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Pet Friendly Home Design By ICI Homes Covered on WFLA

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Spending on pet services is expected to see the largest growth for any other spending segment in the pet industry in 2017. That’s according to numbers from the American Pet Products Association, which found pet-industry spending in 2016 came in at a record high $66.75 billion, up from $60.28 billion in 2015, or a 10.7 percent growth. Spending on pet services is expected to grow by six percent in 2017.

For a lot of families, pet services includes outfitting our homes to make them more fur-baby friendly. And, more new-home builders are recognizing the increasing demand for […]

‘Pet-Friendly’ a Big Consideration for Millennial Home Buyers

According to a recent National Association of Realtors report, millennials — defined by the report as adults age 36 or younger — comprise the largest group of today’s U.S. home buyers, at 34 percent.

What’s a millennial? Roughly someone who began their adult years after the year 2000.

It means the younger end of today’s adult workforce and population are at the point where many of them are establishing or juggling careers, starting families and may be tired of renting or living with roommates or family members. They’re buying their first homes.

One trend-within-a-trend with this group? Aside from the traditional factors […]

ICI Homes to offer ‘alternative’ to Margaritaville in Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH — Latitude Margaritaville, the Jimmy Buffett active adult community that opened its sales center on Monday, is about to get new neighbors.

ICI Homes, the Volusia-Flagler area’s largest locally based homebuilder, recently agreed to pay $21 million to acquire 1,020 acres of timberland on the south side of Granada Boulevard/State Road 40, roughly 2 1/2 miles west of Interstate 95.

The Daytona Beach-based company intends to build a 2,500-home “full-life community” on the site, the second of two it is planning immediately next to the 6,900-home Latitude Margaritaville.
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Area Real Estate Markets Expected to Remain Strong

Rosemary Messina, vice president for marketing at ICI Homes, said judging by the activity from the company’s online sales center, there is continued enthusiasm for new homes.

We’re seeing the same enthusiasm throughout all our divisions. The strong real estate market is expected to continue in spite of hurricane season. If anything, people in older homes are looking to build newer, stronger homes.

ICI Homes Wins Eight Awards at 2017 Volusia County Parade of Homes

The Volusia County Parade of Homes Banquet was held on April 7, 2017. ICI Homes was the proud recipient of eight awards.

Parade of Homes:2017
Grand Award:The Isabella in Browns Landing
Grand Award:The Cameron in Plantation Bay
Grand Award:The Egret II in Plantation Bay
Readers Choice Award:The Egret II in Breakaway Trails
Bronze Award:The Victoria in Waters Edge
Reserve Grand Award:The Egret II in Plantation Bay
Reserve Grand Award:The Amelia in Chelsea Place
Reserve Grand Award:The Blossom II in Plantation Bay

Flagler Parade of Homes: ICI Wins Top Score Award

The Flagler County Parade of Homes Banquet was held on March 16, 2017. ICI Homes was the proud recipient of several awards including the 2017 Top Score Award.

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Live on a Golf Course, Florida Style

Seeking a new home for your clubs? Maybe your cart, too? You’ve come to the right state. Florida boasts thousands of golf courses and plenty of communities in which to enjoy the sport. If you’re ready for a new Florida home with an on-site tee box — or, you live with someone who is — we’re a perfect place to start.We even have a play before you pay option… read on to the end!

Here are a few guidelines about what to expect when a golf course is your backyard.
The Awesome Perks
First, you might not have a backyard. It depends […]

Palm Coast: Your Perfect Florida Location

Palm Coast is a hidden gem along Florida’s historic northeast Coast. Tucked between Jacksonville and St. Augustine to the north, and Daytona Beach to the south, Palm Coast is more than its three exit signs along Interstate 95 make it appear.

Sited in compact Flagler County, in an area rich in history, Palm Coast is a growing yet cozy place to relocate, retire, raise a family or build a dream home. Miles of pristine beaches? Got it. Same for hiking, biking and fitness trails? Check. Think Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway-rimmed neighborhoods, thick oak canopies and a throwback Old Florida feel.

But, it’s […]

Best Cities for Investment Property

If you’re searching for investment property, cross the state line into Florida and stop. A recent study by GOBankingRates.com, named three cities — Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville —among the nation’s top 15 great places to invest in real estate.

Using rental properties to expand your portfolio is a smart move thanks to ongoing recovery from the mid-2000s recession. Home prices are rising. So is inventory as builders rebound from the downturn. Prospective tenants also are more confident taking financial risks such as moving for jobs, retirement or pursuing new careers.  The survey reviewed 61 of the 100 most populous U.S. cities. […]

Turning a Second Home into Retirement Headquarters

Second homes have long been an escape for people who know their favorite getaway location. A turn-key vacation spot outfitted with personal amenities means no check-in or check-out hassle. Extending a holiday, or deciding spur-of-the-moment to take one, is hassle-free. Second homes are turning into retirement headquarters for many.

Why not add retirement possibilities?
During the past decade and a half, the second-home market flourished in the United States. Resort-worthy destinations within easy driving distance or a quick flight of major metropolitan areas are responding to the demand with master-planned communities. These destinations are offering golf, pools and clubhouses to second-home […]