Ninety percent of all the resale homes being sold are price driven. If two
homes are the same and they have similar amenities, price is going to be the
variable. In a new home sales environment price is important, but the ability
to upgrade and semi-customize the home to the specific needs of the buyer
really makes the difference between buying a used versus new. Statistics have
shown that 65% of homebuyers would prefer to buy new versus a used home if given
Benefits to the Buyer The energy saving materials that are put into today’s homes are so far superior
to what’s been done even in the last couple of years. The economies that you
can save in purchasing a new home versus a used home, just in the materials
that would save energy, can be considerable. Homes that are being built
today, especially with the green technology, are built specifically to lower
the cost of home ownership.
There’s a huge safety valve in purchasing a new home – everything is built
up to local codes that are changing all the time. You have a tighter, more
energy efficient product, and all the materials are new. You’re putting money
behind an investment that is safe.
Lakewood Ranch is an award winning 17,500 acre master planned community
east of I-75 in Manatee County. Most of the major new homes builders have
new home product here to see. Almost a city in its own, Lakewood Ranch
consists of nine villages ranging from condominiums and townhomes up to custom
designed estate homes. Prices start in the low 100’s and continue well
past the one million dollar mark. Several communities are gated.
There are over 150 miles of trail, lakes and preserves, parks, and native
wildlife.Lakewood Ranch features gourmet and
family friendly restaurants, A-Rated schools including Lakewood Ranch High
School and the Out of Door Academy, business parks, 18 tennis courts, polo and
cricket clubs, The Lakewood Ranch Hospital and Medical Practice offices, and
three masterfully designed golf courses.
The seven Lakewood Ranch Villages
are Central Park, Country Club East, The Lake Club, Greenbrook, The County
Club, Edgewater, Summerfield, and Riverwalk. Each has its own feel and
Currently there are 15 builders in Lakewood Ranch, Lee Wetherington
Homes, Neal Communities, Bruce Williams Homes, John Cannon homes, Arthur
Rutenberg Homes and Taylor Morrison to name a few.
Lakewood Ranch is one of the areas
where new construction can be found.
Be sure you understand the CDD fee
structure, how it impacts the cost of ownership, and what the benefits are of
being part of the Lakewood Ranch CDD.
I recommend that if you are also
considering a new construction, consult with me before you talk to the
builders. The advice and assistance can help you regardless of your
purchase decision and it doesn't add any cost to you the buyer. In the
event you visit the builder first, a real estate agent will most likely not be
able to help in your new home purchase and in many cases, will not be in a
position to offer a neutral and unbiased opinion as real estate agents are paid
solely on commission.
It only makes common sense, if you
are buying a new home, wouldn't you want an opinion of someone helping you
knowing it doesn't cost you anything? The builder rep is working for the
builder and not you.
My focus is to best
understand the goals and visions of my clients, ensuring all decisions are made
with a wealth of information and the necessary tools for a successful,
I have found my “Slice of Heaven” I look
forward to you finding yours!
Call Me Today 941-544-7270
SOURCE: Real Estate Bradenton Herald/Lakewood Ranch Herald
I enjoy walking the warm sandy beaches, swimming and watching the magnificent sunsets on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Thirty years ago I came from Michigan to the Sarasota area to enjoy the beaches of the Sunshine State. The “Beach Communities” Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key and Casey Key are what draw everyone to make Sarasota their home!
Sarasota the “Cultural Capital” of Florida attracts homeowners that want more than just a beach experience. Sarasota and Manatee communities with the growth of new housing maintain their elegant but laid back style. It is a great place to make it your home to be able to enjoy lush natural environment and the amenities of a modern city.
I became a home owne r in Lakewood Ranch an award winning 17,500 acre site that provides a beautiful master planned, maintained and golf community. Get the picture: blue waters, white sand, plenty of sun, blue skies, fabulous food, casual outdoor dining, amazing fishing, play golf, boat races, music and art festivals….
My focus is to best understand the goals and visions of my clients, ensuring all decisions are made with a wealth of information and the necessary tools for a successful, rewarding experience.
I have found my “Slice of Heaven” I look forward to you finding yours!
Longboat Key is a town in Manatee and Sarasota counties along the
"Kathy was everything we wanted and needed in an agent as 1st time home buyers. She went above and beyond to ensure that we had everything explained to us, because we did have a lot of questions. An amazing agent and better person! -Megan & Justin"