Building a Florida Pool Home – Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body and Soul

Griffin PoolsSummer days can sizzle here in Florida. We Floridians love our sunny year-round weather, but when looking to cool off, there’s no better way than lounging in your very own home swimming pool.

When you build your new home with Highland Homes, we’re happy to help you add your own backyard oasis and build the pool home of your dreams. To ensure you receive the best in pool quality, we work exclusively with Polk County’s most trusted professional pool and spa builders, Griffin Pools. In business for more than 40 years, Griffin Pools has a solid reputation for quality craftsmanship and award winning pool design.

Pools aren’t just for cooling off; a well designed pool area will provide a relaxing backyard oasis and outdoor living area for entertaining friends and family.

Your pool, your rules

Imagine coming home from a hectic day to enjoy a cool beverage poolside, and a quiet float or energetic swim. Or think of a hot summer afternoon, and how refreshing it will be to dip into cool, tranquil water. When you have your own home swimming pool, you enjoy the benefit of relaxing and cooling off in the privacy of your own backyard. Swimming is also a great source of aerobic exercise and taking a dip in your backyard pool is a fun and convenient way to fit physical activity into your schedule. (more…)

Tampa New Homes Give Buyers More Bang for their Buck

Tampa new homesHow far will your paycheck go in Florida? Well, according to a recent study by Glassdoor, a website that offers information on jobs and companies, in Tampa your paycheck will get you a lot.

The study was cited in a current Forbes article, The 25 Cities Where Your Paycheck Will Go The Furthest. According to the article, Glassdoor examined the median salaries and home prices in 50 of the most populated metros in the U.S. to determine the cities where residents will get the most bang for their buck. And, it comes at no surprise that the combination of Tampa, Florida’s median home value of $149,500 and excellent earning potential landed it in the No. 19 spot of cities that have the most favorable cost of living to income ratio. (more…)

Laid-Back Living Near Tampa and Conveniences at Eastridge Preserve

East Ridge PreserveEastridge Preserve offers a laid-back lifestyle at its finest, with acreage homes and peaceful views in a location just minutes from grocery stores, shopping, dining and major roadways. It’s not uncommon to spy waterfowl lounging around in one of the neighborhood ponds, or a great horned owl gazing down wisely from a tree. You will feel as though you have escaped the hustle and bustle of the city, while everyday conveniences can still be found at your fingertips.

Eastridge Preserve offers new homes in Plant City located just west of County Line Road, between Sparkman Road and East Trapnell Road. Your new home is near Highway 60 and Interstate 4 for easy travel throughout the Tampa Bay region, just one mile from the Lakeland city limit, about 13 miles from Brandon and 25 miles from the city of Tampa. (more…)

Tampa: One of the ‘Best’ Cities in US to Live and Play

Tampa new homesNo matter what you’re looking for in the location of your Florida new home, Tampa is sure to have it. With its abundance of great small businesses and diverse residents, as well as access to excellent job opportunities, exciting outdoor destinations and some of the country’s best craft breweries and beaches, Tampa is truly one of the best places to live in the state, if not the nation. In fact, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, the Tampa Bay region recently ranked on several national ‘best’ lists.

Top Metros for Small Businesses

If you’re a small business owner, then the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg area may be the best location for your next venture. After examining more than 12,000 small businesses, Biz2Credit listed Tampa-St. Petersburg at No. 19 on its 2015 ranking of the best cities in America for small businesses. Plus, Tampa is home to headquarters for several large companies including Publix, Raymond James Financial and Tech Data, adding to the overall strength of the area’s economy. (more…)

Lakeland, Florida is ‘Just Right’ for Home Buyers

Lakeland new homesIf Tampa is too fast-paced, and other Polk County locations have too much of a small town feel, then Lakeland, Florida may be the perfect spot for you to call home. This growing metropolitan area is centrally located between Tampa and Orlando, providing an easy commute to both big cities and their attractions, while also providing local events and attractions including the Polk Museum of Art and a lively local art scene, unique shopping and dining, First Friday festivals, parks and golf courses, lakes and water sports and more.

But, that’s not all the city of Lakeland has to offer. According to a recent article in the Lakeland Ledger, the Lakeland-Winter Haven area—which covers all of Polk County—is one of the most affordable places to buy a home in Florida! (more…)

Home Buying 101 – What is PMI/MIP?

PMIWhen it comes to getting a loan to purchase a home in Florida, some mortgage terms can overwhelm those of us without an advanced degree in finance. One such confusing term, and a question we frequently hear is, “What is PMI?”

Simply put, it is insurance that protects the lenders against the borrower (you) from defaulting on the mortgage. There are two different mortgage insurance acronyms you may hear:

PMI is the acronym for Private Mortgage Insurance; and

MIP is the acronym for Mortgage Insurance Premium. (more…)

Taexx – Built in Pest Control for Your Florida New Home

Florida’s mild winters and climate have some folks declaring war on creepy crawling invaders. Did you know that Florida is home to over 70 species of cockroaches alone? These unwelcome guests are not just a nuisance; lack of proper pest maintenance can have negative consequences on human and pet health.

When you build with Highland Homes we give you the upper hand on this “war on bugs.” An innovative built-in pest control system called Taexx comes standard in every Highland home, for your health, safety and convenience. (more…)

Affordable Winter Haven New Homes in Historic Central Florida City

Winter Haven New HomesStylish, affordable and in a great location: all the attributes you desire when shopping for a new home. Country Club Estates in historic Winter Haven offers stylish new homes, priced for your budget, and conveniently located near a medley of great attractions, shopping, dining, medical centers and major roadways.

Winter Haven is a growing community of about 34,000 residents enjoying Florida’s warm sunshine year round—truly, a haven from northern winter temperatures. For years, the city was famous for Cypress Gardens, one of Florida’s earliest tourist attractions and a Central Florida theme park years before Walt Disney World came along. Today, the site of Cypress Gardens has become LEGOLAND Florida, which opened in 2011 and has contributed to the growth and economic health of this city. (more…)

What’s New at the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio

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New tile floor options provide the look of wood, but are actually crafted from durable ceramic.

One of the most unique and exciting experiences about purchasing a new home in Florida from Highland Homes is personalizing your home at the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio. Your new home should be a reflection of your style and fulfill your needs as well as your dreams. At the Studio, an extensive selection of options are available in every price point, from included and no additional cost to luxurious upgrades, so you may personalize your new home to your unique style, needs and budget.

The Studio showcases a fabulous mix of colors and textures to stylize your home, as well as products which add ease of maintenance and efficiency. When you visit the Personal Selection Studio, your Design Consultant will explain product benefits and help you visualize how your selections will look in your new home. In contrast to looking at pictures or teeny samples, at the Studio you can touch and interact with the products your home will be built with. (more…)

Homeownership is More Affordable, and Beneficial, than You May Think

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Benefits of home ownership include personalizing your space to your style.

When deciding between buying a new home and renting, many factors come into play. You may have financial questions about buying a home such as, “Is now a good time to buy?” and “Will buying or renting be more affordable?” You may also wonder if you’re financially prepared for the costs associated with purchasing a new home or if you have enough money for the down payment. You’re not alone.

In fact, a recent Federal Reserve Report on Household Economic Well-Being found that although 81 percent of renters would prefer to buy, 50 percent of renters believe that they don’t have enough money for a down payment. However, it’s a common misconception that a large down payment is needed to purchase a new home. (more…)