The average interest rate for a 30-year mortgage recently fell below 4%, prompting the financial advice website Bankrate to call it an “unexpected gift” for borrowers. Low interest rates are just part of an overall positive outlook for today’s homebuyers.
“I wish I’d known that before….” is something we often say to ourselves, especially after making a major purchase or decision. If you’re thinking about buying a home, here are 10 things you’ll be glad you knew in advance – from myths about finance to avoiding neighborhood regret.
Pulte’s new Terrace Series includes pocket offices, mud benches, flex spaces and many more thoughtful features designed for the way families live today. The neighborhood is within walking distance of Elyson’s new Katy ISD elementary school, opening in 2020.
Sometimes we get the feeling we’d like a change of scenery, but how do you know when it’s really time to move? Here are 8 signs to think about, from feeling like you need more (or less) space, to wanting better schools for the kids.
Showcasing homes priced from the mid $200,000s, Westin’s new Elyson model home shows how some of today’s most affordable homes include design features like rotunda foyers, spiral staircase and covered patios.
For empty nesters launching an exciting new chapter of life, Elyson has gated patio homes and easy-living one-story floor plans. Elyson also offers a growing lineup for social activities and fitness classes for adults.
It's said that the best reason for buying an existing home instead of a new one is that you can move into an existing home immediately. Did you know that Elyson's builders maintain a wide selection of homes ready for quick move-in, so you can enjoy all the advantages of living in a brand-new home?
For three weekends beginning March 23, Elyson’s Spring Model Home Tour will showcase 15 beautifully furnished model homes priced from the low $200,000s to $700,000s, along with snacks, sips and home tips.
Some myths are great, but others need to be debunked, especially if they keep you from achieving an important life goal, like buying your first home. Let our quiz help you learn the facts and get on the road to homeownership.
Chesmar’s new San Francisco model home in Elyson showcases a new collection of floor plans priced from the $220,000s to $260,00s, with designer features such as dramatic soaring ceilings, flexible floor plan options and covered patios.
Whether it’s a huge spectacle like the Super Bowl, or a long-awaited movie finally available for streaming, there’s nothing like quality viewing time to bring family and friends together. It’s even better when you can enjoy it in a media room like these showcased in Elyson’s model homes.
Empty nesters are a growing force in today's new home market, and builders are taking notice, designing plans that enhance and celebrate the newfound opportunities that come at this stage of life. Here are 6 features from Elyson's new patio home collection that are perfect for empty nesters.
Several leading paint companies have announced their 2019 Colors of the Year, pointing to the trends we can expect to see in everything from interior walls to furniture and accessories. Here are 4 fresh hues to think about when decorating or dreaming.
Westin Homes is known for its impressive two-story foyers with curved staircases and rotunda ceilings. These grand foyers will also be offered in Westin’s new collection of home in Elyson, at prices from the mid $200,000s.
Home sales hit a new record in 2018, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. For 2019, a lack of inventory is the biggest concern citywide. That’s not the case at Elyson, where a great selection of new homes is available in all price ranges.
With Houston rising as one of the nation’s top housing markets in 2019, this could be the year to become a homeowner instead of a renter. Check out the pros and cons, along with a “Rent or Buy?” calculator from the National Association of Realtors.
Elyson offers a growing variety of new home styles, including patio homes. In this blog, we offer a helpful definition of a patio home, along with some tips for deciding if this style of home is right for you.
For any mom or dad who’s ever had to scramble because their teen got locked out of the house, or complains the Wi-Fi doesn’t work in their room, the latest new-home technologies offered by Elyson’s homebuilders are a parent’s best friend.
While the second floor is still the most popular location for media rooms, a growing number of homebuilders are offering plans with downstairs media rooms. Some families find this layout promotes more togetherness.
Finally, a study has confirmed what we all suspected: people spend much more time in family rooms and kitchens than in formal areas. See how Elyson’s homebuilders are designing new homes for the way people live today.
“Neighborhood regret” is a real thing experienced by more than one-third of recent homebuyers, according to a recent study from Trulia. Here are 4 ways can avoid wishing they had chosen a different neighborhood.
Katy is well known as a great place to raise kids, and a new study ranks Katy as the No. 1 city in Texas to retire. That makes Elyson a great place to live close to the grandkids, so you can spoil them all the time.
Elyson’s newest model home showcases patio home living from Drees Custom Homes, in the community’s first gated neighborhood. We’re so excited, we’re spotlighting 5 more features we love from all of Elyson’s model homes.
For the many homebuyers who prefer one-story floor plans, Elyson offers more than 75 single-level homes plans to be built, ranging from approximately 1,400 to more than 3,500 square feet. Many of our fully furnished model homes and quick move-in homes also feature one-story designs.
Think master-planned communities offer only expensive homes? Think again, because Elyson offers new homes priced from the low $200,000s, with benefits including highly regarded Katy ISD schools, year ‘round lifestyle events, and 750+ acres of recreational amenities and natural open spaces.
From outdoor living areas to dramatic wall and ceiling treatments, here are our 10 favorite design features in Drees Custom Homes’ new Brynlee II model home, now open in Elyson’s first gated neighborhood.
Does your dream home include sitting on your back patio looking out at the water? When it comes to new homes with water views, Elyson offers several choices for lakeside living from 5 award-winning builders.
A recent first-time homebuyer himself, Realtor (and Elyson resident) Tyler Knowles understands misconceptions and obstacles that can keep fellow Millennials from becoming homeowners. With these 7 tips from Tyler, everyone can be ready to find and finance the home of their dreams.
With open floor plans more popular than ever, builders are getting very creative in providing storage spaces to keep clutter out of sight. See 7 innovative ways builders are adding storage space that’s both out-of-the-way and convenient.
Looking over our Top 6 blogs from the first half of 2018, it’s easy to see that our readers love news about home design trends and the highly regarded public schools serving Elyson. In case you missed any of these blogs, we’ve rounded them up for you.
Whether it’s hot or cold outside, today’s new homes are engineered to offer the latest in energy efficiency technology, including guaranteed monthly heating and cooling costs, and home automation features that can help you save money even when you’re not home.
Realtor and Elyson resident Tyler Knowles uses lessons from his own experience as a first-time homebuyer to help others understand the rewards and overcome the challenges of becoming a homeowner for the first time.
About 20 percent of Americans live in multigenerational households, a record number. Elyson builders including Village Builders and Darling have plans thoughtfully designed for the living needs of extended families.
Meritage has new homes ready for quick move-in at Elyson, at prices from the $260,000s to $460,000s. From locking in a low interest rate, to getting settled in before school starts, see 6 great reasons why a quick move-in home from Meritage might be best for you.
Founded in 1928, Drees Custom Homes is celebrating its 90th anniversary by creating a special “anniversary plan” for each state where it builds. The Texas plan, the one-story Brynlee, will open this summer as a fully furnished model home in Elyson’s first gated neighborhood.
This is a popular time of year for moving, and with these 9 tips from Realtor.com, you can enjoy a stress-free move and start enjoying your new community. We also have a 10th tip that makes it easy to fit right in at active, sociable communities like Elyson.
The historically low interest rates homebuyers have been enjoying are projected to rise over the next year. Our new infographic has some numbers about how much it could cost to wait on a monthly, annual and 30-year basis.
Ever heard the term green building but not really sure what it means? We thought it would be a good time to share this infographic about the advantages of green building to take the mystery out of this commonly used term.
From vintage-style clawfoot tubs to built-in desks, the 14 beautifully decorated model homes in Elyson's Model Home Village are filled with inspiring design ideas. Here are 5 creative touches to think about.
One of many great features of Elyson’s new website, our enhanced Homefinder tool makes it easy to find the perfect new home. You can filter results to fit your most important needs, including price, square footage, number of bedrooms, and even garage size.
Now integrated into the design and construction of every new Lennar home in Elyson, the builder’s new Wi-Fi Certified package allows homeowners to control lighting, front door locks, thermostats and much more simply by talking to Amazon Alexa.
Nothing says “spring” like an old-fashioned picnic, and that’s just what Elyson has in store for residents and guests on April 14. Come and enjoy Wizard of Oz characters, games, tasty treats, live music and more.
Elyson has more choices for homebuyers after the merger between Lennar and CalAtlantic. Now the nation’s largest homebuilder based on revenues, Lennar and its Village Builders division offer new homes priced from the low $200,000s and from the low $300,000s in Elyson.
Ready for immediate move-in, Chesmar’s Mesquite is a new five-bedroom plan with 2,746 square feet. Offered on a large homesite, this completed Mesquite includes a two-story family room, a gameroom and more.
Meet Donna Steen, Drees Custom Homes’ new Market Manager in Elyson. With decades of experience in new home sales and banking/finance, Donna has some advice for homebuyers: save thousands now with pre-opening prices and other incentives in Elyson’s first gated neighborhood.
Water views can create feelings of peace in today’s over-stimulated world, research has found. Elyson has three neighborhoods with lakefront and lake view homesites, with dozens of choices from five leading homebuilders.
You wouldn’t buy an outdated smart phone, so why buy a used home, when today’s new homes offer the latest technology and so much more? From peace-of-mind warranties to the latest energy efficiency features, here are 7 great reasons by new is better than used.
The 14 beautifully decorated model homes in Elyson’s Model Home Village are filled with inspiring ideas for architectural features, tile and countertop choices, and even bold accent walls. Here are five favorites, with more to come as we continue this series.
Everyone loves a big kitchen island, and one of the newest and most exciting trends in kitchen design is the “combination island.” This type of island goes beyond the traditional breakfast bar to create a large secondary casual dining space.
CalAtlantic and Meritage have opened two new model homes showcasing plans priced from $318,990 in Elyson. Homesites are offered in a new neighborhood near Elyson House and a future planned Katy ISD elementary school.
Elyson turns one year old in this fall, and for such a young community, we’ve achieved quite a lot. Just as exciting, our second year is off to an active start, with new amenities and homebuilders on the way.
What would be the perfect backyard addition for your home in Elyson, or anywhere? How about an All-American Playhouse for the kids? You can enter a raffle to win one for only $5 this summer, and do a good deed at the same time.
By the start of April, members of the Greater Houston Builders Association had donated more than $150,000 worth of building materials for the 2017 GHBA Benefit Home in Elyson. The Benefit Home is being built by Chesmar Homes on a homesite donated by Elyson.
With Houston hosting the 2017 Super Bowl, excitement for the big day is running higher than ever. As friends and family gather for viewing parties across the city, many will watch the big game in dedicated media rooms, one of the hottest and most timeless trends in today’s new homes.
Of all the great homes that will be built in Elyson in 2017, one will be just a little bit more special. It’s the 2017 Greater Houston Builders Association Benefit Home, which will break ground later this month on a homesite donated by Newland, the developer of Elyson.
With new homes by eight leading builders, Elyson is a great community for house hunting. To get the most out of your visit, we recommend starting at one very special house – the Elyson House. Here are 5 quick reasons why.
After celebrating its grand opening on October 22, Elyson is now welcoming home shoppers and real estate agents seven days a week! Here’s a quick guide to the Top 5 things you won’t want to miss on your visit.
In addition to recreational opportunities, another great thing about devoting more than 750 acres to parks, trails, waterways and natural open spaces means that homebuyers will have many opportunities to choose view homesites in all neighborhoods and price ranges.
With eight leading homebuilders offering new homes in five price ranges, Elyson is all about choice and variety. To see everything this great new Katy ISD community has to offer, it only takes one convenient stop at the Elyson Model Home Village, home to 10 fully furnished model homes.
Pulte has created a brand-new collection of floor plans that will make their debut at Elyson, with base prices ranging from the $250,000s to $290,000s for plans with up to five bedrooms and four baths. This collection will be represented by Pulte’s two-story Amherst model, opening in mid-October.
In late September, Perry Homes plans to open two fully furnished model homes in Elyson. Design 2738, a brand-new plan, will showcase Perry’s collection of floor plans for 55-foot-wide homesites in Elyson.
A gourmet kitchen with an elongated island is located right in the center of Plan F-790, a brand-new Trendmaker model home opening early this fall in Elyson. This kitchen will also be right in the center of daily life in this open one-story floor plan.