Real Estate

Summer: The Optimal Time to Move

Oops! You wanted to go to the beach, didn’t you? Perhaps to theme parks, or camping with the family. No one wants to pack moving boxes, haul clutter to donation centers and orchestrate all the maddening minutia that comes with changing addresses during what’s supposed to be a vacation period.

“That’s not quite what I had on my calendar,” you say.

We get it. It’s more fun to consider your move through the excitement of a job promotion, or the realization you’ll finally live near grandparents eager to babysit your kids. But we promise summer is the best season to trek […]

Outta Here! Rev Up the Sale Potential on Your Old Home

Does one of these moving-van situations apply to you?

Your boss just green-lighted a job transfer to Florida. Your family has given you a countdown clock for your retirement at the end of the year. Yours or your spouse’s parents have promised to watch the kids ALL THE TIME if you move to Sunshine State headquarters.

For all the reasons listed above and myriad others, you’re so ready to pursue buying a new custom Florida home. But there’s the slight problem of your existing home, which you must sell before you can buy a new one from ICI Homes.

We’ll assume you haven’t […]

Going Gated? Visit Magnolia Preserve at Julington Creek

Targeting a new custom Florida home? Do you have the freedom to pick your location? If so, focus on Florida’s northeast corner, where Jacksonville and its surrounding communities offer a great selection of urban, suburban and quieter neighborhoods. Magnolia Preserve at Julington Creek Plantation is a spectacular, gated community we think will surprise and delight you.
The Metro Jacksonville Location Is BIG
Jacksonville is Florida’s booming, northeast gateway. Recent financial and real-estate reports have rated it as a top place to move to, and as a great market for real estate investors. It sits at the intersection of two major interstates — […]

Ten Real Estate Terms You Should Know

Like many major life experiences, home-buying can be an intimidating process if you’ve never done it before. Or, if you have, and the process didn’t go well. If you’re not familiar with industry jargon, hearing real-estate terms can be akin to learning a foreign language, especially if those terms aren’t defined clearly or simply. Read on for a handy dissection of the most important real-estate nomenclature.
Listings
A listing is the public advertisement that a home is for sale. The most visible aspect is the physical For Sale sign in a yard. In today’s digital world, real-estate companies round up all […]

Lake Nona Living, ICI Homes-Style

Residents of Lake Nona live in some of Central Florida’s most desirable zip codes. The area southeast of Orlando is removed from the typical congestion, traffic and noise found elsewhere, while still convenient to anywhere a Lake Nona resident wants or needs to be.

Live Oak Estates, an ICI Homes gated community of one-acre lots, offers new-home buyers the opportunity to build their dream home in a setting unlike any other Lake Nona area development. A one-acre lot means premium size, privacy — and yes — peace and quiet.

Still, with all that idyllic spaciousness, how will you spend your fun […]

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 […]

Renting vs Buying: A Comparison

Tough question, isn’t it? Some folks fall squarely on either side for very legitimate and often personal reasons. Where you find yourself in life also might affect whether you choose to rent or buy. Then there’s that wild card called the economy, which affects us all. But, absent current variables, here are more questions to ask about renting versus buying.
Is it cheaper to rent?
The quick answer is it depends where you are. A small town in Montana? Maybe. In Florida, where the population continues to grow and perennial industries such as tourism fuel the economy, not so much. Some […]

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. […]

Top Ways to Settle Into Your New Custom Home

Settling into your new home involves more than flopping in a comfy chair, or popping champagne corks.  But, once you clear the moving boxes and begin thinking about eating something besides delivery pizza, take a few minutes to print out or share this list.

These tasks will help you get to know your new home and community in an organized manner, plus tame the post-move overwhelm. First, recycle the pizza boxes…

No, Seriously, Relax.

Moving into a new custom home is an awesome, exhausting experience. Open that champagne. Do a cannonball into your new pool. If you can, take time to breathe deep […]

Top 10 Requested Home Modifications

ICI Homes customers have spoken, and they have done so by their design choices and preferences. Their decisions allow us to deliver a straight-from-the-source inventory of the most popular housing features while knowing timely trends makes planning your new home easier. Below are the 10 most requested modifications from ICI Homes customers. Use their brainstorming genius to help fuel yours!
Large, Open Kitchens
A large open kitchen doesn’t mean only large enough to open the refrigerator without banging into the dishwasher. It means large enough to cook and clean up in, with plenty of counter space and storage. Our customers say that gas […]