As the year winds down, 2015 housing industry predictions dominate real estate headlines. It’s good news all around for buyers and sellers, who will once again enjoy the benefits of a healthy market full of choices and opportunities, especially in Johnson County.
Over the years, Rodrock Homes — a name synonymous with a tradition of strength and innovation — has provided thousands with distinctive homes of lasting value in amenities-rich communities. And 2014, about to go down in the history books, will be remembered as a robust year where buyers discovered the family-friendly Rodrock communities with its selection of price points, floor plans and stunning home sites, as places to put down roots.
Rosemary Vitale, vice president of new homes for ReeceNichols, praises the real estate market’s activity during 2014 and expects 2015 to be a star performer, too.
“There is pent-up demand for well-built homes in top-notch communities such as the ones that Rodrock painstakingly builds,” said Vitale. “Buyers looking for new homes will be delighted when they visit these communities.”
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Brian Rodrock, chief executive officer of Rodrock Homes, notes 2014’s successful home-buying market will roll seamlessly into the New Year.
“We are ready with homes for all types of buyers,” he said. “Beautiful Rodrock Ready homes for families requiring something in a short time frame, along with plenty of sites in our communities for custom projects. There’s no better time to be in the market and we’re proud to be a leader in helping people discover their forever family home in whatever style and price range they need.”
New phases brimming with variety. With more than 20 floor plans being built in 14 communities throughout Johnson County — including Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park and Shawnee — Rodrock launched in 2014 new phases in Wyngate, located at 159th and Grant between Antioch and Switzer and Summerwood at 161st Terrace and Quivira, both in Overland Park.
“Wyngate’s newest and final phase offers a wonderful variety of home sites featuring cul-de-sacs and green space and floor plans to enhance a family’s busy lifestyle,” said Kerwin Holloway, ReeceNichols real estate agent and Wyngate marketing agent. “I’ve helped many buyers find their perfect home during the past year.”
One of those homebuyers is Caitlin Borge, who, with husband Michael, relocated to Johnson County from Massachusetts last March.
“We conducted our research online, before we even came to Overland Park to shop for a home, and decided Rodrock had the style, ambiance and convenient location we wanted,” she said. “We had one week to find a house and because we narrowed our choices down to a few neighborhoods, our home-buying trip was much easier during a stressful time.”
Borge, pregnant with the couple’s second child during their relocation from the East coast, knew instincts would guide her to which Rodrock community would match her family’s needs.
“Michael and I visited Wyngate and it was almost immediate: this would be our new home,” said Borge, who chose the Somerset plan for its master closet, mudroom and laundry room. “Those were important features for me.”
The Borges worked with Rodrock Homes Design Center interior designer Shay Edwards to choose tile, stains, paint colors and other design elements.
“Shay understood my style and was invaluable in helping Michael and me make final selections,” she said.
The Borge family moved into their new home on May 22. “This more than satisfies our checklist of requirements,” said Borge. “We love the neighborhood with young families and the fact that award-winning schools are easily accessed by nature trails and intra-community roads is another plus.”
The premier Summerwood community also introduced a new phase last year and boasts an outstanding model row nestled on a picturesque cul-de-sac. Like other Rodrock communities, Summerwood offers buyers the most cutting-edge interiors, with the newest colors in lighter, brighter neutrals, natural textures and artistic materials, and other upscale design components.
Acclaimed Rodrock Ready models. If you’re in the market for a new home in 2015, make plans today to visit the professionally designed models in several sought-after Rodrock communities ready for immediate occupancy, such as the Hepton, Shelby EX and Lancaster EX in Summerwood.
There are also many homes under construction throughout communities available for personalization and move-in within the next 30 to 90 days.
“We are entering 2015 with a healthy inventory of signature homes where families can start creating memories,” said Rodrock. “It’s special that we have the privilege to work with people every day who want the best for their family — homes in which to gather, grow and thrive.”
Holloway is confident that homeowners will continue to be drawn to Rodrock’s attractive communities not only for the exceptional aspects — such as abundant open spaces, proximity to desirable schools and safe parks — but also for their welcoming ambiance.
“Our communities have well-deserved reputations,” said Holloway. “Family life is enriched by priceless moments — watching a beautiful sunset together, attending a neighborhood block party, making new friends. Homeowners simply love the entire spectrum of what we offer.”
New year, new opportunities. Rodrock is on track to offer buyers even more choices during 2015.
“We will announce new communities to our existing collection,” said Rodrock, “with even more reason to celebrate living in one of the country’s most vibrant cities. Our team anticipates collaborating with buyers to help them find the best possible home to fulfill their needs. It will be an exciting year, indeed.”
More than anything, Rodrock is humbled that homeowners trust his company with one of life’s major investment decisions.
“We take our client partnership very seriously,” he said. “It is the foundation of Rodrock Homes.”
Model Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 12-5 p.m. Sunday.
Locations: Lenexa: Gleason Glen.
Olathe: The Crossings at South Glen.
Overland Park: BluHawk, Chapel Hill, Summerwood, Summerwood Estates, Wilshire by the Lake and Wyngate.
Shawnee: Hills of Forest Creek and Ridgestone Meadows.