Archive for Pittsburgh Metro
As this short week draws to end, families from everywhere will unite for what should be the happiest time of the year. Here at S&A Homes, we simply want to use this time at the end of the year to thank our fellow team members, our vendors and, most importantly, our customers for a successful 2013 year.
2013 was an important year for our company thanks to our continual commitment to building high-quality, energy efficient floor plans without sacrificing our customer-focused attitude.
Here is a look back at a few of the year’s highlights:
• S&A earns a 98 percent Customer Referral Rating, one of the highest in the entire home building industry.
• Chris Schoonmaker, president of S&A’s housing division, is awarded “Builder of the Year” from the Pennsylvania Builder’s Association, one of the most prestigious awards that can be earned. Read More→
They don’t call them the Housing Excellence Awards for any old reason. Excellence, by definition, refers to a standard that is pretty tough to beat. That’s why we are more than a little proud of the 2014 Housing Excellence Award we received from the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh. The award was bestowed upon our Cottage Premiere Model home that is featured in Venango Trails, part of Marshall Township’s most sought after community, for Best Green/Energy Efficient Home of the Year over $500,000.
It’s a big enough honor just to receive the award in any category. But, the “Green/Energy Efficient” category comes with extra criteria that can be pretty tough to meet if you aren’t used to building every house every single day to exceed ENERGY STAR™ criteria the way that S&A Homes does. Read More→
How much do you love holiday decorating? This is the time of year to go all out and put your decorating skills on display for friends, family and neighbors. Whether you focus on a glitzy tree, a Griswold-inspired front yard or some simple holiday accessories, we want to see how you decorate for the holiday season!
That’s why we created the S&A Home for the Holidays contest. Now through December 26th, we want to see pictures of your home decorated for the holidays! On December 27th, we will announce the winner, who will receive a $100 gift card simply for posting a photo or two.
There are just three easy steps! Read More→
What goes into ranking a town or city as one of the best in America? According to the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), there are 12 main factors that need to be taken into account to determine such a thing. For cities and large towns, everything from cultural opportunities to professional development to low unemployment rates play a role in the rankings. For college towns, degree attainment and even academic research and development are taken into account.
And for 2013/2014, we are excited to announce that two of our biggest markets are featured on this newest list. For Top College Towns, State College, PA landed an enviable third spot on the top five list, meaning it is ranked in the top three college towns nationwide! The town scored high in areas like low unemployment, a variety of cultural opportunities as well as entrepreneurial opportunities. Read More→
Dating back to 1773, Westmoreland County is steeped in American history. Once the first county to be settled west of the Allegheny Mountains here in Pennsylvania, it is now home to state-of-the art hospitals, award-winning universities and boasts a convenient location just east of Pittsburgh.
This area is anything but suburban feeling. Heavily wooded mountains surround these connected communities, providing a spectacular backdrop for anyone living here. Route 30 provides an array of modern dining and shopping options, while the nearby Pennsylvania Turnpike serves as a desirable artery for commuters into Pittsburgh. Read More→
Looking for a better way to get cozy now that the cold and crisp weather is settling in for the weekend? How about with a FREE fireplace? At S&A Homes, for a limited time, we invite you to take advantage of our exclusive offer.
In most of our communities, purchase a to-be-built home between November 1 and November 30, 2013 and receive a FREE fireplace in your new home! One of our most popular features, a fireplace offers more than comfort on a cold day. Read More→
Once you’ve handed out the last of the candy tonight, treated yourself to Charlie Brown’s Halloween Special and collapsed with exhaustion after tucking the little ones in, the inevitable reality will sink in that the holiday season is upon you (and us).
We want to know – is a new home on your holiday wish list this year? If so, what do you want in that brand new home? If you aren’t sure, here is a list of top five buying trends for 2013 according to Zillow:
1. Man Caves & Smart Homes
2. Custom Designed Closet Systems
3. Home Offices
4. Hardwood Flooring
5. Urban Homes with Amenities Read More→
It’s been an interesting economy for the last several years. A bit of a “two steps forward, one step back” methodology to our country’s growth has made it confusing for potential home buyers about whether or not to jump into the market or stay on the fence.
If we’ve learned anything about the last seven years, it’s that national trends, “growth forecasts” and interest rates tell a very small part of the story. Rather than analyzing Wall Street’s opinions to death, having knowledge of where you want to move often proves the best strategy.
At S&A Homes, we are confident that the neighborhoods we build in contain the best value in the best housing markets. Pittsburgh, PA, for example, is consistently listed as one of the healthiest real estate markets in the nation. Year after year this metropolitan area allows home buyers in any price range to purchase a brand new home in the best school districts for an affordable price. Read More→
It’s pretty doubtful anyone is dreaming of a white Christmas this early in the season. But, there’s a pretty decent chance some of you are dreaming of a new home for the holidays. With autumn upon us and Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, there is a limited window for anyone thinking about doing holiday entertaining in a brand new home.
Building a home from scratch is out of the question for those hoping to ring in the New Year in a new home. So what are your options? At S&A Homes, we have many brand new, move-in ready homes available to purchase. Read More→
Halloween is just 16 days away! If you have little ones, that fun day comes with a lot of responsibility. Here are a few tips from S&A Homes to help make your Halloween fun and safe!
• Take pictures on a different day (i.e. the week before). Many local photographers offer mini sessions for kiddos in their Halloween costumes. With portrait sessions starting as low as $15, we say that is a great investment! Let the photographer worry about capturing those cute little smiles, so you can enjoy the evening without the stress of capturing that perfect picture!
• Write your child’s name, address and phone number on the inside of their costume if they are young. Figuring out how to find your child AFTER you get separated is not the time to think about taking precautions.
• Put reflective material on your child’s costume, especially if it’s made of darker material to ensure cars can see your little trick-or-treater! Read More→