Orleans Homes Opening 7 New Chicagoland Communities

CHICAGO – Orleans Homes is excited to announce that it will open seven new neighborhoods this summer and fall throughout Chicagoland, reflecting Orleans’ growing footprint in the area.

With communities ranging from country living to suburban, homebuyers are sure to find the perfect fit for their family.

The Courtyards of Glen Ellyn offers courtyard-style townhomes in a quiet area, but within walking distance of shopping, dining and the commuter train in downtown Glen Ellyn. It’s the perfect mix of urban and suburban living. Townhomes start from the $260s.

Thornfield Meadows in Hawthorn Woods offers single family homes on spacious one-acre homesites in a beautiful, open neighborhood. Homes start from the $600s.

Countryside Meadows in Hawthorn Woods offers one-acre homesites in a community with ponds and a conservation area. Shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation are a just few conveniences close at hand. Homes start from the upper $500s.

Blackberry Creek in Elburn is known for 202 acres of open space and conservation land in the rolling Lake County countryside, minutes from the Elburn Metra station. This community gives the feel of rural charm with modern conveniences. Homes start from the upper $200s.

Riverside of Barrington is surrounded by natural beauty, steps from the Fox River Preserve and Marina, which offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Homes on 20 oversized homesites start from the mid $300s.

Woodland Hills in Lakeside offers stunning water views and lakefront homesites, with access to the Crystal Lake School District, shopping, dining and golf. Homes start from the mid $300s.

Stonebrook in Elgin is all about access—to commuting, shopping, dining and recreation. The community is in the sought-after 301 School District. Homes start from the mid $300s.

“With the addition of these seven communities, we’ve more than doubled our presence in the area,” said Steve Atchison, Orleans’ Chicago Division President. “We’re proud to offer quality homes and inviting communities to more people around Chicago.”

About Orleans Homebuilders, Inc.

Orleans Homes was founded in 1918 and is one of the oldest, continually operated homebuilders in the United States. It is committed to building thoughtfully designed homes and creating unique neighborhoods that cater to the way people live today. The company builds single-family homes and townhomes that range in price from the upper $170s to $1.5 million. It is currently operating in 43 neighborhoods in 8 distinct markets: Southeastern Pennsylvania, Central and Southern New Jersey, Orange County, N.Y., Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C., and Chicago, Ill.

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Orleans Homes Building in 3 New Raleigh Communities

RALEIGH – Orleans Homes is excited to announce that it will be building in three new Raleigh-area communities, with homes available this summer and fall.

The new communities—two offering single family homes and one featuring townhomes—reflect Orleans Homes’ focus on growing its footprint in the Raleigh area.

“North Carolina has always been a great market for Orleans Homes,” Mitch Sanner, Orleans’ Raleigh Division President. “With these new communities, we’re really taking advantage of the wonderful reception we’ve gotten in Raleigh.”

Colvin Park in Apex is a new community, offering award-winning single family home designs, not to mention its own lake, cabana and clubhouse. It’s close to so many conveniences and residents will appreciate the easy commute to downtown Raleigh.

At Stone Mill Falls in Wake Forest, homebuyers choose from six new single family home floorplans from the mid $300s. This new community is close to shopping, dining and tons of recreation.

The Townes at WoodCreek is a resort-style community in Holly Springs. In addition to a great new townhome, residents will love the pool with a lazy river and waterslide, not to mention tennis courts, a fitness center and more. Holly Springs was recently ranked by BusinessWeek as one of the “Top Places to Raise Kids.”

“These communities offer options for everyone,” said Sue Nicol, the Raleigh Division’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “We love the opportunity to open awesome new communities in Colvin Park and Stone Mill Falls. The Townes at WoodCreek gives us a chance to introduce the Orleans lifestyle into an already thriving neighborhood. Homebuyers will love it.”

About Orleans Homebuilders, Inc.
Orleans Homes was founded in 1918 and is one of the oldest, continually operated homebuilders in the United States. It is committed to building thoughtfully designed homes and creating unique neighborhoods that cater to the way people live today. The company builds single-family homes and townhomes that range in price from the upper $170s to $1.5 million. It is currently operating in 43 neighborhoods in 8 distinct markets: Southeastern Pennsylvania, Central and Southern New Jersey, Orange County, N.Y., Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C., and Chicago, Ill.

Get news, updates and special offers by joining community VIP lists on OrleansHomes.com. Be sure to follow Orleans Homes on Facebook and Twitter.

Orleans Homes Acquires Land for 3 New Home Communities in the Philadelphia Area

Bensalem, Pa. - Orleans Homes is excited to announce that it has acquired three excellent parcels of land and is offering three new Philadelphia-area communities.

Yardley Walk in Yardley, Pa., and Town Centre Crossing in Glen Mills, Pa., feature luxury townhomes. Wildflowers at South Knolls, as offered by OHB Homes, Inc., in Jackson Township, N.J., will provide low-maintenance, single-level living for 55+ homebuyers.

Orleans Homes’ North Division is still actively purchasing land in the Philadelphia area and surrounding submarkets.

“We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to buy beautiful pieces of land in these desirable markets,” said John Evans, president of Orleans’ North Division. “It’s given us the opportunity to create these three communities and provide hundreds of people in this area with a chance to live the Orleans ‘Simply Happy’ lifestyle.”

Yardley Walk is now open and offering 63 luxury townhomes with up to 4 bedrooms and 3,294 square feet, with first-floor masters and 2-car garages, in the heart of Yardley Borough.

Town Centre Crossing opens this summer with 96 luxury townhomes, up to 3 bedrooms and 2,738 square feet, also with first-floor masters and 2-car garages, in Delaware County.

Wildflowers at South Knolls offers 53 ranch homes with 2 beds, 2 baths and 2-car garages and up to 1,993 square feet in Ocean County.

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About Orleans Homebuilders, Inc.

Orleans Homes was founded in 1918 and is one of the oldest, continually operated homebuilders in the United States. It is committed to building thoughtfully designed homes and creating unique neighborhoods that cater to the way people live today. The company builds single-family homes and townhomes that range in price from the upper $170,000s to $1.5 million. It is currently operating in 43 neighborhoods in 8 distinct markets: Southeastern Pennsylvania, Central and Southern New Jersey, Orange County, N.Y., Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C., and Chicago, Ill.

Media Contact: John Evans, Orleans North Division President
Contact Phone: 215-245-7500
Contact Email: JEvans@OrleansHomes.com

Time is running out—Lock in today’s low mortgage rates for maximum happiness.

This doesn’t surprise you, does it? You’ve kept up with the news; you know that mortgage rates are rising.

Just in case you need a little encouragement, we think right now is the moment to make your dreams of buying a new home a reality. Financial experts are consistently reporting that mortgage rates are on the rise. Not exactly what any of us want to hear, but, the news is still good – at least for now. An article in The Washington Post quoted Frank E. Nothaft, Freddie Mac Vice President and Chief Economist, as saying, “Rates are still low by historical standards.”1 A recent article in The Wall Street Journal concurred with this sentiment, noting, “Mortgage rates rise, but [are] still a bargain.”2

So what does this mean for you? While the general consensus is that mortgage rates will continue to rise, right now is not too late! You can get that beautiful new home you’ve been considering at a really low mortgage rate.

Take a look at how much you could save by buying at today’s rate of 3.98% versus waiting say, a year, if the rates went up by 1.0%.*

Mortgage amount: $200,000 over 30 years

Today’s Monthly Payment: $952.53/mo. = 3.98% interest rate

Higher (Hypothetical) Monthly Payment: $1071.20/month = 4.98% interest rate

That’s a difference of about $118 a month, or over $1,400 a year, and $42,000 over the course of a 30-year mortgage. We can think of a lot of fun things to do with that money, can’t you?

And you know how we’re always finding ways to make things simple for you? Here are two more:

  • We have selected Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as our preferred mortgage lender – one of the nation’s leading residential mortgage lenders.
  • We offer an exclusive Builder Best Program, which includes fantastic mortgage financing opportunities.

We know some of you out there have been thinking that the time is right to buy, and we wanted to let you know, you’re absolutely right! So come by and see us, give us a call, check us out online – whatever works for you. Just don’t put it off any longer.

A beautiful brand new home. A fantastic mortgage rate. That’s what we call simply happy.

DISCLAIMER: Rates subject to change without notice, and comparisons are hypothetical in nature, provided for educational and illustrative purposes only.

CITATIONS:

1)   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/where-we-live

2)   http://online.wsj.com/article

Orleans Homes Wins GOLD for Best Design Center at the Nationals

We’re thrilled to share that Orleans Homes took home the gold in the 2013 National Awards competition. Out of nearly 700 submissions, our North Division Design Center in Bensalem, PA won out over other silver award finalists to be named best design center in the country.

The National Awards is an annual design and marketing competition focused on fresh new ideas in the homebuilding industry. Categories include advertising, architectural achievements, merchandising and more.

Click here for more details on this exciting award.

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Orleans Homes Recognized as the Top Big Gainer of 2012

Orleans Homes is happy to announce that we’ve been nationally recognized by Professional Builder magazine as the top 2012 Big Gainer.

The 2012 Big Gainers list features the top 30 firms in terms of year-over-year revenue increases. Orleans Homes was the number one fastest growing builder in the nation, surpassing the nearest competitor by over $20,000,000 in revenue.

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Orleans Takes First Steps in Planned Raleigh Expansion

Apex, NC – Orleans Homes Raleigh Division is pleased to announce development plans for Colvin Park, a 144-lot community just west of Cary in Apex, NC. Sales are slated to begin in Autumn of 2013 and the land purchase and building approvals have already been secured.

Colvin Park is located within the highly desirable Apex School District and will feature single family homes from the mid $200s, as well as a fishing lake, planned Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool and clubhouse.

Part of a much larger Raleigh expansion strategy, Colvin Park is the first of several new land acquisitions planned by Orleans in key Cary, Apex and Holly Springs markets.

Raleigh division president Mitch Sanner shares, “As the market shows continued signs of improvement, we couldn’t be more excited for the opportunities that lie before us here at Orleans, especially within the Raleigh market.”

“We’ve carefully chosen locations that will enable us to provide great homes, in great school districts and with easy access to downtown, Research Triangle Park and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Colvin Park is really just the first step,” Sanner adds.

Besides Colvin Park, Orleans Homes has three additional neighborhoods under contract in the Raleigh area that all exemplify Orleans’ mission to revolutionize the home buying experience by delivering high quality homes, simpler processes and refreshingly friendly customer service.

About Orleans Homebuilders, Inc.®

Orleans Homes was founded in 1918 and is one of the oldest, continually operated homebuilders in the United States. It is committed to building thoughtfully designed homes and creating unique neighborhoods that cater to the way people live today. The company builds single family homes, townhouses, and condominiums that range in price from the upper $170,000s – $1.5 million. It is currently operating in 39 neighborhoods in 10 distinct markets: Southeastern Pennsylvania, Central and Southern New Jersey, Orange County, NY, Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, NC, Richmond and Hampton Roads, VA, and Chicago, IL. Orleans is headquartered outside of Philadelphia and employs 170 people.

www.OrleansHomes.com

Contact:
Mitch Sanner
919.380.7223 x114
MSanner@OrleansHomes.com

Orleans Announces the Opening of Blalock Forest in Raleigh

Willow Springs, NC – Orleans Homes Raleigh Division is simply happy to announce the opening of Blalock Forest in Willow Springs, NC.

Located in the coveted Wake County school district of southeast Raleigh, Blalock Forest features brand new homes from the upper $100’s on one-half to one acre homesites – an unparalleled size for new homes in the area. Many homesites are located on picturesque cul-de-sacs or quiet, wooded lots.

The neighborhood features a choice of one- and two-story floorplans that range from 1,722 to 2,444 square feet and include three or four bedrooms.

Kelly Horton, community sales manager at Blalock Forest, says the reception has already been extremely positive for this new neighborhood. “Families and prospective home buyers are excited to see the size and quality of our homesites. If they want to expand – add a bonus room or upgrade to a three-car garage, for example, there’s plenty of space.”

Horton shares, “Prospective home buyers are pleased to find such high quality new homes in one of the most desirable school districts in Raleigh.” She adds that Blalock Forest’s carefully chosen location provides easy access to downtown Raleigh, Research Triangle Park and Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Blalock Forest is one of five neighborhoods in the Raleigh area that exemplifies Orleans’ mission to revolutionize the home buying experience by delivering high quality homes, simpler processes and refreshingly friendly customer service.

About Orleans Homebuilders, Inc.®

Orleans Homes was founded in 1918 and is one of the oldest, continually operated homebuilders in the United States. It is committed to building thoughtfully designed homes and creating unique neighborhoods that cater to the way people live today. The company builds single-family homes, townhouses, and condominiums that range in price from the upper $170,000s – $1.5 million. It is currently operating in 39 neighborhoods in 10 distinct markets: Southeastern Pennsylvania, Central and Southern New Jersey, Orange County, NY, Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, NC, Richmond and Hampton Roads, VA, and Chicago, IL. Orleans is headquartered outside of Philadelphia and employs 170 people.

www.OrleansHomes.com

Contact:
Linda Kelley
215-245-7500
LKelley@OrleansHomes.com

Orleans Welcomes New Division President in Raleigh

RALEIGH, NC — Orleans Homes Raleigh Division is pleased to announce that Mitch Sanner has accepted the role of division president for Orleans Homebuilders, Inc.® in Raleigh, NC.

Mr. Sanner got his start at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he received his undergraduate degree in economics, followed by a turn at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he earned his MBA. Mitch went on to cut his teeth in the technical textile industry for Freudenberg, a large, family–owned company with operations in North America, Europe and Asia.

Satisfying a long–time interest in homebuilding and real estate, as well as a desire for more time with his wife and daughters, Mitch joined NVR, Inc., serving the Carolinas from 2007–2010 then Pittsburgh and western New York from 2010–2012.

Five years later Mitch returns to Raleigh as division president for Orleans Homes. “What drew me most to Orleans was the company’s passion and focus on building happy customer and employee experiences,” Sanner notes.

In his role as division president, Mitch will oversee the strategic positioning and community growth plan for the Raleigh Division, working with local developers and land owners to expand Orleans Homes’ market share. In addition, he will manage the day–to–day operations of the division as well as ensure excellent customer service—and simply happy homebuying and owning experiences—for current and future homeowners.

About Orleans Homebuilders, Inc.®

Orleans Homes was founded in 1918 and is one of the oldest, continually operated homebuilders in the United States. It is committed to building thoughtfully designed homes and creating unique neighborhoods that cater to the way people live today. The company builds single–family homes, townhouses, and condominiums that range in price from the upper $170,000s – $1.5 million. It is currently operating in 39 neighborhoods in 10 distinct markets: Southeastern Pennsylvania, Central and Southern New Jersey, Orange County, N.Y., Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C., Richmond and Hampton Roads, Va., and Chicago, Ill. Orleans is headquartered outside of Philadelphia and employs 170 people.

www.OrleansHomes.com.

Contact:
Linda Kelley
215–245–7500
lkelley@orleanshomes.com

Orleans Homes Rises on Housing Giants Ranking

BENSALEM, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Professional Builder’s 2012 Housing Giants report shows Orleans Homes has jumped 28 places when ranked among the nation’s 235 largest homebuilders. Orleans ranked 35th on the 2012 list, rising from 63rd in 2011.

Each year, Housing Giants ranks the nation’s largest builders, based on sales revenue in the previous year. Orleans had a sales revenue gain of more than $76 million between 2010 and 2011, an increase of nearly 65 percent. By comparison, sales revenue for the No. 1 and No. 2 homebuilders in the nation decreased by 10.6 and 7.3 percent in the same period.

Orleans Homes’ Chief Marketing Officer Lee Darnold noted that the company’s communities are focused in northern urban markets (Philadelphia, New York and Chicago), as well as growing southeastern markets (Richmond, Hampton Roads, Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte) that rebounded earlier than the country as a whole. “Our communities and floorplans mostly cater to first- and second-time, move-up buyers and active adult move-down buyers. These segments have been among the early gainers in the housing recovery that we are now seeing.” Job growth and diverse industries in the company’s primary markets also contributed to Orleans’ results.

Chief Executive Officer George Casey further noted that, “After several years of tough times for the economy, the housing industry, and our company, we are now seeing steady growth in our markets that has continued into 2012. We are still focusing on the needs of our core move-up and move-down customers through the introduction of new floorplans and brand-new communities in all of our core markets.

“We are also spending more time on programs that help our customers get to know their neighbors more quickly and help develop strong neighborhood bonds. Online social networking using tools such as Facebook are important. However, our buyers have told us that old-fashioned, low-tech, face-to-face relationships are still highly important in creating the sense of community they tell us they want. Orleans community coordinators in every market design neighborhood programs that bring people together.

“The desires of our customers have been shaped by their experiences of the last decade, and we are designing our new homes and communities to reflect those changes. I am excited that our 94-year-old company is able to adapt to this new world and continue to grow,” Casey said.

Professionals Builder’s Housing Giants Rankings are compiled by the company that publishes Professional Builders, Professional Remodeler and Custom Builder magazines.

About Orleans Homebuilders, Inc.®

Founded in 1918, Orleans Homes is one of the oldest, continually operated homebuilders in the United States. It is committed to building thoughtfully designed homes and creating unique neighborhoods that cater to the way people live today. The company builds single-family homes, townhouses, and condominiums that range in price from the upper $170,000s – $1.5 million. It is currently operating in 39 neighborhoods in 10 distinct markets:

  • Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Central and Southern New Jersey
  • Orange County, N.Y.
  • Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C.
  • Richmond and Hampton Roads, Va.
  • Chicago, Ill.

Orleans is headquartered outside of Philadelphia and employs 170. Its website is www.OrleansHomes.com.

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David Jewell, 704-347-0399
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