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. A Stress-free Way to Preparing for the Holidays!

    You have probably noticed that major retailers are already setting up for the holiday season! Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations are making their way into the aisles of many of your favorite shopping stores.  It won’t be long until you begin ‘making your list and checking it twice’ in preparation of the onset of holiday festivities. Christmas is less than 65 days away!

    For many folks, the holidays can cause undue stress and anxiety. There are presents to be purchased, pies to be baked and cards to be mailed. It can be a little overwhelming at times! Here are seven tips to help you prepare for the upcoming holiday season, stress-free.

    1. Start early! Don’t wait until the last minute to get started. If you prepare well in advance, by the time the holiday’s roll around you will have all your major tasks completed and you can sit back and enjoy the beauty of the season!
    2. Create a ‘to do’ list of everything you need to accomplish. Once you have this created, prioritize and break that list down into ‘bite size’ nuggets. This makes all your tasks much more manageable.
    3. Delegate, delegate, delegate. Assign specific tasks and projects to family members. Ask your children to address holiday cards and your husband to schlepp the ornaments and decorations down from the attic. In other words, if there is a task that you don’t have time to do, outsource it!
    4. Remember – gift cards are your friend. This is an easy (and inexpensive) gift to give to your children’s teachers, your hairdresser, and the paper boy and mail man. Remember to pick up some extra gift cards just in case you receive a gift from someone you were not expecting to get.
    5. Bake your favorite holiday goodies and then store them in the freezer for later. When the holidays arrive you can enjoy spending time with your family and friends, not slaving over a hot stove or oven.
    6. Don’t feel obligated to attend every holiday party, gathering, or event that you are invited to. Make sure you have some self-appointed ‘down time’.  If you can’t make it to your neighbor’s ‘cookie exchange’ this year, that is ok.
    7.  Take advantage of on-line shopping. Most of us do not enjoy the traffic, long lines and short tempers that are often synonymous with holiday shopping. Many of your purchases can be made quickly and easily in the comfort of your own home. In addition, you can shop at any time that suits you!

    Finally, remember to slow down and enjoy the next few months. With the proper planning and preparation there is no need to be stressed out or anxious.


  6. Why you should pay off your mortgage BEFORE you retire

    Can you imagine being debt free when you enter retirement? Many people work very hard to pay off their auto loans, credit cards bills and other monthly payments before they retire. Doing so allows you to enjoy those retirement years without the added financial burden or stress.
    However, most people overlook the option of paying of their single largest debt….their mortgage!

    With interest rates being at an all-time low, many people often overlook the benefits of paying off their mortgage and assume that it won’t make that big of a difference in their overall financial plan for retirement. However, if you consider the many advantages that come with being mortgage free, you might just change your tune!

    1. Emotional peace of mind – Owning your home outright reduces stress, and that is what retirement is all about.

    2. Instant equity – Look at your home as an additional savings account. Once you have paid off your mortgage the value of the home is very similar to cash in your savings account.

    3. More mobility – Without a mortgage you have complete control over where you want to live. If you choose to downsize later in life, or purchase a beach getaway, you have more mobility in making these decisions if you don’t have a mortgage to reckon with.

    4. Maintain your cost of living – After you retire, your income will probably drop, but your cost of living won’t. Some expenses, like health care, are likely to climb — perhaps significantly. If you can eliminate the burden of a monthly mortgage payment, you’ll have more flexibility to handle any rising costs.

    Retirement signals the beginning of a new lifestyle. The daily grind of working 40 hours a week is gone, the children have grown up and moved on with their lives, and you are free to truly enjoy your life. Having additional financial obligations can take away from this new lifestyle. Make a list of all the wonderful places you want to go and things you want to do during your retirement! If you eliminate the monthly mortgage payment, these dreams are more likely to become realities.