About Alan Lane

You found my real estate blog. Fantastic!!! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. I was always liked real estate especially hew homes. I am a Florida native and live in Tampa Bay. I’m a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty. If you are relocating to Tampa Bay, I can show you what the Tampa Bay lifestyle has to offer including its wide variety of entertainment options from our beautiful beaches to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios amusement parks. I have a wide variety of real estate experience and education. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in both Real Estate and Finance from Florida State University with over 25 years of real estate experience. My goal is to exceed rather than meet expectations. I believe in customer service and have always been willing to go the extra mile to accommodate the needs of my clients. I specialize in finding new homes for buyers in the Tampa Bay area like the bedroom communities of Brandon, FishHawk Ranch, Riverview, Valrico, and Lakeland. Some of the builders that I follow include Lennar Homes, Pulte Homes, Ryan Homes, KB Homes, M/I Homes, Highland Homes, etc. Follow my Blog for deals on new homes in the Tampa Bay Residential Market as well as other real estate and/or finance related topics. I have always been interested in real estate and finance all my life. My blog is about real estate and finance related topics that interest me. Thanks for reading my blog, Alan Lane

Great Deals on Lennar Spec Homes in South Hillsborough County, Florida

Stonegate at Ayersworth offers a variety of single family homes located in the Wimauma area just south of Tampa. The community offers numerous amenities including a basketball court, a playground, a swimming pool, picnic pavilion, and a community center. Future residents can choose from a variety of floor plan options with prices starting from the $200s with 3 to 6 bedrooms.   There are currently two spec homes (Providence Model) reduce by $6,200 and $8,200 from the base price of $227,490.  A “spec” home is a home that is not built with a specific home buyer in mind.  Most builders do not build a home until they have a home owner’s deposit.  But Lennar is not one of these builders.  Since Lennar is one of the largest home builders in Tampa Bay, they need to keep their contractors busy.  This could mean some real savings to home purchasers of spec homes.  The following is the front elevation of the Providence Model (a two story, 2,584 square foot, Four-Bedroom/Flex/Loft/Two-Bath home):

Providence Front Elevation

Providence Model

Little Harbor are two-story homes with a Cape Cod atmosphere in Tampa Bay and one of Lennar’s newest waterfront communities.  These homes will have direct access to Tampa Bay with the convenience of being able to accommodate own docks and boat lifts. Pricing from $514,990s – $669,990s.  There are currently several spec homes with steep discounts between $5,000 and $37,000 off base prices, including Amelia, Jupiter, and Sanibel Models.

Jupiter

Jupiter Model

Sanibel

Sanibel Model

This is just a sample of the spec homes available.  For information on more new homes in the Tampa Bay market, please contact me and let’s go shopping.

Front Elevations provided by Lennar Homes

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

Tampa Bay Residential Real Estate Firms

kwKeller Williams Realty has three of the top 10 residential real estate firms in Tampa Bay Market ranked by Gross Sales Volume Closed in 2016.  The Tampa Bay market comprises Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota Counties.   This list was supplied by individual companies through questionnaires.  Two of the Keller Williams’ offices exceeded the average number of listings and closings.  In fact, one office was ranked first in both closings and listings.  However, Keller Williams Realty lagged the average sales price with these firms focusing on selling higher end condominiums and water front properties versus Keller Williams focus on middle class purchasers.  The following exhibit displays the results of this survey:

Tampa Bay Residential

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

La Collina Spec Home in Brandon Florida

cropped-image1.pngLa Collina is located at the northeastern quadrant of Lithia Pinecrest and Lumsden Roads in Brandon, Florida.  This location is located in one of the best areas of Brandon including, but not limited to a wide variety of shopping, parks, and restaurants.  Amenities include a clubhouse, playground, a pavilion with a resort style swimming pool, cabanas, trails, and a dog park.  There is an annual CDD fee of $1,303.09 and HOA fees of $306 per month with a $500 capital contribution.  The community features a variety of single family homes with six floor plans:

  • Pricing from $282,990s to $306,990s
  • Square footage from 2,074 to 2,775
  • Bedrooms from 3 to 4
  • Bathrooms from 2 to 2

This area is known is for some of the better schools in Hillsborough County.  Currently, the schools include the following:

  • Brooker Elementary School
  • Burns Middle School
  • Bloomingdale High School

Although the above schools are the currently assigned to the subject development, I would suggest that a potential buyer check the Hillsborough County website to verify the schools and more information (school grades, school calendar, etc.). If you are relocating to Hillsborough County, you can find your school at click here as well as the school calendar at click here.

Shopping for a large production or custom home builder can be a daunting task.  Start by defining what architectural styles appeal to you and then seek out the builders in your area who offer those styles.  Due diligence is essential.  Unlike most builders, Lennar offer a home that has everything included.  What does that mean for the buyer?  In the case of upgrades, it is simply a matter of over pricing them above what you could get done from an individual subcontractor.  I’m not saying that Lennar does not offer upgrades, but most of the “typical” upgrades in the modern home as “granite” countertops are included.  Whereas, a lot of builder charge higher prices at their “design centers”.  This is just something to think about when deciding on purchasing a home.

 The builder representative and your real estate agent

A builder representative’s ultimate goal is to sell you a home.  His or her role is to provide a wide range of information to help you in your decision-making, from building restrictions, roads and easements to inspections, warranties, rebates and upgrades.  A real estate agent knowledgeable in new home construction will be able to help you wade through all the data and point out the downsides and upsides of each line item.  Your agent also can look out for your interests in reviewing the builder’s contract, which often contains more legal jargon than consumer friendly language.

There is one spec home available (the Georgia) within the La Collina.  This 2,074 square foot, 3 bedroom home features a designer kitchen with an abundance of counter and cabinet space.  It looks out to the open space of the family and dining room for a great open feel.  The bedrooms are on the second floor and large, with the master suite over 20 feet wide with a huge closet and luxury master bath with garden tub. The laundry room is on the second floor for your convenience.

Georgia Elevation

Georgia 1st Flr

Georgia 2nd

Front Elevations and Floor Plans provided by Lennar Homes

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

3602 W Renellie Circle, Tampa, FL 33629

IMG_6828.JPGThis charming 2 Bedroom/1 Bath South Tampa home, including GUEST HOUSE has it all! (Note: Main House Approx. 999 Sq. Ft) Features gorgeous hardwood & ceramic tile floors, granite counter tops, remodeled kitchen & bath, built-in cherry wood armoire, and much, much more. Nestled in beautiful lush gardens and brick pathways is the private, remodeled, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom Guest House, which is leased on a month-to-month basis for $700. This property is located in an area that has seen a lot of redevelopment and could be interim use or immediate tear down.  This property is currently listed for only $299,000

Below is a map of Plant High School Boundaries.  For the 2016-2017 school year, the property was located just north of the southern boundary within Plant High School:

Plant High School Map

Although the above schools are the currently assigned to the Plant High School (one of the best high schools in Tampa), I would suggest that any potential buyer check the Hillsborough County website to verify the schools and more information (school grades, school calendar, etc.). If you are relocating to Hillsborough County, you can find your school at click here as well as the school calendar at click here.

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

Hillsborough County Residential Market May 2017

IMG_4126.jpgThere has been a lot of news about the health of most residential markets throughout the United States.  But in Hillsborough County (Tampa) Florida, the residential market remains strong and should continue to be strong into the immediate future.  So if you are relocating to this area, you should not be worried about buying a new home.  Per MLS statistics, there are some significant market indicators that show that the market continues to be a seller’s market.  The number of active listings have continue to decline.

Active Listings 5 10

We have also seen a steady historical sales price trend from its low in January 2011 with the current trend is not at the 2007 level when the bubble burst (i.e. there were 11,541 sales in April 2012 versus 8,027 sales in April 2017).  It’s this steady trend that should keep the market a seller’s market and healthy into the near future.

Historic sales price trend 5 10

The actual days on the market (ADOM) has been declining despite the increase in price.  As of April 2017, the ADOM is only 23 days with a median list price of $223,000 versus 42 days in February 2015 when the median list price was $185,900.

ADOM 5 10

We are also seeing a decline in the number of sales in most price ranges in the past three years.  This is especially true for homes under $100,000 when there were 6,630 sales in 2015 versus 3,957 sales in 2017.

Historic sales X Price range 5 10

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

Waterset Townhomes in Apollo Beach, Florida

Waterset TownhomesWaterset Townhomes are very affordable townhomes with reasonable maintenance fees  in eastern Hillsborough County, Apollo Beach, Florida.  This location is between the Interstate Corridor and Tampa Bay.  It is also conveniently located to restaurants and shopping as well as Tampa’s business district and Gulf Coast beaches.  Some of the property highlights include:

  • Pricing from $194,490s – $233,990s
  • Square footage from 1,756 to 2,185
  • Bedrooms from 3 to 4
  • Bathrooms from 2 to 3
  • Amenities include  a resort-style pool, splash park, playground, picnic area, cafe, outdoor fitness station, and a fitness center.
  • CDDs are only $80.46 per month with low HOAs at only $6.08 per month.
  • The Townhome maintenance fee is only $179.00 per month.

Per Lennar, the Schools for this subdivision include:

  • Inez Doby Elementary School
  • Eisenhower Middle School
  • East Bay High School

Although the above schools are the currently assigned to the subject development, I would suggest that any potential buyer check the Hillsborough County website to verify the schools and more information (school grades, school calendar, etc.). If you are relocating to Hillsborough County, you can find your school at click here as well as the school calendar at click here.

Unlike most builders, Lennar offer a home that has everything included.  What does that mean for the buyer?  In the case of upgrades, it is simply a matter of over pricing them above what you could get done from an individual subcontractor.  I’m not saying that Lennar does not offer upgrades, but most of the “typical”upgrades in the modern home as “granite” countertops are included.  Whereas, a lot of builder charge higher prices at their “design centers”.  This is just something to think about when deciding on purchasing a home.

There are several “spec” homes available.  Home builders in the Tampa Bay Residential Market have completed homes available with some real savings like discounts off the original sales price and generous closing costs available to potential home buyers in communities like Riverview and Dover, Florida.  Sales prices onSpec” (speculation) are often the best places to get the best deals.  These homes are built by builders without an intended purchaser in mind (Hence the builder is speculating that they will find a builder to buy the home).  There are two spec townhomes available (Ironwood and Princewood models).  The following is the Ironwood Model:

Ironwood

Ironwood 1st Flr

Ironwood 2nd Flr

The following is the Princewood Model:

Princewood

Princewood 1st Flr

Princewood 2nd Flr

Front Elevations and Floor Plans provided by Lennar Homes

KW1784102f20KW.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link

Hawks Landing in Ruskin, FLorida

Lido Beach MorningHawks Landing is a new home community in eastern Hillsborough County, Tampa Bay Florida.  This location is located east of Tampa Bay and the Interstate 75 Corridor.   However, it is still conveniently located to restaurants and shopping as well as Tampa’s business district and Gulf Coast beaches.  With 7 spacious floor plans, you’re sure to find a home that suits you at an affordable price in this new subdivision. These single-family homes come with a wide variety of unique features to fit whatever you want in home.  Some of the property highlights include:

  • Pricing from $175,990s – $249,990s
  • Square footage from 1,555 to 3,326
  • Bedrooms from 3 to 6
  • Bathrooms from 2 to 3
  • CDDs at 167.11 per month with low HOAs ($6.27 per month)

Per Lennar, the Schools for this subdivision include:

  • Cypress Creek Elementary
  • Shields Middle
  • Lennard High

Although the above schools are the currently assigned to the subject development, I would suggest that any potential buyer check the Hillsborough County website to verify the schools and more information (school grades, school calendar, etc.). If you are relocating to Hillsborough County, you can find your school at click here as well as the school calendar at click here.

Unlike most builders, Lennar offer a home that has everything included.  What does that mean for the buyer?  In the case of upgrades, it is simply a matter of over pricing them above what you could get done from an individual subcontractor.  I’m not saying that Lennar does not offer upgrades, but most of the “typical”upgrades in the modern home as “granite” countertops are included.  Whereas, a lot of builder charge higher prices at their “design centers”.  This is just something to think about when deciding on purchasing a home.

There are several “spec” homes available.  Home builders in the Tampa Bay Residential Market have completed homes available with some real savings like discounts off the original sales price and generous closing costs available to potential home buyers in communities like Riverview and Ruskin, Florida.  Sales prices onSpec” (speculation) are often the best places to get the best deals.  These homes are built by builders without an intended purchaser in mind (Hence the builder is speculating that they will find a builder to buy the home).  There are seven spec homes available (Harrisburg, Hartford, Dover, Providence, and Raleigh models).  The following is the Harrisburg Model:

Harrisburg Front

Harrisburg first flr

The following is the Hartford Model:

Hartford Front

HARTFORD fIREST fLOOR

The following is the Dover Model:

Dover Front

Dover 1st Floor

The following is the Providence Model:

Providence

Providence 1st Floor

Providence 2nd Flr

The following is the Raleigh Model:

Raleigh

Raleigh 1st Flr

Raleigh 2nd Flr

Front Elevations and Floor Plans provided by Lennar Homes

KW1784102f20KW.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  I could save you money especially with new home builders and it does not cost you anything.  So why not?  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty a.t 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is alanlane66@gmail.com, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link