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425 Magazine’s Northwest Idea House 2017

Categories: JayMarc Homes Events, JayMarc in the News | Posted: February 14, 2017

425 Northwest Idea House 2017

JayMarc Homes is excited to announce our partnership with 425 Magazine for the 2017 Northwest Idea House! Our team is excited to share the innovative and creative elements we selected for the Idea House home. During the next few months, we will be sharing sneak peeks of the design and building process and will be sharing stories of the wonderful vendors involved in the project.

 

House framing of the 2017 NW Idea House

The Stockholm home design during framing.

 

425 Northwest Idea House

The Stockholm

9803 SE Shoreland Drive Bellevue, WA 98004

Projected Completion: June 2017

 

View from the upper story of the 2017 NW Idea House

Beautiful view of Downtown Bellevue and Whalers Cove.

 

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Join us on our Idea House journey! Follow JayMarc Homes on Facebook for updates.

JayMarc Awarded Best of Houzz 2017

Categories: JayMarc in the News | Posted: January 17, 2017

JayMarc Homes received Best of Houzz 2017 for Customer Service

JayMarc Homes is excited to announce that we were awarded Best of Houzz 2017 for Customer Service. We are humbled and honored to have received this award two years in a row.

The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Below are a few of the reviews from JayMarc family members that helped us achieve this honor.

JayMarc Reviews from homeowners

Our team would love for you to become a part of the JayMarc family and help you in your journey to building or discovering your dream home. Visit our website more information.

 

About Houzz

Houzz is a leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts, and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world.

 

JayMarc Homes is #57 Fastest-Growing Private Company

Categories: JayMarc in the News | Posted: October 25, 2016

Puget Sound Business Journal 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies 2016

 

JayMarc Homes was proud to be on Puget Sound Business Journal’s 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list for the third year in a row! This year we came in at #57. Congratulations to all of the companies who made the list this year. It is a great accomplishment!

 

The JayMarc Homes team at Century Link Field 12th Man flag pole

The JayMarc team up at the 12th Man flag pole at Century Link Field.

Your position on the 100 list is based on revenue growth from three previous years (2013, 2014, 2015). Our first year we ranked at #11 and last year we ranked at #27.

JayMarc Homes Ranked #57 in Puget Sound Business Journal's 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies 2016

JayMarc Homes Ranked #57 in Puget Sound Business Journal’s 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies 2016.

Special guest Jim Zorn from the Seattle Seahawks spoke about being successful and the importance of having a great team. It was a joy to hear him speak! We are looking forward to next year and hopefully will make it year four!

To view the entire list, click here.

JayMarc Ranks #17 on PSBJ List of Home Builders

Categories: JayMarc in the News | Posted: October 17, 2016

 

This List ranks Puget Sound area home builders by the number of single-family houses built in 2015. Congratulations to all home builders who made the list! To view the entire list, click here.

 

JayMarc Homes ranked #17 in Puget Sound Business Journal's List of Home Builders 2015

 

PSBJ Largest Private Companies, JayMarc Achieves Position 100

Categories: JayMarc in the News | Posted: June 29, 2016

Puget Sound Business Journal Largest Private Companies 2015
 

Puget Sound Business Journal recently released their Top 100 Largest Private Companies list and JayMarc Homes achieved position 100! The rankings were based on companies headquartered in Washington and ranked by 2015 total revenue. This is a great accomplishment and we are honored to be on a list with such exceptional companies. View the full list here.

 

JayMarc Homes 100 Largest Private Company in Washington State based off of 2015 total revenue
 

 

Advantages of Buying New and Custom-Built Homes

Categories: JayMarc Homes in the Community, JayMarc in the News | Posted: June 16, 2016

Trulia Guest Blog

Advantages of Buying New and Custom-Built Homes

by Sam Brannan, Trulia

 

If you’re looking for the perfect home, you can always test your luck with the Bellevue real estate market, or consider the JayMarc custom home alternative. Choosing a new and custom home builder allows your dream home to come to you with some major advantages over buying older and existing homes. The majority of homes currently on the market are previously-owned which often come with time-consuming challenges such as repair, maintenance, and remodeling. Given these considerations, a new home may provide a more fulfilling home buying experience. Newly-constructed homes offer personalization and low-maintenance can make a significant difference in free time, energy bills and overall quality of life.

Customization

JayMarc Homes Mercer Island Custom Home

JayMarc Homes Mercer Island Custom Build

Sometimes new can mean recently made homes that have already seen a previous owner, but newly built homes made for the first time can be customized to fit your family. Buying a new home is a big investment — just like buying a car, you wouldn’t want to buy a two-seater for a family of four, so consider working with JayMarc to build a custom home personalized to fit your family. Many new home builders offer personalization of structural and design features. Personalized structural options frequently include cabinets, countertops, appliances and more for new homes.

Energy efficient

Buying homes with energy efficient features can be good for your wallet. New homes are built with improved insulation techniques, and tight construction which retains heat and cool air. With constantly evolving construction techniques, newly-built homes offer the latest and greatest heating and cooling systems, so you won’t need to worry about running your air conditioning for hours to stay cool. Newly-constructed homes also come with eco-friendly appliances, and water-conserving plumbing fixtures which will save you on monthly utility bills.

Less maintenance

How many times have you wanted to spend your free time playing your with kids but had to fix the broken sink? Older homes can have hidden costs in repairs and updates that are sometimes missed in the inspection. A new home, like buying a new car, comes with a peace of mind without the stress of constant maintenance — plus, you can finally get around to going for a family hike, or a day at the beach.

 

JayMarc Homes Mercer Island Custom Home

JayMarc Homes Custom Build Kitchen

Financial advantage

New homes more often than not provide a warranty. These warranties can replace certain elements of a home like windows, heating and air conditioning systems, and ventilation if necessary. Another benefit along with a warranty includes the option to finance your personalized upgrades and a mortgage amount in the original purchase price. With older or existing homes, you’re on your own in obtaining a mortgage, and renovations will come out of your pocket.

 

Beneficial for your family

The Seattle real estate market is becoming more and more competitive. Making offers, and looking at several homes is never an easy process, and can bring unwanted stress into your life. Working with JayMarc will let you see the home-building process from start to finish, and saves the stress of house-hunting. Once your home is ready, the move in will be easy, without any immediate repairs or renovations. The more time you have with your family and your significant other, the happier you will be.

 

Are you looking to build on your lot in Bellevue, Mercer Island, Seattle, or Kirkland? JayMarc’s custom homes program would be a perfect fit to help make your dream home become a reality. Call 425.615.6203 or email brenda@jaymarchomes.com.

Living Well in Seattle

Categories: Building a JayMarc Home, JayMarc in the News | Posted: April 19, 2016

Living Well in Seattle JayMarc Homes as seen in Architectural Digest and Vanity Fair
 

JayMarc Homes was recently featured in the April 2016 issues of Architectural Digest and Vanity Fair. Building a custom home should be an exciting and memorable time, not worrisome and stressful. JayMarc provides a program that easily guides you through the process so you can feel confident in your selections, timeline and the team building your home.

Living Well in Seattle JayMarc Homes Architectural Digest & Vanity Fair

Jay Mezistrano and Marc Rousso share a passion for building, exemplified in their award-winning, luxurious, well-designed homes. But it’s their passion for building relationships that differentiates this builder from the rest.

JayMarc Homes is the result of, first, a friendship. Mezistrano and Rousso met in college only to discover 20 years earlier they had been crib-mates during their grandmothers’ weekly card games. The duo’s business partnership transitioned from a DJ service, to renovating and selling homes, to land development and finally, to JayMarc Homes.

Although only five years old, JayMarc Homes is the result of Mezistrano and Rousso’s 25-year business partnership. Already they have attracted 30 of the industry’s best and brightest employees, resulting in more than 250 years of joint experience.

In addition to building a great team, JayMarc Homes has built enviable, lifelong client relationships. “Once they come into our fold, we treat everybody like family,” Rousso says. The JayMarc team takes clients under their wings, turning what is often an experience fraught with stress into something that’s easy, exciting and fun.

Building a custom home with JayMarc is truly a customer-centric experience. Staff specialists — who regularly go the extra mile — delight in wowing and surprising, and truly care about their customers. They see their clients through the entire process of building their home.

With four bedrooms, at least three baths, bonus rooms on the top floor, large mudrooms and kitchens with huge islands that open into great rooms, JayMarc homes are luxurious while still being very livable.

Mezistrano and Rousso, who live in JayMarc homes, take pride in being a local company that employs Seattle’s best. The result? Beautiful, well-designed and well-built homes.

 

Architectural Digest April 2016Vanity Fair April 2016

 

If you are interested in building a custom home with JayMarc, please Contact Brenda at 425.615.6203 or brenda@jaymarchomes.com! You can also use the Contact Us form to text with Brenda about your future home plans!

All-cash Buyers Dominate Region’s Luxury Home Market

Categories: JayMarc Homes in the Community, JayMarc in the News | Posted: March 3, 2016

 

All-cash buyers dominate region’s luxury home market

Puget Sound Business Journal | Marc Stiles

Nearly two-thirds of the people who bought high-end homes last year in the Seattle area paid cash. Thirty-nine percent of the buyers were from overseas, primarily China. And most buyers were business owners, though nearly a tenth of them were entertainers and athletes.

These are the estimates of Windermere Real Estate, which based the numbers on its involvement in 25 of the region’s 34 homes sales worth $5 million or more. In 2014, there were 31 such sales.

 

Meydenbauer Area Residential

The highest priced home currently on the market | MLS# 596799

Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at Zillow (NasdaqL Z, ZG), thinks the national luxury home market will cool down this year, with growth in values slowing. But Windermere President OB Jacobi thinks demand in the region will remain high.

“With so many companies hiring, and no one wanting to leave, we expect the trends of 2015 to carry on through 2016,” Jacobi said in a press release that Windermere put out Thursday.

The influx of international buyers boosted the region’s luxury market, but local buyers moved faster. Seven of the 34 houses sold in 10 days or less, and six of these buyers were local.

Bellevue, WA
 

All but five of the 34 sales were on the Eastside, with Mercer Island and Bellevue leading the way with seven luxury sales each. Clyde Hill had five, Medina had four, and Yarrow Point and Hunts Point had three each. Seattle had four, and San Juan Island had one.

In 2015, the biggest sale was a $13.8 million waterfront estate on Mercer Island. It was on the market for just over two years, according to a report by the Realogics Sotheby’s brokerage.

Currently, the highest priced home on the market is a $32.8 million Bellevue mansion on Meydenbauer Bay.

 

Do you agree with Aaron Terrazas or OB Jacobi regarding the pace of the 2016 luxury home market? Post your thoughts below!

JayMarc Receives Best of Houzz 2016 Customer Service Award

Categories: JayMarc Homes in the Community, JayMarc in the News | Posted: January 12, 2016

 

JayMarc Homes of Mercer Island, WA

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

 

badge_22_8  Mercer Island, WA | January 12, 2016 – JayMarc of Mercer Island, WA has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The premier luxury home builder of the Greater Seattle Area was chosen by more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Your JayMarc Home experience means we anticipate your every need during your homebuilding journey. We have designed, redefined and dedicated ourselves to giving you the best possible home buying experience!”

JayMarc Homes Customer Care Team

JayMarc Homes Customer Care Team

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize JayMarc Homes, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow JayMarc Homes on Houzz: http://www.houzz.com/pro/marcrousso/jaymarc-homes

Learn more about the JayMarc Customer Care program: http://www.jaymarchomes.com/customer-care-program

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

JayMarc Homes is Mercer Island Business of the Year

Categories: JayMarc in the News | Posted: December 9, 2015

Everyone from the JayMarc team is excited to announce that JayMarc Homes won the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award! We are humbled to have received the award and truly love the community we work and build in.

The full Mercer Island Reporter article is below or click here.

 

JayMarc is Mercer Island Business of the Year

The JayMarc Homes team at their local Mercer Island office.

 

Island builder and developer JayMarc Homes won the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award after a 2015 filled with philanthropy and controversy.

Founded by Islanders Jay Mezistrano and Marc Rousso, who have been business partners for 25 years, JayMarc builds between 30 and 45 homes a year in the $1.8 million to $3 million range in Mercer Island and West Bellevue. The company specializes in move-in ready, pre-sale and custom homes.

About 40 percent of its business is currently on Mercer Island, and the luxury homes it has built have been featured in many local media sources including the Reporter and the Seattle Times, noting the trend of demolishing older homes and rebuilding one or multiple modern homes in their place.

This trend has recently become a City Council agenda topic. Deputy Mayor Dan Grausz propossed a residential moratorium to start a community conversation about limiting the size and number of homes in Island neighborhoods to preserve their character.

Development activity is needed to fund city services. JayMarc Homes contributes to the city financially by paying a significant amount in permitting fees for new homes, contributing to emergency services, schools and more.

“By building beautiful homes on Mercer Island, JayMarc Homes also contributes to the increase of property values and improving neighborhoods by bringing in successful young families that will grow alongside this vibrant and welcoming community,” according to the company.

JayMarc won the Chamber award in part because of its charitable efforts. One of the core company values is “Be Humble and Give Back.”

JayMarc supports the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department by sponsoring Mostly Music in the Park and Adventure Playground, which Rousso said is his favorite.

The company also supports the Mercer Island Preschool Association, Farmers Market, Food Pantry, Youth and Family Services, Little League and Youth Theater Northwest. Other sponsorships include Cycle the Wave, Summer Search, the Boys and Girls Club, Toys for Tots, Obliteride, and numerous Mercer Island and Bellevue schools.

This year, JayMarc gave back to the community in a very unique way, by preserving the oldest grand house on the Island. The ‘Symphony House,’ located on West Mercer Way and built in 1910, needed a little TLC, but is now ready to be occupied by a family.

Rousso said it was nice to be recognized for the company’s philanthropic work, but that winning awards isn’t why the company undertakes those efforts.

“That’s who we are and those are our values,” he said.

Still, he said the award means a little something extra as a resident of the Island community, and as “a builder and developer at a time when people don’t like building and development.” He said he is “proud and grateful” for the award.

by Katie Metzger Mercer Island Reporter Staff Writer