Monday, March 26, 2018

March 2018 Update | The West Villages Venice FL |

As your Venice and Sarasota new homes specialist, it's my job to keep you up to date on the latest news. 

I’ve been specializing in new home sales in Sarasota and Venice for a while now.

We’ve been in a tight resale market, which is causing home buyers in our area to look at new construction homes. If you’ve heard about new home starts being down nation wide, that absolutely does not apply to our local market here in Sarasota and Venice.

By the way, while we’re on the subject, you absolutely need your own Realtor when you’re looking for a new home. The builder advertised prices are the same. They rely on us to help them, and you should rely on me to help you. Check out my podcast on this subject.

Specializing in new home sales in my local market means I am dedicated to keeping you as a consumer up to date, so when I was invited to a breakfast meeting recently by The West Villages, I had to make sure I was there.

In case you’re not familiar with The West Villages, it’s a 10,000 acre master planned community that will eventually have 25,000 homes when completed. Right now, there are 7 neighborhoods, all from different builders, and all of them are building new construction homes and villas. The West Villages is THE hub of new home construction in Sarasota County.

Rendering of Atlanta Braves spring training at The West Villages
The first spring training game at the Atlanta Braves facility in The West Villages will be in 2019.

So, here’s what’s happening in The West Villages. First, another new home community is coming online in late April called The Oasis at The West Villages. Oasis will be featuring 140 single family homes on wide lots, which means these homes will all have three car garages. The homes will be semi-custom, so I expect very few of what builders call inventory or quick move in homes will be available here. Base prices start in the mid $300,000’s and go up from there after lot premium and your semi-custom upgrades.

More news in The West Villages is the planned addition of a traffic light on Tamiami Trail at Islandwalk and Gran Paradiso coming sometime this summer. Another light will be installed at the intersection of Tamiami and West Villages Parkway by the end of 2018.

If you’ve been to Renaissance at The West Villages, you’ve seen how quickly those have sold. They’re opening a new phase in July of this year, and that will coincide with the grand opening of their huge community pool and club house. I have video of the 2nd phase clearing and the club house under construction on my website Click on the new homes button on the main menu and click on Renaissance. You’ll find their current quick move in homes, the video, and floor plans.

By the way, did you know that Mattamy Homes, the builder of Renaissance, is a Toronto based company and was named after the owner’s two children, Matt and Amy? Mattamy Homes is privately owned and is Canada’s largest home builder. Peter Gilgan, the owner, is building a legacy company.

During the West Villages breakfast meeting, someone sitting next to me said “Wouldn’t it be nice if all the fees and HOA fees for all these new home communities were listed in one place?” I couldn’t agree more, which is why I’ve compiled all this for you, and again, it’s on my website Click “Neighborhoods” on the main menu, then click on West Villages. It’s also under the “Q&A” button on the main menu.

Friday, March 23, 2018

The West Villages Fees | Venice FL |

I'm keeping you up to date on the latest news from The West Villages in Venice FL, the country's 5th best selling master planned community.

Quite a bit is happening in The West Villages, including a new neighborhood about ready to open for sales, the rapid construction progress at the Atlanta Braves spring training facility, and plans for a town center are taking shape.

At this meeting, someone sitting next to me said "Wouldn't it be nice if all these fees for the different neighborhoods (there are 7, and counting) were laid out for us to find in one place?"

Well, I'm on top of it. 

The West Villages Venice FL Fees in one place
Visit my website for The West Villages CDD and HOA fees all in one place.

I've compiled all this information for you and put it on my website, so you don't have to go to so many different websites and talk to so many different new home sales consultants to get the information you need to help you make your best decision.

Remember, new homes cost the same as the builder's published prices when you are working with your own Realtor.  Contact me for information or for a property tour.

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.

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Islandwalk at The West Villages in Venice fL