Regional Differences in New Homes | Sarasota FL | David Barr Realtor

Over the weekend I toured resale homes and new construction homes with vinyl plank and engineered hardwood flooring throughout. 

Those finishes are great for homes up north with floors above grade, but in FL, those materials placed over a cement slab that wicks moisture, even if they are supposedly waterproof, are not the best choice. There's something disconcerting to those of us here in Florida that are used to walking on the quiet, solid floors of ceramic tile or terrazzo, compared to the hollow sound of engineered hardwood.

I've recently shown homes in Grand Palm and in Lakewood Ranch that have engineered hardwood in the main living areas, and they have sat on the market for quite a while.

Regional differences are just another reason you need your own Realtor working for you when you're buying a new home in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, or Venice FL and The West Villages.

New Home Buying Misconceptions | Quick Move In Homes | Venice FL

One question keeps coming up about quick move in homes, or "inventory" homes: Can the builder make any changes?. 

Builders rarely make any changes to a quick move in home, at any stage of it's construction. 

They purchase the materials and finishes for each home, and make plans far in advance, to get the best pricing. Most quick move in homes will come with ceramic tile floors in wet areas and living areas, with carpet in the bedrooms. If you wanted to change the carpet, you'd have do to it after purchase.

If you are particular about kitchen finishes such as cabinet color or countertops, the builder likely has options to show you, possibly at a different stage of construction.

The number of quick move in homes in many of the new home communities I serve between Lakewood Ranch and The West Villages has decreased.  Please contact me for more information and to schedule a tour.

New Home Hurricane Protection | Sarasota FL | David Barr Realtor

Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch new home buyers might be surprised to learn that most are built without impact resistant windows and sliding glass doors, and come instead with a package of protective panels.

Upgrading to impact resistant glass all around your new home is expensive (up to $20,000 depending on the builder and size of the home). Many of my clients have found it would take decades to recoup the added cost through reduced home owner's insurance premiums.

If you're looking at new homes in Lakewood Ranch, Venice and The West Villages, or Sarasota, you need a new home specialist. Remember, new construction costs the same as the builder's advertised prices when you're working with your own Realtor. for Venice real estate for Lakewood Ranch for Sarasota
Contact me to arrange a tour.

New Construction Update | Cresswind Lakewood Ranch | David Barr Realtor

It's unbelievable to me how quickly builders can change a landscape. 
This is Cresswind in Lakewood Ranch in December 2018, and July 2019. Cresswind will be a 55 and over community that will compete with Del Webb. It's located just north of Lakewood National, north of SR 70 off the Uiehlien Road extension. 

I'll have a video for Cresswind on my website,  Remember, new homes cost the same as the builder's advertised price when you're working with a Realtor.

New Home Buying Misconceptions | Sarasota and Venice FL | David Barr Realtor

One of the most common misconceptions about buying a Venice FL or Sarasota new construction home is that you can pick out the home site you want, and the builder will hold it until your current home sells. 

The reality is that you have to be ready to write an offer with the builder (with my help as your buyer's agent, of course), and pick out your home site then. Home sites are released for sale in small batches (mostly because of local permitting requirements), to buyers who are ready to go. 

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Three New Downtown Luxury Condos | Sarasota FL | David Barr Realtor

There's a lot of new construction happening in downtown Sarasota.
BLVD Sarasota is an 18 story condominium with 49 residences. It is over half sold, with prices starting around $2 million.  These condos will have 3500 to 3900 square feet of living space, with expansive outdoor living spaces and floor to ceiling windows. 

TheRitz Carlton is building another 18 story luxury condo building with 73 residences, on the site of the former Quay, with direct waterfront access.  Connected by a private walkway, only a stone's throw from the Ritz Carlton Resort, these condos will have floor plans from 3095 to 4855 square feet of living space.  These will have a much more contemporary vibe than existing Ritz Carlton properties.
Auteur Sarasota will add another 18 story condo tower next to the Sarasota Hyatt Regency, with 56 residences. These contemporary condos will start in the $2 millions, with outdoor living spaces on both sides of the building, providing for amazing views of downtown and …

Venice Woodland New Homes Update | Venice FL | David Barr Realtor

My first post for Venice Woodland new homes in Venice FL was back in January. 
Here's an update showing their sales center and model home under construction. 

The main street into the community is now paved. Venice Woodland, by M/I Homes, sits on about 150 acres, and will have a full list of amenities such as a dog park, resort style pool and club house, walking trails, and fitness center. 
M/I Homes also builds Oasis at The West Villages, Mapleleaf Hammock in Lakewood Ranch, and Hidden Creek in Sarasota. 
Remember, new homes cost the same as the builder's advertised prices, when you're working with your own Realtor as your buyer's agent.  Contact me for a tour.