Heritage at Vizcaya Wins Neighborhood of the Year Award

Congratulations to Heritage at Vizcaya in Round Rock, Texas, for receiving the Neighborhood of the Year award at the City of Round Rock’s fifth annual Neighborhood Conference.

Heritage at Vizcaya’s nomination focused on the community’s ability to offer a “life full of open-ended possibilities and exciting new adventures around every turn.” The boutique resort-style community, which includes 650 single-family homes in an active-adult environment, is part of the larger master-planned, all-ages community of Vizcaya.

Residents at Heritage at Vizcaya enjoy an abundance of amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, billiards room, aerobics studio, pool, hot tub, sports courts and more. The community’s lifestyle team also creates opportunities for residents to engage and interact through various classes, clubs, events and activities.

“As great as the amenities and events of Heritage at Vizcaya are, it’s really the people who make this community special,” said community manager Amy Atkins. “We’re thankful to share relationships with such a group of amazing individuals; this award is a testament to our efforts to work together to make Heritage at Vizcaya feel like home.”

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Wildridge, Windsong Ranch Receive McSAM Awards from Dallas Builders Association

Congratulations to Wildridge in Oak Point, Texas, and Windsong Ranch in Prosper, Texas. for bringing home awards at this year’s McSAM Awards banquet, hosted by the Dallas Builders Association. Wildridge received honors as Community of the Year (Under 600 Acres), Best Lifestyle Annual Program and Best Broadcast Media Commercial. Windsong Ranch captured the award for Best Community Entry Feature.

The McSAM Awards, created in 1979, recognize sales and marketing experience among builders, developers and associates who have made a significant and creative contribution to the community.

“We’re proud to see two communities we serve honored with these prestigious awards,” said Central Division president Andy Babbitt. “We know all of our nominees were worthy of recognition, but we’re especially proud of Wildridge for receiving both Community of the Year and Best Lifestyle Annual Program. These awards are a testament to the efforts of the effort of Lifestyle Coordinator Jeremy Mayes to build a sense of community and create experiences that connect people.”

Other communities served by CCMC nominated for awards included:

  • Lifestyle Director of the Year: Bonita Plested (Heartland) and Jeremy Mayes (Wildridge)
  • Best Lifestyle Annual Program: Windsong Ranch, Heartland and Wildridge
  • Best Sales Office or Welcome Center: Windsong Ranch
  • Best Community Amenity: Windsong Ranch
  • Master-Planned Community of the Year: Windsong Ranch and Heartland
  • People’s Choice Community of the Year: Windsong Ranch
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CCMC Community Partner Northwest Landscaping Receives Marana Branding Iron Award

Based on a nomination from the teams at Gladden Farms and Saguaro Bloom, Northwest Landscaping has been named the recipient of the Marana Branding Iron Award.

Each year, the town council of Marana in southern Arizona awards to Branding Iron Awards, one to an individual who has made a significant impact on the community and the other to a business who exemplifies community partnership. We’re proud to see Northwest receive this award for their commitment to serving communities we manage.

“We chose to nominate Northwest Landscaping based on their partnership with Gladden Farms and Saguaro Bloom and their impact on the daily lives of our residents,” said vice president Nick Ferre. “This goes far beyond landscape maintenance. This is everything from Jerry, our irrigation technician, carrying dog treats in his pocket and speaking with every resident walking a dog to Glenn, the owner of the company, who is at nearly every lifestyle event throughout the year, assisting the CCMC team and genuinely becoming part of the community.”

CCMC will be represented as Northwest receives this community award during the Marana State of the Town Address on April 19. We congratulate the Northwest team on this accomplishment and thank them for embodying what it means to be a community partner.

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Finalists Announced for Dallas Builders Association’s McSAM Awards

The Dallas Builders Association recently announced finalists for its annual McSAM Awards, which include several nominations for communities served by CCMC, including Heartand, Trinity Fall, Wildridge and Windsong Ranch. The McSAM Awards, created in 1979, recognize sales and marketing experience among builders, developers and associates who have made a significant and creative contribution to the community.

Award winners will be announced at the McSAM Awards Banquet on April 14. CCMC team members and partners named as finalists include:

  • Lifestyle Director of the Year: Bonita Plested (Heartland) and Jeremy Mayes (Wildridge)
  • Best Lifestyle Annual Program: Windsong Ranch, Heartland and Wildridge
  • Best Special Event/Promotion: Trinity Falls
  • And more.

“Recognition as finalists in such a wide and diverse range of categories alone is a great accomplishment for our Dallas-area communities,” said Central Division president Andy Babbitt. “No matter what happens April 14, I’m proud of the efforts of our teams and our partners to provide the highest-quality service and to create experiences that connect people in each community we serve.”

View a complete list of nominees here.

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Hill Country Retreat’s Clay Hadick Named Outstanding Homeowner Leader

Each year, the Community Associations Institute selects Outstanding Community Leaders from a field of more than 2 million homeowner volunteers serving on their community’s Board or committees. We’re proud to announce Clay Hadick, a Board member at Hill Country Retreat in San Antonio, as one of this year’s recipients.

Nominated by their community association peers, colleagues and community managers, award recipients exemplify service to their communities. CAI received more than 150 nominations for this year’s recognition. Clay has served on the Hill Country Retreat Board of Directors, where he serves as vice president, for more than two years and has played an integral part in ensuring the community’s continued success.

During Clay’s time on the Board, the community’s reserve fund increased from $480,000 to $1.2 million and the community received back-to-back honors as recipient and runner-up of the Community of the Year award from the San Antonio Chapter of the Community Associations Institute. In addition to serving on the Board, Clay is also active as a resident in the community, participating in a number of community clubs, including Veterans, Brew Crew, men’s softball and pickleball.

Outside of his role on the Board, Clay co-founded and served as chair of the NW 151 Annexation Group, which advocated for the residents of the Alamo Ranch Property Owners Association to vote to be annexed into the city of San Antonio or to remain as unincorporated Bexar County. This effort ultimately saved homeowners more than $1,000 annually in average city taxes.

“A collaborative spirit and shared vision are critical to developing a successful partnership between CCMC and the Boards we serve,” said Neil Bresnahan, Hill Country Retreat community manager. “Clay represents these values to the highest degree. His commitment to our community and to ensuring we maintain the best quality of life possible for our residents has helped position us for continued success now and in the future. I am grateful for his service to Hill Country Retreat and excited for him to receive much-deserved recognition on a national level.”

Click here to read more about CAI’s Outstanding Homeowner Leader awards.

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Three CCMC Communities Rank Among 55places.com’s Best Selling of 2018

55places.com, a real estate-focused website for active adult communities, recently released its list of the Top 50 Best-Selling Active Adult Communities for 2018, and we’re proud to announce three CCMC communities were featured.

Frisco Lakes in Frisco, Texas, ranked 21st, while Hill Country Retreat in San Antonio and Province in Maricopa, Arizona, placed 36th and 37th, respectively. 55places.com bases its rankings on sales through its website from March 1, 2017, through Feb. 28, 2018; the list is not indicative of total home sales.

“We’re always elated to see the communities we serve recognized as top destinations,” said CEO D. J. Cole. “Each of these three communities has excelled at creating experiences specifically for their active adult residents. With first-class amenities and a wide variety of classes, clubs, events and activities, each of the three represents our purpose of building community by bringing people together in the neighborhoods where they live and the offices where we work.”

Read more about 55places.com’s Top 50 list.

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Stillwater Ranch Named San Antonio Community of the Year

For the second year in a row, two CCMC communities received Community of the Year recognition by the San Antonio chapter of the Community Association Institute. Stillwater Ranch earned top honors, while Hill Country Retreat was named runner-up. Last year, the two communities finished in the opposite spots, with Hill Country Retreat edging out the victory.

“Having two of our communities recognized as the top in the San Antonio area two years in a row is a remarkable feat and a testament to the work of the team members to create experiences that connect people,” said vice president Andy Babbitt. “The fact the two communities switched places in the voting this year also creates a friendly competition among our team to see who will find themselves on top next year.” 

Under the leadership of community manager Brenda Tate, Stillwater Ranch has earned a reputation as a top community in San Antonio. The community offers an array of amenities suited to residents and families of all ages, as well as a vibrant lifestyle program.

Hill Country Retreat offers luxury lifestyle for an active-adult audience. Community manager Neil Bresnahan and his team provide an abundance of opportunities to residents in the community, with more than 100 clubs meeting regularly.

In addition to Stillwater Ranch and Hill Country Retreat, two other CCMC communities – Valley Ranch San Antonio and Alamo Ranch – were also finalists for Community of the Year.

Click here to congratulate Stillwater Ranch on being named Community of the Year.

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Keys to Keeping Aging Communities Feeling Vibrant, Fresh

The allure of new construction and modern amenities help propel home sales in developing communities. But what happens a decade or two down the road when the community enters a more mature chapter of its lifecycle? What steps can you take to ensure your community remains relevant and desirable?

To answer these questions, we recently invited community managers and Board Presidents to share their experience and ideas on the matter. Their tips and insights are summarized below.

  • Evaluate key amenities – including community centers and landscaping – on an ongoing basis, and invest money as necessary to ensure their aesthetic and functional integrity is maintained.
  • Consider updating or modernizing association policies on issues such as house paint colors and other design modifications. As time passes and trends change, be sure you’re accommodating the needs and desires of your homeowners.
  • Continue fostering a true sense of community in the neighborhood. Word-of-mouth is a major marketing tool, and your residents can be your best salespeople. By ensuring they remain active and engaged in events, programming and community operations, you ensure you have a knowledgeable and happy base for sharing positivity.
  • Use your residents as a resource. Involve them in community operations through committees, town hall meetings or community surveys designed to gather input and better understand their interests and ideas.
  • Bring in an outside perspective. Partner with local entities that have a vested interest in the community – schools, public services, local businesses, etc. – and use these resources to gauge perceptions of your community outside the neighborhood.
  • Be open to change. As demographics of the community adjust, you need to adapt and be prepared to address their requests, whether that’s a change in meeting times or the addition of a new amenity, such as a pickleball court.
  • Prepare a communications strategy. When deciding on improvements, ensure your community communications are sharing the positive news and benefits with residents. This process continues as the project begins and, especially, when it’s completed. Ensure residents are fully informed at each stage of the process.
  • Focus on the intangibles. Often, a community can compete on elements beyond amenities, such as proximity to schools and shopping and level of assessments. Find ways to play to these strengths, such as partnering with parent-teacher organizations for events and programs and demonstrating the value of the homeowners’ assessments.

Through partnerships with CCMC, communities benefit from the open sharing of information, best practices and resources, empowering Boards and management team of each community to succeed. With age comes experience, and with more than 40 years serving community associations across the country, CCMC is well-equipped and prepared to help communities throughout the complete community lifecycle.

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CCMC Communities Featured on RCLCO’s Top 50 List

RCLCO Real Estate Advisors recently released its list of the 2017 Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities, and seven CCMC-managed communities were included.

This news follows a similar list released from John Burns Real Estate Company. John Burns’ list featured six of the communities CCMC serves.

“The RCLCO list affirms that we are privileged to serve some of the country’s most successful communities,” said CEO D. J. Cole. “Appearing on both of these lists is truly an honor and source of pride for these communities, their residents and CCMC.”

RCLCO’s list included:

  • Inspirada | Las Vegas, NV (No. 8)
  • Daybreak | South Jordan, UT (No. 19)
  • Vistancia | Peoria, AZ (No. 20)
  • Cadence | Las Vegas, NV (No. 22)
  • Leyden Rock | Arvada, CO (No. 23)
  • Estrella | Goodyear, AZ | (No. 30)
  • Mountain’s Edge | Las Vegas, NV (No. 40)

“Congratulations to all our top-selling communities and thank you to our teams in these – and all our other – communities, who continue to work tirelessly creating experiences that connect people and ensuring their neighborhoods feel like home for current and potential homeowners,” D. J. added.

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Six CCMC Communities Among Top-Selling of 2017

CCMC communities are well represented on John Burns Real Estate Consulting’s list of the Top 50 Master-Planned Communities of 2017. The annual list is based on number of volume of new home sales.

This year’s list saw strong gains in the Phoenix and Las Vegas areas, both of which are among CCMC’s key markets. Developers and builders in these regions have reported improved demand across the full spectrum of buyer types, according to John Burns.

CCMC communities appearing on the 2017 list include:

  • Inspirada | Las Vegas, NV (No. 8)
  • Daybreak | South Jordan, UT (No. 20)
  • Vistancia | Peoria, AZ (No. 21)
  • Cadence | Las Vegas, NV (No. 23)
  • Estrella | Goodyear, AZ | (No. 30)
  • Mountain’s Edge | Las Vegas, NV (No. 41)

“Having the privilege to serve six of the fastest-growing master-planned communities in the country is an honor for CCMC and our local teams,” said CEO D. J. Cole. “I believe it’s also a testament to our ability to build community and create experience that connect people. When considering purchasing a home, buyers are looking at more than location; they’re seeking neighborhood connections, quality amenities, service and pride of ownership. They want to ensure their new community feels like home.”

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