1. Why Home Buyers Prefer New Homes All Under Warranty

    While a used home may appear more cost effective, it likely has products and appliances that need fixing, upgrading or replacing. Unfortunately, products and appliances today are not built with the same quality and do not last nearly as long as they did 20 years ago. While the avocado green fridge from the Brady Brunch is sure to be as functional today as it was in the 1970s, appliances today, don’t have the same gusto. How many appliances can you count in your home? When you count the basics: refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer, you can see how these products breaking down at once can easily take their toll on our sanity and our wallets.

    When you buy new, your products and appliances will all be top of the line and under warranty. With Neal Communities, your home will feature the newest in products and quality design and will come with the Neal warranty. It’s our friendly assurance to you that we stand behind our products and that you will be able to experience and enjoy your quality new home for years saving your sanity and your wallet.


  2. Inside the Valor II

    Liz Reuth, Neal Communities E-Marketing Manager takes us for a tour inside Neal Communities’ Valor 2 Kitchens in Lakewood Ranch Florida. A smart design with a beautiful open concept kitchen, dining and living space give this space an open and airy touch. The space is great for entertaining guests and with a double sink facing the living room, Mr. and Ms. Homeowner can stay engaged with the guests while cleaning up! Large cabinets surround the Valor 2 kitchen making it perfect for the cook in the family to store pots and pans along with counter space to house all cooking gadgets. If you don’t believe us, just see for yourself!

     
     

    Valor II is a contemporary 1,162 Sq. Ft home perfect for a single family. Featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open concept kitchen, living and great room; this is a home full of modern charm. A family friendly community with budget friendly prices. Come experience it for yourself!

     

     

     


  3. Boca New staff member and club expansion plans!

     The Boca Royale community is growing and so is our family as we welcome experienced General Manager, Ian Fetigan to the Boca Royale Golf & Country Club team!

    With more than 20 years of successful, hands-on management experience in the hospitality, non-profit, and private country club industries, Fetigan brings a wealth of knowledge to the Boca Royale team in all areas and will be an invaluable asset in our expansion and enhancing an already thriving club.

    The Boca Royale community will be expanding over the next few years. New staff, new dining menus and a perfectly manicured golf course are already setting Boca Royale apart as one of the finest golf and country clubs in the region with a reputation for delivering a quality, Florida lifestyle.

    Neal Communities is building homes within Boca Royale and offers homeowners a variety of new home options at Boca Royale. The builder offers single-family homes from its Cove and Signature Series, and paired villas from the Coral Series. Homes range in size from 1,434 square feet to 3,262 square feet. Homes are nestled amidst existing and established oaks and preserved land.

    Located right off of 776, Boca Royale has access to shopping, beaches, and entertainment. For more information about the community and country club, please go to www.bocaroyale.com or call 941-475-6464.

     


  4. A Night to Remember

     

    A few weeks ago John Neal Homes hosted a very special Realtor® event celebrating the opening of their newest model home in the Haddington neighborhood of Country Club East in Lakewood Ranch. Homes start in the $400’s and up in this community depending upon your lot and upgrades. Their new Palmavera model offers a spacious, refreshingly open floor plan that overlooked a small lake.

    Inside the spacious kitchen, John Neal Homes had brought in the celebrity Chef Tommy Klauber, and his staff from Polo Grill and Fête Catering and Ballroom, located on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

    The honored guests enjoyed a wine tasting with about eight various wines to try from Michael’s Wine Cellar. An array of hors d’oeuvres from Fête Catering, were served. From Moll’s Mac & Cheese Balls to hand picked Mini Blue Crab Cakes with a sweet chili dipping sauce; each appetizer was to die for.

    While guests toured this stunning home, John Neal was available to answer any questions about the property and the available upgrades. Meanwhile, Chef Tommy Klauber, demonstrated how to make his Sarasota Seafood Pan Roast.

    This surely was a night to remember! Good wine, good-looking food, gorgeous homes and great cooking skills.

     

     


  5. Trick or Treat – Fun Ideas for Adults on Halloween!

    Trick or Treat – fun ideas for adults on Halloween! Goblins, ghosts and ghouls….oh my! Halloween is nearly upon us! Children everywhere are already dreaming about all the goodies they will be collecting around their neighborhood as they walk door to door dressed up in their fanciest (and spookiest!) Halloween costumes. Tootsie rolls, candy bars and other sugary snacks are bound to be on your shopping list in the upcoming weeks. But, why should children be the ONLY ones enjoying the spookiest time of the year? Adults can have fun too! Here are some ideas for adult Halloween fun!

    1. Host a Halloween block party! Invite your neighbors over for a pre- Halloween celebration before the trick or treaters make their arrival. Be sure to have tunes playing like ‘The Monster Mash’, ‘Thriller’, and ‘Werewolves of London’.

    2. Have a pumpkin carving contest for adults and children a few days before Halloween. This will get everyone in the spirit.

    3. Create a spooktacular dinner! Brains and eyeballs (spaghetti and meatballs) anyone? There are plenty of great Halloween recipes! From goblin cupcakes to baked monster eyes! Check out this website for more ideas. http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/halloween/

    4. While the kids are out trick or treating, watch a scary movie! Remember Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween? That was some scary stuff!

    5. Get in the spirit and don your most terrifying costume when you answer the doorbell. The neighborhood kids are sure to get a kick out of seeing you dressed up for the occasion.

    6. Host a ‘pet’ costume party! Everyone will love seeing your Cocker Spaniel dressed up like Cinderella.

    7. Visit a haunted house! Whatever you decide to do, have fun! Remember, you are never too old to enjoy the fun (and fear!) that comes around every October 31st!

    For more ideas on how to have fun this Halloween, visit

    http://events.heraldtribune.com/venice-fl/events/halloween+events+sarasota


  6. Creating that ‘Fall’ Feeling in Florida

    Oftentimes in Florida, the difference between the end of summer and the beginning of fall can be nothing more than a few degrees being shaved off the thermometer. While we don’t get to experience quite the same colorful change of seasons like our neighbors up north, we can however ‘create’ the sensation of fall by following a few simple tips.

    1. Light scented candles around the room to capture the ‘smell’ of autumn! With fabulous fragrances like spiced pumpkin pie, evergreen forest, and gingerbread it’s easy create an autumn aroma in every room!
    2. Plant some fall flowers! Traditional fall plants, such as pansies, violas, snapdragons, mums, asters, cabbages, and kale, are reliable methods of injecting a splash of color in your yard.
    3. Bake an apple pie! There are so many fabulous recipes that remind us of fall!
    4. Make your own fall centerpieces. A quick trip to a craft store will provide you with everything you need to create a colorful fall centerpiece. Pine cones, vibrant silk plants, and other creative items will make your home a fall fashion statement.
    5. Travel north. Florida fall foliage, believe it or not, features brilliant hues and spectacular scenery. The changing colors of leaves in autumn is one of nature’s most beloved rites of passage — and makes for one of the most popular and inexpensive getaways for families — even in the Sunshine State. The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is a 30-mile circle along the east coast of northern Florida that cuts through four state parks (including Tomoka State Park), six local parks and 10 miles of up-close-and-personal ocean views.
    6. Check your local newspaper for Octoberfest, Halloween, and other fall events. It’s a beautiful time to enjoy the great outdoors!

    Looking for other fun fall ideas? Check out this website for things to do in our area!
    http://events.bradenton.com/bradenton-fl/events/fall+festivals


  7. Cool Weather = Hot Recipes!

    If you are like most of us, somewhere in your kitchen (buried beneath the pots and pans) you have a lonely crockpot stashed away that is patiently WAITING for the weather to get cooler so that it can be used again! Crockpots and slow cookers have been around a long time, but often are forgotten about in our never ending quest to prepare a ‘quick’ dinner for the family. However, the time you will save using a crockpot to make a satisfying meal is well worth the advanced preparation.

    So, dust off your crockpots and let the cooking commence! Your family will love the healthy, hearty and delicious recipes that you can conjure up in your crockpot! You will love the fact that you just need to mix a few ingredients, turn on the nob and let your slow cooker do ALL the work for you!

    Now that the weather is cooling down, it is time to heat up the crockpot. From fish and barbeque to burritos and beans, your crock pot will quickly become your favorite cooking accessory! Here’s a great recipe for a delicious shrimp Creole recipe!

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 c diced celery
    • 1 cup chopped onion
    • 3/4 cup chopped bell pepper
    • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
    • 1 large can (28 oz) whole tomatoes
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 4 to 6 drops Tabasco sauce, or a dash or two of ground cayenne, to taste
    • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, deveined and shelled

    Preparation:
    Combine all ingredients in slow cooker except shrimp. Cook 3 to 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low. Add shrimp last hour of cooking. Serve over hot boiled rice.

    For more great crockpot/slow cooker recipes be sure to visit the following link!

    http://southernfood.about.com/library/crock/blcpidx.htm


  8. The wait is over. It’s time to make it a Grand Palm Day!!

    GRAND OPENING Celebration – Saturday, September 8th from 10AM-5:30 PM and Sunday, September 9th from Noon-5PM, 12386 Sagewood Drive, Venice, FL

    For months the anticipation has been mounting! There’s been a buzz in the air…something ‘BIG’ is coming to Venice, FL. On September 8th, the wait will finally be over! Neal Communities’ newest community Grand Palm will officially ‘open’ its doors and welcome the public inside to discover the difference!

    Close to everything – Far from Ordinary, Grand Palm will impress you the moment you enter the community. The moment you arrive, you will notice the difference. As you make your way through the spectacular entrance, and are greeted by our welcoming committee of enormous, preserved trees, you may wonder if you have been here before. A sense of belonging and community warmly embrace you. Grand Palm is more than a community; it is a way of life. Isn’t it time you discovered the difference?

    We invite you to discover the Grand Palm difference for yourself at our Official Grand Opening. Join us in as we celebrate this fabulous new Venice community. There will be plenty food, drinks and prize giveaways, including two $500 Target gift certifications.
    Grand Palms features four neighborhoods and a village center with retail shops and offices. Six fully decorated models will be open for your viewing pleasure! The community offers over 20 different floor plans, ranging from 1079 sq. ft. to over 2500 sq. ft. Pricing starts in the mid- $100’s.

    Everything about the Grand Palm community has been carefully planned and selected with the homeowner in mind. The resort style amenities at Grand Palm will make you think you are on vacation 365 days a year!

    Whether you enjoy fishing or biking, kayaking or tennis, you will find it all within the Grand Palm community. With two pools, a private island, a sprawling park, recreation center, and a 39-acre lake, you won’t have to travel far when looking for something fun to do!

    Isn’t it time you discovered the difference? Join us at our Grand Opening Celebration!


  9. Housing Market Passes a Milestone

    According to the Wall Street Journal, the housing market has turned….at last!

    The U.S. finally has moved beyond attention-grabbing predictions from housing “experts” that housing is bottoming. The numbers are now convincing.

    “We finally saw some rising home prices,” S&P’s David Blitzer said a few weeks ago as he reported the first monthly increase in the slow-moving S&P/Case-Shiller house-price data after seven months of declines.

    “Nearly 10% more existing homes were sold in May than in the same month a year earlier, many purchased by investors who plan to rent them for now and sell them later, an important sign of an inflection point. The fraction of homes that are vacant is at its lowest level since 2006.”

    This is great news for our economy! For new homebuilders across the country this means we can now return to focusing on what we do best, building quality homes at fair prices for families who want to own their piece of the American dream.

    It also means many Americans can get back to work. The housing industry drives so many other important entities of employment. Construction workers and contracting crews, realtors and mortgage lenders, landscapers and pool builders are all affected by the housing market.

    At Neal Communities we have long understood that the housing market plays an integral role in the overall strength of our society. We also know that it is more than numbers on a spread sheet that dictate what is going on in the housing market. It’s smiles on children’s faces when they go to bed at night; it is a sense of comfort and security their parents feel knowing they are safe; and it is a sense of pride that comes only from home ownership.

    While the housing market may have been weak these past several years, there was never any doubt in our minds that it wouldn’t make a triumphant recovery. People need and want a place to call their own. We see that every day in the faces of our homeowners.


  10. Color Your World – A Hues Flash

    Want to give your home a brand new look and NOT spend a lot of money doing so? Instead of going out and purchasing new furniture and furnishings, you may want to consider adding a splash of color to your rooms to create a dramatic flare.

    Paint is one of the easiest (and least expensive) ways to redecorate your home. And, the wonderful thing about painting is that you can change it up as often as you like.

    Before you make that trip to the paint store, here are a few tips to get you started:
    1. Think about how you use a room and what mood you want to create. Lively colors, like reds, oranges and yellows, turn up the volume, providing a friendly backdrop for a family space, kid’s room or dining area.
    2. Want a tranquil spot for reading and relaxing? Cool off with blues, greens or purples.
    3. Neutrals- grays, whites and browns- complement most rooms and size up your space.
    4. Pale shades work best in sun-filled rooms; white deep tones thrive in poor light
    5. To cozy up in a cavernous place, go dark.
    6. Feeling cramped? Light hues lend a sense of airiness and expansiveness.
    7. A rich color can make a tiny room look like a jewel box.

    Remember, rules are meant to be broken. Always go for a color that YOU truly like. After all, you will be the one spending time in the room.
    Have you ever wondered what different colors represent? According to Color Wheel Pro, http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html, this is what our ‘rainbow’ of colors really signifies.

    Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

    Yellow is the color of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.

    Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement.

    Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.

    Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.

    Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.

    White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.

    Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.