Tampa Bay: A Fantastic Place to Visit, An Even Better Place to Call Home

Downtown TampaWhen it comes to purchasing a new home in Florida, it is about so much more than the home. You also have to factor in the location and its convenience to your job and life, and the area’s local amenities. From golf courses to world-renowned attractions and sandy beaches, the Tampa Bay area has long been a hot spot for tourism, and it is also an ideal place to call “home.” (more…)

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Country Club Estates THIS Weekend

Country Club Estates Grand Opening in Winter HavenAfter much anticipation, we are excited to announce the grand opening of Country Club Estates in Winter Haven is scheduled for THIS weekend!

If you are looking for a new home in Winter Haven, make sure to join us for the grand opening celebration on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. (more…)

Homebuying 101: Credit Scores

Florida new homesA common misconception about getting a mortgage to purchase a Florida home is that you must have perfect credit. Well, no one is perfect – and we know that! While it is true the higher your credit score the more conventional mortgage options you have, a so called “perfect” score is not required to purchase a new home with Highland Homes. In fact, our network of preferred lenders is able to qualify home buyers with FICO credit scores as low as 580! (more…)

Growing Population Strengthens Polk County Real Estate Market

Lakeland Homes at Hartford EstatesNorthern Polk County is on the cusp of a population boom! Growth and relocations to this Central Florida county have lead to an increase in overall population, and with those people looking to put a roof over their head, the local real estate industry has strengthened as well. (more…)

Orlando, Tampa HOT Housing Markets to Buy in 2015

orlando new homeOver the past few years, the State of Florida has made great strides in its economic recovery. As the job market has improved, population numbers have grown – in fact, Florida is now the third most populous state in the US – and this has had a huge impact on the housing market. For metro areas such as Orlando and Tampa, 2015 is expected to be a fantastic year of growth for Florida real estate and we have the statistics to prove it. (more…)

Save BIG with a New Home for the New Year

New Florida Homes for the New YearA New Year is a great time for new beginnings and what better way to start fresh than with a new home in your ideal Florida location. This January, Highland Homes is making it easier than ever for you to accomplish your home buying resolution and purchase your dream home with our “A New Home for the New Year” sakes event. Whether you are seeking a home with more space or looking to purchase your very first home, we have 10,000 perks to help make your home buying resolution a reality.  (more…)

Nine Homes Remain at Silverado Ranch in Zephyrhills

New Homes at Silverado Ranch in ZephyrhillsWith its prime Zephyrhills location and beautiful nature views, Silverado Ranch has been a popular community among Florida home buyers and now just nine home sites remain!

Recently, we added some of our brand new home designs at Silverado Ranch to offer a larger variety of layouts for you to choose from. Interiors of the homes include open layouts with up to 3,315 square feet of living space, three to five bedrooms and two to three bathrooms. (more…)

2015 Housing Forecast: Employment, Mini Baby Boom to Drive Millennials to Purchase

Affordable Florida New Homes from Highland HomesFor the past few years, millennials have steadily entered the world of homeownership as they have discovered that purchasing a home is cheaper than renting in most parts of the U.S. In 2015, millennials are projected to be the most active home buying demographic as employment opportunities increase and family sizes expand.

In 2013, many would have described millennials as a generation that was still living at home with mom and dad, but thanks to an increase in job opportunities, many moved out on their own in 2014. (more…)

Home Buying 101: What are Closing Costs?

Sold Florida New HomeIf you are in the process of getting a home mortgage, or previously purchased a home, I am sure you have heard the term “closing costs”. But, what are closing costs? Donna Slagel of Shelter Mortgage Company helps explaining these mortgage lending fees.

Closing costs are fees charged by lenders and third parties that contributed services related to your home purchase. These fees are paid for at the time of closing on your home and are usually the buyer’s responsibility to pay. However, Highland Homes pays a portion of your closing costs (as allowed by loan program guidelines) when you finance your Florida new home purchase through a Highland Homes preferred lender. (more…)

Hills of Arietta Offers New Homes near Best of Central Florida

Auburndale New Homes at Hills of AriettaWould you like to live near the world-renowned attractions of Orlando? How about the sandy beaches of Tampa Bay? If your answer is yes, you can live near all of this and more when you purchase a new home at Hills of Arietta. Situated in the Central Florida city of Auburndale, this “quiet hometown” is located just 3.8 miles from I-4 and 4.4 miles from the Polk Parkway, providing easy access to the best of Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland and surrounding areas. (more…)