LEGOLAND® Florida in Winter Haven Celebrates “The LEGO Movie”

Legoland Florida near Winter Haven HomesOn Feb. 7, 2014, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure hit theaters, and quickly became an early favorite for the best animated film of 2014. The popular, family-friendly movie has earned more than $200 million domestically and more than $300 million worldwide. Millions have experienced the LEGO® phenomenon on the big screen, and residents of Winter Haven homes have the opportunity to see parts of the movie come to life with LEGOLAND® Florida’s LEGO® Movie Celebration.

LEGOLAND® Florida offers 150-acres of interactive family fun with more than 50 rides, shows, attractions, restaurants, shopping and a botanical garden. (more…)

Retire to Lakefront Living in Lakeland

Lakefront Homes in MulberryFrom its balmy year-round weather to beautiful golf courses, Florida has long been a popular destination for retirees. If stunning nature views and close proximity to fantastic Florida amenities are on your retirement “must-have” list, then The Reserve at Fairway Oaks in Mulberry (south Lakeland area) is the perfect place to purchase your new home.

Remaining home sites at The Reserve at Fairway Oaks are situated on a beautiful lake providing those Florida nature views you desire. Interiors of the homes are just as stunning as the views with seven stylish home designs to choose from featuring 1,800 or more square feet of living space. Upscale and easy maintenance features add to the elegance of the homes with Mohawk® stain-resistant carpeting, Whirlpool® appliances, Delta® faucets and Armstrong easy-care vinyl flooring. Buyers also have the opportunity to design their dream home with an abundance of options available in the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio. (more…)

Home Buyers Pack their Bags for Warmer Weather in Florida

Orlando new homesEvery year, thousands of individuals “fly south for the winter” – in Florida, these part-time residents are often referred to as snowbirds.  But with the winter months seeming to get worse each year in northern regions, many are making the trip to Florida a permanent relocation, so they can enjoy our balmy climate and diversity of attractions and activities year-round. (more…)

Introducing New Homes in Lady Lake, Fla. at Stonewood Manor

New Homes in Lady Lake, FloridaLooking for a new home in a prime Central Florida location? We are very pleased to announce our newest community, Stonewood Manor, located in beautiful Lady Lake, Fla.

Tucked in a beautiful setting between towering oak trees, near The Villages and Highway 27, this community offers the serenity of a quaint location and convenience of nearby highways, shopping and recreation.  Life at Stonewood Manor provides the perfect balance of easy access to nearby luxuries and amenities paired with the comforts of rural living. (more…)

Tampa Real Estate Market is Hot, Hot, Hot!

Tampa homeTampa has been the comeback kid of real estate as home prices have significantly increased to turn this one-time foreclosure hotspot into one of the nation’s hottest housing markets. Residential real estate has improved so much, in fact, that CNN Money recently named Tampa the sixth hottest housing market in the nation for 2014.

The list of the 10 hottest housing markets for 2014 was compiled based on CoreLogic Case-Shiller’s latest home price forecast and showcases the major metropolitan areas that are expected to see the biggest increase in home prices in 2014. Metros featured on the list included: (more…)

Five Most Popular Design Upgrades in Florida Homes

Design Upgrades in Florida New Homes One of the most exciting parts of the building process with Highland Homes is visiting the Personal Selection Studio and working with one of our design consultants to personalize your new home. The Studio offers a variety of included and upgrade options so you can perfectly design every room of your home to fit your style, needs and budget.  We work with hundreds of Florida home buyers every year, and make note of popular design trends and upgrade options. (more…)

Ocala Ranked Fifth Top Small Metro for Homeownership

Ocala New HomesIf one of your resolutions for 2014 includes becoming a homeowner, now is the time to make your move. Renting has become less affordable, and while home prices in Florida have been on the rise since late 2011, they still remain relatively low and buyers can still afford to purchase their dream home.

When purchasing a home, location is always a key consideration.  NerdWallet recently analyzed the top 100 most populous metro areas to determine which have characteristics that are favorable to home buyers and thus are the best metros for homeownership. During the analysis, NerdWallet answered three main questions: (more…)

Escape Winter Weather with a Florida New Home

Winter Haven HomesAs much of the southeast is getting hit by its second major winter storm this season, and New Yorkers are digging out from under one-to-two feet of snow, many home buyers are searching for homes in warmer climates including the Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida area. Lucky for us, Florida is currently the only state in the US without snow on the ground!

Trulia recently compiled a list of the top 10 metros where homes searches rise the most when winter strikes. The rankings were compiled based on an increase in searches for each 10-degree temperature drop where the searcher currently lives. In this study, the top 10 winter home search metros include: (more…)

Sweet Savings on Home Sweet New Home

Home Sweet Home SavingsChocolate and Valentines are not the only sweet things about this month. During the month of February, we are giving Florida home buyers something even sweeter – incredible savings on their new home!

Throughout February, enjoy these sweet savings on your new Highland home:

•    ‘Builder’s Dozen’ upgrade package valued at up to $14,000
•    Select closing costs paid by Highland Homes when you finance through a preferred lender, valued at approximately $4,175
•    Just $99 moves you in!
•    Stylish new homes priced from the low $100,000s (more…)

2013 Positive Year for Polk County Real Estate

Polk County Real EstateAfter a slow couple of years, Polk County home builders have plenty to celebrate as 2013 was a rebuilding year for the Florida housing market. With more than 10 new home communities in the county, Highland Homes is pleased with their success in 2013 and excited about the upcoming year.

As of November 2013, 1,776 single-family home permits had been recorded in Polk County. This number was the highest since 2008 when Polk County recorded 2,226 permits. This surge in housing starts has been a direct result of a decline in inventory and distressed properties, as well as an increase in buyer demand. (more…)