1.2 Percent Tax Rate Spurs Sales at Brookfield Homes Rockrose Community at The Foothills in Carlsbad
September 03, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsThe new lower tax rate of 1.2 percent at Brookfield Homes' Rockrose community in Carlsbad saves buyers an average of approximately $250 per month from the previous tax rate. This allows many more people to financially qualify for a Rockrose home.
Additionally, all Rockrose homes are constructed to exceed California energy standards by 35 percent, which conserves energy and water and leads to an added savings of over $100 per month.
Historically low interest rates coupled with the reduced tax rate and energy bills have enticed home shoppers to purchase a Rockrose home. As a result, Brookfield Homes has released five more homes for sale, including the popular single-story home. One of the five homes has already sold. Home prices start at $595,900 in the new sales release.
These new homes are situated on larger homesites – averaging about 6,000 square feet – the phase offers homebuyers useable backyard space for entertaining, evening barbecues in the coastal breezes, and more.
"With the new phase release we are very pleased to provide new opportunities to buy an eco-savvy new home at Rockrose," said Lora Heramb, vice president of sales and marketing for Brookfield Homes. "It has been a busy summer with new home sales, new homeowners moving in, the new Foothills Swim Club opening, and the property tax rate being reduced to 1.21 percent."
The 1.21 percent property tax rate is one of the lowest in the city and is based on the Rockrose median sales price of $659,000. The tax rate will increase or decrease based upon the actual sales price of the home.
Every Rockrose home exceeds California's energy standards by at least 35 percent, which means homebuyers realize money-savings throughout the lifetime of the home. According to an analysis of a Residence 2 bill prepared by San Diego Gas & Electric, Rockrose homeowners may save more than $1,000 per year on their electricity bills, as compared to a home built 10 years ago.
"Some homebuyers think they have to pay more for a new home in order to achieve these money-saving efficiencies," Heramb said. "But not at Rockrose. Every day we educate our buyers that eco-savvy does not cost more at Rockrose. Rockrose is competitively priced."
Additional money-savings may result from the extensive list of eco-savvy features. These include:
1) Drought-tolerant front yard landscaping requires minimal watering
2) Low-flow shower heads and WaterSense faucets reduce water usage
3) Tankless water heaters and recirculating lines minimize the wait for water to get hot, thereby saving water
4) Radiant barrier roof sheathing keeps home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, lowering air conditioning and heating bills year-round
5) Low-E windows further insulate your home against heat and cold
6) Florescent lighting in select interior and exterior locations burns as bright but uses 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs
Rockrose offers one- and two-story single-family detached homes spanning 2,116 to 3,167 square feet. The homes have three to four bedrooms and two to 4.5 baths. Phase 2 move-ins are anticipated in December. Framing of the homes is now under way, so homebuyers still have time to customize their options. For more information, visit the eco-savvy Rockrose model homes and sales information center at 3538 Glen Ave., Carlsbad, or call at 888-284-8861.
Rockrose at the Foothills is just three miles from the ocean in one of Southern California's most sought-after cities.
The Foothills master-planned community includes a swim club with solar-heated pool, kids pool and spa, two paddle tennis courts, barbecue area, fireplace conversation area, and tot lot.
For more information, visit www.brookfieldsd.com.