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At Ashton Woods, exceptional design is not just some lofty ideal. It is the core of who we are and it inspires the creativity that lives within us all. As we continue to blaze new trails in homebuilding, join us in welcoming a new era at Ashton Woods.

Today we unveil the new look of our brand and website, created to align with our unique approach to homebuilding: exceptional, inspired design in every home we build.

While our look and our logo may have changed, we’ll still be delivering award-winning design, an unrivaled level of personalization and the collaborative approach that has led to our recently being recognized as the Most Trusted Homebuilder in America for the second year in a row.

To see how Ashton Woods can be your Home to Inspiration, visit us at the new AshtonWoods.com.

Ashton Woods Wins Volume Builder of the Year in Houston’s PRISM Awards

(Houston, TX – Oct. 7, 2014)          Ashton Woods Homes won 12 awards at the Greater Houston Builders Association’s Houston’s Best PRISM gala, including the Grand Award for Volume Builder of the Year.

The builder won or was a finalist in all three major areas of the competition — people, product and promotions — and posted more wins than any other builder. In addition to the 12 wins, Ashton Woods was a finalist in 15 categories.

Besides the Grand Award, Ashton Woods won trophies for Volume Builder Product Design, $350,000-$400,000; Volume Builder Product Design, $250,000-$300,000; Volume Builder — Kitchen; Volume Builder — Family Room; Volume Builder — Bedroom; Volume Builder — Outdoor Living Space; Volume Builder Interior Merchandising for a Model Home, $300,000-$350,000; Volume Builder Interior Merchandising for a Model Home, $250,000-$300,000; Volume Builder Interior Merchandising for a Model Home, $200,000-$250,000; Event of the Year — Volume Builder; and Website of the Year — Volume Builder. In addition, Leigha Roberts was named a finalist for Online Sales Person of the Year and Tim Schubert was named a finalist for Rookie Onsite Sales Professional of the Year. Deborah Opalacz was a finalist for Volume Builder — Design Center Associate of the Year.

GHBA Prism Awards 2014

“It was a good night to be recognized in so many categories and to be named Volume Builder of the Year, particularly in such a highly competitive market as what we have in Houston” said Dan Gezella, vice president of sales and marketing for Ashton Woods Homes’ Houston division. “Our award-winning product design and employees are the reason 95 percent of our home buyers say they are likely to recommend Ashton Woods to friends and family.”

It is the second time Ashton Woods Homes received a Grand Award for Volume Builder of the Year this year, winning the title this summer in the prestigious Star Awards presented by the Texas Association of Builders.

Ashton Woods, named the Most Trusted Builder in America for a second consecutive year by the Lifestory Research 2014 Most Trusted Builders in America Study, SM builds in 14 communities throughout Houston, with prices from the $190,000s. For more information on Ashton Woods, visit www.ashtonwoodshomes.com.

About Ashton Woods Homes
Ashton Woods is one of the nation’s largest private homebuilding companies, blazing new trails in design and personalization to build homes as unique as the people who live in them.  Collaborating with homeowners for over 25 years, the company and its team of world-renowned designers look beyond the conventional to draw inspiration from unexpected sources, resulting in exceptional design in every Ashton Woods home.  Recently recognized as the Most-Trusted Builder in America for the second year in a row by the Lifestory Research 2014 Most Trusted Builder in America StudySM, Ashton Woods’ collaborative approach is a key driver of its best-in-class customer satisfaction scores, with 95% of homebuyers likely to recommend the company to friends and family.  For more information, or to experience the excitement of becoming another satisfied Ashton Woods homeowner, visit www.ashtonwoods.com.

About Ashton Woods Homes Houston
Ashton Woods Homes Houston can be found throughout the greater Houston area, from Fort Bend County to Pearland to Kingwood. The division carefully chooses its community partners, currently building in 15 premier master-planned developments close to shopping, schools and employment centers. Ashton Woods Homes Houston has been a vital part of Houston’s bustling real estate market since 1990 and is widely respected among industry leaders, winning numerous awards for design and customer service. For more information, visit www.ashtonwoodshomes.com/houston.

Green Living: It’s Never Too Late to Start

Did you know that 85% of total U.S. greenhouse emissions are energy related?  The choices we make today will affect the amount of greenhouse gases we put in the atmosphere in the near future and for years to come. At Ashton Woods, we are dedicated to providing our buyers with features in their homes that help offset and eliminate greenhouse emissions. We are proud of our commitment to the environment and thought we would share some tips on bringing green living into your home.

1. Think Green From The Start

  • Certain programs, such as Environments for Living (EFL), which all Ashton Woods Homes are built in accordance to, feature standardized energy efficient options that can save homeowners as much as 45% a year on utility bills – Ashton Woods is the ONLY builder to nationally utilize the EFL Platinum Program.
  • In addition, the Powerhouse Green Home Energy Program, also utilized by Ashton Woods, aims to reduce overall energy costs in single-family homes and townhouses.
  • Ashton Woods Homeowners can save as much as $3,816 in utility costs on average per year. Not only is that a great way to help the environment, but it’s a great way to put “green” back in your pocket. To find out how much you can save with an Ashton Woods home, try the Energy Performance Savings Calculator.

2. Reduce Overall Energy Consumption

  • Install additional features that will contribute to energy savings on a daily basis. For example, try purchasing LED light bulbs or WaterSense shower-heads and faucet aerators.
  • Think smart! Turn off lights when you leave the room and unplug electronics when they are not in use. These “Vampire Watts” can account for 10% of your yearly electricity bill.

3. Decorate And Clean With Green Products

  • There are now a variety of low toxic, organic paint and cleaning options available when decorating your home. Eliminating potentially harmful additives from your home will result in a healthier and happier environment for your family.

    Did you know? The average adult spends more than 80% of their time indoors. Having high quality air is important to maintaining good health.

    Did you know? The average adult spends more than 80% of their time indoors. Having high quality air is important to maintaining good health.

  • Recycle! Re-purpose furniture and find eclectic used hardware at antique shops or flea markets. Buying antiques is a simple way of decorating green—salvaged items can add a certain charm to any room.
  • Shop Local—Finding a community with convenience to a variety of restaurants and shops is key—now there is no excuse not to shop around at your favorite local spots. (You can also help lower gas emissions by reducing driving time!)

    Green living can not only save you thousands of dollars in utility charges, but it will also make your home a healthy environment for all who live there. Ashton Woods’ commitment to green living offers its residents the infrastructure, appliances and tools necessary to lead a sustainable lifestyle. That’s Green Living that helps you and the planet.

 

Glenlake Gardens, in Raleigh, is an ideal location for those who value convenience—just 1.4 miles from Crabtree Valley Mall and only a short drive away from downtown.

Glenlake Gardens, in Raleigh, is an ideal location for those who value convenience—just 1.4 miles from Crabtree Valley Mall and only a short drive away from downtown.

Ashton Woods Names New Sales Manager at Davis Park

The North Carolina division of award-winning national private home builder Ashton Woods Homes is pleased to announce it has promoted Cameron Smith to Community Sales Manager at Davis Park. As Sales Manager, Smith will be responsible for overseeing community sales, assisting home buyers through their construction process and maintaining Realtor relations. The charming Durham community, Davis Park, located just off I-40 in Durham near Research Triangle Park and the Streets at Southpoint Mall, has seen tremendous interest over the past few months and has just 6 townhomes left for sale.

Davis Park provides buyers with a variety of low-maintenance lifestyle choices with a selection of home design options to suit any buyer’s needs. Townhomes in the community range in size from 1,600 to over 1,900 square-feet, with prices starting in the $170s. The homes feature expansive master suites, high-end designer kitchens and one-car garages, and provide buyers the ability to truly personalize their homes at Ashton Woods’ award-winning design Studio. The community’s family-friendly amenities include a private saltwater pool, biking and walking trails, and a centrally-located park.

Prior to her promotion, Smith served as the Internet Concierge for the company’s Raleigh and Charleston markets. In December 2013, Smith was recognized by Ashton Woods Raleigh as Employee of the Quarter for her continued success within the company. She was also named Top Performer at the Ashton Woods Sales Fusion in February 2014. A Raleigh native, Smith graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

“Cameron has shown a commitment to excellence and dedication to our customers and we are delighted to have her expand her role within the company,” said Rebecca McAdoo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ashton Woods Homes. “Our Davis Park community has proven to be incredibly popular with Triangle home buyers, so the opportunities remaining are increasingly limited.”

Since entering the North Carolina market in 2010, Ashton Woods Raleigh has expanded exponentially throughout the Triangle area with 16 neighborhoods located in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Hillsborough and Apex. The company was recently named the #1 Most Trusted Homebuilder in America for the second year in a row in the Lifestory Research Most Trusted Builders in America Study SM. Ashton Woods is now the nation’s 20th largest national builder based on closings and the fourth largest private builder in the country and has received several Marketing and Advertising Excellence Awards from the Home Builders Association. Ashton Woods’ steadfast commitment to green building and design, affordable living and high quality construction has played a key role in the company’s remarkable success in the area. Decorated model homes are open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more about an Ashton Woods Homes community near you, visit AshtonWoods.com

About Ashton Woods

Ashton Woods is one of the nation’s largest private homebuilding companies, with operations in Atlanta, Austin, Charleston, Dallas, Houston, Killeen/Ft. Hood, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio, Sarasota, Raleigh and Tampa.

Recently recognized as the #1 Most Trusted Homebuilder in America for the second year in a row by the Lifestory Research 2014 Most Trusted Builder in America Study SM,  Ashton Woods is known throughout the industry for building homes with award-winning designs that inspire, and offering homebuyers a high level of personalization options.  Ashton Woods is also the only builder to nationally utilize the Environments for Living Platinum Program, a program that certifies the energy efficient status of our homes. For more information, or to experience the excitement of becoming another satisfied Ashton Woods homeowner, visit AshtonWoods.com and search all of our new homes for sale.

Ashton Woods Wins Grand Award in Texas Association of Builders Contest

(Houston, TX – July 30, 2014)        Ashton Woods received the Grand Award for Volume Builder of the Year/High Volume in the prestigious Star Awards presented recently by the Texas Association of Builders.

Ashton Woods’ Shawnda Lancaster was named Sales Manager of the Year in the competition that invites entries from Texas and the Southwest. Vince Bryant with Wells Fargo won Mortgage Industry Professional of the Year. Bryant works exclusively with Ashton Woods buyers. In all, the builder was a finalist in 11 categories in the best-of-the-best competition.

“It is such an honor to receive the Grand Award for Volume Builder of the Year,” said Dan Gezella, vice president of sales and marketing for Ashton Woods Homes’ Houston division. “It is the competition’s most coveted award. We also are happy the awards recognized Shawnda and Vince’s diligence and commitment. They each have incredible drive and approach their jobs with an unparalleled level of creativity and knowledge.”

Lancaster also was named Sales Manager of the Year in the 2013 Houston’s Best PRISM Awards, hosted by the Greater Houston Builders Association.

Launched in 1992, the Star Awards recognizes the outstanding work of builders, remodelers, architects, designers, sales professionals, marketing professionals, construction professionals and industry leaders. Awards were given in more than 75 categories.

Ashton Woods, named the Most Trusted Builder in America for a second consecutive year by the Lifestory Research 2014 Most Trusted Builders in America Study, SM builds in 14 communities throughout Houston, with prices from the $190,000s. For more information on Ashton Woods, visit www.ashtonwoodshomes.com.

Texas STar builder of the year

Ashton Woods has been named Volume Builder of the Year/High Volume in the Texas Association of Builders’ Texas Star Awards. Celebrating that win and the builder’s other awards that evening were, from left, Shawnda Lancaster, awarded Sales Manager of the Year; Paul Sims, Houston division president; Dan Gezella, vice president of sales and marketing; Mireya Aviles, finalist for Rookie Sales Counselor of the Year; and Nhi Le, also finalist for Rookie Sales Counselor of the Year.

Ashton Woods finals in several categories for Texas Star Awards

The Houston Division of Ashton Woods Homes has been nominated in 11 categories in the annual Star Awards presented by the Texas Association of Builders.

 

Finalists include Vince Bryant for Mortgage Industry Professional of the Year; Nhi Le, Rookie Sales Professional of the Year; Mireya Aviles, Rookie Sales Professional of the Year; and Shawnda Lancaster, Sales Manager of the Year. Ashton Woods also is nominated in several product categories: Volume Builder, Best Product Design, $451,000 to $500,000 for Harmony; Volume Builder, Interior Merchandising, $501,000 to $600,000, Summer Lakes; Volume Builder, Interior Merchandising, $601,000 to $700,000, Southern Trails; Volume Builder, Interior Merchandising over $900,000, Southern Trails; and Volume Builder, Interior Merchandising over $900,000, Harmony. The company also has been nominated for Best Website and the prestigious Grand Award, Volume Builder/High Volume.

 

Winners will be announced Thursday, July 24, at the Sunbelt Builders Show in San Antonio.

 

“It’s impressive to be honored in so many distinctive categories — product, people and marketing, especially in an awards program that recognizes the best of the best in Texas and the Southwest,” said Dan Gezella, vice president of sales and marketing for Ashton Woods Homes’ Houston division.

 

Ashton Woods has won numerous Star Awards in the past, including seven in 2013.

The Beginner’s Guide to Moving Into a New Home

Ramblewood Model Home in Raleigh, NC

Ramblewood Model Home in Raleigh, NC

Have you recently purchased a new Ashton Woods home? Are you feeling a little lost in the moving process? Preparing to move can be a very overwhelming (but rewarding) process. To make your life easier, we have compiled a list of moving-day tips and frequently asked questions for homeowners to keep in mind.

Begin Planning Well-Before Your Move-In Date

  • Host a ‘clean-out’ or ‘donation’ party prior to moving to get rid of any unwanted contents – The perfect way to share your favorite things with loved ones or those in need!
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  • Determine how manageable your move will be – Is the job something you and friends can handle? Or should you consider hiring professional movers?

    Make Your Final Preparations

  • This can be difficult in today’s busy world, but having dedicated time set aside to prepare for your move is a critical step.
  • Start by clearing your schedule and designating several days to moving in and organizing your new home.
  • Gather empty boxes to help consolidate and store your belongings. (You can typically get these for free at your local grocery store or warehouse club, or browse Craigslist for anyone who has an unwanted supply.)
  • Contact the post office to have your mailing address updated.
  • calendarMake sure all utilities are transferred to your new home.

Begin to Settle In & Relax!

  • Include a detailed inventory to keep track of your boxes, so you know exactly what you have and where it belongs in your new home. Try labeling your boxes by room or family member.
  • Become familiar with your new home’s maintenance requirements and stay up-to-date with them. Utilize an Annual Home Maintenance Calendar to keep track of when tasks should be completed.
  • Gather all your home appliance and warranty information in one place and file it away for safe-keeping.

    GlenLake Gardens Model Home in Raleigh, NC

    GlenLake Gardens Model Home in Raleigh, NC

  • Familiarize yourself with your new home’s appliances, HVAC, water heater, fireplace and electrical breakers.

**Remember: All Ashton Woods homes come standard with an energy efficient guarantee to help decrease your monthly bills.

  • Finally, if you plan to expand the decorating process past what you have done with our Design Experts, budget wisely and embrace the beautiful new home that has become your canvas to build upon.
  • If you are looking for a little more design inspiration visit The Studio, Ashton Woods’ 9,000 square-foot full-service design studio — complete with one-on-one consultations!

HOMEOWNER FAQs:

1. What does homeowners insurance cover?

  • Homeowners Insurances covers the structure of your house, other structures on the property, personal belongings and personal liability.
  • Standard homeowners insurance does not protect you from most storm damages.
  • Keep In Mind: Some dog breeds may be deemed an unacceptable liability risk to an insurance company.

2. Can a Homeowner’s Association require assessment fees?

  • Yes, for common property maintenance.

3. What are covenants, conditions, and restrictions?

  • These set forth rules or regulations to create uniformity of buildings within a community.

4. What can a Homeowner’s Association regulate?

  • The appearance and maintenance of: basketball hoops, sheds, lawns, exterior paint, outdoor lights, window coverings, etc.

5. Who will be my new utilities provider?

  • Many city and state websites will provide information for newcomers. Garbage pick-up, sewer, water, and recycling are usually provided at the local level while electricity and gas is usually provided by the state.

6. When should I call to set up new utilities accounts?

  • To be safe, it’s best to contact your new provider at least two weeks in advance of your move-in date.

7. How do I apply for utility service?

  • The usual steps include completion of an application and a credit check. If you are moving into your first home and haven’t had services before, the company will most likely ask for a deposit.

8. What are property taxes and how are they assessed?

  • Property tax is a tax the owner of a property pays on their property’s value. This home value assessment is determined by city or county assessors, either when the property is sold or renovated, or according to a fixed assessment schedule. While the tax rates vary across the states, they are usually between 0.2 percent and 4 percent of the assessed value.

We hope these tips and tricks have made your life a little easier – Now you are fully prepared to sit back and enjoy being a homeowner!