Saturday, March 17, 2018

New Construction Home Buying Process | Sarasota FL |

What happens after you have decided on the new home community and floor plan?

So you’ve toured model homes and are ready to start the new home buying process. The next step involves reserving a home site. Builders release home sites for sale in small batches. Part of this is the local government permitting process, and part of it is the builder creating a favorable supply versus demand situation, in other words, a sales technique.

Listen to my podcast about the Sarasota and Venice FL new home buying process
Listen to my podcast about the new home buying process

Take this next piece of advice to heart: This step in buying your new home is where failure and disappointment happens most. IF you have selected just THE PERFECT lot in the community, you must be prepared act on reserving it immediately. This is not for the faint of heart or if you are the type of person who often has buyer’s remorse. The fact is that our local Sarasota and Venice real estate market is extremely active, and there are more buyers than available home sites at any one time.

The builders know this. If you fail to reserve your preferred home site, the builders know some other buyer will take it. The builder is in business to make money, and they have sales targets to achieve. The builder likely will NOT contact you if you express interest in a lot, but haven’t reserved it, and will sell it to another buyer who is eager to move forward.

If you are interested in what many builders refer to as “inventory” or “pre-construction” homes, your ability to choose your finishes, such as kitchen cabinet color, floor tile, and carpet, is extremely limited. The builder has already ordered these items as a bundle, and they can’t be changed. The good news is that builders know what most buyers want. You’ll probably get a very nice combination of colors and some upgrades, you just can’t customize your new home fully like you would be able to if you built your new construction home from scratch.

Also, beware of builder incentives. They remind me of furniture stores. “Come in today for 50% off this weekend only”. As a savvy consumer you know that discount is off an inflated price, right? Same for new home builders. They offer what look like attractive incentives. The best way for you to make a decision on which new construction home to buy is to compare apples to apples. How much will this home cost with builder 1 versus a similar home with builder 2.

Another incentive builders use frequently is a discount on closing costs, if you use the builder’s title company. One in particular offers $5000 toward your closing costs, but a lot of their closing costs are negotiable. As your buyer’s agent for your new construction home purchase, I can help you ask the builder to provide a list of their closing costs, and get quotes from other title companies or real estate attorneys.

I hope this helps you with understanding the new home buying process. Remember, new construction homes cost the same when you’re working with your own Realtor. I invite you to take a look at my websites, for Venice or, for all area major new home community information, floor plans, and HD video tours you won’t find anywhere else. Contact me when you’re ready to purchase your new construction home.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Oasis at The West Villages | Community Map | Venice FL

I've been getting a lot of calls and emails about Oasis at The West Villages.  The target date for sales has been pushed back to April 2018, and not much else about Oasis has been made available.

Today I did get the very first community site map for Oasis.  The intial phases will be built closest to Tamiami Trail, and continuing toward the two under construction model homes.  You can see this exclusively on my YouTube channel.

Visit my website for more Oasis information:

Remember, new homes cost the same when you have your own Realtor.  Don't waste time waiting in a sales center for someone to help you.  I'm your Venice FL new homes sales specialist covering all Venice FL new home communities.

The West Villages | Podcast | Venice FL

My podcast on The West Villages in Venice FL is now out.

The West Villages is a master planned community in Sarasota County just east of Venice.  With 7 new home communities now open or planned on 10,000 acres, The West Villages is one of Florida's hottest new home destinations.

Listen here:

Get the transcript.

Islandwalk at The West Villages in Venice fL

Sunday, February 25, 2018

New Podcast | Real Estate | Sarasota FL

I've started a podcast for Sarasota and Venice FL real estate.

Here's an example:  What's the difference between Venice and Sarasota real estate? 

Listen now:

You can also access my podcast on my Sarasota website.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Q Condos for Sale | Car Free Lifestyle | Sarasota FL

Where can you find a luxury condo with top of the line European finishes, that allows pets, in the middle of a thriving urban setting in Florida that isn't in Miami?

I've got one for you in Sarasota called Q.  Take an HD video tour:

This 40-unit town home development has a few remaining brand new, never lived-in units for sale, which you can view at  Prices start in the $700's.  Two pets up to 35 lbs. are allowed, or 1 large pet up to 100 lbs.

Contact me for a tour or for more information.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

You Need A Realtor | New Construction Homes | Sarasota FL

You COULD drive to all the new construction homes and condos in Sarasota to be sure you are making the right decision, but do you WANT to?

Those new home sales consultants are backed up with hundreds of prospective buyers just like you, who want the same home site as you.  Don't wait in line!  Hire me to help you.

I can show you any model home and available home sites without waiting for a salesperson, and I can show you resales in that same community the new home sales people can't.

Remember, new homes cost the same when you're working with your own Realtor.  

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Oasis at The West Villages | New Construction Homes for Sale | Venice FL

You're among the first to get a full tour of the site for Oasis at The West Villages, a new home community coming soon to Venice, FL.

Oasis will consist of 136 larger, executive style homes ranging from 2100 to 4000 square feet, with three car garages and inviting outdoor living spaces. 

The sales office and model home are still under construction, with sales expected to begin in April 2018.  For the latest news on Oasis, visit my website and remember, new homes cost the same when you're working with your own Realtor.