We Need Each Other

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Builders need Realtors and Realtors Need Builders.  And, let’s face it – buyers love new homes.  American Housing Builders II is an experienced and well-respected builder in Tampa Bay.  Here are a few benefits of working with us…


  1. We appreciate our Realtor® partners by offering 3% cooperating commission, paid at the time of closing or at the “construction” closing (approx. 45-60 days after a contract is executed).  That’s the same amount of time as an existing home sale.  It’s not much different.
  1. A smooth transaction and a coordinated closing.  We’re happy to help explain the process and keep you abreast of what’s happening along the way.
  1. Buyers who execute a contract prior to construction can schedule an appointment with our design team to choose their own paint colors, fixtures.
  1. All our new homes come with a comprehensive “2/10” structural warranty that covers the home for 10-years.  In addition, we will field calls for the first year to help put your buyer in touch with the appropriate services. We love satisfied buyers.


Realtors® are Our Friends. Call or come in and talk to us about how we can help each other close more transactions with less hassle. It’s a win-win situation for everyone, especially the happy new home buyer that will send referrals your way.


3 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe in Your New Home

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Moving to a new home is both exciting and stressful. It’s a chance to experience a new location, decorate, meet new people, and make new memories. On the flip side, moving into a new home is a lot of work. You have to unpack and make sure everything is safe and secure. It also entails an adjustment period for everyone in the family, especially pets.

As you get settled into your new place, remember to take extra special care of your dog. Below are three suggestions that will help you protect your dog and ease him into the transition of a new location.


Install a fence

According to ASPCA, nearly 3.3 million dogs arrive at U.S. animal shelters every year, and only around 620,000 are returned to their owners. These numbers are drastic, so it’s easy to see why it’s important to have a fence that can keep your dog safe within the confines of your property. Your new place may already have a fence, but if it’s broken in places or not tall enough, there’s the risk your furry family member will get hurt, or even worse, will run away.

According to HomeAdvisor, the average price to install a wood fence is between $1,400 and $2,000. This may be more money than you want to spend, especially after making the purchase of a new home, but consider this: Would you rather invest in a fence that will keep your pup safe, or would you prefer dealing with the possibility of your dog escaping and not knowing if you will ever get to see him again? An escape is much more likely to happen if you don’t have a proper fence in place.

Store dangerous household and outdoor items in safe locations

Sure, it takes a lot of time sorting through everything after a move. You first have to figure out where everything is, and then, you have to decide where its location will be at your new place. Keep in mind that physically this can be hazardous, especially when boxes are stacked in several places, and cleaning products or items like rakes and other tools are left out in the open. Your pup will want to play in or investigate his new surroundings, so make sure to keep him in areas where he can’t accidentally consume laundry detergent or stumble upon fertilizer or pool chemicals out in the backyard. In addition, when you’re making decisions about where things should go, be sure to choose a locked location both inside and outside to store poisonous items and unsafe equipment.

Recreate the familiar and add new things one at a time

Familiarity can be very comforting to your dog as he adjusts to his new home. It’s helpful to set out toys that he enjoys playing with and to organize his crate or bed the same way as before (the way it was at the old house). It’s also equally important to keep identical feeding and walking schedules to maintain a sense of routine. Since the neighborhood will be new to your dog, try to introduce him to nearby places, people, and other pets little by little. The idea is to pique his curiosity and excite him without making it overwhelming.

Dogs are the happiest when they’re with their families. As your pup gets to know his new world, spend as much time with him as you can. Play old games and introduce other activities like hiding food around the house to get him used to his surroundings. You can never go wrong with food and fun!

Article Written By: Cindy Aldridge, info@ourdogfriends.org, Ourdogfriends.org

Photo Credit: Pixabay

Create Moods With Color

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Red – Red is stimulating, bold and often considered the color of romance and passion. Use it to make a room feel intimate or feature the color on one wall to visually manipulate the proportions of a narrow room. Red is timeless, contemporary and can make a small dining alcove feel like a destination.

Orange – Orange conjures images of citrus fruit or a summer sunset and represents happiness and innovation. It has a reputation for being overwhelming, but variations like apricot and terra-cotta can inspire relaxation. A deep orange can feel bold during the day and lend a cozy, warm glow in the evening.

Yellow – Yellow adds optimism, prompting feelings of happiness in all who enter. It activates memory, stimulates the nervous system, promotes communication and sparks creativity. Control the hue and you control the mood. Muted yellow works well as a soothing neutral. A sun-kissed yellow brings the warmth of summer inside your home. A pale yellow can make a compact room feel larger.

Green – Green represents growth, renewal and prosperity. The soothing quality of green makes it ideal for any room. Turn your bathroom into a relaxing spa-like retreat by using blue-greens mixed with gray and white. If you want more drama use a rich, emerald-green palette and integrate playful patterns.

Blue – Arguably, the world’s favorite color. Add serenity and softness to any space by using the color blue. It represents wisdom and loyalty which is why many military and civic uniforms sport shades of this color. Simply observing this color causes the body to produce chemicals which calm the nerves and sooth one’s soul.

Purple – Historically, the robes of kings and queens were created from this rich color, associating violet with wealth and sophistication. Scientifically speaking, violet is known for stimulating brain activity used in problem solving. When used correctly, controlled doses of violet can bring a sense of mystery and wisdom to a space.

Pink – Associated with romance. Certain shades of pink, when paired with otherwise masculine colors, can create a gender-neutral space. Hot pink is a great way to add a feminine touch to more masculine hues such as navy blue and black.

Interest Rates ↓ Down

The time is now to buy a new home


Long-term US mortgage interest rates declined last week, after a steady rise over the past year that lead to our highest-level mortgage interest rates in more than four years.  Freddie Mac reported that the average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage recently fell from 4.58 percent to 4.55 percent.  One of three great reasons to buy a home right NOW…


Ask any professional Realtor® why it’s time to buy and they’ll tell you:

  1. Today’s interest rates will likely continue to increase. But what does that mean for you as a home buyer?

Imagine your mortgage principal is $200,000.  If you secured your mortgage with a 3.87% interest rate, the total interest you’d pay over the course of the loan will be $138,571.  Now, if you secured a mortgage with a 5% interest rate, the total interest you’ll pay over the course of the loan climbs to $186,152, a difference of $43,581!!!

Locking-in a lower interest rate will save you thousands of dollars, which is why securing a loan now is in your best interest.

  1. Homes are becoming more expensive. Home prices have been steadily rising for over 5 years.  Extensive labor shortages and spikes in material costs are causing home prices to climb.
  1. If you wait, you’ll have fewer homes to chose from. Low inventory (when there are too many people buying homes and not enough homes for them to buy) drives up home prices, resulting in less inventory for the home buyer to choose from.


Fun Fact: In October of 1981, the average mortgage interest rate for 30-year mortgages reached an all-time high of 18.63%.

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

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Use this Spring Home Maintenance Checklist to Get Your Home Ready for Summer!


Exterior Home Maintenance:


  1. Check the home’s foundation for deterioration and use caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding, where pipes or wires enter the house and around the windows and door frames to prevent heating/cooling from escaping.
  2. Inspect exterior surfaces for weathering and peeling paint.
  3. Be sure that water doesn’t pool around your foundation.
  4. Inspect windows and doors for broken glass, breached seals and damaged screens.
  5. Ensure window and door hardware operates properly.
  6. Check roof for missing, loose or damaged shingles, flashing, fascia and soffits.
  7. Clean gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints and tighten brackets. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.
  8. Examine plumbing supply valves and water heater for leaks and corrosion.
  9. Inspect sinks, showers, toilets and bathtubs for leaks.


Interior Home Maintenance:


  1. Check the attic and ceiling for water intrusion. Look for moisture on ceilings and around windows and doors.
  2. Check stairs and railings for loose or damaged parts or materials.
  3. Test smoke alarms and change the batteries every 6 months.
  4. Inspect tile grout and re-grout as necessary to prevent deterioration.
  5. Check the caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilets.
  6. Clean or service your HVAC system and change the air filters.
  7. Remove materials and household items, from around the system, that may prevent air-flow.
  8. Have an electrician test circuit breakers and ground-fault/arc-fault interrupters.


Porch & Patio Maintenance:


  1. Check the supports, stairs and railings on porches and decks. Be sure the handrails will support someone slipping on wet or icy surfaces.
  2. Check that your mailbox is functioning and conforms to the USPS Guidelines.
  3. Inspect outdoor light fixtures and replace the light bulbs.

Preparing Your New Home for the Visually Impaired – Written by Jackie Waters

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One of the major causes of accidents in the home is lack of preparation – is your new home prepared for the visually impaired? If you’re experiencing loss of vision or low vision, there are certain steps you need to implement in your home to maintain safety and functionality. Have a family member or close friend assist you in making the changes necessary in your home and give yourself time to get familiar with your new surroundings. Ensuring your safety and that of others is the best way to navigate and adapt to living with a visual impairment.


If you have been a resident in your current home for quite some time, chances are you have accumulated a lot of belongings. While you have the help, sort through everything and rid of anything that is no longer of use or deemed to be potentially hazardous. This one step alone can lessen your chances of an accident tremendously. Store clothing in the proper dresser or bin, and allow yourself to get acquainted with your sense of texture and touch. Use your hands to locate identifying factors on your clothing such as buttons and zippers. Mark your dressers with bump dots to help you locate your clothes with ease.


When it comes to your entertainment areas, you will want to make sure a clear walkway is in place. Eliminate bulky furniture and move tables and chairs closer to the wall. Keep all plugs and cords out of the floor as well. Check your stairs for loose or raised carpeting and have it replaced immediately. Be sure to place non-slip rugs or tape in your tub or shower and install grab bars where needed. Riding of clutter and creating space guarantees you the ability to be able to move about freely and comfortably without the stress of slipping or falling.


Your kitchen will be the next area of concentration, as it houses the most hazardous equipment in the home. Use a tactile pin to place raised marks on all appliances that have settings. Mark your coffee maker, oven, stove settings as well as your microwave. You want to prevent the chance of burns, fires and accidents.


Your pantry and refrigerator should be stocked in an order that will be easy for you to reach in and grab exactly what it is that you want. Store all your items on designated shelves and label each shelf. Get in the habit of putting things away right after use, as repetition will aid you in becoming more comfortable around the home. If you have guests, make them aware of the labels and ask that they place everything the use back where it belongs. This eliminates stress and confusion and creates habit, which is a key element in asserting your independence.


You will also need to have a landline phone installed in your home as well. There are several options available for the visually impaired, some with a cord and others without, depending on your preference. It is wise to invest in a phone with a large keypad to enable you to see the numbers as you are dialing.


Having a vision impairment does not have to be a burden on you or your loved ones. In fact, your quality of life can remain the same if not better as you adapt. Adjusting to your circumstances will take patience and effort on your end —but it can be done. Should you find yourself feeling alone, or frustrated, there are several support groups for those who are visually impaired. As always remember to be kind to yourself as you embark on this new phase of your life.


New Home Features in American Housing Homes

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New Home Features at American Housing Builders II Homes in Pinellas County are made of concrete block construction and are built with cost-saving & safety features, such as:Reagan - Custom home

  • Concrete Slab over clean dirt fill, which is thoroughly sprayed for subterranean termites – perimeter of house is sprayed after final grade.
  • 3000 Psi (pounds per square inch) concrete slab and driveway, reinforced with steel rebar and fiber mesh.
  • 3000 Psi (pounds per square inch) continuous steel reinforced concrete lintel tie-beam: hurricane truss anchor straps are permanently set in the concrete tie-beam for added storm protection and security.
  • High efficiency Energy Star® heat pump (Air Conditioner Heat Pump) installed for easy access and electrical cost savings.
  • Load bearing and interior walls are placed at 16” on center for added strength and design features.
  • 40-gallon quick recovery water heater for efficiency and convenience.
  • Timberline Prestige® HD roofline shingles with algae stain guard for durability.
  • R-4.2 reflective foil insulation covers the exterior block and R-8 foam fill for better insulation and sound proofing.
  • Decorative, embossed, raised-panel garage door installed to protect against Florida’s potentially high winds, wind-shear to secure the garage.
  • 200 Amp Square D, copper electrical wiring with CAT-5 phone & data and RG-6 Quad cable wiring plus, surge protection.
  • Custom made double-paned, insulated, Low-e, Energy Star® windows for architectural style, as well as cooling cost and noise reduction. Note: front windows are impact resistant to meet Florida’s strict wind codes.
  • ½’’ drywall board used for interior walls and cement board is used for the waterproof shower/tub walls.
  • Spanish lace (knockdown) texture applied to ceilings to add beauty to the home’s interior.
  • Mildew resistant exterior paint is used and Scott Eco-Care® paints used on the interior walls.
  • Custom wood-facade cabinetry with adjustable shelves, hidden hinges and custom knobs/pulls.
  • Stain-resistant carpeting with 4 ounce rebond pad is installed in the living areas.
  • Ceramic tile with crack suppressant material is installed in the kitchen, baths, utility room & foyer.
  • Stainless Steel Energy Star® appliances are installed, including a ¾ hp garbage disposal and a Smoothtop® electric range.
  • Professionally landscaped and sodded with soft Bahai grass.


Additional Features:  Ice maker line to refrigerator, washer/dryer hook-ups and two hose bibs, ceiling fans, cable outlets, doorbell, smoke detectors (per code), weatherproof exterior electrical outlets, recessed lighting, fiberglass screens included for all functioning windows, decorative 6-panel doors and bi-fold closet doors, deadbolts, free design consultation and personal color selection (if home is in progress), upgrades available.

 Included Fees:  Building permits and impact fees for water, sewer, transportation, environmental and parks.


  Limited Home Warranties Cover:

  • 1-year Home Warranty covers the entire home.
  • 2-year Mechanical Warranty covers the hot-water heater, A/C unit, electrical and plumbing
  • 10-year A/C Warranty covers air-conditioning parts
  • 10-year Structural Warranty covers any structural defect(s)
  • 30-year Roof Shingle Warranty covers replacement of defective shingles

American Housing Builders Serves these Cities in Pinellas County:

Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shores, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Largo, Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach, St Petersburg, Seminole, South Pasadena, Tarpon Springs and Treasure Island


Call American Housing Builders II at 727.546.6611 or Contact us with questions about our energy saving homes

LIC # CBCO60384

For more information on purchasing a new American Housing Builders II Home, call us at 727-546-6611, or stop by our Design Center at 7195 66thStreet North, in Pinellas Park, FL 33781. You can also email us at AmHousingInfo@gmail.com or Contact Us with any questions.


Vietnamese Home Buyers Pinellas County

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American Housing Builders II has built many new homes for Vietnamese Home buyers over the years, and in doing so, we have learned a great deal about Vietnamese customs and culture. The Vietnamese people we’ve worked with are extremely honorable, with family loyalty being one of their most respected characteristics.

We have seen Vietnamese communities in Pinellas County expand with many successful Asian and Vietnamese businesses opening up throughout the area. The Vietnamese Home Buyers have become a very essential ingredient in the Pinellas County and Tampa Bay area business community, as well as an integral part of many local neighborhood communities.

Vietnamese Home Buyers

American Housing Builders II is sensitive to the needs of Vietnamese home buyers from all over the United States and the world. We have floor plans that will satisfy people from all Country’s and cultures and if we don’t, we’ll gladly have one of our designers draw a custom home plan just for you and your families needs.

You’ll find that we’re very open to new ideas and welcome your input for what makes a home livable while blending into the homes surrounding yours. We look forward to working with you to build your dream home here in Pinellas County Fl.

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Xây Nhà Trên Mảnh Đất của Bạn

American Housing đa từng xây dựng những ngôi nhà mới trong suốt 25 năm qua. Với tiền lãi suất vẫn còn rất thấp và nền kinh tế đang lên; bây giờ là thời điểm lý tuởng nhất để xây dựng ngôi nhà mà bạn mo uớc.

For more information on how American Housing Builders has worked, and will work with both Asian and Vietnamese buyers when designing and building their new homes in Pinellas County, contact Phuc Snipper with Evergreen Properties USA, Inc. at 727-525-1313 or directly at 407-529-6990.

You can also contact us at AmHousingInfo@gmail.com or at American Housing Builders II at 727-546-6611.


American Housing Builders Serves these Cities in Pinellas County

St Petersburg, St Pete Beach, Pasadena, Gulfport, Tierra Verde, Pass-a-Grille, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Belleair, Pinellas Park, Largo, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Tampa, South Tampa, New Tampa, North Tampa, Brandon, Riverview, Apollo Beach, Sun City, Parrish, Palmetto, Terra Ceia, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Ana Maria Island, Sarasota, Longboat Key, Siesta Key.

Call us at 727.546.6611 or Contact us with questions about our energy saving homes or stop by our Design Center at 7195 66th Street North, in Pinellas Park, FL 33781

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Vastu Shastra

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vastu_shastra_tips-770x586There are so many things to consider when buying a new home that one might not even pay attention to the direction a home is facing. Instead, most pay attention to things such as location, type of home they are buying, living area, and lot size. Well today with so many Asians in the new home buying market, it seems more and more people are paying closer attention to the direction a home sits.

As new home builders, we have actually seen some new homebuyers get out their compasses on their Smart Phones in order to determine which direction their new home will face. The direction of a home is considered quite important to some cultures and they will look to Vastu Shastra for help.

When considering which way a home faces, sunlight becomes an important factor. Typically a home facing south will get sun for most of the day, while on the other hand, Vastu Shastra says that a home facing north will draw more positive energy into it.

Many Asian buyers will consider Vastu Shastra when buying a new home. According to Wikipedia, Vastu Shastra is an old ancient doctrine that translates to “Science of Architecture” or “The Science of Dwelling.” It says that one should consider the laws of nature and how these laws affect a person living in a particular home. Because of that, a home’s direction becomes extremely important. A home built adhering to Vastu Shastra should keep the negative energy away and bring peace, success, supreme powers, holiness and opulence to the dwellers of the home.

Vastu Shastra implies that a home facing north will attract a wide range of positive energy that will create healthy vibrations and ensure prosperity for the people living in the home. Some Asians will still buy a new home that does face north, but will look to Vastu Shastra for remedies to overcome the fact that the home does not face north.

Low Price Homes!

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KS85451When a prospective customer recently asked us to “lower the price of our homes,” I decided to take a closer look at our prices. I’ll be darned. I soon realized that sure enough, we could lower the price of our homes.

All we had to do was to cut a few corners, use cheaper building materials and find less experienced subcontractors who would work for less money. Wow, I thought. This was going to be easy.

On our journey to deliver a cheaper home, we could start by:  

Using cheaper windows instead of the energy efficient low-e, insulated vinyl windows that we now provide.

We could then stucco just the front of our homes instead of stuccoing all the way around the entire structure.

We could then eliminate the Deco Trim from the front of our homes and use a cheaper paint rather than the high quality paint we are now using.

We could then make some more cuts by using a less expensive air conditioning and heating system rather that the “Energy Star” high efficiency heat pump that we are currently using.

By doing these things, our buyers would think they were saving money, even though they would really be paying a lot more for their home in the long run.

We then figured we could start using ½” CDX plywood or even better, we could be using ½” OSB board for our roof sheathing rather than the durable 5/8” CDX plywood we are currently using that gives our new homes such a sound roof and that would save our buyers a bunch of money.

We could use a twenty year roofing shingle rather than the Lifetime Dimensional roofing shingle we are currently using and that would be another way to save some money.

We could use cheaper floor coverings and cheaper kitchen cabinets rather than the quality floor covering and the durable wood cabinets we are currently using. In looking at all of these things I realized that there were many ways for us to cut corners and save money for our home buyers. Heck, this is easy.

We could start using subcontractors that don’t have the proper licenses or the proper insurances or even the same skills as the subcontractors we are currently using. Now you have to admit that that would definitely save our buyers money. Or would it?

After looking at the costs of the materials we are using, the costs of the equipment we provide our buyers and the money we pay for the quality subcontractors we are using, I decided that no one uses better materials, no one uses better equipment and no one uses better subcontractors than American Housing Builders II in building our new homes.

We also realized that we provide a great home with a great value for every one of our new home buyers. So, at the end of the day, I now know that we do not “charge too much for our homes” nor should we “lower the price” of our homes just to appease those who would rather have a “cheap” house rather than a quality home.

We know from years of experience that we provide our buyers with a quality home at a fair price, while at the same time, we provide them with a great value. And that my friends, pretty much says it all.

American Housing Builders II builds homes in Pinellas County. We are located at 7195 66th Street North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781. You can contact us for more information by emailing us at AmHousingInfo@gmail.com or calling us at 727-546-6611.

For more information on purchasing a new American Housing Builders Home, please call us at 727-546-6611. You can also stop by our Office / Selection Center at 7195 66th Street North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781, email us at AmHousingInfo@gmail.com or Contact Us from website with any questions.


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