborhood park. The lots are an average 5,600 square feet, and the homes will range from 1,297 to 1,597 square feet with such features as nine-foot ceilings, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and some with covered patios. They will have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and attached two-car garages.

Cameron Court is a more intimate-sized neighborhood with just 30 detached garden homes on lots averaging 5,500 square feet. These three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes will also be 1,297 to 1,597 square feet and feature amenities similar to Arbor Gates.

Both Cameron Court and Arbor Gates are south of Highway 198, the major east-west corridor in the region. Major retail, dining and services are less than one mile from both communities.

Students living at both communities can attend Cottonwood Creek Elementary School, La Joya Middle School and El Diamante High School – all in the Visalia Unified School District.

These communities represent SJV

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HCAD residential appraisers to start visiting neighborhoods and homes

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While they do it every year, the Harris County Appraisal District is reminding residents that appraisers will be visiting neighborhoods throughout the county starting Oct. 1.

With so many people working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, HCAD wants residents to know what to be on the lookout for when appraisers show up to verify neighborhood changes, property characteristics and other data.


While initially focusing on new construction, all properties are subject to verification.

“Correct data is essential to developing accurate estimates of value,” said Roland Altinger, chief appraiser. “Field inspections by our appraisers are a very important part of this process.”

HCAD wants residents know what appraisers will look like and what they will do while appraising properties.



Foremost, appraisers “will never ask to enter” a home nor ask property owners to accompany them around a house.

“Appraisers will knock on the front door to alert the resident they are on the property, identify themself as an HCAD appraiser, and ask permission to measure the home and any other structures on the property,” HCAD reported in a news release. “If access is denied, the appraiser will leave the property and estimate the size and characteristics from the street. If the property owner is not home, the appraiser will measure the sections of the structures that are accessible without entering a gate.”


Appraisers may appear as early at 7:45 a.m. but not later than 5:15 p.m. All appraisers wear a blue jacket or vest with the “HCAD emblem on the front and HCAD Appraiser on the back and carry an identification badge with his or her picture, name and unique appraiser number.”


Since they work from their own personal vehicles with a magnetic sign attached, identifying them

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Residential Construction – Estimating Software Will Save Contractors Time & Money!

It certainly isn't the easiest job in the world to manage a construction project – and it involves a lot more than knowing how to use tools and build things! Of course construction managers do years of study to learn all the complexities of their role, but onstruction

estimating is something that is only mastered through hands on, long term experience. Many contractors hold the belief that residential construction estimating software can cause more harm than good, and this was perhaps the case in the earlier stages of development. Modern day advances mean more variety is available on the market and there is a construction estimating software package that can make your life a whole lot easier.

If you want your residential construction business to be a success, it is vital that you have solid record keeping procedures and immaculate books: If the numbers aren't right the whole business could go under. Construction estimating software will enable you to keep track of every expense, every day and produce analysis and reports on demand, without getting out your calculator. So often contractors are left scratching their heads and wondering where they went wrong with the residential construction estimations that made them lose so much money each year. With the right estimation software contractors can monitor the budget, work out the productivity and costs and check schedules anytime they like, and if a problem arises, it is on record and easy to decipher solutions. Construction companies can go from running at a continuous loss to making steady and increasing profits.

For small businesses that use QuickBooks or the like for financial management, residential construction estimating software will often be compatible. Good estimating programs will work out square footage and local code requirements and devise a quote that leaves enough profit left over …

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Contractor – Residential General Contractors

If you decide to do some remodeling on your existing home or are having a new residence built from the ground up, you have a few different types of contractors to consider. Different ones have their own specialties, and you can save money by hiring a smaller-scale provider for redecorating jobs rather than paying for a large company. Plan out and budget how big your redecorating job will be in order to choose the right professional for the project.

If you are dreaming big and would like to add an extra room or floor to your house, a residential general contractor is the best person to consult. They have experience with larger projects that involve architecture and design aimed at improving the living standards of the homeowner. Just under these specialists are home improvement contractors, who work on smaller tasks such as installing new windows or cabinets. In the construction field, they are called subcontractors and work under the residential general contractors.

Once you have planned out how large and extensive your home improvement project will be, you can start to narrow down who to hire. If you are simply remodeling one room of your house, it makes more sense to hire a home improvement specialist because that is their area of ​​expertise. As long as you are not knocking down any walls or rewiring the whole room, a home improvement expert will be perfectly able to fulfill your requests. These providers are very knowledgeable on where is the best place for any installments in the room, and can sometimes even offer decorating advice.

If your redecorating plans involve major demolition or addition of walls or rooms, a residential general contractor is the best way to go. They will be able to organize the schedules and workers efficiently and keep …

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Residential Painting Contractors

This is a professional who paints exterior and interior walls, the trim, and porches on a home. Professional residential painting contractors have specialized knowledge in knowing what the right types of paint to use for a job along with adding details to the painting job such as borders or texturing. There are some that also have the equipment that will allow them to reach places up high such as window shutters or second stories. Their primary job will be to provide paint applications in various homes. They may also work for a builder painting the homes that are being built.

Due to many homes now having vinyl siding that is paint-free homeowners no longer need the outside of their homes painted. There are some homeowners who do prefer the authentic wood look and may still need an exterior painter to do this work. Some residential painting contractors have their own business and will hire work out to subcontractors if they are extremely busy or have a rush job. Other times they may do all the work themselves so they will make a bigger profit.

There are benefits of hiring residential painting contractors instead of the homeowner doing all the painting. In addition to there being less painting for the homeowner the contractor has the special equipment and tools that can help the job go faster, the paint job will have a more professional look to it, and the contractor may have employees to help with the work. Some examples of special equipment and tools can include specialized lifts or ladders, extensions to attach to paint rollers so they can reach higher areas, knowledge how to do decorative details and more. Residential painting contractors are often skilled in many other tasks besides painting. They know how to get walls ready for …

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