1. 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!

     

     

     


  2. 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.

     


  3. 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.

     

     


  4. Wash, Dry and a must buy !

     

    A recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders listed the Laundry Room as one of the top things that people want in their homes. With such a sought-after room, it’s important to be sure you’ve got a home that corresponds with your needs.

    Many of our Neal Communities’ homes include a separate laundry room with space for storage and the option to have a large laundry sink.  One of these homes is the Windsong model at Grand Palm featured above. There has never been a better time to buy in the Sarasota/Bradenton area and you have a lot of available choices.

    Visit our website for a full list of move in ready homes.

     

     


  5. Getting Pre-Approved for Your Next Home

    It is a lot of fun to daydream about purchasing a new home. Are you one of the people who can spend hours on Pinterest daydreaming about the features, details, and quirks of what your dream home would look like? You aren’t alone.

    Purchasing a home is an exciting adventure, and most likely the largest purchase you will ever make.  There are many thing to consider when purchasing a home, starting with making the decision to become pre-approved.

    What does this mean? A pre-approval is a commitment in writing from a lender that a borrower would qualify for a particular loan amount based on credit information and income. Typically, these letters are good for 60-90 days.

    Why should you consider being pre-approved? Where to begin because there are many reasons to consider this! Most importantly, being pre approved gives you an idea of how much you can afford. Once you have this budget, you will have a better picture of the price range you should be looking in. Another reason is to ‘cut the line’ if you will in competitive markets. If you find a home you love and want to make an offer on, having a pre-approved letter will help you be taken more seriously. Not to mention, bank-owned homes usually require the letter before they will even accept an offer.

    How do I get pre-approved? If you’re sold on the idea of being pre-approved,  you will need to know the next steps. Your first step will be to contact a lender and wait until you are approved and they send all necessary paperwork.

    • Your W2 from the past two years
    • Your paystubs for the past three months
    • Your tax returns from the past two years
    • Your checking or savings bank statements for the past three months (this will likely have your down payment funds in them as well)
    • Your statements for all your other assets (stocks, bonds, retirement accounts) for the last two months
    • The name and phone number of your landlord (if you are renting) or your current mortgage documents
    • Your divorcee decree, if applicable
    • If you are self-employed: Your business tax returns for the past two years in addition to your year-to-date profit and loss statement and year-to-date balance sheet

    If you are not able to get pre approved, do not fear. Ask your lender for tips on what will raise your credit score and improve your chances on qualifying for a loan.

    Check out this video for more tips and advice on the process.


    As you begin your search for the perfect home, we invite you to visit a Neal Community. We have a feeling you will love what you see.


  6. Say Goodbye Stress this September

    Life can be completely overwhelming. Balancing work, personal, financial and family priorities can be tough! For those with kids, fall schedules can be packed with soccer practices,

    cross country meets, football games, school functions, and other activities that stretch you too thin.

    It is important to find time to do activities that help you cope and overcome stress.  Here are a few tips to manage anxiety and help lower your stress levels.

    Physical Activities- According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension. Elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem.  Exercise may improve mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress. In one study, researchers found that those who got regular vigorous exercise were 25 percent less likely to develop depression or an anxiety disorder over the next five years. As a Neal Communities resident, many of our communities offer amenities to make exercise easy!

    River’s Reach offers sand volleyball courts, a fitness center, canoe and kayak livery, and more.

    Boca Royale offers residents amenities such as an 18-hole golf course, tennis facilities, and more!

    Grand Palm offers residents fitness classes such as Zumba, Water Aerobics, and Yoga.  View the schedule to find when classes are held!

    Nutrition- The American Psychological Association suggests that 50% of men and women use food as a major coping mechanism for dealing with stress. The reason for this is because fatty and sugary foods in these times is because they release serotonin. Serotonin is the body’s “feel-good” chemical. To avoid gaining weight in stressful times, follow these tips:

    • Portion out the foods you eat so you are aware of how much you are eating.
    • Eat healthy snacks versus fatty or fried foods.
    • Think about what you are eating. If you feel pressed for time, try some of these 30 minute healthy dinners!


    Have some fun! Try a new activity to keep busy and meet new people. Many of our communities offer amenities to help you do this. Consider cooking out, lounging by the pool to soak in some Vitamin D, go for a long walk on one of the nature trails, check out nearby shopping, or consider attending some of the events thrown within your community!

    Life can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these simple tips to relive some stress. Exhale tension. Inhale serenity.


  7. Neal Communities New Home Process

    Buying a new home is very exciting experience and Neal Communities is honored to be a part of one of the biggest and more important decisions you will make!

    The process behind buying a home can be overwhelming, especially to a first time buyer. That’s why we here at Neal Communities have put together a step by step process to outline what to expect from start to finish.

    1.    Choosing Your Community

    The first is determining which of our communities you would like to build in.  Our communities offer beautiful homes, a variety of amenities, and a rang of prices, allowing you to find the community to best match your needs. Or, if you prefer, we will build a Neal home for you in the community you choose.

    2.    Financing

    Neal Communities can provide you with a list of our preferred vendors, or you can elect to finance your home through the lendor of your choice.

    3.    Choose Your Model and Floor Plan

    There are many floorplans and models to select from that will cater to the design you are looking for. A Neal Communities rep will help you to ensure you find the perfect plan to fit your lifestyle and make you feel at home.

    4.    Purchase Agreement

    Once you have determined your model and floor plan, a purchase agreement will be signed. You will receive a Home Detail Guide that you will walk you through tips on maintaining your new home.

    5.    Personalizing

    If the process hasn’t been fun already, now is when you really get to personalize your home to make it your very own. During a meeting with you New Home Sales Rep and a builder, you will meet a Design Consultant who will show you the Neal gallery where you can select your lighting fixtures, appliances, finishes, and the overall look and feel of your interior appeal.

    6.    Final Approval

    During this stage of the process, your design team will present the final work order including your home design, floor plan, specification, and interior finishes. You will be able to review, approve, and sign-off before any work begins.

    7.    Permitting

    All civil, structural, and mechanical engineering details will be sent in buy Neal Communities. Once approved, our Construction team will contact you to schedule the construction start date.

    8.    Construction Launch.

    Grab those hard hats! In this step of the process, the foundation is poured, the framing is completed, mechanical features are installed, the interior drywall is finished and much more!

    9.    Final Details

    This is when you will receive an expected completion date.

    10. Moving In!

    Prior to move-in day, you will have a new home orientation with your builder.

    11. Follow up Services

    Neal Communities will complete a 30-day touch up and service requests, six-month service requests, and 11-month service requests.

    12. Warranty

    With your new home, you will receive a one-year warranty for construction defects, a two-year warranty for mechanical systems and a 10-year construction warranty.

    There are so many reasons why buying a Neal home will continue to benefit you in years to come. Hear what some of residents have to say and visit our Facebook page to see news, events, and photos of what Neal is all about.

     

    Thanks for selecting Neal Communities as your home!