Lennar, having put solar power systems on thousands of homes in about 100 California communities, is launching its Solar 20/20 Plan in Colorado. The Miami-based company will expand the California program to Colorado on Thursday at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Arvada. The program aims to bring renewable power to the masses by including solar power panels on every home it builds in selected communities, said David Kaiserman, the CEO of SunStreet Energy Group, Lennar’s subsidiary that’s overseeing the program. While solar power has been popular in Colorado and elsewhere, Lennar believes its Solar 20/20 Plan makes it easier for homeowners to access renewable energy, Kaiserman said. Under Lennar’s program, the solar power systems are included in the home and the homebuilder retains ownership of the systems. Homeowners sign a purchase-power agreement with SunStreet to buy the power produced by the systems at a 20 percent discount to the “prevailing utility rate.” There is no upfront cost to put the solar on the home, Kaiserman said. The homeowners also get a credit on their utility bill for power that’s produced by the system but doesn’t get used by the home, such as if the homeowner is away. [Read this article]
The affluent have enjoyed the technologies that make their homes smarter, more convenient, more efficient, more secure and more entertaining for some time. Today, the masses are demanding these technologies – causing a fundamental shift in the way homebuilders envision the standard home. Homebuilders are now thinking beyond granite countertops to smart home automation systems that set their homes apart, and looking to offer technologies such as solar, home automation, and ultra-high-speed Internet connectivity as standard. Lennar Homes, Taylor Morrison and regional builders like Frankel Building Group in Houston, Texas, Copperleaf Homes in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Landmark Homes USA in Scottsdale, Ariz., offer home automation systems as standard. Lennar’s Landmark development in South Florida will feature boomerang baby suites and Savant Systems’ Smart Series home systems that cater to the younger generation’s interests in technology. [Read this article]
One recent day, under a brilliant California sun, saws buzzed as workers put the finishing touches on spacious new homes. They looked like many others going up in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, but with an extra feature: Lennar Corporation was putting solar panels on every house it built. The prices of the panels have plunged 70 percent in the past five years. That huge decline means solar power is starting to make more economic sense, especially in parts of the United States with high electricity prices. At about 100 Lennar subdivisions in California, buyers who move into a new home automatically get solar panels on the roof. Lennar, the nation’s second-largest homebuilder, recently decided to expand that policy to several more states, starting with Colorado. The company typically retains ownership of the panels and signs 20-year deals to sell homeowners the power from their own roofs, at a 20 percent discount from the local utility’s prices. “It’s so simple when we tell a customer, ‘You’re guaranteed to save money,’ ” said David J. Kaiserman, president of Lennar Ventures, the division overseeing the solar plan. [Read this article]
After studying U.S. census data showing that 51 million Americans live in a multigenerational home, Lennar drew up plans for its “NextGen” home. It combines a primary residence with an attached but totally private “Home Within A Home,” outfitted with a bedroom suite, garage, great room and laundry for grandma or grandpa or even boomerang kids moving back in. Lennar’s shift to accommodate the changing way Americans are living reflects an economic reality: people 55 and over control three-fourths of the nation’s wealth, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. “The aging of the baby boomers has set it all in motion,” said Janice Hinshaw, vice president of marketing-West for Lennar, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. Hinshaw was on the exhibit floor at the San Diego Convention Center showing “NextGen” floor plans to some of the 8,000 or so attendees at the three-day AARP Ideas@50+ convention, which ended Saturday. [Read this article]
For Americans age 55 and over, those who can are jumping into homebuying – selling their existing houses to move into new ones aimed at their age group. Rising home values in the housing recovery have given more of them the ability to finally sell, at an appreciated price or at least one that can cover the mortgage. Top homebuilders are reporting brisk sales for their active-adult homes and homes that appeal to the 55-plus crowd. Besides its active adult communities, Lennar offers an option for multigenerational families living under one roof. The “Next Gen” home within a home features a suite with a separate private entrance, bedroom, bathroom, laundry, eat-in kitchenette and living room. Jeff Roos, Western regional president for Lennar, says many buyers want to let their children live in the suite. “This is the first time a homebuilder came out with a great solution for a multigenerational home,” Roos said. “It’s the first time (the different generations) can live together, but independently. We’re seeing a big movement toward it. Our reception to the product has far exceeded our expectations.” [Read this article]
Experiencing dynamic business growth, a rapidly expanding staff, and the need to respond quickly to inquiries for insurance quotes, Brian Dixon knew he needed a helping hand. The vice president, agency manager of North American Advantage Insurance Services (NAAIS) got that assistance and more with the July 22 release of his newly remodeled website: naadvantage.com. The website offers customers the ability to request personalized quotes for a number of services such as homeowners insurance for single-family homes, multi-family homes, landlord coverage, and renters coverage as well as coverage for automobiles, motorcycles, boats, trailers, flood, and excess liability coverage (umbrella). For buyers purchasing a new home from Lennar, there’s a bonus. As a subsidiary of homebuilder Lennar Corp., NAAIS is the preferred insurance solutions provider for Lennar homebuyers, and its agents have calculated the necessary coverage needed for each specific home well in advance. [Read this article]
A record 57 million Americans, or 18.1 percent of the population, lived in a multigenerational household in 2012, according to a Pew Research report. That’s up from 28 million, or 12.1 percent of the population, in 1980. Visit the website of major builders such as Toll Brothers and Lennar and you’ll see multiple designs of homes targeted at the multigenerational owner. For instance, Lennar’s home comes under its NextGen brand. The multigenerational home is a safety net, of course. The bigger story is how it reflects the economic benefits of multiple generations living under one roof. For one thing, pooling financial resources among the generations is a smart way to lower the overall cost of home ownership. That’s before taking into account built-in child care (at least for emergencies and date nights) and easy monitoring when aging parents turn frail. Shared ownership allows young adults to build up savings and the older generation to draw down less on retirement savings. [Read this article]
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A top executive of Lennar Corp. recently joined with officials from Weehawken, N.J., to celebrate the completion of the home builder’s newest condominium complex, a luxury building across the Hudson River from New York City. The 74-unit building – which will feature hotel-like amenities, including concierge services, a lobby lounge with a fireplace, gyms and yoga rooms, gathering areas and catering kitchen – is the first of a five-building, 660-unit master-planned community in Weehawken called the Avenue Collection. Condos at the first building range in price from $1.1 million to $2 million. Construction of a second tower with 103 luxury condo units is under way. The nation’s second-largest home builder by revenue may be better known for $300,000 single-family homes. But in 2011, the company branched out into the rental market and has since increased its investments. The Miami-based company’s multifamily division has spent about $1 billion to develop 18 apartment communities nationwide, 13 of which are still under construction. What’s more, according to a July report by Zacks Investment Research, Lennar is planning to spend $3 billion to build 12,000 apartments over the next four years. [Read this article]
Do you fold your T-shirts like you see them in a department store? Are they all neatly folded and stacked on top of each other? Even in a department store you might make a mess of the stack trying to find the right size and this is a stack of shirts that are all the same. For some reason a lot of us use this same method at home when all of our t-shirts are different! That can make finding a shirt you are looking for quite a messy task. You have to dig through the drawer to find the shirt and if you have to pull it from the bottom everything else gets messed up. Well, we saw a great solution for this and decided we needed to share this knowledge! Simply fold those shirts in half again and stack them vertically next to each other…you will be able to see every shirt in your drawer!
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