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

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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

Residential Market Insights: October 2016

Lennar model home backyard

HOME SALES

The National Association of REALTORS® reported home sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.33 million homes during the month of August. This was a decrease of 0.9 percent from July, and an increase of 0.8 percent from August of last year.

HOME PRICE

The median home price decreased to $240,200 in August, which was down 1.3 percent from July and up 5.1 percent from August of last year. The median home price has increased by nearly $11,700 in the past year alone.

INVENTORY – MONTH’S SUPPLY

There was a 4.6-month supply of housing inventory in August, which was a 2.1 percent decrease from July. The total number of homes for sale decreased by 9.8 percent compared to August of last year.  It is still a seller’s market.

Months of supply is the measure of how many months it would take for the current inventory of homes on the market to sell, given the current pace of home sales. Months of supply is a good indicator of whether a particular real estate market is favoring buyers or sellers. Typically, a market that favors sellers has less than 6 months of supply, while more than 6 months of supply indicates an excess of homes for sale that favors buyers.

The current market for mortgage rates is as follows:

Mortgage Type Interest Rate
30-Year Fixed 3.48%
15-Year Fixed 2.76%
5/1-year ARM 2.80%
Historical average 8.90%

 

Thinking of buying or selling real estate?

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty at 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.

Lennar is offering good sales incentives in Hillsborough County, Florida

Hamilton-Kitchen-River-Bend_thumb.jpgLENNAR IS STILL BUYING DOWN INTEREST RATES (3% IN SOME CASES FOR A FHA LOAN) AND PAYING UP TO $15,000 IN CLOSING COSTS FOR MOST COMPLETED MOVE-IN READY HOMES!!!  Let’s go shopping today for your dream home!!!

Hawks Point Manors (40s) Legacy Series Homes in Ruskin has a variety of homes available from 1,801 SF two-story, three-bedroom, two and one half bath, home to a 2,471 SF two-story, five-bedroom, three and one half bath, home.  These homes range in price from $214,990 to 244,990 and include features like all GE appliances including washers and dryers, wood blinds, ceramic tile, and granite countertops.  Hawks Point Manors amenities include gated entry, community pool, tot lot, fitness room, party room, billiards table, and dog park.  The current HOA Fees are only $176 per quarter and the CDD fee is only $83.25.25 per month.

The following is the Georgia floor plan (2,074 SF two-story, three-bedroom, two and one half bath) that is currently offered at $214,990:

Georgia Front Elevation

The following is the Massachusetts floor plan (2,471 SF two-story, five-bedroom, three and one half bath) that is currently offered at $239,990 and 244,990:

The Massachusetts in Hawks Point Manor Homes

Massachusetts Front Elevation

Thinking of buying or selling real estate?

KW1784102f20KWYou should consider using a realtor.  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

Floor Plans and Elevations were provided by Lennar Homes.

Residential Market Insights: May 2016

cropped-lido-waterfront-home_thumb.jpgHOME SALES

The median home price was $222,700 in March, which was up 5 percent from February and up 5.7 percent from last year. The median home price has increased by approximately $12,000 in the past year alone.

HOME PRICE

The National Association of REALTORS® reported home sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.3 million homes during the month of March. This was an increase of 5.1 percent from February, and an increase of 1.5 percent from March of last year. Currently, 2016 is projected to outpace 2015 by approximately 720,000 total home sales.

INVENTORY – MONTH’S SUPPLY

There was a 4.5-month supply of housing inventory in March, up from 4.4 months in February. The total number of homes for sale in March increased by 2.3 percent to 1.98 million homes nationwide, but that was still 30,000 fewer listings than March of last year.

CURRENT MORTGAGE RATES

The following is a summary of the current mortgage rates:

May 2016 Mortgage Rates

Source: This Month in Real Estate

Thinking of buying or selling real estate?

KW1784102f20KWYou should consider using a realtor.  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty at 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.

Think Mortgage Payment for a New Home AND Not Price!!!

moneyhands_217w_gifEveryone always talking about home price. With historically low interest rates, this might be a great opportunity to buy a new home.  It’s what I call buying power.  In other words, how much home can you comfortably afford.  In today’s economy, there is a lot of items increasing in price (i.e. groceries, gas (up and down), car prices, etc.).  To give you an ideal of what you can buy in one of the best located new communities in Brandon, Florida known as “La Collina”. In most cases, your payment for a “new” home is very competitive to renting. To give you an ideal of payment estimates include all community fees, taxes and estimated insurance as follows:

La Collina Mortgage Payments

La 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 $108.59 per month and HOA fees of $102 per month with a $500 capital contribution.  The community features a variety of single family homes with three floor plans available in the immediate future:

  • Pricing from $259,990s – $285,990s
  • Square footage from 2,076 to 2,507
  • Bedrooms 3 to 5
  • Bathrooms from 2.5 to 3

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 ratings and reviews at click here as well as the school calendar at click here.

There are two 2,076 square foot, three-bedroom/two and one-half bath, Georgia model offered at $259,990 and $262,990.  Front elevation and floor plans are as follows:

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There are two 2,349 square foot, four-bedroom/two and one-half bath, Maryland model offered at $274,290.  Front elevation and floor plans are as follows:

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There are two 2,507 square foot, five-bedroom/three bath, Massachussetts model offered at $282,990 and $285,990.  Front elevation and floor plans are as follows:

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Thinking of buying or selling real estate?

KW1784102f20KWYou should consider using a realtor.  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty at 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.

Front Elevation and Floor Plans were provided by Lennar Homes.

La Collina, One of Lennar’s Newest Developments

Swimming-Pool-at-Night_thumb.jpgLa 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 $305.50 per month with a $500 capital contribution.  The community features a variety of single family homes with six floor plans:

  • Pricing from $236,490s to $288,490s
  • Square footage from 1,504 to 2,767
  • Bedrooms from 3 to 5
  • Bathrooms from 2 to 3.5

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.

Spec Homes

Bimini KitchenHome prices are still very affordable in the Tampa Bay Market.  This is especially true for Spec” (speculation) homes, which 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 is a move-in ready, 2,349 square foot, four-bedroom/Loft/two and one half-bath, Sheffield model offered at $273,640. Front elevation and floor plans are as follows:

There is a move-in ready, 1,612 square foot, three-bedroom/two-bath, Oxford model offered at $240,890. Front elevation and floor plans are as follows:

Thinking of buying or selling real estate?

You should consider using a realtor.  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty at 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.

Front Elevation and Floor Plans were provided by Lennar Homes.