The San Diego Union-Tribune – Shea Homes presents Free Homebuying Workshop and lunch today

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Housing experts from Shea Homes San Diego will offer advice and field questions from first-time and move-up buyers during its free Homebuying Workshop today (Sep. 22) at 11 a.m.

The event is open to all San Diego County residents and is conveniently located in Mission Valley at Shea’s Origen community at Civita.

Today’s one-hour seminar will focus on key strategies to help achieve home ownership and examine mortgage programs now available to first-time buyers, members of the military, those looking to move up into larger homes, and for those that have gone through a short sale and foreclosure.

Lunch will be served when the workshop ends at noon. Guests can also register to win a free iPad and have one-on-one conversations with home-buying experts who will stay until 1 p.m. to answer questions and address individual concerns.

“We want to help our prospective buyers navigate the process and take advantage of today’s favorable interest rates and pricing,” said Vanessa Linn, vice president of sales and marketing for Shea Homes San Diego.

Shea’s Homebuying Workshop will be held at Origen at Civita, located at 7894 Civita Blvd. in Mission Valley. For more information, call (866) 712-5888; or, visit www.sheahomes.com/homebuyingworkshop

Among other topics to be addressed are:

  • How to get started by figuring out what you can afford
  • How to apply for a loan
  • Learn more about VA, FHA, and or other special loan programs available
  • Comparing the cost of renting vs. buying
  • Benefits of home ownership including tax advantages
  • How to improve credit scores after going through a short sale or foreclosure

“Rebuilding credit is a challenge faced by many San Diegans today,” said Linn. “Our experts from Shea Mortgage Customer Plus can provide expert guidance to help prospective buyers repair their credit standing.”

Shea Homes San Diego is now selling homes in the following areas:

In the heart of Mission Valley, Origen skyLoft and Origen socialGarden at Civita offer three- and four-story loft style townhomes ranging from 1,390 to 2,110 square feet, priced from the mid-$400,000s.

In a gated community in Carlsbad, Voscana features four two- and three-story floor plans ranging from 1,410 to 1,959 square feet, with three to four bedrooms, 2.5 to 3.5 baths plus a two-car attached garage. Prices are expected to begin in the $400,000s when Voscana opens in October 2012.

Del Sur in San Diego features attached homes at Mandolin, now priced from the mid- $400,000s.

Encinitas new homes at Seaside have 3,243 to 4,826 square feet and prices from the low $1 millions.

At Windingwalk in Chula Vista, final homes and models are now selling at Clover (from the high $200,000s).

Lomas Verdes in Chula Vista offers attached homes at Mosaic priced from the low $200,000s and detached homes at Tapestry priced from the mid-$300,000s.

Bella Lago in Chula Vista features luxury homes at Aria, where homes priced from the low $600,000s span as much as 3,969 square feet on average home site of 15,000 square feet.

Shea Homes, an independent member of the Shea family of companies, is the oldest and largest family-owned homebuilder in the United States. For the second year in a row, Shea Homes has earned the prestigious J.D. Power Customer Service Champion recognition, one of only 50 companies to earn such a distinction in 2012. Honored in the company of such respected brands as Apple, Lexus, Four Seasons Hotels and Southwest Airlines, Shea Homes is one of only two American homebuilders to receive this recognition.