Pardee paves way to homeownership

Pardee Homes will host a home-buying seminar called BuyingSmart: The Path to Homeownership Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the sales office in the Vista Verde neighborhood, according to regional sales director Rob Tuvell.

"The seminar will help buyers find the keys to their dreams of owning their own home," Tuvell said. "Pardee's BuyingSmart program is designed to make the home-buying experience easier and more enjoyable. We have professionals with the experience to guide buyers through the process."

Featured speakers include Realtor and market expert Brian Wedewer, as well as Pardee Home Loans representatives and Pardee Homes sales agents. The seminar will cover: The benefits to owning a home; first-time home buyer tips and advice; today's market -- why it's still a good time to buy now; top five secrets to selling your current home; and financing.

The builder's LivingSmart program is offered in the Alvarado and Madera new-home neighborhoods at Vista Verde in the Centennial Hills area of northwestern Las Vegas.

The community features a Desert Demonstration Garden and a LivingSmart Room, where the program's earth-friendly solutions are detailed. The program offers environmentally sensitive features and options in the categories of EarthSmart, EnergySmart, HealthSmart and WaterSmart. Home buyers can choose from special LivingSmart options and features that include fluorescent lighting, tankless water heaters, low-VOC paint and central vacuum systems.

Alvarado is a collection of one- and two-story plans with up to five bedrooms in about 1,570 to 2,408 square feet. Floor plans provide options for great rooms, dens, media rooms, lofts and downstairs guest rooms. Homes range in price from about $274,950 to about $354,450.

Madera offers one- and two-story plans with up to five bedrooms and options such as courtyards, game rooms, workshops, patios and bonus room in about 2,576 to 3,552 square feet. Pricing ranges from about $394,450 to about $467,950.

To visit Vista Verde, from U.S. Highway 95 North, exit at Durango Drive and turn left. Turn right onto Oso Blanco Road, then immediately left onto Severance Lane. Follow the signs.

The sales office is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except Monday when it opens at 11 a.m. For more information call 396-3148 or visit