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MBK HOMES WINS LAUREL AWARD FOR HOMEBUILDER OF THE YEAR


IRVINE, CA - Reflecting its dedication to homebuilding excellence and superior customer service, MBK Homes has won the Laurel Award for Homebuilder of the Year. This prestigious award is awarded to a homebuilding company who displays exceptional efforts in developing Inland Empire communities and the firm's establishment and fulfillment of corporate goals, team building, customer satisfaction and overall exemplary level of professionalism in the Sales & Marketing disciplines and community and industry involvement. The Laurel Awards are presented annually by the Inland Empire Sales and Marketing Council of the Building Industry Association.

The judges lauded MBK Homes for taking aggressive proactive steps to ensure that its customers receive the best possible home-buying experience. For example, the company implemented Community Teams whose sole purpose is to increase customer satisfaction by creating a higher level of MBK involvement with buyers. The teams are comprised of MBK sales, construction and customer care personnel, MBK trade partners and a team liaison. The teams' dedication helped MBK achieve a 97.5% customer service score from Eliant, the foremost consumer research company in the new home industry.

In addition, MBK received acclaim for its community involvement activities. When wildfires destroyed homes throughout Southern California, MBK organized a fund-raising effort for the California Fire Rebuilding Fund. Last Thanksgiving, the company's food drive collected over 700 pounds of food for the Orange County Rescue Mission, which assists the homeless. And every year, MBK hosts a toy drive on behalf of the Orangewood Children's Foundation and its program to dedicated to helping children in the foster care system. Also every year, MBK sponsors WalkAmerica, a national event benefitting March of Dimes. Last year, MBK raised over $7,100 in that event.

MBK Homes was also hailed for its green building initiatives and its unique recycling program that benefits Polar Bear SOS, a Natural Resources Defense Council program aimed to help stop global warming pollution.

"MBK Homes is dedicated to improving our communities, whether through building high-quality homes or by supporting causes that improve the well being of families in our community and protect the environment," stated Tim Kane, president of MBK Homes. "The Laurel Award is a tribute to all of our team members. They recognize that our community is our home, and they share our belief that we should strive to make it a better place for everyone."

Hundreds of homeowners have experienced the many rewarding attributes that earned MBK the Homebuilder of the Year award. The opportunity to share that experience is now featured at seven MBK Homes neighborhoods that also offer some of Southern California's best new-home values. Come and visit one of these new-home communities today:

Ravello in Whittier features stylish townhomes adjacent to the shops and restaurants of Whittwood Town Center. Ravello's innovative tri-level designs offer exceptional spaciousness ranging from approximately 1,644 to 1,838 square feet, including three to four bedrooms and two and one-half to four baths, and a rear-access two-car garage adjoins every home. Prices start from the mid $400,000s, and a private swimming pool and spa add to Ravello's appeal. Further information is available by calling 562-902-5625.

Greenbrier in Yorba Linda presents a collection of luxurious single-family homes in the master-planned golf course community of Vista Del Verde. Five magnificent two-story floorplans encompass spacious living areas spanning approximately 2,684 to 3,283 square feet with three to six bedrooms and three to four and one-half baths, and prices start in the mid $900,000s. The Sales Gallery may be reached at 714-223-7625.

Just north of Corona, Foxborough and Rivermist combine to offer an exceptional selection of distinctive family homes in an ideal location. At Rivermist, family-sized residences measuring approximately 2,657 to 3,925 square feet, including up to six bedrooms and three to four baths, are priced from the mid $400,000s. Foxborough reaches impressive heights of luxury and spaciousness with two-story floorplans spanning approximately 4,055 to 4,745 square feet, including five to six bedrooms and four and one-half baths. Prices range from the mid $500,000s. For more information, please call Rivermist at 951-270-0625 or Foxborough at 951-270-0628.

The popular area of Butterfield Ranch in Chino Hills is the setting for MBK Homes' Celamonte, a collection of two- and three-story townhomes with living areas ranging from approximately 1,042 to 1,535 square feet, including two to three bedrooms and two to three and one-half baths. With prices starting in the mid $300,000s, Celamonte also features a private recreation area with pool, spa and outdoor fireplace. New Home Consultants may be reached at 909-393-0455.

With ultra-spacious residences priced from the mid $700,000s, Eton is an outstanding value in Chino's exceptionally desirable master-planned community of College Park. Interior dimensions extend from approximately 3,964 to 4,670 square feet, including as many as five bedrooms and four and one-half baths, and expansive homesites average 10,000 square feet. Additional information is available by calling 909-606-4400.

Medallion at Fairway Canyon in Beaumont offers an unbeatable value in golf course living with spacious two-story homes priced from the high $200,000s. Living areas ranging from approximately 2,206 to 2,773 square feet encompass three to six bedrooms and three baths. To contact New Home Counselors, please call 951-922-6735.

MBK Homes Ltd. combines a lasting tradition of fine homebuilding and real estate development expertise with the financial stability of one of the world's oldest and largest companies, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. MBK's corporate culture blends the honor and pride of Japanese tradition with the passion and ingenuity of American know-how, and each community is the result of extensive research and professional experience, reflecting MBK Homes' unwavering commitment to complete customer satisfaction.

Mitsui USA's parent company, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Japan, is one of the world's most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment, and service enterprises. Headquartered in Tokyo, Mitsui & Co. maintains a global network of 172 offices in 72 countries and has 582 subsidiaries and associated companies worldwide.

Complete information on MBK Homes and its award-winning communities is available by visiting the company's website at www.mbkhomes.com.

Posted on August, 14th 2008

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