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Stonecrest Homes Featured in Builder Magazine’s 2012 Business Trends

Builder Magazine released their “what this year’s business trends forecast for 2012” this month and Stonecrest Homes received an honorable mention for being a startup builder. According to the magazine, startup builders will begin to trend upwards in 2012  “as long as there are entrepreneurs who think they have a better mousetrap.”

The article describes that Stonecrest has “achieved name recognition [quickly] by virtue of its connection with an already established local active-adult builder”. Jim Chapman, co-owner of Stonecrest Homes with Charles Heiser, Jr., also owns Jim Chapman Communities, “an established active-adult building company that’s among the market’s 10 largest builders.”

Stonecrest has seen much success since its inception by “[outsourcing] most of its non-construction functions and [letting] technology drive the rest”. Recently, StonecrestHomesGA.com, won an award for best builder website at the GAHBA Obie Awards.

Both of Stonecrest’s principals have extensive experience in the home building industry and build “affordable homes of distinction” in ten communities throughout the Atlanta area. For more information on Stonecrest Homes, visit StonecrestHomesGA.com or find Stonecrest Homes on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Stonecrest Homes’ Website Wins Gold Obie From GAHBA For Best Builder Website

Each year the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s Sales and Marketing Council recognizes outstanding achievement in building, sales and marketing for the North Georgia real estate industry. Stonecrest Homes Atlanta, Inc. received the Gold Obie Award for Best Website for a Builder.

Stonecrest Homes, an Atlanta-based builder of high-quality, affordable homes is one of the state’s fastest growing new home builders. The Stonecrest Homes website has been the primary platform for the company’s marketing efforts.

The Stonecrest Homes’ website was created by and is managed by Gilbert & Sheppard Group, a Georgia-based full service marketing and advertising firm. The site has a well thought out navigational pattern which easily guides a consumer or real estate agent to the locations where Stonecrest builds homes, the type of homes they build and at what price. It also presents area amenities near each community and the site plan where they can view the home sites.

“All marketing and advertising directs consumers and real estate agents to the website which is kept up to date with rich content. With video tours, photo galleries, downloadable brochures, an active and informational blog, and a homepage that provides access to it all, SEO stats show that viewers are staying engaged on the site and returning regularly,” said Betsy Sheppard of Gilbert & Sheppard Group.

According to Stonecrest Homes’ principal, Jim Chapman, “The Stonecrest Homes website is an outstanding tool presenting what today’s consumers and real estate agents want to see in their search for a new home. We appreciate the work that our marketing partner, Gilbert & Sheppard Group, continues to do for us on our website.”

Stonecrest Homes was founded by Charles Heiser, Jr., the former division president of a national production home building firm, and Jim Chapman, an Atlanta native and the owner of Atlanta’s leading active adult home builder, Jim Chapman Communities. To learn more about Stonecrest Homes visit StonecrestHomesGA.com or call 678-426-5300.

Stonecrest Announces Move-In Ready Homes Sale

Heron Bay With the holidays around the corner, Stonecrest Homes announces its Move-In Ready Home Sale with incredible savings on 24 new homes. These savings will help motivate homebuyers to purchase a new home in which to celebrate the coming holidays. Stonecrest Homes is offering up to $20,000 off of home prices for those sold by Nov. 20 and closed by Dec. 23, 2011. Stonecrest will also pay $4,000 in closing costs on top of these amazing savings. Buyers can get an additional $1,000 in closing costs if they use Stonecrest’s preferred lender, Real Estate Mortgage Network.

Stonecrest has 24 move-in ready homes available in seven communities offering amazing savings throughout the Atlanta area including: Pine Grove Estates and Cochran Farms in Roswell, Palladian Manor in Smyrna, Serenity Estates in Marietta, Eagle View and Harmony on the Lakes in Canton and Heron Bay in Locust Grove.

Three of the move-in ready homes are located in the master-planned community of Heron Bay, located on the 1,100 acre Cole Reservoir, just 30 minutes southeast of downtown Atlanta in Henry County. Recently named Community of the Year, the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s highest award, Heron Bay offers spacious family-friendly floor plans and three-car garages.

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Stonecrest Homes Featured in Henry Herald

Stonecrest Homes is proud to be the newest builder at Heron Bay, a beautiful master-planned community located in Locust Grove. Heron Bay was named “Community of the Year” in 2005 by the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association, and was given the 2006 Grand Award for Outstanding Development by the Georgia Urban Forest Council.

Stonecrest has 3 move-in ready Executive Series homes available in this established community of over 970 homes. Heron Bay features amenities such as a Canongate 18-hole golf course, a three-pool aquatics center and a lakefront park pavilion.

Jim Chapman, CFO of Stonecrest Homes is quoted in the Henry Herald article saying, “The houses feature three-sides brick, architectural shingles, three-car garages, nine-foot first-floor ceilings and stainless steel appliances.”

“One of the primary factors (for buying a Stonecrest Home at Heron Bay) is the value the potential homeowner is getting, because, number one, you are on a reset lot,” said Chapman. “The price that I paid for the lot is less than it would have been five years ago. I am able to pass on that savings to the homebuyer. As a result of the recession, buyers no longer just study the house and the quality of its construction, they choose the community, concentrating on its viability and the financial soundness of its developer.”

Heron Bay certainly qualifies.

To read the full article, click here.

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22 New Homes Under Construction Including Stonecrest Homes’ First Three

Lifestyle Community’s Location on Cole Reservoir Represents Opportunity for Builders and Homebuyers on Atlanta’s Southside

ATLANTA – July 27, 2011 – Heron Bay is pleased to announce 22 new homes under construction in five of its neighborhoods.  The award-winning master-planned community, which touts a preferred builder team including locally owned Stonecrest Homes, boasts vertical construction and the smell of fresh-milled lumber in The Links, Meadow Glen, Northridge, Summit and The Villas neighborhoods.

The homes, which range from 1,400 to 4,400 square feet, offer innovative architectural design, exclusive features, eco-friendly qualities, attention to detail and affordable pricing.  Aside from recognizing the community’s unique advantage as the only luxury lifestyle golf community on the Cole Reservoir, the builders consistently mention the opportunity to work with the accomplished and award-winning developer, Minerva Properties, as the reason for their investment.

With superior service and a personalized approach to construction from beginning to end, Stonecrest’s principals – Jim Chapman and Charles Heiser, Jr., – have demonstrated this work ethic to the thousands of home buyers they have served throughout their 20-year work history. “As a result of the recession, buyers no longer just study the house and the quality of its construction – they choose the community concentrating on its viability and the financial soundness of its developer,” offered Jim Chapman – chief financial officer, Stonecrest.  “Minerva Properties’ investment in maintaining the stability of Heron Bay is beyond reproach.  The community is beautifully maintained, financially sound and by far the best housing investment on the Southside.”

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Betsy Sheppard Named GAHBA Council Chair of the Year

Betsy L. Sheppard of Gilbert & Sheppard Group was named the 2010 Council Chair of the Year by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. Betsy currently serves as chair of the Atlanta 50+ Housing Council where she oversees all the council’s activities, its budget and helps promote council events.

Betsy has more than 28 years of real estate marketing and advertising experience.  Her and her company have received several OBIE Awards and national awards recognizing her for her marketing expertise.

 “We are very pleased to hear that Betsy is the 2010 Council Chair of the Year.  She has been instrumental as our Marketing Consultant here at Stonecrest Homes and we are very happy that she was recognized for all of the enthusiasm and effort that she brings to everything she does,” said Jim Chapman, CFO of Stonecrest Homes. “Betsy is an asset and we are proud to work with her.”

Congratulations Betsy!

Stonecrest Wins First OBIE from GAHBA at McIntosh Place

Stonecrest Homes’ first community, McIntosh Place, won its first OBIE Award from the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association last Saturday night. The OBIEs celebrate excellence in the local Atlanta homebuilding industry. For builders building 1-99 homes per year and in the $200,000 – $289,0000 detached category, Stonecrest’s model home, a Cheswicke, earned a Silver OBIE Award.

“We could not be prouder of winning our first OBIE Award at Stonecrest Homes,” said Jim Chapman, CFO and Co-Owner. “A special thank you goes out to Peggy Slappey and Julie Slappey for promoting us to win this award. You guys are the best!”

For more information on Stonecrest Homes‘ award winning Cheswicke floorplan, visit our website www.stonecresthomesga.com.

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OBIE Awards

The Cheswicke

First Annual 50 Plus University Day

As Vice Chair and rising 2011 Chairman of the Board of the Atlanta 50 Plus Housing Council of the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association, Jim Chapman, Co-Founder and CFO of Stonecrest Homes, presented to the Board in late Spring of 2010 the idea of the Council hosting a day-long event. The event would an opportunity for members of the Council and Board to educate other members and non-members of the GAHBA as to the merits of the 50 Plus housing market. Out of these discussions was born the idea of the  First Annual 50 Plus University Day being held on October 14th from 8 am to 5 pm at the Cobb Galleria.    

Please see the attached flyer for more details on this exciting inaugural event and its educational offerings.
First Annual 50 Plus University Day Event Details

Jim Chapman Asked To Speak At Active Adult Conference

Jim Chapman, Co-Founder and CFO of Stonecrest Homes, has been asked to speak at the National Active Retirement Association’s 11th Annual Business Conference as a regional expert on active adult development, design and building. 

This will be the second time Mr. Chapman has been a featured speaker at this conference which has been dubbed the “Power Tools Conference;” and is the place to learn about and exchange ideas regarding the fastest growing segment of the consumer housing market – 55 Plus.  His focus will be on the successful design and development of active adult housing product.

Stonecrest Homes is currently pursuing three different active adult building opportunities in the greater Atlanta area: one in Gwinnett county, one in Henry county and one in Houston county.

“I am excited to apply what I have learned about the active adult market to new opportunities being presented to Stonecrest Homes,” commented Mr. Chapman. “The active adult market is alive and well and coming back with a vengeance.  Stonecrest wants the active adult segment to play a big role in its future building strategy.”

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