Happily Ease Into Your New Silver Lake, California Home and Community

June 22, 2015

moving into your new home

The excitement of moving into a new home and a new neighborhood can be exhilarating and overwhelming. Unfamiliarity is always uncomfortable. Plan ahead to be sure your personal essentials are easily accessible the first night and morning in your new house. And check out the new neighborhood before you arrive, so you can find any supplies you may have forgotten. The sooner you are settled into the house, the sooner you can explore your new community. 

Start with a “First Night Box”

The first night in a new home is also the most challenging. Planning and packing a single box (or boxes) will ease the stress of the transition into the new space. Include supplies for going to bed, and getting started the next day. Every individual and family will have special needs to be included; most people will benefit from having these items ready to go: 


Avoid These Home Buying Mistakes

June 15, 2015

Home buying mistakes

First-time buyers and golden-agers looking for retirement comfort can both make the same mistakes when purchasing a new home. Motivated to find the “perfect house”, often people buy houses based on emotions, and not on good sense. Taking the time and care to make a truly educated decision about what house to buy will ensure that the purchase will prove its value over and over again in the coming years. Here are few considerations to keep in mind on your next “new home” excursion:

  1. Don’t buy if you plan to move again within five years. The housing market is improving but is still not stable enough to guarantee that you’ll get your money back if you try to sell it sooner rather than later. Consider renting until you are ready to settle in for the long term.
  1. Establish your finances: this is more than just getting preapproved for a mortgage.
  • Check your credit report and score. Your credit rating will impact the interest rate you’ll pay so clearing any black marks off your credit history and raising your score will ultimately save you money.
  • Get preapproved for your mortgage before starting the search. It will be easier once the credit score is optimized.
  • Establish the down payment amount (and plan to stick to it). The higher the down payment, the less each monthly mortgage payment will be.
  • Establish (and plan to stick to) a budget for move-in and moving costs. Agreeing to a sky-high mortgage payment will be painful when you don’t have the credit available to purchase a refrigerator. And don’t believe that a “new house” also means “new everything else”. Unless you’ve determined a budget to cover that level of expense, find more reasons to love your old couch.
  • Search for added monthly costs after move-in. Potentially higher rates for utilities, HOA fees, etc., may eat up more of your monthly income than you expect; be prepared.


A Great Community for New Homes in Milpitas, California

June 8, 2015

Milpitas Civic Center

Trumark Homes once again lets you keep Pace with the upward Momentum of the real estate market by building new homes in Milpitas, California. The sentence is not only an amusing pun on the name of Trumark’s Momentum at Pace housing community. It’s also true.

The minute you walk into your house, you’ll welcome the returns on your housing investment such as a two-car garage, an open floor plan designed for entertaining, granite countertops for durability, and a tankless water heater for energy savings. Venture outside your home and you’ll realize that the pluses of your purchase extend to the surrounding community. 


The area boasts nine award-winning elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. There’s also an Adult Education Program if you need to brush up on a subject or two. These options are managed by the Milpitas Unified School District, which has an Academic Performance Index (API) in the high 850s out of a possible 1,000 points. That score has been going up consistently every year. For 2013, Sinnot and Curtner Elementary Schools showed even higher scores of 927 and 922 respectively.

If you’re going for a post-secondary degree,


It’s a Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood around Timber

June 1, 2015


The advantages of buying a Shade or Canopy home at Timber in Newark, California are obvious on your first visit there. You can choose from six different floor plans sized up to 2,405 square feet complete with premium kitchen appliances, energy-saving tankless water heaters, and 10-foot ceilings in the main living areas. But you’ll need to venture outside of your impressive new residence to get to work, take the kids to school, or go grocery-shopping. So the area around your Trumark enclave becomes important to your quality of life. Fortunately, you’ll find desirable amenities within reach outside your immediate community.


If you’re the typical California commuter, you’re thrilled that your Trumark home comes with a two-car garage. You can easily take your vehicle to Interstate 880, which heads north to Oakland and across the Bay Bridge to San Francisco. The highway also heads south to San Jose. If your destination is in Palo Alto or Redwood City, a Western jaunt across State Route 84 gets you across the bay to Palo Alto with connections to the 101.

Making your kids’ commute easier are three elementary schools: Louis Milani, Mattos, and Bunker. All three are within walking distance. Newark Memorial High is a short bus ride away.


You need your coffee to jumpstart your day. You’ll find eight


Buying a Trumark Home: Practical and Aesthetic Elements

May 25, 2015

Canopy at Timber

Everyone wants to end up with the home of their dreams when they buy a new Trumark home.  In order to do this, you have to consider all the factors that go into the making of a dream home.  Some of these are going to be practical while others will be aesthetic.  For example, you can’t have a dream home if there isn’t enough space for you and your family.  On the other hand, your home might fulfill all your practical needs but it may not be built in the kind of style that appeals to you.  So consider the practical and aesthetic elements before you buy. 

Size.  How big a home do you need?  This will obviously depend on the size of your family.  If you have a small family, you’ll just need one room for each family member.  But if you have a larger family, you’ll need a bigger home.  Plus, if you have relatives coming to stay over often, you might want to factor that in before you buy your home.  You might also want to think about whether you plan to have more children in the future.  If a bigger family is in the cards, you’ll need to make sure that you have enough space for everyone.  

Work Requirements.  If you work from home, you’ll need to


7 Organizational Tips to Maximize Space in Your New Home in Newark, California

May 18, 2015

Organizational tips

When you move into a new home in Newark, you’re going to need some time to unpack completely because, let’s face it, unpacking is a lot of work.  You can’t do it all in one day.  During that time, you’re going to have some boxes lying around, possibly half-opened.  Not everything is going to look perfect during this transitional period.  However, you can make sure that when you’re completely unpacked, everything has a proper place.  Your new home and your old one might require different organizational techniques because of differences in size, layout etc.  So here are a few tips you can keep in mind:


Afraid of Damaging Your New Home When You Move In?

May 4, 2015

Moving tips

You’ve researched California home builders, found the perfect home, and now you’re ready to move in. Avoid damaging your home’s pristine condition with these smart moving techniques:


Buying a New Home: 4 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid

April 27, 2015

buying a new home

Realtors and new home consultants with Trumark Homes hear it all the time. “I want to buy a home in California, but… can I afford to buy new and is it the right time?”

First-time homebuyers have a lot of questions and insecurities. As a rookie home buyer in the San Francisco Bay area, you can avoid costly pitfalls and buyer’s regret. If you think you can’t afford to buy a new construction home or aren’t sure what size of a home is right for you, work with an experienced new home builder such as Trumark Homes. According to an article by U.S. News & World Report, home buyers should check their credit report and score, get preapproved for a loan, create a long-term budget and budget for all the expenses of home ownership before diving in. If you are relocating to Silicon Valley for a tech job or want to buy a home in California because of high rent, sidestep the most common rookie home buyer mistakes.


The Swinging Dining Room

April 17, 2015

It’s like a childhood dream come true! Playing while eating! How fun is this idea? All your friends gathered around the table… swinging. SWINGING! We know this isn’t completely practical and likely most of you readers wouldn’t consider this as your dining table and chairs. BUT for those creatives out there… who’s in for something nontraditional?! At the very least, we can all dream we ate dinner on swings!

Picking the Right Home for Sale in Newark, California

April 13, 2015

When looking to move, location is one of the biggest factors. Finding the right home, particularly if you want to make it a permanent move, can be a real challenge. If you are looking to relocate to the Bay Area, you are in luck. Trumark Homes will soon have a variety of homes for sale in the East Bay community of Newark. To find the perfect home for your family, you need to consider what you think is important in a home.