Orlando new homesEvery year, thousands of individuals “fly south for the winter” – in Florida, these part-time residents are often referred to as snowbirds.  But with the winter months seeming to get worse each year in northern regions, many are making the trip to Florida a permanent relocation, so they can enjoy our balmy climate and diversity of attractions and activities year-round.

CNNMoney recently compiled a list of the top 10 cities people are moving to and it is no surprise that Tampa (2) and Orlando (4) made the list. The complete list included:

  1. Atlanta, Ga.
  2. Tampa, Fla.
  3. Dallas, Texas
  4. Orlando, Fla.
  5. Phoenix, Ariz.
  6. Houston, Texas
  7. Seattle, Wash.
  8. Chicago, Ill.
  9. Denver, Colo.
  10. Las Vegas, Nev.

Tampa, known for its beautiful beaches, is new to this list of top relocation cities. In addition to a variety of water activities, Tampa is home to MacDill Air Force Base and spring training for several Major League Baseball teams. According to CNNMoney, the median income in Tampa is $56,800 and the median home price is $129,000 with prices expected to grow 6.5 percent in 2014.

As the economy strengthens and tourism picks back up, Orlando flourishes. Home to many of the nation’s top attractions including Universal Studios and Walt Disney World, tourism jobs have a major impact on the economy and are a huge draw for new home buyers. Additionally, Orlando offers a fantastic Florida lifestyle at an affordable cost of living. The median income in Orlando is currently $58,500 with a median home price of $153,000. Throughout 2014, home prices in Orlando are expected to grow another 2.9 percent, according to this report.

As a local home builder, our employees enjoying living in the Tampa and Orlando regions and helping homebuyers make a home here, as well. We currently build new homes in more than 10 communities throughout Orlando and Tampa Bay. With more than 30 stylish home designs to choose from and hundreds of design options available in the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio, buyers can truly design their dream home to perfectly match their style, needs and budget.

In addition, we make homeownership attainable with new homes priced from the low-$100,000s. To make purchasing a home even more affordable, qualified home buyers can purchase their new home with just $99 down.

So, if you are in the market for a home near an abundance of outdoor activities and attractions, in a climate which you can enjoy year-round, in an affordable locale, make the decision to make your home one of our new homes in Tampa or Orlando. For more information, visit the Highland Homes website today!