10 Most Important Features for Home Buyers in 2014

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Highland Homes’ new Parker home design incorporates many features that are important to modern homebuyers, including built-in storage, an open layout, modern kitchen and outdoor living spaces.

When it comes to house hunting, the modern homebuyer seeks more than homebuyers did in previous generations. They often start home shopping on the internet, and come armed with a list of likes, dislikes and must-haves when they meet with a real estate professional.

This list by The London Economic sums up the top 10 home features modern homebuyers want when it comes to finding the perfect place to call home. (more…)

Highland Homes Plans and Pricing Appeal to Tampa Bay Millennials

Highland Homes Living RoomThe Tampa Bay housing market has rebounded and home prices have started to climb, and while that is positive for the overall economy, it can limit the options for first-time and entry-level home buyers.

For many Millennials (young professionals in their 20’s and early 30’s) now entering the housing market, it’s been tough to find an affordable home in good condition, without having to compete with multiple offers which can often push up the price (and your level of frustration). (more…)

Highland Homes Ranked Among Top Home Builders in Tampa Bay and Orlando

Central Florida New HomesRecently, the Tampa Bay Business Journal and the Orlando Business Journal released top home builder lists, and Highland Homes is pleased to once again be recognized as one of the top home builders in these regions.

Based on number of closings in 2013, Highland Homes ranked No. 7 on the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Top Home Builders List. In 2013, we closed 272 homes in the Tampa Bay area region (Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Polk and Sarasota counties) to accomplish this ranking. Of the 24 home builders on the list, we are one of just a handful who is also based in Tampa Bay – as a local and privately-owned company, it is an honor to be ranked so successfully against larger, national companies. (more…)

Winter Haven Sweeps the Competition at Livable Polk Awards

Downtown Winter HavenOn Aug. 27, 2014, Polk Vision and the Polk Transportation Planning Organization recognized the city and private entities that make Polk County an amazing place to live with the Livable Polk Awards. With 17 incorporated cities in Polk County, Winter Haven came out on top – sweeping many of the award categories.

The Livable Polk Awards are designed to “recognize conservation and sustainable development and healthy community design efforts that go beyond the ordinary and set an example for what can be done in Polk County.” Winter Haven started the night by sweeping all four categories of the Community Recognition Awards. (more…)

Say Goodbye to Summer with a New Home and Savings from Highland Homes

Highland Homes End of Summer SaleSummer is almost over, but there is still time to make this summer one to remember! Through Sept. 30, 2014, achieve your dream of home ownership and save $10,000 when you build your new home or purchase an available Ready-to-Own inventory home from Highland Homes.

What can the $10,000 be used towards? That is up to you! These September savings can be used as you choose, to best fit your needs, towards design upgrade options, closing costs, or home site premiums. (more…)

Drywall is Now Installed in My Highland Home

Drywall in Ken's KitchenHappy September! It is a very happy time for me because my new home is now in the drywall stage of home construction, which means we are about 75 percent complete!

The drywall has been installed, sanded, and the knockdown wall and ceiling texture applied. Once the drywall and textured finish had time to dry, the painters came in and painted my home.   (more…)

High Buyer Demand Increases New Home Construction in Polk County

Lakeland Homes at Hartford Estates2014 has been a great year for Polk County real estate as buyer demand has created an increase in new home construction.

In July, 218 permits for single-family homes were recorded in Polk County, up 21.2 percent year-over-year and the highest total for the month of July since 2008. In addition, new construction permits year-to-date through July totaled 1,487, a 32.1 percent increase over the first seven months of 2013. (more…)

Florida Polytechnic University Now in Session; Welcomes First Students

New Homes at Hills of Arietta in AuburndaleAfter years of planning and development, Florida Polytechnic University celebrated a milestone on Monday when it opened its doors for the first-ever class of students. As Florida’s 12th public state university, students at Florida Polytechnic University receive a unique education focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.). From curing diseases to developing the next generation of computers, Florida Polytechnic University curriculum is developed to prepare students for careers in high-tech industries. (more…)

Now Building New Homes at Saratoga in Lakeland

Saratoga Model Home in LakelandFollowing the announcement of our newest Lakeland community in May, it has been a busy summer at Saratoga in North Lakeland. We’ve already sold a few homes to lucky homeowners, released two inventory homes to begin construction, and construction is underway on our beautiful model home.

Featuring our brand new Parker home design, the model home currently has the interior walls framed with drywall expected to be installed this week, and the grand opening scheduled for this fall. (more…)

Zephyrhills: The City for Adventures Big and Small

Silverado Ranch in ZephyrhillsZephyrhills may be best known for the bottled water brand by the same name, but there is much more to this Tampa Bay suburb than meets the eye.

With a population of more than 14,000*, this city is located just a short drive northeast from the heart of Tampa. This puts Zephyrhills residents in a prime location to experience the best of small-town life and city living, combining countryside charm with nearby city conveniences. (more…)