Renting or Buying a Florida Home – What’s Cheaper?

Florida New HomesOftentimes, people have a misconception that they cannot afford to purchase a home, and renting is cheaper. The opposite is actually true for most areas of the US, and certainly here in Florida.

On May 20, 2014, Zillow released its annual Breakeven Horizon report. By comparing the many financial components of renting versus buying, Zillow determines the number of years a person would need to live in a home for homeownership to become more financially advantageous than renting. (more…)

Is Housing Still Affordable? Experts say YES and BUY NOW!

Affordable Florida New Homes from Highland HomesDo you sit in your apartment wishing that you had a bigger kitchen, luxurious bathroom, or a backyard paradise? Do you quickly squash that dream because you are afraid that you can’t afford to go from renter to homeowner? The fact is, owning a home is more affordable than you may believe. From still low mortgage rates to still affordable home prices, this summer is the time for you to achieve your American dream of homeownership! (more…)

You’re Invited to the Grand Opening of Oakwood Terrace in Valrico

Oakwood Terrace grand openHighland Homes invites you to join us on Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. for the grand opening of our new townhome community, Oakwood Terrace. Located in Valrico, this beautiful community offers the best of Florida living with a low-maintenance lifestyle, community amenities and close proximity to recreation, shopping and dining.  (more…)

Tampa Bay Ferry Projected to Improve Long Work Commutes

Tampa New Homes at Southwind
The new Tampa Ferry will benefit residents of our Southwind community in Gibsonton.

For many drivers, spending significant travel time in wall-to-wall traffic is frustrating and a drain on valuable family or work time. For residents of Tampa Bay, there is news on the horizon that could help ease traffic woes. The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) applied and received a grant that will create a ferry service to help Tampa Bay residents spend less time on the road and more time at home. (more…)

Strengthening Job Market Supports Growing Housing Market in Orlando

orlando new homeIt is no surprise that the job market directly affects the strength of the housing market. As individuals feel more secure in their jobs, their confidence in purchasing a home increases. For Orlando residents, this is fantastic news, as the popular Florida locale was recently named one of the best cities to live for real estate and employment. (more…)

Don’t Let the Fear of a Down Payment Keep You from the American Dream

Florida New HomesAs the housing market reaches “normal” more home buyers have a growing confidence in homeownership and according to a recent Trulia survey, 74 percent of Americans said that homeownership is part of achieving their personal American Dream.

This is a testament to the improving housing market, as this is the highest percentage since January 2010. Looking specifically at young adults (18 to 34 year olds), many of whom survived the economic recession by moving back in with their parents, 73 percent say that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream, which is up from 65% in August of 2011. (more…)

Winter Haven is Growing Again

New Homes in Winter HavenOver the years, Winter Haven has been a mecca of economic growth. In addition to LEGOLAND Florida opening as a huge new Central Florida attraction destination, and the three-month-old Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center, the Winter Haven City Commission recently approved the sale of 932 acres of vacant land to Winter Haven Industrial Investors, LLC. (more…)

Highland Homes Recognized as Top Builder in the Nation

Highland HomesOnce again, Highland Homes has been recognized as one of the top home builders in the nation with rankings on both the Next 100 and the 2014 Housing Giants lists.

Compiled by BUILDER Magazine, the Builder 100 and Next 100 lists were ranked based on closings in 2013. In a highly-competitive year strengthened by an improving housing market, we ranked No. 113, which is up from No. 120 in the previous year. To attain our improved ranking, we closed an impressive 313 homes in 2013. This was up 36 percent from our closings in 2012. (more…)

Building the Foundation of My Highland Home

Highland Homes FoundationHi there! Thanks for coming back to read the next installment of my homebuilding experience.

To bring you up to speed, the builder received the building permits for my home about a week ago. Then he was able to ‘scrape’ my lot. Scraping the lot is basically clearing the lot of vegetation, and the start of the building steps!  (more…)

New Homes Available at Silverado Ranch in Zephyrhills

Tampa Bay New HomesFollowing in the footsteps of our popular Ten Oaks and Green at Hidden Creek communities, we are excited to announce that presale opportunities are now available at Silverado Ranch in Zephyrhills.

Our newest Zephyrhills community, Silverado Ranch offers buyers 15 spacious home designs to choose from with up to 3,315 square feet of living space, three to five bedrooms and two to three bathrooms. Interiors can be designed to fit your needs, style and budget with hundreds of design options, many of them at no additional cost, available in the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio. (more…)