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Real Estate: The south Valley has a new home builder

(Submitted photo. Jim Robinson (left), Joe Leal and Randy Merrill are the principals of San Joaquin Valley Homes.)

Home buyers in the south Valley have a new builder to consider when looking to buy or build their new home.

San Joaquin Valley Homes has joined the new home market.

The Visalia-based company is led by Joe Leal, who oversaw the growth of national builder McMillin Homes in the Central Valley for five years and two former McMillin colleagues – Jim Robinson and Randy Merrill.  The trio has also teamed up with Don Faye of Presidio Residential, a real estate construction lending company.

“Jim, Randy and I worked together for 15 years at The Allen Group and then at McMillin Homes and we have learned a great deal over the years,” Leal said. “We understand that home buyers want a quality home that offers value.”

Robinson, an engineer, manages land acquisition, land development and entitlement for the new company.

“We were fortunate to be able to make some good decisions and the time is right,” Robinson said. “The economy has picked up and there is now a shortage of available homes. We are excited about the future and pleased to be building homes again.”

The company will begin building two developments in the fall. The first will be Hartley Grove near 12th Avenue, south of Highway 198 which is expected to open for sale in late September. The second will be Savannah in Tulare, at Cross Avenue and West Street which is slated for a late October opening.

Both developments will have five floor plans with one and two story designs that range in size from 1,390 to 2,322 square feet.

The company expects to open up to eight neighborhoods in Tulare, Kings and Kern counties by next summer.


Rebeca Espana says:

I am intrested in the new homes in Tulare and im having trouble finding The number to San Juaquin Valley Homes. Do they have a number or website?

BoNhia Lee says:

Try 559-732-2660.

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