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Bella Vita Custom Homes announces new Corporate Headquarters!

Categories: News, Recent Events | Posted: March 7, 2014

Churchill Tower

Bella Vita Custom Homes is proud to announce the opening of their new Corporate Headquarters! Bella Vita Custom Homes Corporate Headquarters is now located at Churchill Tower, conveniently located down the road from their Model Home in Preston Hollow. Located on the sixth floor of Churchill Tower, their new Corporate Headquarters boasts open offices for their hardworking employees, an immaculate conference room to discuss innovative projects, and in true Bella Vita fashion, a luxurious seating area for their guests to sit and enjoy the latest issue of D Home Magazine, featuring Bella Vita Custom Homes!

One of the best features of the new location is being close to the Model Home. Bella Vita Custom Homes completed our first Model Home, known as “The Biltmore”, on 6830 Waggoner Drive in 2012. A year later, Bella Vita opened their Design Center in the Hill Country Galleria directly across from Whole Foods in Austin.

These locations will continue to provide their customers the opportunity to actually see, experience, touch, and feel the quality of Bella Vita Custom Homes. As Bella Vita continues to grow expeditiously, so does their extremely dedicated staff. Their exceptional sales professionals will continue to provide excellent service within these locations & look forward to introducing customers to the old world elegance of Bella Vita Custom Homes.

If you wish to experience what it means to live beautifully, the Model Home is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. We look forward to showing you all that Bella Vita Custom Homes has to offer.

Live Beautifully,

Bella Vita Custom Homes

Bella Vita Custom Homes unveils newest custom home in Preston Hollow!

Categories: News | Posted: March 1, 2014

Williamstown Color Rendering-02052014Bella Vita Custom Homes presents their newest luxury custom home in the sought-after neighborhood of Preston Hollow. This 5,890 square-foot Mediterranean masterpiece boasts a gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances, formal dining room, elegant library, full bar, cast stone mantel fireplace, covered patio and terrace, and an all-inclusive game and media room. Modern technology and old world charm combined with exuberant and crafted detail create a breathtaking home to be desired by all.  Listing at $1,690,000, this extraordinary estate on 5504 Williamstown is under construction now and will be ready for move-in this year!

Contact our Sales Professionals at 214.750.8482 for details!

Live Beautifully,

Bella Vita Custom Homes

Bella Vita Custom Homes Presents New Home in the M Streets!

Categories: Custom and Intelligent Design, New Home Efficiency and Performance, News, Recent Events | Posted: February 3, 2014

Bella Vita Custom Homes

Bella Vita Custom Homes presents a new, charming Mediterranean design only 2.7 miles from Downtown Dallas! Located in the heart of the vibrant Lower-Greenville area, this 4,100 square foot home boasts a game room, media room and an alluring courtyard complete with a fireplace! This elegant and functional floor plan features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, study and Viking appliances. Weighing in at $819,000, this Mediterranean splendor is under construction now and will be ready for an early summer move-in! Home is located at 5223 Homer, Dallas, TX 75206.

Contact our Sales Professionals at 214.750.8482 or visit our website for more information!

Bella Vita Custom Homes Records Biggest Month Ever!

Categories: Creating Value, Custom and Intelligent Design, News, Recent Events | Posted: January 25, 2014

Bella Vita Custom Homes, the premier builder of construction homes in Dallas — Fort Worth and Central Texas, has had a reason to celebrate even more so than usual. Bella Vita Custom Homes is proud to announce our biggest month ever! At the close of an already extraordinary year, Bella Vita Custom Homes contracts more than $8 million in new business last December!  We are pretty impressed with ourselves and could not be prouder of our hardworking team. Additionally, Bella Vita Custom Homes could not have accomplished such record breaking success without those who provide the purpose of our business, our customers.

At Bella Vita Custom Homes, we know how to turn the dreams of our customers into a reality — we literally build their dreams. We accomplish this by adopting a team approach for each project. Every aspect of building a customized home is completed by THE expert in the field who is supported by a first-rate executive team. From our knowledgeable sales executives, to our innovative architects, to our experienced construction managers, Bella Vita Custom Homes ensures every detail of our customer’s future home is exceptional.

Bella Vita Custom Homes would like to thank our customers for providing us the opportunity to not only build their homes, but for trusting us to create and build the most significant purchase of their lives. Bella Vita Custom Homes’ record breaking success is truly an accomplishment and we look forward to surpassing all expectations in 2014!

Live beautifully,

Bella Vita Custom Homes

Come join Bella Vita Custom Homes- TODAY- for ‘Wine Walk’ in the Hill Country Galleria!!!

Categories: News, Recent Events, Testimonials and Referrals | Posted: October 10, 2013

Hello to our awesome Austin,TX Fans!

Please come by this evening from 5-9 PM for our monthly ‘Wine Walk’ in the Hill Country Galleria!!!  We will have a nice pinot grigio and pinot noir for you to taste and enjoy as you view all the beautiful pictures of the latest new custom homes we have built.  Bella Vita Custom Homes’ new gorgeous showroom is directly across from the whole foods! #livebeautifully

~ Tony

'Wine Walk' in the Hill Country Galleria!!!

‘Wine Walk’ in the Hill Country Galleria!!!

 

Bella Vita Custom Homes — Fall Event — THIS Weekend!!!

Categories: News, Recent Events | Posted: September 28, 2013

Come by Bella Vita Custom Homes’ beautiful Preston Hollow show home THIS WEEKEND and enjoy live music, mimosas, pastries, fine wines and cheeses as you visit our lovely custom home… live beautifully!!!

Bella Vita Custom Homes GRAND OPENING in the Hill Country Galleria!!!

Categories: News | Posted: June 27, 2013

Bella Vita Custom Homes, the premier builder of new custom homes in Greater Lake Travis and throughout the Hill Country of Central Texas, is very pleased and proud to announce that we are having our GRAND OPENING this weekend in the Hill Country Galleria!  We will have nice snacks and refreshments for you to enjoy as you view our new welcome center and visit with some of the best and most skilled local architects and interior designers.  Our gorgeous new retail space is located directly across from Whole Foods.

All of us at Bella Vita Custom Homes have been working very long and hard to have our Grand Opening this weekend when the Hill Country Galleria hosts its annual Independence Day Festival!  The Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival is a unique experience showcasing the finest artwork and artisans, live music, delicious local and international foods, fireworks, and performing arts.  Bring the entire family for a day of fun and excitement. The festivities will be capped off on Saturday evening with a fabulous 4th of July Fireworks display that will be sure to impress!

FREE ADMISSION AND FREE PARKING

Live Beautifully!

Tony

Bella Vita Custom Homes in Hill Country Galleria

Dallas Luxury Home Builder hosts dinner for Susan G. Komen Foundation

Categories: News | Posted: November 19, 2012

luxury custom home elevationDallas Luxury Home Builder, Bella Vita Custom Homes, was honored to serve as host to the final 2012 Komen Dallas Race for the Cure committee meeting for the Dallas County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen on Tuesday evening.  As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I decided to contact the Susan G. Komen’s Dallas County Affiliate last month and had the pleasure of speaking with Kaitlyn Echols, who is their awesome and kind Events Coordinator.  I humbly offered our beautiful Bella Vita show home located on 6830 Waggoner Drive, Dallas, TX 75230 to possibly host any of their exciting events they have and we decided that their final committee meeting for the 2012 Race would be a great fit at our new custom show home.Susan G. Komen committee members

The cool night had an elegant yet casual feel with all of the lovely members dressed up so nicely yet very relaxed as they all mingled, reminisced and laughed with one another while enjoying a gourmet catered dinner with delightful finger foods and yummy desserts.  As the attendees toured the Bella Vita show home they were very nice and complimentary of the openness, layout, exterior and interior design as well as our attention to every detail in the fine finish out of our home.  The hard-working members were given thoughtfully stuffed gift bags at the end of the evening by their board president, Terri Swain, showing her heartfelt appreciation for all of their great efforts and sacrifices throughout this past year.

The Dallas County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® was founded in 1992 and hosts the Race for the Cure® annually.  This year, the Race attracted approximately 22,000 participants and raised more than $2 million to fight breast cancer.  Each year, the Dallas County Affiliate is proud to be a part of this global fight, having contributed more than $10 million to the cause with 25 percent of these funds going toward internationally innovative research and the remaining 75 percent supporting breast health agencies and organizations in Dallas County.  These agencies and organizations provide a continuum of care for breast health through education, screening and treatment programs for the under-served and non-insured in Dallas County.  To donate today to the Dallas County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, please click here to do so- every dollar helps.

Susan G. Komen continues to fund individual research awards. It also recognizes that breast cancer is a complicated problem and has created the Promise Grant award system, which uses team science to look at larger, critical issues in breast cancer.  Komen’s research funding is also directed towards cultivating young researchers; over 260 young and emerging scientists are currently supported through Komen’s training and career catalyst grants.  A recent Komen evaluation has shown, in fact, that this investment has been successful. Nearly 90% of former Komen postdoctoral fellows are still in the field of breast cancer, most of them as independent researchers.  With the help of one of the largest grassroots networks in the world, Komen has been able to invest nearly $755 million in breast cancer research since its beginnings in 1982.  Komen currently funds over 540 research teams in 39 states and 10 countries to help end breast cancer.  Please click here to donate to the National Susan G. Komen Foundation in your support to finding a cure for breast cancer today.

luxury model home living in DallasBella Vita Custom Homes was honored to be able to offer our show home for this very worthy cause and organization and we certainly plan to do more with the Komen Dallas County in the future!  Congratulations to all of the race participants and the entire Komen Foundation for another successful year in raising these much needed donations to help find a cure for breast cancer.  Thanks again to all the members who came to the committee dinner last Tuesday evening and we hope you enjoyed our lovely show home as much as we enjoyed hosting for all of you.

 

Live Beautifully,

Tony

Central Texas Custom Homebuilders seeing even more signs of housing recovery!

Categories: News | Posted: November 16, 2012

I recently wrote about why now very well might prove to be one of the best times to buy a new Bella Vita Custom Home!  Since then there have been several articles written about the strong signs of recovery in the new housing industry.  More specifically, the new housing market in Central Texas has seen some of the most continuous and healthiest indicators that new housing is indeed quickly and aggressively bouncing back.  Bella Vita Custom Homes is extremely blessed to be the preferred custom home builder in Austin, Dallas and Houston.  The following is a brief summary of how all three of our Bella Vita Custom Homes’ new housing markets are performing as well as the rest of the Country overall.

Austin Texas skylineAccording to a report by Metrostudy, which is ‘a national housing data and consulting firm that maintains the most extensive primary database on residential construction in the US housing market’, significant job growth and continuing rental increases in the apartment market remain the primary reasons for the increasing levels of demand seen in the new home market in Austin.  Metrostudy recorded 2,369 starts in Austin in the third quarter of 2012, up 37% from the third quarter of 2011 and surveys indicated there were 1,945 closings in Austin in the third quarter of 2012, up 14% from the third quarter of 2011.  Eldon Rude, the Director of the Austin market for Metrostudy, states that critically low inventory levels for developed lots in key locations will serve to both drive up home prices in some areas in 2013, as well as limit supply of new home starts in Austin within the next year, added Rude.Texas Capitol

The Dallas-Fort Worth area experienced a very healthy 32% climb in starts during the third quarter because new home sales have grown throughout the entire year and new home inventory is at a historic 20-year low.  Furthermore, homebuilders in Dallas raised their prices during the third quarter in more locations than any time in the last four years.  The icing on this cake for ‘Big D’ is the compounding fact that the lot inventory in the Dallas-Fort Worth market is now at a 13-year low and the most desirable communities have less than an 18-month supply of lots (that is low).  Several new homebuilders are struggling and searching hard to find replacement lots in these very popular and strong locations.

Another report generated by Metrostudy for the Houston housing market indicates new home starts are simply soaring.  In fact, annual starts are the highest level since 2008 and the current lot inventory is at the lowest since 2003; that’s a scary mix which is ultimately going to lead to higher prices across the market.  Greater Houston continues to rank among the very top job growth markets in the entire country, ”Much of the growth in new home activity has occurred in the upper price points over the last five quarters, though recently the lower price points have shown signs of growing demand,” said David Jarvis, director of Metrostudy’s Houston division.  Houston builders closed 6,014 new homes in the third quarter of 2012 which is an 11% increase from the third quarter of 2011.  The homes currently under construction in Houston represents a 43% increase from the activity at this same timeframe last year and over the past year, the supply of developed lots in the Greater Houston area has declined by an estimated 15%.

Mt. BonnellOn a national scale, the number of U.S. housing markets showing consistent improvement in three key measures of strength- housing permits, employment and house prices- for at least six consecutive months expanded by 22 in November to a total of 125, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI).  “Not only did 22 additional markets qualify for the improving list in November, but the geographic distribution of included metros expanded from 33 states to 38 (plus the District of Columbia), while 97 out of 103 markets retained their spots on the list from the previous month,” observed Barry Rutenberg, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  Rutenberg continued, “This shows that a housing recovery is firmly taking root and helping generate needed jobs and economic growth across much of the country”.  “This new high point for the Improving Markets Index provides the latest evidence that housing has turned a corner due to rising demand from consumers who are increasingly confident about the direction of local home values,” said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Company.

Construction spending moved up in September to the highest level seen in nearly three years, thanks largely to a boost by the housing sector.  Construction spending increased nearly 9% percent in the 12 months ended in September before adjustments for seasonal variations, the Commerce Department report showed.  Increasing demand for new homes is boosting residential construction as the real estate market sheds excess distressed properties and borrowing costs remain at historic lows.  The housing market recovery has been quickly strengthening with purchases of new homes rising in September to the highest level in more than two years, the Commerce Department stated.

Many industry ‘experts’ during the housing recovery have stated that the Central Texas market would be the last one to feel the effects of the corrections and more importantly the first ones to actually come out of all of it which is proving to be quite true.  Bella Vita Custom Homes is very blessed that these wonderful Central Texas cities are the only markets that we have chosen to enter and build custom homes in as I feel Central Texas was-and still is- one of the most insulated and protected markets in the entire Nation.  In my opinion, all of these facts and stats are very telling signs of the times ahead and it certainly looks like a nice steady recovery is underway in new home building… and gaining substantial momentum.

Live Beautifully,

Tony

Is now the best time to invest in a new Bella Vita Custom Home?

Categories: Creating Value, News | Posted: October 28, 2012

This is a very understandable question to be asking if you are currently considering investing in a new Bella Vita Custom Home.  I would have to say that I truly feel now is indeed one of the best times to invest in a new Bella Vita Custom Home.  The main reasons in my opinion are due to historically low interest rates coupled with the low inventory of available new homes, recent increases in homebuilder confidence, strong signs of recovery in the housing industry and our national economy.  These are all very good indicators that the new home industry has indeed turned a corner and is now heading back in the correct direction.

The Federal Reserve‘s latest announcement to keep interest rates incredibly low for a year longer than previously thought- until 2015- should encourage us to take advantage of these currently low rates and borrow money to invest in a new custom home.  “That is sort of how the Fed policy of keeping rates low will stimulate the economy: by increasing the disposable income of households through refinancing.  And also by keeping interest rates low, it will make it easier for households to  buy new houses, which will stimulate the construction sector slightly,” says Bill Hampel, senior vice president of research and policy analysis and chief economist at the Credit Union National Association.

Almost 30 years ago interest rates were above 12% for a 30-year fixed mortgage and just 15 years ago they were in the 7-8+% range and less than 5 years ago you would of been thrilled to lock in a rate around 6%.  Today you are currently able to secure a 30-year fixed mortgage in the low 3% arena which is incredibly low and allows you to possibly borrow more than you might be able to if rates went back up to an average of 6+% range.  This chart shows trends of the national average mortgage rates on 30-year fixed  mortgages, 15-year fixed mortgages and 1-year ARMs since 1985, according to Bankrate’s weekly survey on interest rates.

Source: Bankrate.com

Shawn Tully, senior editor-at-large for Fortune, argued in a recent article that a severe shortage of new homes was also helping provide the foundation for a resurgence in both new home sales as well as prices.  Much of the data referenced was provided by Mike Castleman, chief of Metrostudy.  Castleman states, a major reason is the shortage of “ready to go” lots — with permits and basic site work in place — in good locations.  “The lots in top locations will all be gone by April of next year,” he says. 

Also recently, confidence among the nation’s homebuilders has risen to its highest level since June of 2006.  The National Association of Home Builders said its builder confidence index rose for the sixth consecutive month in October.  “Many builders are reporting increases in the number of serious buyers visiting their sales offices, and the overall confidence measure is much higher than it was at this time last year,” said the association’s chairman, Barry Rutenberg.  The biggest increase in the NAHB’s monthly survey of its members came in measuring traffic of prospective buyers, rising 5 points to its highest level since April of 2006.

Another indicator is the recent increases in the cost of core building commodities which also points to a sign of the steady rise in demand for new homes.  New home building costs have been under significant pressure and increases are already being felt in such construction components as concrete, lumber, steel, copper, sheetrock, roofing, and paint.  The increases for all construction materials are up 5% in the last year and are up a total of over 35% since 2004.  Added to this equation is the fact that labor costs have also been at historic lows not seen in decades during the downturn and workers are now also raising their prices with the upswing in hopes to finally make a sustainable and fair profit.

The Housing Scorecard, a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market, continues to show signs that the housing market is strengthening.  Homeowner equity jumped by 5.9 percent to $7,275 billion in the second quarter of 2012.  After a sharp first quarter rise, total equity has grown to $863 billion, or 13.5 percent, since the end of 2011.  “As the September housing scorecard indicates, our housing market is showing important signs of recovery – with homeowner equity at a four-year high and summer sales of existing homes at the strongest pace in two years,” said HUD Acting Assistant Secretary Erika Poethig.  Another interesting fact that was pointed out in the Urban Land Institute’s 2013 Emerging Trends in Real Estate report is, “At some point, the sheer force of the expanding population (at 2 million to 3 million annually) will create demand for single-family homes, and any upsurge in housing will likely ripple positively through the rest of the real estate industry and the entire economy.”

So, these are the main reasons why I truly feel that now is indeed one of the best times to invest in a new Bella Vita Custom Home.  If you are thinking about building a beautiful new custom home, please visit or contact us and allow us the honor of showing you what we can provide for one of your biggest and most important investments.   Our team is confident you will realize and agree why we have so many appreciative Bella Vita Custom Home owners that typically only have one wish left after they move-in to their new custom home…

“We just wish we built with you sooner, but so thankful and happy we did.”

Live Beautifully,

Tony