Real Estate’s (Unsurprising) Secret: Tampa Is Hot Right Now

When it comes to real estate, the best case scenario is finding a home in an area as it is becoming popular. This way you protect your investment and get to reap the benefits of its popularity—entertainment, dining, and job opportunities all combine to make an incredible place to live. When it comes to major metropolitan areas, you can’t do much better than the Tampa area right now!

Tampa currently is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation—it grew by 300,000 new residents between 2010 and 2017, according to Livability.com. The story’s title alone says it all: “Why Everyone Is Moving to Tampa Right Now (And You Might Want to Join Them).”

Here’s what Livability loves about Tampa (and what you’ll love too!)

• Redeveloped Downtown and Waterfront

Tampa recently spent $3 billion to develop 54 acres along the waterfront that connects to downtown with luxury hotels, office towers, and apartments. This 2.5 mile riverwalk connects tons of entertainment, dining, and shopping. Enjoy the aquarium, the Tampa Museum of Art, and spend time at Sparkman Wharf, which features beer gardens, eateries by renowned chef’s and often live music.

• Job Opportunities Abound

Tampa ranks 4th for job opportunities, with an unemployment rate well below the national average. New businesses like Mosaic, the Frank Recruitment Group, and Liftup are opening in Tampa and bringing over 200 jobs.

• Affordability

Tampa’s cost of living is more than 8% below the national average, and first time homebuyers are flocking to the area—it was recently ranked 2nd in the country.

• Sunny in the City

People love sunny Florida, which is a feature that won’t go away anytime soon. Enjoy being near the ocean and festivals that take place all year long.

Read the full article here.

Interested in living at WaterGrass, where Tampa is just a short drive away? Make an appointment to visit today!

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New WaterGrass Website Launched!

We are so excited to launch a new WaterGrass website! The new site allows potential homebuyers to get a true feel for the beauty of the community, located in Wesley Chapel, Florida. On the site you can explore:

Residents love that WaterGrass features so much of what is best about the area—lush landscaping, grand stone entrance monuments, private neighborhoods, and natural wetland and conservation areas. It also features an incredible sense of community, with parks and playgrounds, sports courts, and the WaterGrass Club featuring a resort pool with splash zone, Jr. Olympic pool, fitness center with adjoining children’s play room, social gathering rooms and more. The new site offers an accurate depiction of WaterGrass life at its finest!

Take a look around the new site and enjoy!

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5 Reasons to Buy a Home in Summer from Realtor.com

Summer is a hot time to buy and sell your home. Realtor.com recently summed up why this isn’t a reason to stay away and wait for it to cool off—it’s a popular time to buy because it’s a great time to buy! We’ll sum up their reasons below:

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1. Prices aren’t always higher. It’s a myth that prices are higher in the summer than the winter—home prices are mainly driven by the number of homes for sale in an area, interest rates, and the job market.

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2. More inventory. Because it’s a popular time to buy and sell, you have more to choose from at this time. And at WaterGrass, you always have the chance to buy new from any of our incredible builders! We also have a great variety of move-in ready homes available.

3. Buying and selling simultaneously could be easier. If you have a home to sell before you buy, you will be more likely to have success with your sale when there are more buyers on the market. This could allow a seamless transition into your new home!

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4. No school! If you have kids, you know that it’s less disruptive to move them before a new school year begins. Also, you can bring them with to learn about the home you are buying to help get everyone on board.

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5. You can get a feel for the community. During summer everyone is out and about. It’s a great chance to tour the community and see what life would be like here.

Read the full article on Realtor.com.

Are you interested in moving into WaterGrass this summer? You could move in and enjoy all the amenities that are so fun to take advantage of in summer: the WaterGrass Club, sports courts, parks, playgrounds, and more! Check out our move-in ready homes!

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3 Reasons to Buy a New Home This Winter

The most popular time throughout the year to purchase a home is typically spring or summer. But a recent Nerdwallet study shows that the winter definitely has its perks—especially considering spring and summer offers more competition and higher prices.

A few reasons Nerdwallet cites for buying your home in the winter:

• Prices are likely at their lowest. Realtor.com data showed that home sale prices are 8.45 percent lower in January and February than in June through August.

• Less competition. Last year, twice as many people were buying homes in June compared to January.

Mortgage rates are likely at their lowest. In 2017, mortgage rates are expected to be at their lowest now, at the beginning of the year.

Read the full article on Nerdwallet.

Are you interested in checking out the new homes available at WaterGrass? We have plenty of move-in ready homes available, so you can move in without the wait.

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New Home Buying Guide Part 4. The step-by-step process when building a new home from scratch.

When you are buying a home for the first time, the process can seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be—especially since so many professionals who do this all the time are there to help. We’ve put together a New Home Buying Guide Series to ease the process of buying a new construction home for the first time. So far, we’ve covered:

6 Things to Consider When Shopping New Home Communities. 

• 6 Professionals Who Will Help You with Your New Home Purchase

• How to Choose a Builder, Lot, and Floorplan.

After you’ve chosen your lot and builder, you’re on your way to your new home! With every builder and home, the process will vary slightly, but we can walk you through what will typically happen.

The home-building process takes an average of 4-6 months from start to finish for a semi-custom home, and 9-12 months for a fully customized home. The below steps will be the bulk of that process!

1. Meet to select floorplan and options. You will meet with a builder representative to select the floorplan you’d like to build. You’ll also have the chance to choose options and upgrades, so you can build a unique home perfect for your needs. If possible, walk through a model home when considering which options or upgrades are important to you.

2. Sign a contract and submit the deposit. You will sign a contract and submit the deposit to indicate that you are ready for the construction process to begin!

3. Choose colors, features and specifications. You will have the chance to select all the finishing touches that will give your home its style. This typically includes tile in bathrooms, flooring, and backsplash; countertop material and color; cabinet color, style, and finish; light fixtures; hardware; appliance color; and more. This can be the most fun part of the process!

4. Walk throughs. Most builders will have you walk through the home a few times during the construction process. It depends on the builder you’ve selected and their process, but usually you will walk the lot, walk through at frame up, walk through after drywalled, and do a final walk through when the home is complete.

5. Prepare for closing. Throughout the process, you will work with your mortgage broker or mortgage company and lawyers to pull together the paperwork necessary to close.

6. Closing, get the keys! At closing, you will sign the necessary paperwork, complete your full deposit, and you will walk out with keys as new homeowners! Congratulations!

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