Lesly and Spencer Vance thought Monday that they would be deciding if they wanted a special feature on their soon-to-be-finished Kennewick house.
Instead, the couple was surprised by a cheering crowd and the news that builder Hayden Homes was knocking $25,000 off their home price.
The Vances were chosen out of hundreds of Hayden Homes buyers to receive the gift of equity on their new house as part of the company’s 25th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Event.
“This is the best Christmas present ever,” Lesly said.
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She said she’d forgotten they had even entered the Hayden Homes drawing, along with 186 other families.
The couple took a lunch break and came with Spencer’s parents, Linda and Dan Vance, to meet with Hayden Homes representatives at a model home in the Cherry Glen development.
It was a break that was hard to get because Spencer is a courier with FedEx and it’s his busiest time of year with all of the holiday packages.
“This is a huge blessing to us,” Lesly said. “I don’t know what to say, but that I am happy that I pushed him to get a house.”
She said she has always wanted to own a home, but her husband was a little resistant over taking on mortgage payments. They’ve been married about three years.
Lesly, a license agent at American Family Insurance, said she was introduced to their sales agent, Kristin Sweezea, by her boss. After more meetings, they ended up deciding to buy a new home. It fit their budget, Lesly said.
“It just was meant to be; it felt right,” she said.
The Vances won’t get to move into their 1,800-square-foot rambler just yet. Interior work and landscaping still needs to be finished, likely taking about a month.
Hayden Homes just started building the 40-home Cherry Glen neighborhood this year. Beginning prices for homes there are $149,000 to $207,000.
The Redmond, Ore.-based company built about 200 homes in the Tri-City area this year, including 85 in Kennewick, said Erin Martin, Hayden Homes spokeswoman. The company builds homes in communities in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.