New Tools to Help You Find Your Florida New Home – Virtually!

Posted: March 31, 2020 | Categories: News | General Info | Home Buying 101 | Why Buy New
By Highland Homes

Virtually shopping for a new home in FloridaUpdated January 27, 2023

Starting your homebuying journey from the comfort of your sofa? You're in good company - According to a study from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 97% of homebuyers use the internet as a tool during their home search! And this only makes sense, given that people shop online for everything from groceries to a new car!

Whether you are just starting to search for a new home in Florida, are ready to sign the dotted line, or even have already purchased and need to get a start on your home decor, we are here to help with convenient online tools to find, finance, and build your dream home from the privacy and comfort of your abode!

Here are some highlights of the virtual tools available during different steps of your homebuying journey!

The Path to Ownership

If you are just getting started on your home search or considering new construction homes in Florida for the first time, you may, well, be wondering where to start! To provide you an outline of what to expect, we've put together a Path to Ownership, taking you from getting pre-qualified to closing and warranty protection!

The first step to owning your dream home is to get pre-qualified and discover your purchasing power. Online and phone applications make it easy to pre-qualify with a Highland Homes Lender Partner.

Find Your Florida New Home

Whether you prefer to shop communities and homes yourself or connect with a New Home Specialist for assistance find your perfect home, we have options available and convenient virtual tools to help you along the way!

  • Connect with us, at your convenience - Our New Home Specialists are available to discuss your new home needs via:
    • Call or text - Simply click the Call button at the bottom of the screen!
    • Email - Yep, you guessed it - click the Email button to connect!
    • Virtual appointment - Prefer to see a face, but not face-to-face? Let's chat and walk through our models using FaceTime, Zoom, or a similar application. Just call or email us and request a virtual appointment!

And of course, when you are ready to visit one of our model centers in-person, we are open 7-days a week to give you a VIP tour and help you select the perfect new home in your favorite Highland Homes neighborhood!

Once we've learned about your new home needs, our New Home Specialists can suggest the perfect neighborhood and home plan options for you! On our website, you'll find tools to help you visualize your dream home:

  • Interactive Floor Plan
    360 virtual tours of our most-popular Florida home plans allow you to virtually walk through, look around, and feel as though you are touring or even living in one of our professionally-designed model homes. You can take a 360 tour from your desktop computer, tablet, a mobile device, or even using VR goggles for the ultimate “I’m there” experience. 
  • Interactive floor plans let you select plan options to customize your layout, see how furniture might fit in different rooms, and even make notes. Best of all, you can save your customized plan so you can refer back to it later and send it to your New Home Specialist to show the options you are looking for!
  • Photos of both decorated and undecorated homes show the layout, different options, and varied decor styles.
  • Videos take you on a tour through the home, so you can get a feel for the layout, look, and size.
360 Virtual Tour


Once you’ve picked out your favorite neighborhood and home plan, drive through the neighborhood from the privacy of your own vehicle and let us know your ideal home site! We are happy to talk you through this and help you pick the right one.


You've found it - the home of your dreams! Now, we’ll prepare the paperwork for your new home which you can securely sign via DocuSign, so you can move forward with building your dream home or making that perfect quick move-in home yours, all without leaving the comfort of your favorite chair!

Highland Homes' Design Studio

If you are building from the ground up, the designers at our Personal Selection Studio will guide you through the process of choosing features and finishes to personalize your dream home, inside and out!

Both in-person and virtual appointments are available, with the virtual design appointment option frequently used by those building a home in Florida who currently live out of state. Get a head-start with planning the design of your new home by visiting our online Inspiration Gallery and saving your Favorite room looks and design options!

Start Your Home Search

If you are looking for a new home in Tampa Bay, Metro Orlando, Lakeland-Winter Haven, or Ocala, Florida, don’t delay your dreams. With online tools available, finding your dream home has never been easier or more convenient! Browse photos, videos, and 360 virtual tours of homes in your favorite neighborhood, and click the Call Us or Email Us button to connect with a New Home Specialist today!

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