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MEMO: Pulte Homes communities in the Central Florida area are:
Hernando County:
Trillium, Brooksville

Hillsborough County:
Ventura Bay, Riverview; Starling at FishHawk Ranch, Lithia; Southshore Falls by Del Webb, Apollo Beach; Magnolia Park, Riverview; Stonebrier Waterbridge, Lutz

Lake County:
Verde Ridge, Clermont; Sullivan Ranch, Mount Dora

Manatee County:
Harrison Ranch, Parrish

Orange County:
Meadow Ridge, Ocoee; VillageWalk at Lake Nona; Berkshire Park, Windermere; Emerson Park, Apopka

Osceola County:
BellaTrae by Del Webb, ChampionsGate

Polk County:
Del Webb Orlando, Davenport

Seminole County:
Legacy Park, Casselberry; Sterling Meadows, Sanford; Sutton Place, Altamonte Springs

Green Building Technology, Efficient Space Design and In-Home Entertainment Potential are the Way to a Home Buyer's Heart, says Pulte Homes Sales Executive

ORLANDO - Green building technology that lowers energy costs, efficient space design and features that make a home more functional like kitchens, great rooms and dens are at the top of the "want lists" of most new home buyers today.

That's the report from Sean Strickler, vice president of sales and marketing for Pulte Homes in Central Florida.

"More and more buyers are shopping for smaller, smarter and more energy efficient homes today," Strickler said. "Buyers are looking for proper allocation of the square footage. Kitchens, dens and great rooms are really important and formal living and dining rooms rank low on the list of priorities. There is a stark comparison to the efficiencies a new home affords when compared to a used home built a few years ago," Strickler said.

Strickler said those values mean that home buyers plan to get more living out of their new homes.

"New home buyers today are looking at their new home as an estate, where they plan to eat in more often, entertain themselves and their friends," Strickler said. "They want durable, liveable homes. They want to get every ounce of value out of it both from an every day use perspective and the monthly costs associated with the energy efficiency of the home," he said.

That's a smart lifestyle strategy, Strickler said. "It's better for the environment, it's better for families and it's better for our home buyers," Strickler said.

More than five years ago, Pulte Homes' engineers began redesigning new homes to dramatically improve their energy efficiency, Strickler explained.

"There's no silver bullet when it comes to energy efficiency," Srickler said. "It's a combination of several elements, from right-sizing, higher efficiency air conditioning systems to reduce energy consumption to low-emissive windows that screen out most UV rays to Dow's Weathermate® House Wrap, which creates an airtight barrier against moisture.

About Pulte Homes:
Award-winning Pulte Homes crafts smart, life-enhancing environments that enrich the everyday lives of its home owners. By combining sophisticated timeless styling, an unwavering commitment to quality and attention to detail, Pulte Homes is the nation's premier home brand for move-up buyers in 26 states and the District of Columbia. As the most awarded homebuilder in customer satisfaction, Pulte Homes has ranked tops in the annual JD Power and Associates® New-Home Builder Customer Satisfaction Studysm more than 75 times since 2000. For more information about Pulte Homes, visit www.pulte.com.

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For more information contact:
Lyndsey Clarke, Marketing Manager, PulteHomes, 407-661-2150 ext 1416 2301 Lucien Way, Suite 400, Maitland, FL 32751
Sean C. Strickler, Vice President Sales & Marketing, PulteHomes, 407-661-1461 sean.strickler@pulte.com
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications 407-644-4142 lvershelco@aol.com