This Summer, Nothing Can Hold You Back from Homeownership

Highland Homes Summer SavingsFor a limited time, we are offering sensational summer savings to help you purchase the Florida new home of your dreams. With up to $12,114 in savings and just $99 down for qualified buyers, nothing can hold you back from owning a sensationally-styled and budget-friendly new home this summer! (more…)

Marion County Real Estate Moves Closer to a Balanced Market

Meadow GlennIn the real estate market, it is common to hear that it is either a “buyer’s market” or “seller’s market.” When the housing bubble burst, it became more of a buyer’s market as home buyers were able to get more house for less money. In the past year or so, the market has tipped more toward a seller’s market, as prices have risen, resale days on the market have decreased and buyers have become more confident in the economy and purchased homes. As home sales and median sales prices have risen, the Florida real estate market has inched closer to a balanced market which favors neither the buyer nor seller – it is good for everyone! (more…)

Winter Haven: Small Town Charm with Something for Everyone

Winter HavenCommonly known as the Chain of Lakes City, Winter Haven, Florida boasts more than 50 lakes that either touch the city limits or are located within the city – approximately 30 percent of the total area of the city is covered by water.  In addition to the waterfront views and multitude of outdoor activities, this city of 35,000 offers small town charm that is centrally located to the attractions of Orlando and Tampa. (more…)

Create the Perfect At-Home Space for School-Year Success

Loft Homework SpaceIt’s hard to believe it’s almost time for kids to head back to school in Florida! Whether they are just beginning their school-aged journey or in their senior year of high school, creating a home environment to help with their academic success is important, and a lot easier than you might think.

A designated homework area in your home is a simple way for children to get in a routine that promotes organization, productivity and good grades. Creating a regular time and place for homework helps kids to avoid distractions, develop a schedule and avoid procrastination. (more…)

Construction Underway at Stonewood Manor: Model to Open this Fall

Now Selling Lady Lake Homes at Stonewood ManorConstruction is underway at our newest Lake County community, Stonewood Manor in beautiful Lady Lake, with our model home expected to open in early fall.

Priced from the $150,000s, single-family homes at Stonewood Manor showcase 20 stylish home designs with 1,469 to 3,315 square feet of living space featuring three to five bedrooms and two to three bathrooms. The model home at Stonewood Manor will feature the popular Lynford II home plan with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a front porch and a two-car garage. The professionally designed and fully-furnished interior of the model home will allow home shoppers the opportunity to view firsthand some of the design options available in the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio. Outside the home, homeowner will appreciate the home sites that are a spacious one-third of an acre in size, providing privacy and space between homes. (more…)

Constructing the Walls of My Highland Home

Building Mu Dream Highland Home Walls
Foundation and Exterior Block Walls

Welcome back! Things have certainly moved along with my new home since the last post. We now have a foundation and exterior walls!

You can’t see it in the pictures, but about every 6-8 feet along the walls, and in every corner, there is piece of rebar that is cemented from the foundation all the way up to the top of the house, to tie the whole home together and make a strong exterior. When the roof is installed, Highland Homes also uses hurricane straps on every truss, which are the wood beams of the roof, to help secure the roof against wind.  (more…)

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…)