Ocala and Manatee County Ranked Among the Best Places for Homeownership

Beautiful new home at Palmetto Estates in Manatee County
Beautiful new home at Palmetto Estates in Manatee County

If you’re looking to become a Florida homeowner, you may want to consider new homes in Ocala or the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota metropolitan area. Both were recently named two of the best regions in the nation to purchase real estate.

In a recent article, NerdWallet conducted an analysis to determine the best places for homeownership based on three main criteria. Researchers analyzed the 100 most populous metropolitan areas of the US for characteristics that would be appealing to homebuyers, namely availability, affordability and area growth. (more…)

Final Opportunities Available in Central Florida and Tampa Bay Communities

Featured home at Fairway Oaks at Imperial Lakes
Featured home at Fairway Oaks at Imperial Lakes

With several of our Central Florida and Tampa Bay communities close to being sold out, home buyers must act quickly to purchase in these popular communities. With homes affordably priced from the low-$100,000s and a variety of stylish home designs available, you will not want to miss out on these Florida new homes! (more…)

How to Decorate a Master Suite for your Sweetheart

How to Decorate a Master Bedroom with Red
Romantic red accents were used in the master suite of the Highland Homes Williamson II model home in Plant City.

Red is known as a color symbolic of love. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, let’s talk about ways to use red in your décor to create a romantic master suite.

Stimulating and emotionally intense, red is attention-grabbing. It represents enthusiasm, the joy of living, stimulates energy and provides a sense of protection from fears. These are all great emotions to bring out in the bedroom, although it is important to balance it out and keep it from becoming overwhelming. (more…)

Sweet Savings Available on Florida New Homes this February

February Savings from Highland HomesChocolate isn’t the only sweet treat to enjoy this month! From now until Feb. 28, 2015, we are offering sweet savings at all of our Florida new home communities.

During the ’Home Sweet Home’ Sales Event, you can save up to $19,156 on your Florida new home! The savings include: (more…)

How-To Decorate Your Florida Home with 2015 Color Trends

Highland Homes Use of Marsala Color of the Year
Marsala and Blue Paisley complement each other in the Highland Homes model at Southwind in Gibsonton.

“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”

–Wassily Kandinsky

What do floral arrangements, celebrities, animated children’s movies and politics have in common?    They are all discussed in secret, in a room void of color, where the color experts at Pantone track trends and consider its next color of the year. (more…)

7 Major Tax Benefits of Homeownership

Florida New HomesTax season is upon us – ew – but if you are a homeowner, tax savings from owning a home can really add up, saving you tens of thousands of dollars over the years – Yay!

To help you understand the tax benefits of owning a home, we’ve consulted with the tax specialists at Turbo Tax, as well as information provided by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), to outline the 7 major tax benefits of homeownership. (more…)

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…)

Home Buying 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…)