Pardee Homes keeps it in the family

For siblings Gladhes and Ralph Junio, purchasing a Pardee home at the builder’s Solamar neighborhood in northwestern Las Vegas was a decision based on their family and advice from their friend and real estate agent Paula de Vera.

They previously lived with their parents Rafael and Caridad Junio and 11-year-old sister Jolene in a Pardee Home just minutes from the builder’s Solamar neighborhood.

“We knew from experience that Pardee’s homes are built to last,” Ralph Junio said. “And, in my position in the banking industry, I research a lot of new home developments and I know that Pardee is among the best.”

The Pardee Homes’ connection initially began with Realtor Paula de Vera, a member of the builder’s Realtor Rewards program.

The Junio and de Vera families are both from the Philippines and it was a chance encounter and an overheard phone conversation that connected the two families and their dialects, which are specific to a northern region of their homeland. This led de Vera to assist the elder Junios with their Pardee purchase four years ago.

“Pardee is a great builder and they have terrific sales agents and customer service that all work together to make the home-buying process a positive experience for my clients,” said de Vera who is with Keller Williams Realty Marketplace 1.

“When Gladhes and Ralph said they wanted to buy a home, I knew that Pardee’s Solamar neighborhood was not far from their parents’ house and had the amenities they wanted including a single-story design and immediately went to work to get them prequalified.”

According to de Vera, while it was important to Gladhes and Ralph Junio to find a home that was close to their family, Junios was able to purchase now in order to take advantage of the federal tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers closing escrow on a principal residence before April 30, 2010.

“The tax credit, matched with Pardee’s new standards program which included granite countertops, appliances and upgraded cabinets as standard features in our home were all icing on the cake,” Gladhes Junio said.

Gladhes Junio is a University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate and a registered nurse while Ralph Junio is currently studying radiology at UNLV and works in banking. Their mother also works in health care and their father is a baker at a major Strip resort. The family has been living in Las Vegas for nearly 20 years.

While the brother and sister are anticipating celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends in their new home at Solamar, their little sister is also eager for the move. “There is a room at their house just for me,” Jolene Junio said.

Home prices at Solamar start from $269,000 with the one- and two-story floor plans ranging from 2,491 to 3,152 square feet with up to five bedrooms.

According to de Vera, all of Pardee’s newly designed homes are part of the builder’s LivingSmart program with standard and optional measures that boost energy efficiency, save water, improve indoor air quality and encourage material conservation and the use of recycled or sustainable resources in new homes.

To visit Solamar from U.S. Highway 95 north, exit to Interstate 215, the Las Vegas Beltway, west. Exit Durango Road and turn right. Turn left on Deer Springs Way, right on Grand Canyon Drive, then right on Bay Ledge Street to the models. Visitors are welcome from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

Located in Centennial Hills, Solamar is close to Mt. Charleston and Lee Canyon, Silver Stone Golf Club, Mountain Ridge Park, Las Vegas’ Extreme Sports Park and Centennial Hills Hospital, as well as new retail and schools at all levels.

Pardee Homes was recently ranked highest in customer satisfaction and quality among new-home builders in Las Vegas, according to J.D. Power and Associates 2009 new-home builder customer satisfaction and new-home quality studies.

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