October 27th, 2013
WASHINGTON – Oct. 25, 2013 – Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages dropped this week to their lowest levels in four months, a positive sign for the housing recovery.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year loan fell to 4.13 percent. That’s down from 4.28 percent. The average on the 15-year fixed loan declined to 3.24 percent from 3.33 percent.
Both averages are the lowest since June 20.
Mortgage rates have been falling since September, when the Federal Reserve held off slowing its $85-billion-a-month in bond purchases. The bond buys are intended to keep longer-term interest rates low, including mortgage rates.
And a slowdown in hiring in September makes it more likely that the Fed will continue its stimulus into next year.
Mortgage rates tend to follow the yield on the 10-year Treasury note. The 10-year note traded at 2.50 percent Wednesday, down sharply from 2.61 percent last Thursday.
October 24th, 2013
Work is already underway at Dreambuilder’s newest remodeling project, Dreambuilder 23. We’re helping owners Steve and Kara Golgulski transform this 1980s kitchen into a 21st century showplace!
The original kitchen and was in great condition but showing its aged styling with oak cabinets, blue Corian countertops, white appliances and vinyl floors. Most importantly, however, the kitchen was cut off from the great room by a wall.
Our plan is to open up that wall to create a more open space between the two rooms, along with a new eating peninsula. We’ll be installing new, all wood shaker-style cabinets along with granite countertops and tile flooring. New Whirlpool stainless steel appliances, including a new double oven and separate cooktop, are arriving soon. New lighting, a new breakfast area and a new powder room are all on their way. The centerpiece of the kitchen will be a fantastic free-standing island the owner already has.
We’ve got some surprises in store with the finishing touches, so be sure and keep track of our progress on our Facebook page where we’ve already posted before pictures, demolition and reconfiguration.
If you’re ready to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, contact us today!
October 21st, 2013
Dreambuilder 21, a custom home in prestigious Pablo Creek Reserve, has just broken ground. Dreambuilder Custom Homes is proud to collaborate with owner Steven Starkey in the design and construction of his new home.
Having completed Dreambuilder 18 earlier this year to wide acclaim, we here at Dreambuilder are excited to build our second home in the community — with a third, Dreambuilder 22, currently in plan development.
We’re also excited at that this new home will be in the French Eclectic style, which will be new to our portfolio. This style is symmetrical and pleasing to the eye, placing an emphasis on balance, gentle curves and lines of sight. Steven chose this style for these reasons as well as the desire to do something a little different, architecturally speaking, in Pablo Creek Reserve, which is largely populated by variants of Mediterranean architecture.
The French Eclectic style is a traditional one, and Steven desired to freshen it up a bit with a contemporary interpretation. Dreambuilder helped Steven design a sleek, clean look to the design, with minimal embellishment and subtle detailing on the exterior while maintaining traditional massing, including the front portico with iron detailing. On the interior, a muted color palette of whites and grays create a soothing, modern color palette, highlighted with marble countertops, stainless finishes and mouldings in all main rooms.
The home is targeted for completion in the spring of 2014 — but you can follow our progress on Dreambuilder’s Facebook page – go to the photo album for Dreambuilder 21. And be sure and become a fan of our page today for further updates on this and our other projects.
October 18th, 2013
Dreambuilder 17 kitchen
Dreambuilder 17, our oceanfront home for the Kane family, is about a month away from completion. Visit Dreambuilder’s Facebook page to see progress pictures of this project and all of the beautiful finishes that are now going in the home.
Of course, we’ll have complete photography once the home is complete, but you can get a first taste by clicking here.
October 15th, 2013
Dreambuilder was featured in a two-page spread in Jacksonville Magazine’s Home issue (see page 14). We were also quoted in the “Rooms to Grow” article on kitchen and bath trends.
You can view the entire issue online by visiting here.