Home Creations Moves Up on Builder Top 100 List

HC_TW_Cover_Top100In May 2015, Builder magazine released the 2014 Top 100 Builders list. Home Creations moved up 3 positions from last year’s list and is now #69 of 100 top builders in America. Home Creations is also the largest locally owned and operated home builder on the list, as well as the only Oklahoma-owned builder in the Top 100.

These rankings are based on annual closing numbers of builders all over the United States. Home Creations closed 526 homes in 2014 and had revenue of $90 million. Ranking on this list is a great honor for a locally owned and operated company.

Since 1981, Home Creations has dedicated their energy to creating affordable, energy efficient, structurally sound homes in the state of Oklahoma. As of May 2015, Home Creations has 32 communities in Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, Edmond, Yukon, Newcastle, Claremore, Glenpool, Jenks, Bixby, Collinsville, Piedmont and Chickasha.

Owner of Home Creations, Jalal Farzaneh, believes that Home Creations will continue to be one of the largest home builders in Oklahoma because “we reinvest back in our business and in Oklahoma.”

In 2014, they made additions to three existing communities: Farmington in Newcastle, The Sycamores in Yukon, and Turtlewood in Midwest City. They also broke ground in three new communities: Sleepy Hollow in Chickasha, Castleberry in Edmond, and Palermo Place in South Oklahoma City.

Home Creations caters to the demands of Oklahoma homeowners by building in prime locations with the desirable school systems. Each of their homes also come standard with granite kitchen countertops, tiled floors in kitchen, main entrance and utility room. Home Creations also takes pride in  their tornado features installed in every home including anchor bolts and tornado straps.  Home Creations uses Energy Star qualified windows, as well as many other energy efficient features.

To view available homes, visit the Home Creations website.

Clearwater, OKC Community Highlight

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Tucked away just west of Will Rogers Airport stands Home Creations’ Clearwater community. Clearwater is a great community for several reasons: the location, the price, the schools and the opportunities.

Location

This community is in a prime location for accessing everything Oklahoma City, Mustang, Yukon and Bethany have to offer. The location is a perfect balance of country and city life. Clearwater is less than a 2-minute drive from Highway 152, which leads you to all of the major highways in Oklahoma City.

Clearwater is the perfect midpoint for your commute if members of your household work in different cities. Current homeowner Josh Hanson, purchased a home in the Clearwater community because of the proximity to his job at Will Rogers World Airport. “It’s also really nice to be less than 5-10 minutes away from the shopping center off of I-40 and MacArthur” said Hanson. “I don’t have to go far to get everything I need.” Hanson also notes he feels very safe living in this area with his two children.

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Land Price

This area of Oklahoma City is growing fast, but is still extremely affordable. You can get into a brand new home at a reasonable price with all the standard features from our other homes: granite countertops, custom cabinetry, tornado safety features, and energy efficiency ratings. This community has many opportunities for new home construction, as well as some move-in-ready homes available. The average price range for homes in Clearwater starts from $120K and varies depending on the floor plan you choose.

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Western Heights School district is an independent district less than 5 minutes away from the Clearwater community. This school district houses more than 3,600 students in four elementary schools, two intermediate schools, a ninth grade center and a high school.

Western Heights High School recently was awarded an iPad program that distributes iPads to each student for their assignments and in-class engagement. The high school also is a partner with Oklahoma City Community College through the OKCGO 2.0 program. With this program, students who graduate from Western Heights High School can receive a degree for free.

 

Opportunities

Clearwater is still a growing community and offers many opportunities to build a new home. Clearwater’s New Home Consultant, Kelli Beaney has great insights on renting vs. homeownership because of her experience managing apartments. Here’s why she believes buying a brand new home is the best option: “When you rent a property, you’re essentially paying someone else’s mortgage. In a lot of cases, you are paying more money for an apartment than a brand new home with a backyard and a 2-car garage.

These homes have never been lived in before, whereas in an apartment or rental home, there is wear and tear, and you never know how well the previous space was cleaned before you moved in.  All of the homes in Clearwater are new construction. We do not sell used homes – all brand new never lived in before.

If you choose to live in Clearwater, you’ll be working with Kelli on your purchase and she will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We understand some of our home buyers are first-time-buyers, so we want to make this experience easy and enjoyable.

View available homes in Oklahoma City (including Clearwater).

Home Creations Honors Debbie Guidry and Anita Wagoner-Brown

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Two of our favorite Home Creations employees, Anita Wagoner Brown and Debbie Guidry, have began new ventures this year. These two women have been integral to the success of Home Creations, and we wanted to honor and thank them for their years of dedication to our company.

Anita Wagoner-Brown

IMGP5290Anita Wagoner-Brown, Director and Sales & Marketing, is known for her positivity, kindness and willingness to help. She is also the composer of the Home Creations jingle.

“Anita is a problem solver, always trying to help others and do what needs to be done. She never said “this isn’t my job” and always eager to be part of the team,” said Jalal Farzaneh, owner of Home Creations.

“Anita has been a great mentor and example for me personally and professionally. When I started out, I was a part-time assistant and went from there to community manager, and then to area manager. She helped me be successful through those transitions with training and guidance. I attribute a huge amount of my success to her,” said Brandon Brown, Area Manager.

Anita’s legacy will remain at Home Creations though her encouragement to the team to be hopeful and optimistic. Sandy Newton, Closing Coordinator said, “Even when we came across challenges, Anita was always positive about our ability to reach our goals – and we always did!” Amy Savage, Accounting manager, also noted, “Anita leaves a legacy of a positive attitude.  Anita always had a smile on her face and even when things were stressful.”

“My father was a visionary in business. He was giving business advice to all. I remember he was telling me that the most valuable asset of any organization is its staff, and make sure you hire the best. I took his advice to heart and hire the people with character and moral. I was lucky to hire Anita 13 years ago. She helped Home Creations grow to become Oklahoma’s largest Homebuilder.

“Her sense of compassion is beyond any one I have seen. She loves people and sees their best. Anita cares about every one and is willing to help total strangers and sees the positives in every one. Anita possesses a high sense of integrity and honesty and is my moral compass. When in doubt I always ask her opinion to make sure I am doing the right thing, “said Farzaneh.

Debbie Guidry

For the past 9 years, Debbie Guidry has set the bar for excellence in the home building and selling business. Anita says of Debbie, “She is loved by our employees, by our sales team, and by her customers. She has been willing to do whatever it takes to get homes sold, make people happy, and meet our customers’ needs.”Guidrys_02

Homeowners Brandon and Erin Benear said Debbie was the reason they bought their Home Creations home. “Debbie was so helpful and incredibly nice. She didn’t make us feel stressed or uneasy about our first home buying experience. She was very open and honest and had answers to every one of our questions.” They also remarked about Debbie’s devotion to the OKC Thunder and how every time they saw her she was in a Thunder t-shirt.

Debbie was also an incredible mentor to her coworkers at Home Creations. Area Sales Manager Kurt Mcgraw said, “I remember coming into the job there was a ton of stuff to pick up and learn. Debbie hadn’t been a Home Creations much longer than me, but I could tell she had her act together and was really good at her job. She’s the one I gravitated toward – wanted to get to know her, ask questions about how she did her job and how she worked with buyers – she was a big help to me In that way.”

Brooke Russell, New Home Consultant said, “Debbie is so outgoing – she genuinely cares about everyone around her. She always gives 110% and never says no. She is willing to go above and beyond for anyone.”

Area Sales Manager John Burris noted Debbie kept a relationship with homeowners even 2-3 years after they had originally purchased their homes: “A lot of people think you sell a house and you’re done– but not Debbie. She would get to know every single person and even send them birthday cards years later.”

Debbie has lived in Moore for over 30 years and continues to do so in her new Home Creations home.

This dynamic sales duo will be missed at Home Creations, but their hard work has motivated our staff and set the pace for future business. We look forward to working with them on new real estate ventures in the future.

Thunder Post-Game Interview with the Benears

Lane Benear Home Creations Thunder game BallOn March 4th, Home Creations selected the Benear family to present the game ball at the Thunder vs Philadelphia game. Despite blizzard-like conditions, the Benears were still able to make it to the game!

The Benears made the night a family-wide event. Brandon’s father wanted to see Lane present the game ball, so he bought tickets to the game as well. They all met at Louie’s in Moore before the game, and braved the roads to make it on time.

“We love going to Thunder games as a family. It’s a fun family night out. We don’t get to have those very often because we are so busy, so it’s nice to stop what we’re doing and spend time together,” said Erin Benear.

Since Home Creations provided the Benears with Thunder tickets and a parking pass, it made for an easy walk to the game despite the snow. Once they arrived, they found their seats on the 100 level, right behind the goal. Then, Brandon and Lane headed toward the court to prepare for the game ball presentation.

“It was different to be down on the court because the Thunder players are a lot taller than I expected. The referee asked me if I knew how to dribble, and he let me dribble the ball on the Thunder Court! They also gave me a t-shirt that had the Thunder symbol on it, and on the back it said Home Creations,” said Lane, who presented the Thunder game ball.

This game was one to remember. Not only did Thunder beat Philadelphia in overtime 123-118, but Russell Westbrook registered his fourth triple-double in a row and scored a career-high 49 points.

“It was a lot of fun!” said Kayleigh, Lane’s sister.

“The seats were great! It was such an awesome game. The crowd was crazy that night. Even Russell Westbrook went crazy,” said Erin.

We loved being able to send our homeowners to a Thunder game. The Benears had a blast representing Home Creations on the court. Stay tuned for our next Thunder game ball presentation announcement!

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Home Creations Family to Present Thunder Game Ball March 4

This year, Home Creations is a proud partner of the Oklahoma City Thunder. With that partnership comes the opportunity to present the game ball before a Thunder home game. We chose one Home Creations family to present the game ball March 4, when the Thunder takes on Philadelphia!Oklahoma City Thunder Logo

Here’s their story:

In 2010, Brandon, Erin, and their two children Kaylee and Lane, wanted to move from their apartment in Tulsa, into a Home Creations home they loved in Moore. Brandon was still in school, but they knew they wanted to move as soon as he graduated.

“I saw the process my parents went through with Home Creations. If they can please my mom, who is very picky and outspoken, I figured we should look into it,” he said.

One afternoon while they were visiting his parents, Brandon and Erin decided to visit Home Creations’ model home on a whim.

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The Benears

“We expected to be laughed out of the place. I was still in school, our income was very minimal, but we knew it was going to increase in the future. Debbie (a New Home Consultant at Home Creations) made it sound like this wasn’t going to be a problem. She took us step by step through the process since we were going to be first time homebuyers. That experience with Debbie in the model home was a selling point for us.”

The family chose this location in Moore because the neighborhood was close to a school, there were many young families with children, and there was a park right by their house.

Erin explained that the neighbors are her favorite part about living in this area. “There are always children near by and my kids can play outside and feel safe. We live in this nice little cul-de-sac and everyone gets along. Everybody talks. It just feels like a friendly neighborhood experience.”

Brandon added that the favorite part of his new home is the lot it is built on. “I grew up with my grandparents and they had a big yard, so I wanted one for my kids.” The backyard is a favorite for the children as well; Kaylee said she loves playing football and soccer in it.

The family chose the Raleigh Elite floor plan, which has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and an open concept. “My favorite part of the house is the living room, because that’s where I get to watch all of the Thunder games,” Brandon said. Kaylee loves her bedroom most because that’s where the video game consoles are set up and she and her brother Lane play together.

“My favorite room is the kitchen. When I cook, there are usually people in the living room watching the game. I can still stand in the kitchen and chit-chat while the TV is on and it’s really nice,” added Erin.

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The coin toss — Lane won!

At the end of the interview, we tossed a coin to see who would present the game ball – Lane won! Keep an eye out for him right before the game as he presents the ball for the OKC vs Philly game next week.

We love our Home Creations homeowners!

Romantic Stay-at-Home Valentine’s Day Dates

Stay at Home Valentines Day Date Ideas

A stay-at-home Valentine’s Day date can be even more romantic than a date out in the city. When you think about Valentine’s Day, you might think of an expensive night on the town. Staying home, though, means you have the freedom to create a perfect date in your own intimate setting. This could be your best Valentine’s Day yet! Here are a few ideas of some ways to stay at home on the most romantic day of the year.

Make a New Recipe Together

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to cook a new gourmet meal. Since Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year,  you have plenty of time to go to the grocery store and a whole day to prep. Set the mood with candles and flowers! Small details will make your night extra special. Here is an example of a romantic dinner you can make at home, recipes included from Homeland Grocery Stores.

Main Dish: Beef Rib Roast with Red Wine-Cherry Sauce
Side One: Asparagus with Zesty Citrus Dressing
Side Two: Creamy Thyme Potato Gratin
Dessert:  Valentine Strawberry Pie

For more recipes, check out Homeland’s recipe library.

Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb—this is a perfect opportunity for taking risks in the kitchen. Even if you mess up the recipe, you and your significant other will have a lot of fun laughing about it later. If it ends up failing, you can always order a pizza!

Learn to Dance

Learning to dance can be intimidating, so a great way to learn without embarrassment is to dance like no one is watching in the comfort of your own home.  There are thousands of videos on YouTube with step-by-step instructions on all styles of dance. Passion4Dancing has produced more than 50 free videos to help you learn the basic steps of any ballroom dancing style. To make this date even more romantic and fun, dress up before you learn the moves!

At-Home Spa Treatment

After you dance the night away, you might want to relax your feet before bed. You don’t have to go to a spa to get relaxed—you can create a full spa night from the comfort of your home. Light a few aromatherapy-scented candles like lavender or eucalyptus to get you relaxed. You should also light a few non-scented candles to balance the aroma.  Fill your bathtub halfway up with hot water and Epsom salts for a soothing detox foot soak. You and your significant other can sit next to each other on the side of the tub while you treat your feet. After a relaxing bath, pop in a movie and give each other foot rubs on the couch while you watch.

Thunder Watch Party Must-Haves

Nothing can get your blood pumping at a basketball game faster than hearing the thunderous crowd booming, “O-K-C! O-K-C!” Thunder fans have been named some of the best in the nation, and it’s no surprise this  has also made the Thunder franchise the best in the nation. One reason Oklahoma City’s fan-base is so great is because the city completely revolves around Thunder events. You can always count on every restaurant and bar in town tuning in to the games.

However, one of our favorite ways to watch the Thunder is from the comfort of our own home. There’s nothing better than inviting a few neighbors over for a potluck watch party. We’ve created this list of Thunder Watch Party Must-Haves so that you can be the “hostess with the most-est.”

Yummy Food

Thunder watch parties are perfect excuse to make chicken wings, steak kabobs, and more. Even though NBA season is usually during colder months in Oklahoma, you can still grill! One of the best ways to grill in the winter is to use a Kamado Grill. Because of its thick insulation, the fire doesn’t need much attention to stay kindled. Also, the insulation keeps the grill hot by protecting it from the elements.

If you aren’t a great cook, or just don’t have the time to make a dish, you can always pick up a party food tray from your local Homeland Store. Homeland’s deli creates these custom party trays on-site, and you can even order them online! Veggie trays make a great side for chicken wings, and it never hurts to add a cheese tray as well.

Delicious Desserts

Basketball Cookies

Making Thunder themed desserts is a great way to get your kids involved in the party. Buy orange and blue icing and have a cupcake or cookie decorating station. Especially for younger kids, this would be a great activity to keep them busy! Here is a picture tutorial from The Crafty Penguin on how to make basketball cookies:

Thunder-Themed Drinks

Thunder Themed Blue Drinks

Luckily for Thunder fans, blue and orange drinks are not hard to create. Here are a couple recipes for unique Thunder drinks:

The Rumble:  3 ounces of pineapple juice + 1 ounce fresh squeezed orange + 2-3 drops of food coloring

Thunder Punch: Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade Koolaid + 3 cups of ginger ale or Sprite

Storm Chaser: ½ Blue Hawaiian Punch + ½ country time lemonade

Thunderstruck: 1/3 Orange juice +1/3 ginger ale + 3 cups orange sherbet

With these great food, dessert and drink options, your next Thunder Watch Party will surely be a hit! We love sponsoring the Oklahoma City Thunder, and we hope you love supporting them too.