Winter Haven HomesAs much of the southeast is getting hit by its second major winter storm this season, and New Yorkers are digging out from under one-to-two feet of snow, many home buyers are searching for homes in warmer climates including the Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida area. Lucky for us, Florida is currently the only state in the US without snow on the ground!

Trulia recently compiled a list of the top 10 metros where homes searches rise the most when winter strikes. The rankings were compiled based on an increase in searches for each 10-degree temperature drop where the searcher currently lives. In this study, the top 10 winter home search metros include:

  1. Miami, Fla. – 7.3 percent
  2. Phoenix, Ariz. – 6.9 percent
  3. Jacksonville, Fla. – 6.4 percent
  4. Orange County, Calif. – 6.4 percent
  5. Richmond, Va. – 6.4 percent
  6. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla. – 6.3 percent
  7. Sacramento, Calif. – 6.2 percent
  8. New Orleans, La. – 6.2 percent
  9. Dayton, Ohio – 6.1 percent
  10. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – 6.1 percent

These rankings were determined among the 100 largest metros, based on searches by people in the colder regions of the country.

For buyers looking to move south and escape the harsh realities of winter, Highland Homes has several new communities located in the Lakeland-Winter Haven area. Featuring a variety of stylish home designs, affordable pricing from the low-$100,000s and hundreds of design options, buyers have the opportunity to build their dream home in sunny Central Florida.

In addition to Lakeland-Winter Haven, we build Florida new homes in Tampa Bay, Orlando, Manatee County and coming soon, Ocala. For more information on all of our warm weather real estate, visit the Highland Homes website today!