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Exploring the Affordable Allure of New Construction in Southwest Florida

new construction Carleen Murone February 27, 2024

In the wake of the pandemic, Southwest Florida has experienced a housing boom that has redefined the local real estate scene. Initially challenged by supply shortages, builders are now back on track, focusing particularly on the production of entry-level, affordable new homes. This three-part series delves into the diverse landscape of new construction in Southwest Florida, providing insights into the advantages, disadvantages, and the overall growth shaping the region. Starting the series we talk about move-in ready homes.

Southwest Florida boasts a variety of builders dedicated to crafting move-in ready homes with a streamlined design process and modern finishes. Builders like D.R. Horton and Holiday Builders stand out, offering standard features such as granite countertops, LED lighting, and tall ceilings. Recently showcased at the CCCIA Builders' Showcase, these homes present an affordable option, with finished prices starting in the low $300,000 range for a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom model.

The geographical distribution of new construction varies across Southwest Florida. In areas like Cape Coral, new homes are interspersed on "spot lots" among existing housing, while North Fort Myers and Fort Myers showcase developments in new communities. Despite limited choices in certain neighborhoods, the market is rich with options from builders like Century Complete, Lennar, Adams, Focus, Christopher Allen, Coaston Homes, LGI, Pulte, and various local or non-corporate entities.

The advantages of investing in new construction in Southwest Florida are multifaceted. Beyond the appeal of modern design, these homes often come with more affordable homeowner's insurance due to adherence to the latest building codes. Additionally, advancements in technology contribute to enhanced energy efficiency. Smaller yet well-designed homes contribute to increased affordability, and builders frequently entice buyers with incentives such as cash back at closing and lower interest rates. Large corporate builders, in particular, leverage pre-purchased mortgages with in-house lenders to offer more favorable rates than traditional lenders for resale properties.

However, it's essential to recognize that new construction may come with initial drawbacks. Some homes may lack outdoor living space, such as a private pool, large lanai under truss, triple pocket sliders, or a fenced-in yard. Personalization becomes a post-construction endeavor, requiring updates to paint colors, lighting fixtures, and other touches to make the space uniquely yours.

Southwest Florida is in the midst of a significant growth spurt, with communities actively working on infrastructure to accommodate the influx of new residents. The dynamic nature of the region's real estate market underscores the importance of seeking guidance from a local Realtor®. Integrity 1st Group stands out as a builder-friendly team of agents equipped with additional resources for lending, inspections, and expert assistance throughout the home-buying process.

In conclusion, navigating the affordable allure of new construction in Southwest Florida is a journey filled with possibilities. This series aims to shed light on the diverse offerings in the market, providing prospective buyers with valuable insights and guidance as they embark on this exciting chapter of homeownership in the thriving Southwest Florida region. Next month we will explore more mid-level, more customizable builders and homes.

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