The rumblings of the real estate market might make some people wary about buying a home. Engle Homes officials say don't be.
There are many home buyers taking advantage of the market and they are not only finding the homes of their dreams, but are getting them at amazing prices, says Lauren Arcaro, director of sales and marketing for Engle Homes.
"Many types of home buyers, but especially first-time buyers, have incredible choices at incredible prices," Arcaro says.
Lots of inventory, motivated sellers and good mortgage rates are playing into the hands of buyers, she says.
"Now is the time to buy because I doubt there will ever be a better time to find better deals," she says.
Deals are abundant at Cypress Creek in Ruskin, where Engle Homes builds 10 floor plans and is offering huge incentives for families choosing to buy there.
"We're having a fabulous sale," Arcaro says. "There are incentives on inventory homes of up to $20,000 that customers can use toward down payments, upgrades, design center offerings or closing costs."
In addition, the prices on many of the homes have been reduced, adding to the cost savings, she says.
Two such homes are Engle's newest designs: the Jasmine and the Sago. Both offer a multitude of design and architectural options to help buyers tailor their homes to their needs. Models for each are open.
The Jasmine features three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,648 square feet of living space.
"When you walk through the front door, you have this fantastic view all the way through the home and out to the large patio area that overlooks conservation and water in the back," she says. "It's fantastic."
The Jasmine model was priced from $176,990 but has been reduced to $160,990.
The Sago boasts four bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms in 2,471 square feet of living space. It includes a bonus room that can be used as a game room, another family room or office, Arcaro says.
She says a unique feature to the Sago is the option for customers to add an additional space that includes a fifth bedroom with a full bathroom, bringing the home's size to 2,800 square feet of living space.
The Sago is priced from $209,990, reduced from $225,990.
"There's a lot of square footage for this price," Arcaro says. "This is a great home for large families and for entertaining."
To give customers more peace of mind, all homes built in Cypress Creek are inspected not only by county inspectors, but by CAPRI Engineering, Arcaro says.
"These comprehensive checks are done through all phases of the building process ensuring the best quality materials and workmanship are in each home," she says. "This is supplemented by a comprehensive first-year builders' warranty and a 10-year structural warranty backed by Zurich Insurance, a worldwide corporation doing business since 1872."
Other Engle designs in Cypress Creek are priced from the $150,000s.
"With savings like this on Quick Delivery Homes, they won't last long," Arcaro predicts.
Engle Homes opened in Cypress Creek in June and, when complete, the community will include 2,265 homes. Each home in Cypress Creek features a driveway, front entryway and back patio of brick pavers, and residents have access to a community pool, ball fields, sports courts and playgrounds, Arcaro says.
"The community is wonderful, with schools and a library next door, Manatee River State Park, Ellenton Outlet Mall and Westfield Brandon mall all very close by," she says.
In addition, easy access to Interstate 75 means a quick commute to work and entertainment, she says.
"Downtown Tampa is about 20 minutes to the north and the beaches are a breeze to get to," she says.
To reach Cypress Creek, take I-75 to Exit 246 and go east to U.S. 301. Travel south for about three miles. Turn right onto 19th Avenue; the community entrance is ahead about two miles. The sales center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For information, call (813) 633-0939 or visit www.englehomes.com.