Open House- new community -DARA Lot 1

Great News-our Nova Community has sold out! Let us introduce our Dara Community- Dara Lot 1 and Dara lot 2!

Dara Lot 1 will have an open house this coming weekend. This newly completed home features Northwest contemporary designs with stunning exterior lines, superior modern finishes and quality craftsmanship throughout located in Kirkland, this sought-after design encompasses a beautiful outdoor living space, prof. landscaping with sprinkler systems, a chef-inspired kitchen, designer lighting, Bosch s/s appliances, a beautiful master suite with a spa-like bathroom & custom walk-in closet, Nest thermostat, RING doorbell, A/C, Samsung French door refrigerator & much more. Excellent location – on a quiet street, walking distance to great public schools and conveniently located in North Rose Hill with freeways, downtown Kirkland shops and restaurants just a heartbeat away. Mark Twain Elem., Rose Hill Middle School, Lk Wash. HS all rated 9 www.greatschools.org

OPEN HOUSE – DARA LOT 1
Saturday, November 10th from 12-3pm
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Sunday, November 11th from 1-4pm

Address: 12212 NE 100th Street
Kirkland, WA, 98033

 

 

 

 

Canyon Creek Cabinet Company’s Customer Spotlight!

Posted November 11, 2016 | Merit Homes Inc Current News, General, Team Spotlight

We are excited to announce that Merit Homes has been featured as the Customer Spotlight for the month of November in one of our Trade Partners, Canyon Creek Cabinet Company’s, magazine, Echoes!

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Here’s a small snippet of some of the great things they had to say about Merit!:

“They have cultivated long-term relationships with experienced tradesmen that meet their quality standards and an onsite superintendent assures conformity with Merit’s expectations for a finished home of exceptional value. The Merit team is passionate about building high-quality homes designed to fit the tastes and lifestyles of their buyers and to provide a home of enduring value. To add extra value to home buyers, Merit Homes strives to build communities located within easy-access to superior schools, shopping and other amenities.”

Be sure to check out the full article here! Have a great weekend everyone!

Merit Homes 2nd Annual BBQ!

As a new Merit tradition, every year the entire Merit family comprised of both staff and subcontractors gets together for a BBQ lunch!

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We had a great turn out this year, and with Chris and Rich on the grill, everyone enjoyed a tasty lunch of burgers and franks!

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We are very lucky to be working with a great team here, and to be able to enjoy a nice summer afternoon with everyone!

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Have a great weekend!

Team Outing – Attain Housing’s Community Supper

On Tuesday, July 12th, the Merit Homes team participated in one of Attain Housing’s Community Suppers.

Every Tuesday, Attain Housing hosts a Community Supper at the Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Kirkland.  Everyone in the community is welcomed to come that evening to enjoy a home cooked meal.

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Since Merit Homes was the volunteer group for the evening, our team went straight to work prepping a dinner of lasagna, garlic bread and salads!

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Then, our team had the pleasure of being able to serve some members of the Kirkland community!

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Oh, and don’t worry – we didn’t forget dessert!

Here are a few thoughts one of Merit’s Principals, Josh Lysen shared on the evening:

“Serving a hot meal to members of our Kirkland community who otherwise would not have had a decent meal that evening was a very grounding experience.  I don’t think many people realize, myself included, that here in Kirkland with the abundance that we have there are so many that struggle to put food on the table each day.  Our team at Merit Homes is very blessed in many ways and it was nice to come together and share an evening of service.”

Our team truly had a great evening being able to give back to the community, and it was a very rewarding experience for everyone!  We are definitely looking forward to participating in our next Community Supper!

 

Team Outing – The Big Short

Posted February 26, 2016 | Merit Homes Inc Current News, General, Team Spotlight

Recently, the team here at Merit Homes took a little outing to see the movie, The Big Short.

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Directed by Adam McKay and currently nominated for five Academy Awards including “Best Picture”, “The Big Short” visits some of the players involved in the housing crisis that occurred in 2008, and the events leading up to it.

Film Synopsis:

“In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors’ money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America.”

 

Here are a few thoughts our team had after watching the film:

From Josh Lysen, Principal at Merit Homes, “This movie brought back a lot of memories.  I’ll never forget what it was like in the summer and fall of 2008, when Lehman Brother’s bank fell, when WaMu was taken over and shut down by the FDIC and a lot of great people lost their jobs, when Banner Bank, our lender of over two decades, stopped providing construction loans and we had two years worth of land inventory in our pipeline.  I remember getting offers on our homes for sale that were 30% less than our reduced asking price.  I remember the wife of one of my subcontractors coming into my office asking if we had more work for her husband because he hadn’t worked for a month.  Those were tough days.  I’m proud of the way Merit battled through it.  We were fortunate in the end.  I wanted our team to know this story of the recent depression, especially the newer members of our team.  I thought the movie was well done and serves as a good reminder of not to take the real estate market, and what we enjoy doing for granted.

From Greg Griffis, Founding Principal at Merit Homes, “Merit’s movie excursion was a pleasant afternoon to remember.  In darken theater for an hour a half we relived the 2008 thru 2010 global crisis.   This time through the eyes the gluttonous criminals that played a corrupt financial system to the detriment of good people everywhere.  The Big Short a perfect blend of Schindler’s List and the Perfect Storm, once out of the theater the fresh air never tasted so sweet.  We did enjoy the afternoon camaraderie and the movie is worthy of viewing.  It should be noted that my astute business partner will not garner another opportunity to select a film even in the event of a sequel,  for quite some time.

From Mike Smith, Development Manager at Merit Homes, “I echo Josh’s thoughts on the housing-driven economic downturn which is still fresh in a lot of minds.  The movie was a painful and poignant reminder of how lucky we are to provide this important public need, and the importance of keeping its foundations secure.”

 

There you have it folks – be sure to check this film out!

New Construction Estimator/Purchasing Agent Position Open!

We are expanding our team! Currently, we are seeking a full time Estimator/Purchaser to join our Merit Homes family.  The ideal candidate would have a minimum of 2-4 years related experience, the ability to produce material takeoffs, the ability to read blue prints, field drawings and plans, and effective communication skills!

 

The Job Responsibilities will include:

“The Construction Estimator/Purchasing Agent will be responsible for estimating and procurement of construction materials and services in accordance with project requirements and project schedules.  The Construction Estimator/Purchasing Agent will work with the project team to ensure all materials arrive to the project in the correct quantities and as scheduled.  As a valued and key member of the team, the Construction Estimator/Purchasing Agent will perform other duties as required and/or desired to assist the rest of the team during all phases of development including initial project feasibility through completion of each home.  This position has endless potential and can lead into a growing construction management related career with our Team.”

 

To learn more about this position, please contact Josh Lysen at Josh@merithomesinc.com or the at office (425) 605-0597.