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

Granite vs. Quartz

Azalea-Kitchen_thumb.jpgMost of the new homes in the Tampa Bay residential market have granite countertops as standard rather than an option.  Some of the home builders are offers Quartz as an updated option. Granite is a common type of igneous rock that is granular and phaneritic in texture. Granites can be predominantly white, pink, or gray in color. Granitic rock is widely distributed throughout the continental crust.  Below are some different colors of Granites:

Various_granites

cropped-hamilton-kitchen-river-bend.jpgDid you know that Granite is actually porous?  Whereas, Quartz is not porous and thus requires no periodic sealing like Granite with the look of any quartz countertop compares to granite.  It is also heat-resistant.  Since quartz is an engineered product, consisting of a minimum of 93% quartz and 7% epoxy binder and dyes.  An engineered product is s a composite material made of crushed stone bound together by an adhesive.  The two common stones used in producing these products are marble and quartz.  It requires no sealer has the advantage in that it requires no harsh chemicals to seal, nor does it emit harmful chemicals into the air, making it potentially more environmentally friendly.  Because quartz countertops are manufactured, the color and pattern possibilities are limitless—including varieties that are almost identical to granite or marble.  Because of the ease of care, Quartz is becoming more popular.  For example, I know that Lennar now offers quartz as an option.  If you buying a home and you want to get the most for your money, you should consider Quartz.

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

 

Little Harbor in Ruskin, Florida

img_6055Whether you are still working or retired, you can have it all in a home?  You can have beautiful views of Tampa Bay coupled with two-story homes in a Cape Cod atmosphere in Tampa Bay.  Well You can in 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.   Some of the property highlights include:

  • Pricing from $514,990s – $669,990s
  • Square footage from 2,618 to 3,835
  • Bedrooms from 4 to 5
  • Bathrooms from 2.5 to 3
  • Amenities include a basketball court, fitness center, marina, playground, sport court, swimming pool, tennis court, and volleyball court.

Since schools districts can change all the time, we suggest that a potential buyer should verified the schools prior to purchasing.  Per Lennar, the Schools for this subdivsion include:

  • Thompson Elementary School
  • Beth Shields Middle School
  • Dr. Earl Lennard High School

There are seven spec homes available (Jupiter, Sanibel, and Amelia models).  Spec homes are homes built without a buyer and usually offer better than average deals as the builder/developer does not want to keep them for very long.

Amelia Front Elevation

Amelia Model

Amelia First Flr

Amelia Second Flr

The following is the Sanibel:

Sanibel

Sanibel First Flr

Sanibel 2nd Flr

The following is the Jupiter:

 Jupiter

Jupiter 1st Flr

Jupiter 2nd Flr

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.

Riverview Lakes Townhomes

Riverview Lakes Townhomes is a Lennar townhome community located on the west side of US Highway 301, just south of Gibsonton Drive in Riverview, Florida.  Riverview is one of the fastest growing areas in the Tampa Bay area.  HOA is $171.45 per month with no CDD Fees.  Some of the highlights include the following:

  • Pricing from $189,990s – $214,990s
  • Square footage from 1,747 to 2,162
  • Bedrooms from 3 to 4
  • Bathrooms from 2 to 2.5

Since schools districts can change all the time, we suggest that a potential buyer should verified the schools prior to purchasing.  According to Lennar, the schools are as follows:

  • Collins Elementary School
  • Rodgers Middle School
  • Riverview High School

There are seven spec homes available (Abacos, Bimini and Cozumel models).  Spec homes are homes built without a buyer and usually offer better than average deals as the builder/developer does not want to keep them for very long.

Abacos Model – a 1,747 SF, 3 BR/2 BA, Home – Three available at $189,990

Bimini Model – a 1,993SF, 3 BR/2.5 BA, Home – Three available between $199,990 and $201,990.

Cozumel Model – a 2,162SF, 4 BR/2.5 BA, Home – One available at $216,990

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.

Building Plans were provided by Lennar Homes.

Ballentrae in Riverview, Florida

Ballentrae is located southwest of Rhodine and Balm Riverview Roads in Riverview, Florida.  Riverview is one of the fastest growing areas in the Tampa Bay area.  HOA is $5 per month and the CDD Fee is $152.08 per month.  The development features a clubhouse and a resort style swimming pool.  Some of the highlights include the following:

  • Pricing from $225,490s – $310,490s
  • Square footage from 1,971 to 3,777
  • Bedrooms from 3 to 5
  • Bathrooms from 2 to 3

Since schools districts can change all the time, we suggest that a potential buyer should verified the schools prior to purchasing.  According to Lennar, the schools are as follows:

  • Collins Elementary School
  • Rodgers Middle School
  • Riverview High School

There are four spec homes available (Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Vermont models).  Spec homes are homes built without a buyer and usually offer better than average deals as the builder/developer does not want to keep them for very long.

The Pennsylvania in Ballentrae

Pennsylvania Model – a 2,529SF, 4 BR/3 BA, Home – One available at $265,890

The Rhode Island in Enclave at Boyette

Rhode Island Model – a 2,533SF, 4 BR/2.5 BA, Home – One available at $268,490

The South Carolina in Ballentrae

South Carolina  Model – a 2,947SF, 4 BR/2.5 BA, Home – One available at $289,990

The Vermont in Ballentrae

Vermont Model – a 3,288SF, 5 BR/3 BA, Home – One available at $295,840

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.

Elevations were provided by Lennar Homes.