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Now Hiring Custom Homes Project Manager

Categories: JayMarc Custom Homes, JayMarc in the News | Posted: July 11, 2017

We are a fast-growing luxury homebuilder on the Eastside looking for a hard-working Custom Project Manager to add to our team of custom home professionals. At JayMarc we are team oriented and believe in smart work, high integrity and having fun. We are looking for individuals who are positive, hardworking, self-motivated, enthusiastic, detail oriented, organized, efficient, punctual, results driven and loyal.

Our Project Managers handle all aspects of the custom home building process from point of sale through to completion. A high degree of emotional intelligence is required as you will be responsible for guiding our very discerning custom clients through the custom design-build process. The person occupying this position is uniquely qualified in bringing the customer’s vision into reality while achieving the company’s business objectives. Our goal is to provide a homebuilding experience so that our homeowners can truly realize the “Love Where You Live” motto, and equally important is for JayMarc to provide an environment where employees truly “Love Where They Work!”

Areas of responsibility:

  • Project Management
  • 3rd Party Mgmt. (I.e. Architects, designers, engineers etc…)
  • Entitlements
  • Customer Relations
  • Budget / Cost responsibility
  • Materials Management
  • Quality Management
  • Safety Standards

 

Required Skills/Knowledge

  • High degree of experience in developing/building luxury multi-million dollar residential homes
  • Local, applicable development & building codes
  • Site development – (I.e Highest & best use of home and lot)
  • Technical knowledge – (Design / Construction / Land / Utilities)
  • Working understanding of entitlements in the requisite jurisdictions
  • Knowledge of all scopes of work, contracts, blueprints, and insurance requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management preferred, or 5-10 years’ construction field experience in high-end custom home management.

 

This is a full-time position with great benefits (health, dental, vision, 401k, etc.) and salary DOE. The Custom Home Project Manager reports to the VP of Operations.

Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Amy Coate at amy@jaymarchomes.com.

Now Hiring Interior Design Coordinator

Categories: JayMarc Custom Homes, Meet The JayMarc Team | Posted: July 5, 2017

We Are Hiring!

 

Our team is looking for a full-time Interior Design Coordinator to help in our Custom Home Department. We have an incredible team, and a family oriented work environment that values integrity, hard work and creativity. We encourage personal and professional growth and encourage our team to think big. Our company is committed to providing an exceptional customer experience throughout the entire building process.

If you are hardworking, enthusiastic, team-oriented and self-motivated, loyal, positive, fun, organized, efficient, attentive to detail, a quick learner, punctual results driven, humble and overall a good person, we have a place for you. As you can see, we have high expectations of the company we keep.

Acropolis floor plan main living

We are looking for someone with:

  • At least 5 years experience in Interior Design
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience handling multiple clients (at least 4 at once) through entire design process
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator and InDesign as well as SketchUp
  • Experience with new construction or custom homes is a plus
  • Does well in a fast paced environment with varied personality types
  • Great customer service and interaction skills/experience
  • Willingness to pitch in and do what needs to be done, no matter skill level required
  • Strong understanding of construction and construction timing
  • Versatile design aesthetic. Must be able to appreciate many types of design.

If you are interested in joining us on our adventure of continued growth and success, please respond a resume and cover letter sharing your interest, experience and salary history to Amy at amy@jaymarchomes.com.

Adventure Playground 2017

Categories: JayMarc Homes Communities | Posted: June 27, 2017

Adventure Playground Mercer Island 2017

The highly anticipated Mercer Island Summer event is back! Families from Seattle & the Eastside join forces at Deane’s Children’s Park to create one-of-a-kind tree forts to enjoy all summer long. Kids get to dive into the construction world with their own set of tools and safety equipment. From ladders and decks to rope swings and slides, the amount of creativity and imagination is endless.

Adventure Playground Schedule

Days: Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday
Dates: June 27 to September 27*
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm
Location: Deane’s Children’s Park (5500 Island Crest Way)
Fee: By Donation
Closed: July 2, 4 & 9 and September 3
* The park is only open Sundays in September

This year, we are excited to have YouthBuild participating in Adventure Playground! YouthBuild is a program put on by YouthCare, an organization who builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. YouthBuild is an employment training program that teaches youth newly acquired construction skills and building techniques. They often work on low-income housing at one of Habitat for Humanity’s local projects. YouthBuild has trained over 100,000 young people and built over 20,000 units of affordable housing.

YouthBuild will have participants helping out at the park throughout the Summer, so look out for their shirts! Their team will be a great guide to help the kids learn more about construction and assist in building their dream forts.

July 16-23 and August 13-20, all donations will go toward YouthBuild. 

 

Closed toed, hard soled shoes are required. No one will be allowed into Adventure Playground wearing open-toed shoes such as sandals or crocs. A tool box and supplies will be provided, but we encourage participants to bring tools and supplies.

Child Participation Waiver – it will cover your child for the whole Summer
Adventure Playground Rules

 

We want to see your tree fort creations! Share on Instagram by using the hashtag below. Happy Building!
Instagram: #AdvPlaygroundMI

 

Thanks to Mercer Island Parks and Recreation for creating and running this program! We are excited to have YouthBuild on board this year too.

JayMarc Makes PSBJ’s Largest Private Company List

Categories: JayMarc in the News | Posted: June 1, 2017

JayMarc is thrilled to have made Puget Sound Business Journal’s 100 Larget Private Companies list as number 93! Last year we made the list as number 100 so we are excited to be in this higher position. Thank you to all of our vendors, subcontractors, bankers, investors, realtors, and homeowners for supporting our team!

To view the full list, click here. Congratulations to all of the companies who made the list!

*the list is based on revenue from 2016

PSBJ Largest Private Companies JayMarc Homes 93

 

2017 Gold Nugget Award of Merit Winner

Categories: JayMarc in the News | Posted: May 24, 2017

GNA Merit Icon

Judges for the 2017 Gold Nugget Awards have named JayMarc Homes as an Award of Merit winner in its annual competition, which honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. JayMarc Homes earned its Merit honors for The Oslo and Copenhagen home designs, which were honored for Best Single Family Detached Home – 3,500 to 3,999 sq. ft. and 4,000 to 5,000 sq. ft.

Chosen from the elite pool of Merit Award winners, Grand Awards will be announced on June 29 as a feature highlight of PCBC, the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate development field.

“Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest and most innovative architects, planners and builder/developers,” said Judging Chairman and Gold Nugget ceremonies administrator Lisa Parrish. “We applaud them all, and we look forward to our June 29 celebration of Merit and Grand Award winners.”

Now in its 54th year, GNA is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. Winners this year were chosen from over 600 entries from around the world.

Gold Nugget Awards – recognizing those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning, and development.

To view the full list of Award of Merit winners, click here. Congratulations to all who were nominated!

 

The Oslo home design front exterior by JayMarc Homes

The Oslo Home Design – Award of Merit Winner

The Copenhagen Exterior by JayMarc Homes

The Copenhagen Home Design – Award of Merit Winner

 

We Are Hiring! – Purchasing Coordinator

Categories: Meet The JayMarc Team | Posted: May 5, 2017

Purchasing Coordinator

The Purchasing Coordinator reports to the Purchasing Manager and will work very closely with our accounting and design departments to accurately process invoices, collect bids & product information and engage with vendors on pricing.

As the Purchasing Coordinator, you love getting into the details with our trade partners and our internal operating systems. Your work environment would consist of:

  • contacting vendors
  • purchase order issuance & analysis
  • insurance/risk management
  • vendor/supplier negotiations
  • cost comparison & analysis
  • option management

We are looking for an individual who has a passion for luxury residential construction. Residential purchasing experience is preferred. This is a full-time position with great growth potential.

If you are interested in joining us on our adventure, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, salary history, and any expectations to Amy Coate at amy@jaymarchomes.com.

Bellevue & Mercer Island Easter Events 2017

Categories: JayMarc Homes Events, JayMarc Homes in the Community | Posted: April 10, 2017

Easter Events 2017

The Easter Bunny is hopping over to your neighborhood this coming Sunday, April 16th! Celebrate with your kids by stopping by a local Easter event in Bellevue or Mercer Island. There are fun events for all ages!

 

Bellevue

March 31st to April 15th – Bellevue Square Mall

Easter Bunny PhotosMonday – Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Come get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

April 15th – Bellevue Community Center

Lunch with the Easter Bunny: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $3 admission for each child includes a small lunch and activities.

 

Mercer Island

April 15th – Mercerdale Park

Lil’ Ones Egg Hunt: Ages 1-3 years at 4 p.m. Ages 4-6 years at 5 p.m. Don’t forget a basket!

Flashlight Egg Hunt: Ages 7-12 at 8:30 p.m. – Don’t forget a flashlight and basket!

The events are free, but a $5 donation would be appreciated!

 

Have a wonderful Easter!

How Nordstrom ‘Delivers the Extraordinary’

Categories: Girl Wonder's Last Word | Posted: March 23, 2017

In a world plagued with “Alternative Facts,” sometimes it’s hard to know what is true and what is fiction. It would be wonderful if we didn’t have to take everything we read with a grain of salt, but a healthy dose of cynicism can be helpful when trying to weed out true stories versus anecdotes made up for PR or branding purposes. Image result for snow tires

One of my favorite customer service stories that may or may not be true, is the old tale of a man who was successful in his attempt to return used snow tires to a Nordstrom retail store in Anchorage, Alaska. There are versions of the story that  have been verified by numerous sources, but the gist of it is that a man came into a Nordstrom store, placed some tires on a counter, and asked the customer service representative to give him cash back for his return. Without hesitation, the Nordstrom representative looked at the price tag on the tire and gave him cash back for an item that was clearly not from the high-end department store. There are many conflicting accounts of this tale, noted in this article on Snopes, though the main fiber of the story seems to hold true.

Image result for happy customer nordstromWhy did the cashier give this man money for something that could not have possibly come from the store? Perhaps that employee, using foresight, thought it would be best to make the short-term investment in order to secure this man’s future patronage of their store. In fact, when Nordstrom hires a new employee, the individual is given a handbook. Rather than going on for pages of rules and best practices, the handbook simply and concisely instructs the employee to “Use good judgment in all situations.”

The Ritz Carlton, one of the world’s most premier luxury hotel chains, empowers every one of their employees to spend what they need in order to please their guests. If something goes wrong with the guest’s stay, or the employee overhears how the guest forgot something at home, any employee (from the doorman to the housekeeper to the concierges) can make purchases in order to turn that guest’s experience around.

What this achieves for the Ritz Carlton (and Nordstrom, and any other customer-centric business) is that every employee feels empowered to solve any issue, and they don’t have to jump through hoops to have requests approved by management.  Effectively, this empowerment allows issues to be resolved much more quickly. Consumers and clients see and appreciate this, increasing the likelihood that they will continue to shop at Nordstrom, or stay at the Ritz. At JayMarc Homes, one of our core values is to always “Deliver the Extraordinary,” so that we can follow in the footsteps of great companies like Nordstrom and one day have a reputation for being the most customer-centric home builder around.

So, whether the story about the man returning snow tires at Nordstrom is true or another Urban Myth, the principle holds true: Nordstrom, The Ritz, and many other great companies are wholly dedicated to pleasing their customers, regardless of the circumstance. And that dedication is what keeps customers coming back for years to come.

Interest Rates on the Rise – What Does This Mean For You?

Categories: Girl Wonder's Last Word | Posted: March 16, 2017

If you have never heard of The Skimm, let me enlighten you. It’s a daily email sent to your inbox that compiles important world news stories and parses them down into bite sized chunks. I love The Skimm, and was happy to see a snippet today about something that is relevant to the Real Estate industry.

Yesterday, The Fed increased interest rates again. Since the financial crisis in 2008, the economy has been slowly but surely rebuilding itself, and the announcement yesterday shows that our economy is continuing along a predictable path. Though some may see rising interest rates as a sign that it will become more difficult to make big investments, what it really means is our economy is thriving and the market is responding positively to those changes.

Now, don’t panic. Even with the recent quarter-point increase, interest rates are still historically very low.  This means it’s still a great time to borrow money from the government for smart purchases, (like a JayMarc Home!)

Image result for home buildingInvesting in real estate and home ownership is a wise decision because it’s what is called an appreciating asset. Over time, your home and the land it is built on will increase in value, meaning when you are ready to sell, you will get more money for it than you originally paid. Cars, for example are depreciating assets, because as you drive them and put miles on them, they lose a lot of their value.

Some expected The Fed to respond to market changes with a more aggressive rate increase, so the fact that they are increasing rates slowly and steadily shows that market economics are reacting in a predictable manner, which is good for everyone.

JayMarc opts to build homes in neighborhoods that we know will appreciate over the years. We build in districts with the best schools, great walkability, and lowest crime rates so we know our homeowners will want to live there for years. Now is a great time to buy because The Fed is planning on raising interest rates two more times in 2017.

If you are interested in learning about how you can take advantage of this great time to invest in real estate, JayMarc is hosting a Custom Home Seminar on Saturday March 25th where we will talk about finding land, the process of building a home, and custom construction loans. Please RSVP to Adrienne@jaymarchomes.com. We hope to see you there!

Why Did the Shoe Retailer Order a Pizza?

Categories: Girl Wonder's Last Word | Posted: March 9, 2017

Zappos is an online retailer known across the world for their exceptional customer service. Since the company was founded in 1999, stories have come out detailing the great lengths they have gone to secure their reputation as the most customer-centric online retailer in the nation.  Zappos was acquired by Amazon in 2009 and the marriage of these two consumer obsessed companies created a conglomerate that cannot be stopped. Both companies have seen tremendous growth since the merger.

Tony Hsieh stands in the quirky, jungle-themed section of the Zappos Headquarters

Tony Hseih, the CEO of Zappos wrote a book about the creation and growth of Zappos, called Delivering Happiness. Throughout the book you can feel how proud Tony is of the company culture
he was able to create, and how excited he was to share the amazing stories of his employees and coworkers.

One great story is one of his personal experiences with Zappos’ customer service. Tony took some clients out on the town, and late into the night when the bars were closed, one of his clients mentioned he was craving some pizza. The hotel was not able to provide them what they wanted, so Tony had the idea of calling Zappos to ask for one. Tony was so confident in his team that he believed whoever answered the customer service phone line at 2 AM would help them.

Of course, when his client called and spoke to an individual, the Zappos employee was able to find a pizza restaurant that was still open, and called and placed the order for them.

 

Zappos is not a pizza restaurant. Heck, they aren’t even a food vendor! Many people working in customer service would hear a silly request for pizza delivery and politely tell them they can’t help. But at the heart of the Zappos culture is problem solving. They see people as people, not as numbers and data on a screen.

JayMarc Homes went to a conference in Las Vegas two years ago and we had the opportunity to tour the Zappos headquarters. From the moment you walk in, you can get a sense of the wacky, open and fun-loving culture that the company has fostered. Employees are encouraged to be themselves, and they go above and beyond to provide a service to all Zappos customers that they themselves would want to experience.

There’s a ball pit in the Zappos Headquarters. Feel free to jump in, but watch out for gators!

JayMarc has modeled our core company values after those outlined in Delivering Happiness, one of which is “Deliver the Extraordinary.” We see the importance in setting and meeting expectations, but that’s not enough. We also want to surprise and delight those that we work with by going above and beyond expectations. Doing just enough to get by isn’t enough for Zappos, and it certainly isn’t enough for us either!