Mosaic Development Featured in the News Journal

DAYTONA BEACH — Another big piece is being added to the white hot development puzzle already taking shape just west of Interstate 95.

On Saturday, ICI Homes will hold a grand opening event to celebrate the completion of five model homes at its planned 1,200-home Mosaic “full life” community off LPGA Boulevard, just west of the Florida Tennis Center.

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Things You Can Do in Today’s Smart Homes

So you’ve decided to go all-in with a new custom smart home, and you want to automate it like the alternate reality of your favorite science-fiction novel. Just think — inanimate objects will spring into action at the sound of your voice while a robot pours your morning coffee.

We wish, but it’s not quite yet so. Until science fiction truly becomes reality, you’ll have to continue to clean out your closets yourself. But here’s the takeaway: today’s home automation is muchfurther along than you might realize.

Depending how smart you’d like your new custom home to be, you can cue […]

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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Changing the Face of Home Ownership

If change is the only constant, how does that truism play in home ownership statistics? Who’s buying new homes, in real time? How do they find those abodes?

Interesting questions, right?

The traditional American model of nuclear families making up the largest share of home purchasers is passé. Demographic, societal and generational shifts over the past few decades have created different groups of home owners who now dominate current home-buying statistics.

These groups know what they want and their tastes often are reflected in their statistical strength. They’re also specific about what they seek in a new home.

The 2010 United States Census […]

What Multi-Generational Families Seek in a New Home

Today’s trend toward multi-generational living is fueled partly by the tide of Baby Boomers — people age 65 and over — headed toward retirement. By 2012, there were 47 million Americans age 65 and older, per the United States Census Bureau. That’s a lot of people who typically have one foot in the workplace and one foot pointed toward their “golden years.” They also often have the income to address their home-buying needs.

Many baby boomers also plan to care for elderly parents and want to help their children and grandchildren through life transitions.

The economic downturn in the mid-2000’s is another […]