Seaside Landings Living
Flagler and Volusia Counties’ home builders report significant growth
Palm fronds wave in the ocean breeze as a man and wife walk to to get a cuppa joe and plan out their day in their new coastal city.
After retiring, they left the big city life behind. Now, each morning begins easy and is enriched with quality time spent getting to know each other once again.
Just as they are re-discovering each other, Flagler Beach is experiencing a similar resurgence. According to the News-Journal, home construction in Volusia and Flagler counties rose in 2015 to the highest level since the start of the Great Recession. The newspaper collected its stats from area builder associations and found 126 permits for new homes were issued in December in Volusia County, which is more than double the amount of permits from the same time last year. Flagler County pulled 48 permits to boost the countywide total for 2015 to at least 571, the most since 2006. According to the Flager Home Builders Association, the total numbers from last year, excluding Flagler’s December numbers, was up nearly 5 percent from 545 issues in 2014.
What all these numbers break down to mean is simple: Flager Beach and Volusia County are working to claim their 2004 titles of fastest growing counties in Florida once again. It’s a reality that gives land-buyers and those in the real estate market an opportunity to purchase a property before prices rise, soon rivaling those of South Florida cities like, Naples and Delray Beach. Rather, properties like Seaside Landings from Patten Companies, offers land-buying opportunities at reasonable rates, and the option to build any style home at any time.
It’s an incredible time to be a part of Flagler Counties growth, which local builders tell the News Journal is attributed to an improving economy, higher employment and favorable mortgage loan rates.
“There is confidence in the economy and with (mortgage) rates expected to go up slightly, it will not get cheaper,” said Tom McCall, chief operating officer for Daytona Beach-based ICI Homes, the Volusia-Flagler area’s largest locally based homebuilder. “There is a hint that rates will go up and that has created a sense of urgency for some buyers who are not willing to wait.”
And if our properties at Texas Grand Ranch are any indication of the quality of our land-buying opportunities, exploring a homesite is better done sooner rather than later.