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Team Member Spotlight

Darling Homes Team Member Spotlight Alan Snead

From a waiter and bartender in the Houston-area to developing the contemporary, American restaurant, Black Walnut Cafe, at The Woodlands, it was clear Alan Snead’s exceptional customer service was ideal for a successful career in the restaurant industry. Twenty-five years later, his career acumen got him noticed by a whole new field.

The Woodlands was in the beginning stages of development when Snead was asked to assist in catering an event for 1,500 guests as they toured new communities and model homes. Snead catered the event himself, serving a gourmet cake in one of the model homes.

“I took the cakes, set them up and was ready to go,” Snead said. “What I didn’t know was that I was going to have 1,500 people asking me for the square footage of the house, the price per square foot and the incentives. I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about.”

His ability to deliver excellent customer service translated naturally into a polished sales performance at The Woodlands model home that day.

“To me, there was no option but to provide the best customer service for our guests,” Snead said. “I felt that no matter my role, my purpose was to make sure each guest enjoyed the tour. For that, I needed to be prepared with the answers they were seeking. Ultimately, I found it an interesting and rewarding experience.”

What started as a day catering gourmet cakes ended with Snead submitting his resume to the Darling Homes sales team. Since then, Snead has become a phenomenal Community Sales Manager for Darling Homes.

“For me, it’s the ideal place to be,” Snead said. “Darling Homes really empowers us to run the business like it’s our own, and I’m really thankful for them allowing me to do that.”

Snead brought his passion, strong work ethic and innate customer service ability to Darling Homes, which has in turn shown him the importance of building lasting relationships.

“I went from the restaurant industry, which is a short-term transaction with an almost immediate positive experience with the customer to a much longer sales experience,” Snead said. “At Darling Homes, I quickly learned that relationships are ten times more important.”

For years, Snead has provided the highest level of quality and value for his customers. To him, it’s important to find your passion and set a plan for yourself that’s going to make you most successful.

“I’m one of those people who walks in the door everyday and makes a list,” Snead said. “I know what I’m going to do the first hour and the last, and I stick with it. It’s very motivating for me to see the process of setting goals, achieving those goals and exceeding them.”

Still, Snead’s true passion and enjoyment comes from the relationships he builds with his clients.

“To this day I still get a Christmas card from the woman I sold my first home to,” Snead said.

His balance of knowledge, passion and genuine interest in each client is shown through the lasting relationships he’s built.

“The first thing you have to do is build that relationship based on trust. That trust is the foundation for a lasting relationship,” Snead said. “The rewards, both personal and professional, are almost unbelievable.”

Snead has proven himself to be an incredible salesman. Since joining the team nearly 13 years ago, Snead has completed more than $150 million in home sales with more than 350 home sold.

Snead feels he’s found an ideal fit with Darling Homes.

“One of the things that was key for me was to find a company with the best opportunities for me to be successful,” Snead said. “Darling Homes allows me to do that, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Lifestyle

Discover the Art of Construction with Darling Homes Houston

With a commitment to building one-of-a-kind homes designed with luxury, comfort and quality in mind, Darling Homes invites you to discover the Art of Construction, a collection of innovative building methods to ensure a better and more luxurious living experience for every homebuyer.

For more than 30 years, Darling Homes has focused on creating distinctive home designs built within exceptional communities that, together, deliver a unique lifestyle. These components coupled with eco-friendly building technologies and superior craftsmanship are what create the Darling Difference.

Darling Homes is built to the industry-leading standards of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). RESNET is a national standards-making organization that is recognized for building energy efficiency rating and certification systems by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. mortgage industry.

One of the energy efficient techniques is the Home Energy Rating System (HERS). Homes built to the specifications of this system (based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code) score a HERS Index of 100, which is a significant difference in comparison to older homes which score an average HERS Index of 130. The average score for new Darling Homes range between 60 and 70.

In addition to the RESNET Energy Smart program, Darling Homes implements other innovative building methods that work hand-in-hand with RESNET standards to create a quality and comfortable experience in both the home and environment.

Whether it’s the high utility bills during the hot, summer months or the energy-consuming appliances that are used on a daily basis, the average U.S. household spends approximately $5,550 per year on energy, according to the Alliance to Save Energy. However, homebuyers have the ability to reduce these costs by utilizing energy-efficient products, resources and appliances.

Here are the ways Darling Homes reduces environmental impact and energy consumption through energy and resource efficiency, enhanced water conservation, durability and moisture management and better air quality.

For energy and resource efficiency:

  • Low-E double paned windows, which reduce outdoor noise and help control the outside temperature inside of your home
  • Engineered foundation and frame to optimize material usage
  • 16 SEER performance HVAC system designed to fit your particular home
  • Programmable thermostat to control the temperature and comfort of your home more efficiently
  • Energy-efficient gas cooking appliances and gas water heater
  • LED lighting, which reduces energy costs

 

For enhanced water conservation:

  • Water-conserving shower heads, faucets and ENERGY STAR® dishwasher
  • Drought tolerant landscaping and indigenous plants to enhance longevity and reduce maintenance
  • Installed irrigation system that’s zoned and equipped with rain sensor shut-off

 

For durability and moisture management:

  • Tightly sealed homes to protect and minimize maintenance associated with severe weather conditions and humidity
  • Thermal Envelope, which is an inspection of 35 areas in the home to ensure no leaks before the home is sheetrocked
  • Insulation and air sealant are properly installed to prevent air leakage for more efficient air conditioning
  • Covered exterior doors to reduce exposure to sun, rain and other elements
  • Duct systems designed per Air Conditioning Contractors of America and tested for leakage on every home
  • Proper flashing installed at all areas of the home
  • Radiant barrier roof decking reduces heat absorption and improves HVAC efficiency
  • Electrical conduit prevents pinching in the electrical conduit line
  • Drywall corners reduce settlement cracks
  • California corners allow insulation at interior corners

 

For better air quality:

  • Proper ventilation optimizes clean indoor air for you to breathe and reduces moisture and humidity within the home
  • Increased comfort with even temperatures and airflow
  • Return air in all bedrooms aid in balanced room pressure, temperature control and air exchange
  • Kitchen and bath ventilation are run to the outside

 

These building methods and environmentally-friendly products and procedures showcase Darling Homes’ commitment to helping provide not only a safe and healthy environment, but the ideal living experience for its homebuyers.

For more information about Darling Homes, visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Community

Find Yourself at Home in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills

Are you searching for a relaxed lifestyle while also being just minutes from world-class dining, shopping and entertainment venues? Find yourself at home in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills in McKinney.

Returning to its roots in McKinney with three new home collections, Darling Homes in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills will build architecturally authentic home designs that provide the utmost in luxury and livability.

Experience the Charm of McKinney

The debut of Darling Homes in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills marks a special opportunity for Dallas homebuyers as the city of McKinney is the site of Darling Homes’ first community more than 25 years ago.

McKinney boasts unique character and charm with quaint, antique shops and charming eateries to pristine parks and green space. It’s the perfect blend of city-life and Southern charm.

Ranked #1 in Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” in 2014, McKinney is home to a dynamic mix of art galleries, boutique shops and farm-to-table restaurants, as well as outstanding educational facilities, a flourishing business environment and a historic downtown.

With the city’s friendly, safe and quaint atmosphere coupled with picturesque scenery, McKinney continues to be a destination for those seeking a true sense of community.

Discover Your Dream Home

Slated to debut in spring 2017, Darling Homes will unveil new homes on 154 home sites in the private, gated neighborhood of Willowcreek at Auburn Hills.

With 55-, 60- and 70-foot home sites available, Darling Homes’ 55-foot patio series will mark the first opportunity in more than a decade for the builder to provide its signature collection in McKinney.

Homebuyers who prefer intimate floor plans and open-concept living will adore Darling Homes’ patio designs. Punctuated by expansive porches and patios, this collection offers one- and two-story designs with large, gourmet kitchens, spacious family rooms and living areas for entertaining and private master suites.

Darling Homes’ 60- and 70-foot designs bring a level of luxury and sophistication to the community. Homes feature high-end amenities, floor plan flexibility, gourmet kitchens with charming breakfast nooks, beautiful, open family rooms and oversized outdoor living spaces.

With homes ranging from approximately 1,900 square feet to 4,500 square feet, Darling Homes provides homebuyers with a range of plans and personalized design opportunities to ensure each buyer finds the dream home they deserve.

Experience One-of-a-Kind Living

Willowcreek at Auburn Hills is situated just north of Hwy 380 with convenient access to US-75, major employment hubs and a scenic downtown area. Across the street from the community is Gray Branch Community Park, a planned 100-acre park that will offer an indoor and outdoor recreation facility with an active sports field, amphitheater, a pond and extensive hike and bike paths.

Behind the gates of Willowcreek, residents will have access to a planned collection of private amenities, which include a private amenity center, pavilion, shade arbors, a junior Olympic lap pool, and an outdoor grill area with a social lawn. Homebuyers in Willowcreek will also have access to the master-planned neighborhood amenities, which include a resort style pool, pavilion, playground, shade arbors, a sport court, hike-and-bike trails and nature paths.

Ready to make the move? See what makes Darling Homes in Willowcreek at Auburn Hills different by visiting us this spring in McKinney!

For more information, LIKE the Darling Homes DFW Facebook page and visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Design

Darling Homes Brings Southern Charm to Houston with All-New Exteriors

Delivering a classic touch in new home architecture that harkens to the late-nineteenth century, Darling Homes brings Southern charm to Houston with all-new exteriors.

Painted brick exteriors are unique to new home construction. Until recently, painted brick lent its sophisticated look to prestigious and historic areas of Texas, including Houston Heights and River Oaks in Houston and Highland Park in Dallas.

Exuding grace and elegance, this all-new exterior brings an added level of value and appeal to not only the home, but the community’s streetscape.

“We love the idea of our buyers being able to choose the painted look for their homes,” said Lee Crowder, Darling Homes design gallery and model branding manager. “It not only creates a special and unique look for them, but it makes our Darling streetscape even more beautiful.”

In addition to the stylistic element these exteriors bring, painted brick allows homebuyers to mask color inconsistencies on their home due to the natural hues and variations of brick.

“For those seeking a monochromic appeal that is sleek and simple, this look is ideal,” Crowder said. “It also allows ours buyers to have a very light color palette, which is popular these days and not easy to replicate with a face brick. I love the ability to use a lighter paint color on the brick that’s contrasted with a deep shutter color to create a beautiful, balanced look.”

Darling Homes will offer painted brick for its traditional elevations with opportunities to choose from a collection of Traditional, American Classic and Southern color palettes.

To see Darling Homes’ painted brick exterior in action, visit the all-new model home at Stillwater in Conroe. Darling Homes’ luxury collection at Stillwater is the ideal complement to painted brick with home designs reminiscent of architecture seen in South Carolina and Georgia.

From the gabled and hip rooftops to the inviting front porches, these homes boast period-specific details and Lowcountry designs, creating the picturesque vision of Southern-style living.

The series at Stillwater includes four floor plan options that range from approximately 4,200 square feet to 5,300 square feet. Homes feature unfolding floor plans with up to five bedrooms and bathrooms, a home office, formal dining room, downstairs media room, hearth room, gourmet kitchen that connects to the breakfast room and opens to the family room, relaxing master bedroom suite and private interior courtyard.

“Painted brick allows us to differentiate certain architectural styles and create a more unique streetscape,” Crowder said. “We weren’t sure how our buyers would react to the new style, but we quickly found they love this way of making their home look unique and historically appropriate.”

For more information about Darling Homes, visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Community

Discover a Piece of Texas History with Darling Homes at Phillips Creek Ranch

In the midst of the highly sought-after community of West Frisco, discover a piece of Texas history with Darling Homes at Phillips Creek Ranch.

Formerly known as the world famous Phillips Ranch, the master-planned community has since grown into Frisco’s newest and largest award-winning neighborhood that’s tailored to fit all styles of living, from working professionals and growing families to fun-loving retirees.

Spanning more than 950 acres, Phillips Creek Ranch is thoughtfully designed for a live-work-play lifestyle, where residents are immersed in a community that’s rich in history and offers access to world-class amenities, exquisite homes and a prime location.

A Home for Every Phase of Life

Elegance, style and luxurious livability epitomize Darling Homes at Phillips Creek Ranch. Located in the Silvertail section of the community, Darling Homes offers a unique collection of 55-foot, architecturally rich designs.

From extended foyers with vaulted ceilings to detailed crown mouldings, each home is beautifully crafted. The homebuilder’s flexible home designs are an ideal fit for every phase of life, providing up to five bedrooms, secluded master suites, formal dining rooms, gourmet kitchens and open-concept living areas ideal for both entertaining guests or to simply unwind with loved ones.

The one- and two-story floor plans range from approximately 2,000 to 3,500 square feet and feature studies, media rooms, covered porches and patios, as well as options for an outdoor fireplace, wet bar, game room and more.

Built with comfort and convenience in mind, Darling Homes at Phillips Creek Ranch lends itself to a peaceful escape from the bustling city.

Experience Fun and Adventure at Your Doorstep

Surrounded by more than 100 acres of lush green space, Phillips Creek Ranch offers residents stunning, panoramic views, an extensive creek system and world-class amenities to enjoy year round, including:

  • Junior Olympic lap pool
  • Children’s beach entry pool
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Open-air pavilion
  • Community lawn for events, concerts and movies

The community also provides a space for residents to gather known as the Texas Backyard, which includes horseshoe pits, a bocce ball court, sand volleyball court, grills, patio swings and a fire pit.

Among a series of lakes, lush landscapes and tree-lined streetscapes, residents can enjoy the community’s bike-sharing program designed to encourage the use of its vast ,18-mile paved trail system with exceptional views.

Whether you seek fun and adventure on the community’s nature trails or socializing with neighbors during community events, you’ll have access to a variety of activities just steps from your door.

Live on a Piece of Texas History

Phillips Creek Ranch is conveniently situated near the Dallas North Tollway and Highway 121. While the community lies in the heart of the flourishing city, Phillips Creek Ranch provides a sense of relaxation with beautiful views of Lake Lewisville and acres of natural landscapes.

Those looking to call Phillips Creek Ranch home are just minutes from excellent dining, shopping, sports and entertainment. Residents also have access to highly-esteemed elementary, middle and high schools served by the acclaimed Frisco Independent School District.

Before Phillips Creek Ranch became the community it is today, the land was home to the Phillips family. Soon after taking over his family’s ranch, B.F. Phillips, the youngest of three sons, decided to dedicate his efforts to raising quarter horses, where he built an esteemed reputation as a breeder and trainer for quarter horses.

As a result of his hard work, Phillips and his prized stallion, Dash for Cash, were recognized for highly-coveted awards, set two track records and won 21 of 25 starts, finishing in first or second place in all but one of the races he entered.

When the property was established in 1936, whether you lived, worked or played on the land, it was always meant to be shared with people, and this legacy holds true today.

See for yourself what makes this community truly one-of-a-kind.

For more information about Darling Homes, visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Design

The Year You Discover Luxury with Darling Homes Houston

Ready to find a home that fits the way you want to live? Make 2017 the year you discover luxury with Darling Homes Houston.

With Darling Homes, you have more opportunities to personalize your home design, like selecting your type of flooring, paint color, cabinet style and lighting fixtures or adding an outdoor fireplace and backyard kitchen area.

The homebuilder’s skilled team of architects and design consultants are dedicated to helping you create the home you deserve. When choosing from any of our floor plans and designs, you’ll work with experts to fine tune a home that suits the needs of everyone under your roof.

Now through March 31, 2017, receive half off design options up to $100,000 * when you purchase your new, Houston home with Darling Homes.

Discover the Suite Life at Harvest Green

When it comes to design, Darling Homes at Harvest Green in Richmond offers thoughtfully crafted spaces for maximum livability. Each floor plan features a combination of spacious interiors and distinct exterior elements, like one-of-a-kind stone, metal and millwork details with superior finishes both inside and out.

The award-winning, multi-generational suite in the model home at Harvest Green adds luxury and functionality to this home collection. Designed to simplify the transitions of life, the next-generation suite offers a private entry and living space, kitchenette and en-suite bath, ideal for those seeking a home that caters to all phases of life.

Ranging from approximately 3,100 square feet to 4,000 square feet, the one- and two-story homes also provide up to five bedrooms, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen connected to the family room with a corner fireplace, master bedroom with spacious closet that offers access to the utility room and four-car garages.

Experience Open-Concept Living at Alden Woods

Whether you find yourself relaxing fireside in the family room or indulging in divine hors d’oeuvres in the kitchen, Darling Homes’ unfolding floor plans at Alden Woods in Cypress create exceptional living spaces that are as dramatic as they are functional.

Ranging from approximately 2,600 square feet to 3,800 square feet, the generously sized homes offer connected living areas that seamlessly flow from room to room. Expansive family rooms that open to the gourmet kitchen and dining nook allow you to cook, dine, relax and entertain with ease so you never miss a beat.

Among tree-lined streetscapes and lush landscapes, Darling Homes’ designs also offer finely appointed master suites, large secondary bedrooms, media rooms, game rooms and covered patios, perfect for year-round living.

Darling Details Make All the Difference at Parkway Terrace

At Darling Homes, details matter. From hand-scraped flooring to breathtaking archways, each Darling interior features delightful touches that create an impact and deliver an unmistakably distinct style.

Built specifically for Parkway Terrace, the homebuilder offers a popular collection of one- and two story home designs that feature all the Darling details. Stunning curb appeal, exposed beams and alluring shapes and textures implemented on kitchen backsplashes and along bathroom showers are just a few of the architectural details that set Darling Homes apart.

Homes at Parkway Terrace range from approximately 2,000 square feet to 3,200 square feet and offer flexible floor plans, high-end amenities, master bedroom suites, gourmet kitchens and covered patios, making it an ideal home for those who enjoy intimate entertaining and elevated style.

Like what you see? Make 2017 the year you discover luxury with Darling Homes Houston.

For more information about Darling Homes, visit www.darlinghomes.com.

*Limited time 50% off Options up to a maximum savings of $50,000 (i.e., must spend at least $100,000 to receive the maximum potential savings) to be applied either towards Buyer-selected Structural or Design Studio Options (collectively, “Options Incentive”). The exact value of Buyer’s actual savings on Option Incentive varies based on the specific options, lot, plan or community selected; complete details available. Offer valid on eligible to-be-built cash or financed new home contracts written as 1/1/17-3/31/17 within a participating Darling Homes (Houston) Community only (“Promotion Period”). Not valid outside of the Promotion Period, for use with an existing executed contract, in any other Darling Homes’ Division or with any other advertised promotions, incentives and/ or offers and no substitutions permitted, except as expressly set forth in the Purchase Agreement. Offer not available on inventory homes that are either under construction or ready for move in. Any unused amount is forfeited and cannot be used for any other reason. Applied incentives will be rounded off to nearest whole dollar. Option Incentive credited at closing and for financed buyers, subject to lender guidelines that are outside of Seller’s control. All community and home information (including, but not limited to prices, views, availability, school assignments and ratings, incentives, floor plans, site plans, features, standards and options, assessments and fees, planned amenities, programs, conceptual artists’ renderings and community development plans) is not guaranteed and remains subject to change or delay without notice. Pricing may not include options, upgrades and lot or elevation premiums. All homes subject to prior sale. Offer is void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law. Please see a Darling Homes Community Sales Manager for details and visit www.darlinghomes.com for additional disclaimers. © January 2017, Darling Homes of Texas, LLC. All rights reserved.

Community

Experience a New Year, New Home and New You with Darling Homes DFW

The start of 2017 marks the beginning of new and exciting opportunities to experience a new year, new home and new you with Darling Homes in Dallas and Fort Worth. With luxurious, move-in ready homes available and to-be-built homes on the horizon, now’s the perfect time to find your dream home.

Now through March 31, 2017, Dallas-area homebuyers can receive up to 1.25% of the total purchase price in closing costs* with the purchase of a new Darling home.

Whether you’re searching for a three-story retreat overlooking gorgeous fairways or an elegant, traditional design located on a historic piece of Texas land, Darling Homes offers a variety of floor plans to ensure you find the home and community you deserve.

VUE Las Colinas: Where Luxury Design Meets Urban Flair

Luxury homes, unbelievable views and an incredible location define the lifestyle that awaits at VUE Las Colinas.

Centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, the upscale, urban community is ideally situated in the heart of Irving near the prestigious TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas golf course and one of the best private country clubs in Dallas, Club Dallas at Las Colinas.

Darling Homes at VUE Las Colinas offers three home collections, including traditional, single-family designs, European-inspired villas and the homebuilder’s all-new, three-story urban homes, providing a series of floor plans that speak to all styles of living.

Designed to reflect the simple and sophisticated style of fast-pace living, Darling Homes brings the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor livability with plans that provide second- and third-story balconies, expansive living areas connected to a gourmet kitchen, private master suites and plenty of unique spaces to entertain and relax.

For those who enjoy the hustle and bustle of city living, VUE Las Colinas may be just what you’re looking for. The community is just minutes from exceptional dining, shopping and entertainment as well as private country clubs and gated enclaves.

Surrounded by highly regarded schools and excellent amenities including access to Northpark, Uptown Dallas, Downtown Dallas, Love Field Airport and DFW International Airport, those looking to call VUE Las Colinas home can expect the ideal blend of city-life conveniences and Darling Homes’ distinct style.

Spicewood at Craig Ranch: A Vibrant Lifestyle Unlike Any Other

For those who crave a vibrant living experience, discover Darling Homes at Craig Ranch.

From stylish, European exteriors to carefully crafted interiors, the homebuilder’s stately, two-story villas cater to today’s trends, boasting open-concept floor plans, high-end finishes and designer details.

Ranging from approximately 2,100 square feet to 2,600 square feet, this collection features spacious, gourmet kitchens connected to the open living areas, large master suites, upstairs game rooms and covered patios to entertain friends and loved ones at any time.

Situated in the heart of McKinney, Craig Ranch is where entertainment and activity are the center of everyday life.

The community offers running and biking trails that lead to the five-star, TPC Craig Ranch golf course and access to Cooper Fitness Center and Spa where you’ll find staff members and personal trainers on hand to help make the most of your fitness routine.

Additional activities include the nearby Ballfields and McKinney Soccer Fields, as well as an ice rink and beach sand courts that provide great opportunities to meet, play and socialize.

With more than 400 acres of sprawling green spaces, winding creekside trails and beautiful pocket parks throughout the community, it’s easy to experience life beyond your front door. 

Fairway Ranch: For Those Seeking a Strong Sense of Community

What used to be known as a railroad and cattle center several decades ago has flourished into the dynamic city of Roanoke. While it offers a diverse mix of excellent shopping, dining and entertainment, Roanoke is dedicated to preserving its charming and friendly, small-town atmosphere.

Encompassed by peaceful open spaces, walking trails, neighborhood parks and high quality amenities, Darling Homes at Fairway Ranch is an ideal place to call home.

Offering beautiful, traditional-style homes and gorgeous views overlooking 100 acres of pecan forests and river bottoms, residents are sure to be impressed by the seamless blend of luxury, nature and community-centric ambiance. Homes range from approximately 2,600 square feet to 3,300 square feet with up to four bedrooms, spacious kitchens, formal dining areas, game rooms and extended covered patios.

Served by the acclaimed Northwest ISD, Fairway Ranch residents are just minutes from the on-site Wayne A. Cox Elementary, as well as fantastic community amenities, including a lap pool, children’s pool, dog park and winding nature trails just waiting to be explored.

Like what you see? Make 2017 the year you discover your dream home with Darling Homes!

For more information about Darling Homes, LIKE the Darling Homes DFW Facebook page or visit us at www.darlinghomes.com.

*Limited Time Paid Closing Costs offer is only valid for qualified buyers utilizing Seller’s affiliate, Taylor Morrison Home Funding, LLC NMLS #149227, TX: # 149227 (“Approved Lender”). For eligibility, buyer must further satisfy all milestone terms and conditions relating to financing with Approved Lender set forth in the Purchase Agreement (including, but not limited to the timeframes outlined). Seller’s decisions regarding eligibility are final. On the Closing Date, when Buyer has financed Buyer’s purchase of the Home through only the Approved Lender and the Title Company was selected only through Seller, Seller shall pay up to 1.25% of the Total Purchase Price (as reflected on the Closing Disclosure) toward total closing costs only (includes FHA/VA Unallowables; any unused amount is forfeited). Total Seller’s contribution not to exceed maximum allowable closing costs per LTV/lender guidelines. Offer begins on new home contracts entered on or after January 1, 2017 and no later than March 31, 2017 (“Promotion Period”) and is valid on Darling Homes Dallas-Area Communities To-be-built and inventory homes only. Not valid outside of the Promotion Period. Additional restrictions apply. Buyer is not required to finance through Approved Lender to purchase a home; however, buyer must use Approved Lender to receive the above-described Paid Closing Cost incentive. In the event Buyer applies for financing with any lender other than the Approved Lender, or Buyer selects a company other than the Title Company selected by Seller, Seller shall not be obligated to pay any portion of Buyer’s closing costs notwithstanding that such financing is provided by the Approved Lender or that title insurance or closing services are provided by the Title Company selected by Seller. Services not available in all states. Rates, terms and conditions offered are subject to change without notice. All loans are subject to underwriting and loan qualification of the lender. For more information about Approved Lender, its licensing and other financing information, please visit http://www.darlinghomes.com/finance-with-darling/our-finance-partners. Offer void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law. All incentives, pricing, availability and plans subject to change or delay without notice. Incentive must be applied to closing costs and cannot be used toward options or price of home. Not valid with any other advertised promotions, incentives and/or offers and no substitutions permitted, except as expressly set forth in the Purchase Agreement. Please see a Darling Homes Community Sales Manager for details and visit www.darlinghomes.com for additional disclaimers. © January 2017, Darling Homes of Texas, LLC (“Seller”). All rights reserved.

Community

Darling Homes Makes a Difference for Local Charities

Each year, Darling Homes sets out to make a difference for local charities. From volunteering at events and contributing monetary donations to dedicating time and resources, the Darling Cares program strives to lend a helping hand to those in need, showing that the homebuilder’s mission of Building Dreams with Pride goes beyond homebuilding.

This year was no different. The Texas homebuilder proudly supported the meaningful work of Dallas-area charitable organizations, including Frisco Family Services, the Boys and Girls Club of Frisco, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas and ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship Center.

Frisco Family Services

For more than 20 years, Frisco Family Services has dedicated time and financial contributions to support struggling families and members of the community who face hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs in the Dallas area.

Toy and food donations, holiday stocking stuffing and participation at fundraising events are just a few of the ways volunteers aim to make a difference for children, teens and adults in the community.

As part of its 2016 Darling Cares initiative, Darling Homes supported the meaningful work of Frisco Family Services with monetary donations to support struggling families.

Through financial donations, families and individuals are provided with the care and everyday essentials they need, including food, child care, utilities, prescription medication, education and more.

For more information, visit www.friscofamilyservices.org.

Boys and Girls Club of Frisco

Created to improve and grow relationships, inspire positive thinking and personal happiness and build confidence in the lives of our youth, the Boys and Girls Club of Frisco has continued to be an important resource for children and teens in need, encouraging them to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible people.

Through after-school programs, summer camps and athletics, the non-profit organization provides countless opportunities for kids to thrive in their daily lives with customized programs that meet the needs of the community and the youth.

Each year Darling Homes supports the organization’s programs and activities. This year, the homebuilder was proud to be a part of the charity’s A Wonderland of Possibilities event at the 2016 Chrysalis Ball, where Darling Homes proudly sponsored a table for the evening. The exciting event brought fun, elegance and charity to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Collin-County.

Visit http://www.bgccc.org/ for more information.

Make-A-Wish of North Texas

Approximately every 37 minutes, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish to a child suffering from a medical condition or severe disease. These children are given the opportunity to be someone, experience something, travel somewhere or meet somebody to bring happiness, energy and strength to their daily battle.

In early 2000, Darling Homes learned about Roxanne Owens, Land Analyst at Darling Homes, and her family’s journey with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. Roxanne’s daughter, Emmily Blackburn, was diagnosed at age 3 with Moyamoya, a rare and progressive cerebrovascular disorder.

“Emmily wished for a swimming pool,” Owens said. “The foundation granted that wish for her, which started our journey with Make-A-Wish.”

In 2006, Emmily was asked to perform at the annual Make-A-Wish of North Texas Wish Night Gala, so Darling Homes purchased tickets for Owens and her daughter to attend.

Darling Homes has continued to sponsor the family with two tickets to each Wish Night Gala.

The homebuilder’s support and encouragement of the Owens family displays its commitment to team members and their families, as well as its dedication to local charities throughout Dallas and Fort Worth.

Learn more about the family’s incredible journey here: http://bit.ly/2h2MDQE.

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship Center

Capping a year of charitable efforts in 2016, Darling Homes supported the meaningful work of local, non-profit organization ManeGait during the Ninth Annual Gala at the ‘Gait, where nearly 800 guests, including Darling Homes employees, celebrated the organization’s commitment to the community.

Guests were greeted for the Western-themed event by ManeGait’s therapy riders and horses, as well as members of the Darling family. The gala featured live music, a culinary tasting tour (generously provided by 18 exclusive North Texas restaurants), and both live and silent auctions.

“The Gala is not only a celebration of ManeGait’s positive impact on the community, but it is also the largest fundraising event of the year for the organization. ManeGait could not serve the riders and their families without the generous support from the community,” said Zach Schneider, Land Manager for Darling Homes.

The therapeutic horsemanship center was founded by Darling Homes’ partners Bill and Priscilla Darling, which allows children and adults with disabilities to participate in equestrian exercises and therapeutic activities. With the support of volunteer hours and financial contributions, the organization is able to provide a calm and caring environment for local adults and kids.

“The Darling Homes team was honored to be part of such a wonderful evening,” Schneider said.

For more information, visit www.manegait.org.

For more than 25 years, the homebuilder has made it a mission to not only build one-of-a-kind, luxury homes, but also make a difference in the community because Darling Homes is proud to be a part of these communities and prides itself in being a good neighbor to you.

Community

Darling Homes’ Guide to Holiday Happenings in Dallas

Experience the charm of the season with Darling Homes’ guide to holiday happenings in Dallas!

Discover a winter wonderland, featuring five two-story tall ice slides, in Grapevine or witness Santa Claus himself parachute into Frisco’s Christmas in the Square event.

The team at Darling Homes has gathered five must-see activities to ensure an enchanting holiday season in Dallas.

Enjoy a Holiday Classic at Bass Performance Hall

Toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, twinkling lights, awe-inspiring performances and a one-of-a-kind nutcracker come together to create the wildly popular holiday classic, The Nutcracker.

For years, the ballet has served as a Christmas tradition worldwide and continues to dazzle its audience every year. This year, enjoy the sights and sounds at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall, now through December 24.

Presented by Texas Ballet Theater, the world-class production will captivate audiences with extraordinary dancing and acting for which The Nutcracker is known for displaying.

With more than a dozen shows scheduled over the next few weeks, Dallas-area residents have plenty of opportunities to see the unforgettable holiday classic.

For dates and tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2h6bYGI.

Experience a Winter Wonderland at ICE!

Adventure to a magical winter wonderland here in Dallas with ICE! featuring Santa Claus is Coming to Town at Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, now through January 1.

Children and adults will marvel at a celebration that’s alive with the sights and sounds of the season as the magic of Christmas comes to life in the Lone Star state.

Walk through the snow-dusted attraction and discover five, two-story tall ice slides illuminated with festive lights, two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and learn the story of how Santa began giving toys to boys and girls across the world in the retelling of the classic television special “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”

Although the event is held indoors, dress warm as it’s kept at a chilly nine degrees to ensure a true winter experience. Visit http://bit.ly/2hgVeiJ for ICE! tickets and schedule.

Gaylord Texan Resort is also offering vacation packages and festivities throughout December, including:

  • Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Breakfast
  • The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop®
  • Cookies and Milk with Mrs. Claus
  • Photos with Santa

Visit http://bit.ly/2hgUHxp to learn more.

Discover Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway

Share a special night of holiday revelry with loved ones and friends during Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Available each night through December 30, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy a Texas-sized light park at the largest speedway in Texas. The one-and-a-half mile display features more than 500 dazzling and festive light displays sure to impress children, teens and adults.

Gift of Lights is an annual, drive thru event created to benefit local charities in North Texas. Tickets are available to purchase online or when you arrive at the gate for $25 per vehicle. Save $5 at the entrance with an unwrapped Toys for Tots donation.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2h6seak.

Celebrate Christmas in Frisco Square

Delight in the most wonderful time of year in Frisco at Christmas in the Square!

This one-of-a-kind celebration has everything you’re looking to experience this season and more, from horse-drawn carriage rides and an ice skating rink to a special visit from Santa Claus.

Attracting more than 675,000 visitors each year, Christmas in the Square offers the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas, featuring more than 175,000 lights, snow machines that create snow flurries throughout The Square, family-fun activities galore and memories you won’t soon forget.

The Special Event Night will take place on Saturday, December 17, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., which includes all the holiday fun in one night:

  • Parachuting Santa
  • Carriage rides
  • Outdoor ice rink
  • Holiday treats
  • Light & music show
  • Snow flurries
  • Trackless train rides
  • Four-lane, inner-tubing snow slide
  • Santa & his workshop
  • Holiday vendors
  • Inflatables
  • Interactive snow play area & more

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2hh9Sqi as event times, dates and ticket prices vary.

Ring in the New Year at Day 1 Dallas

Celebrating its second year of new year’s fun is Day 1 Dallas, a family fair on New Year’s Day filled with fireworks, food and fun for all ages, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the historic Fair Park.

Both children and adults can enjoy a full day of activity with zip lining, rock climbing, bounce houses, kid-friendly carnival rides, special visits from Star Wars and LEGO characters, circus arts, magic shows, live music, great food and much more.

Admission to the fair is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-12 and free admission for children 3 years and younger. Tickets may be purchased online and includes access to all activities. Food and drinks are available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting homeless children and families served by Vogel Alcove.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://day1dallas.com/.

Live near the fun with Darling Homes! Find your dream home in time for the holidays with Darling Homes’ collection of move-in ready homes located in premier, DFW communities. Whether you’re searching for a charming, villa-style retreat or an expansive, luxury estate, Darling Homes offers a specialized style of living you won’t find just anywhere.

For more information about Darling Homes, contact our Internet Homes Sales Consultant, Melissa, at (469) 252-2255 or visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Community

Explore Final Opportunities in Prestigious Houston Communities

From Montgomery to Sugar Land and everywhere in between, Darling Homes offers final opportunities in prestigious Houston communities. Now’s your chance to explore a luxurious collection of to-be-built homes and homes ready for move-in designed for all stages of life, from young professionals and growing families to fun-loving retirees.

Whether you’re seeking access to great schools, popular business areas, top-notch eateries, entertainment or beautiful landscapes and streetscapes, Darling Homes delivers true one-of-a-kind living.

Let’s take a tour…

Take a Glimpse in North Houston

Searching for a new home in North Houston? Discover Harmony in Spring, Woodforest in Montgomery and Creekside in The Woodlands.

At Harmony in Spring, explore beautiful, one- and two-story homes designed for comfort, luxury and everyday living. Homes offer charming dining rooms that lead to spacious great rooms, gourmet kitchens, large master bedrooms and feature unique detailing and unmatched interior design. In addition, these homes bring luxurious livability outdoors with relaxing, front-covered porches and fun back patios.

Also in North Houston, discover the homebuilder’s patio and luxury patio homes at Woodforest and 50s single-family and patio designs at The Woodlands.

Darling Homes at Woodforest offers its signature Patio and Luxury Patio Series in a serene setting, providing the ultimate escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.

At The Woodlands, Darling Homes offers a unique collection of architecturally rich designs in the Creekside Park neighborhoods, a heavily wooded community centered around parks and water features for those who enjoy outdoor activities and adventure.

Secluded and surrounded by picturesque landscapes, Darling Homes’ designs in each neighborhood offer Houston homebuyers a peaceful blend of luxury and livability.

Tour Northeast Houston

In Northeast Houston, take a tour of Darling Homes surrounded by winding trails and the natural landscapes of Lake Houston at The Groves in Humble. Homes boast elegant and refined interior
details, open-concept living and covered porches, perfect for year-round living.

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Positioned in prestigious West Houston, discover Darling Homes’ patio collection at Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, a hidden gem in Fort Bend County just minutes from the flourishing City of Houston.

 

The homebuilder’s architecturally pleasing designs add unique character to each floor plan in this community, and when coupled with details like patterned brickwork, stone accents and modern amenities, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience residents are sure to enjoy.

See Southwest Houston

House hunting in Southwest Houston? Darling Homes offers four, beautiful home collections positioned in exceptional neighborhoods ideal for both growing families and retirees. Visit Long Meadow Farms in Richmond, Sienna Plantation in Missouri City, and Imperial and Riverstone in Sugar Land.

For homebuyers looking for a small-town feel with an easy commute into Houston, Darling Homes at Long Meadow Farms is a perfect fit. Surrounded by pecan trees, native wildflowers, lakes, waterfalls and ponds, Darling Homes’ two-story designs offer more than 3,000 square feet of luxury living, featuring private master suites, gourmet kitchens, media rooms and covered patio areas.

Also in Southwest Houston conveniently located just minutes from Downtown Houston and the Galleria, Darling Homes offers its charming patio collection at Sienna Plantation. Flexible home designs range from approximately 2,400 square feet to 3,000 square feet with private master suites, large secondary bedrooms, gourmet kitchens, media rooms, front and back outdoor living areas and walk-up attic storage.

At Imperial, Darling Homes offerings include its distinctive, luxury patio homes in a lush, lakeside oasis. The unique, Mediterranean designs provide living spaces that range from approximately 2,800 square feet to more than 3,900 square feet and feature dramatically open concepts.

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Homebuyers can enjoy options such as game rooms, media rooms, outdoor living spaces with custom fireplaces, walk-up attic storage and private guest casitas.

Located in the award-winning, master-planned community of Riverstone, the luxury homebuilder also offers its signature patio collection in the community’s private, wooded enclave of Whisper Rock. Punctuated by expansive, covered porches and luxurious master suites, these distinctive designs offer living spaces ranging from approximately 2,700 square feet to 3,900 square feet.

Darling Homes offers new and existing residents the opportunity to explore final opportunities in prestigious Houston communities, from charming communities ideal for growing families and fun-loving retirees to amenity-rich communities and upscale, elegant homes.

Take the next step to finding your dream home! Contact our Internet Home Sales Team at (713) 401-2008 or visit www.darlinghomes.com.