Veteran Austin Homebuilder Launches New Company and Six New Communities in 2008, Despite Market Slowdown

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During one of the toughest real estate markets in memory, veteran Austin homebuilder Tom Buffington launches a successful new company, Buffington Signature Homes, along with six of the Austin area's top communities in 2008.

Buffington Signature Homes helped launch 6 of Austin's hottest communities in 2008.

The market has affected everyone, but it has not had the same impact on us as it has for the national production builders

Veteran Austin homebuilder, Tom Buffington completed 2008 with several real estate success stories. Facing one of the toughest markets in recent memory, Buffington successfully launched a new company, Buffington Signature Homes, as well as six new communities, with quality homes in Round Rock, Cedar Park and South Austin.

Countering the trend of national conglomerates and volume builders, Buffington Signature Homes is owned and operated in Austin, Texas. Through exacting construction standards and a collection of truly original, distinctive home designs, Buffington has created a unique space within the competitive market for new homes in Austin. Much of the company's success was driven by Buffington's fresh innovative floor plans and elevations, as well quality construction standards and what the company calls "Signature Features"--more than 90 high-end features, fixtures and finishes included standard in every home.

"The market has affected everyone, but it has not had the same impact on us as it has for the national production builders," said Tom Buffington, founder and CEO of Buffington Signature Homes. "Being locally owned and managed, we were able to make adjustments based on the overall health of the company without taking shortcuts or compromising our homes. We can still focus on designs and details that work best for each community. So while others are cutting back, we've been able to take advantage of it, picking up some of the best real estate in Austin and the surrounding areas."

In 2008, Buffington Signature Homes successfully launched sales in six new communities throughout the Austin area. Offering a variety of elevations and floorplans, as well as a wide selection of homesites, Buffington quickly made a name for themselves in some of the most competitive areas in Central Texas. These new communities include:

Belterra, Dripping Springs, Texas
Located on HWY 290, just west of the "Y" in Dripping Springs, Belterra is a 1,600-acre master-planned community featuring family amenities, greenbelt trails, exemplary schools and homesites up to an acre in size. The perfect blend of privacy, community and Hill Country nature minutes from Austin!

Forest Oaks, Cedar Park, Texas
Conveniently located along 183A in Cedar Park, Forest Oaks is a wooded family-friendly community with large greenbelt lots and cul-de-sac homesites available. Spacious, 80-foot-wide homesites mean our homes here all feature 3rd car garages standard. Walking distance to Leander schools, super-low tax rate and great community amenities, all close to shopping, dining and recreation in Cedar Park.

Bridges at Bear Creek, Austin, Texas
This boutique-style community enjoys the Hill Country charm of southwest Austin with private cul-de-sacs, open-space homesites and lots of mature trees. Close to popular South Austin restaurants, exemplary schools and major employers, it's just a short commute to downtown and UT.

Southpark Meadows, Austin, Texas
Located next to 425-acres of shopping, dining and entertainment, Southpark Meadows is all about convenience. Enjoy oversize and cul-de-sac homesites that back up to open space while still being within walking distance of all your family needs. Convenient access to I-35 and Slaughter Lane means you're just 9 miles from downtown and UT.

Silver Leaf, Round Rock, Texas
Located in the heart of Round Rock on Gattis School Rd, Silver Leaf is conveniently located near nationally ranked schools, great shopping and dining, recreation and all that Austin has to offer. Enjoy community parks and playscapes, access to the Round Rock hike & bike trail and life in one of the country's Best Places to Live!

Caballo Ranch, Cedar Park, Texas
Located off Parmer Lane north of 1431, Caballo Ranch is a newest luxury residential community in Cedar Park. Most homes feature 3rd car garages, with spacious homesites and greenbelt lots available. Minutes from major shopping and Leander ISD schools, but surrounded by beautiful wooded land with two natural creeks bordering the property, this is a great way to enjoy the Hill County lifestyle.

Coming in 2009
In the first quarter of 2009, Buffington Signature Homes will launch home sales in two more communities. Buffington will begin offering new homes in Teravista, a successful master-planned golf course community in Round Rock. In addition, they will also begin building homes in Sweetwater, located just west of Bee Cave in the Lake Travis ISD.

"Things have really come together for us this year," explained James Giddens, President of Buffington Signature Homes. "Less than a year after launching this company, we have a collection of beautiful models and a number of finished homes throughout Austin's top communities--and they serve as a reference point for buyers to really understand the Buffington difference. With the market showing signs of a turnaround in 2009, we're perfect positioned for another great year."

In fact, with interest rates approaching 20-year lows and Buffington enjoying increased demand for their innovative designs and premium features, 2009 is shaping up to be a great year for Buffington Signature Homes. And it looks like the perfect time to buy a new home in Austin.

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