It’s almost the New Year. As we say goodbye to 2016, it’s time to look ahead at what 2017 will bring to the real estate market. Economic growth will continue to be strong, employment will continue to increase, and homebuyers will continue to feel confident in purchasing a new home. Here’s a closer look at the trends for 2017:

  1. Homeowners Net Worth on the Rise

After a 6.3 percent increase over the past year, home prices are poised to rise another 5.2 percent through September 2017, according to a recent report from CoreLogic. Rising prices have doubled the amount of home equity held by Americans with the average homeowner gaining more than $11,000 in home-equity wealth last year alone. If home prices continue to increase as projected, Americans would add $1 trillion in home equity to their collective balance sheets next year.

  1. Buyers will want green and smart homes

Homebuilders are increasingly incorporating eco-friendly features into projects to meet growing demand largely from affluent Baby Boomers who prioritize energy efficiency, a healthier indoor environment and durability. More than half of builders say they are working on green projects, according to a study from Dodge Data & Analytics for the National Association of Home Builders. Those percentages are expected to rise over the next five years.

  1. Homeowners want to be social

Neighborhoods with a clubhouse allow residents to easily stay social and make new friends. With more time on their hands from retirement, boomers want a clubhouse for member dining, hospitality and entertainment. They also want natural amenities such as kayaking, biking, and walkable communities.

For those seeking a new address in Florida, GlenLakes on the Adventure Coast might just fit the bill.  Located along the coast north of Tampa, GlenLakes captures everything to love about the Florida lifestyle: natural surroundings, championship golf, country club amenities, a secure, immaculately maintained community and captivating home designs, perfect for entertaining and relaxation. For more information on a new 2017 home in this waterfront community, click here.

 

It’s officially autumn at GlenLakes and like everywhere else, we’re playing in the foliage, right? This is Florida; no leaves to rake here. We’re getting ready for Stone Crab Season! With the array of dining destinations to choose from around GlenLakes, you won’t have trouble finding those tasty claws. Just call ahead first, to be sure it’s on the menu.

What is Stone Crab? Stone crab is a special delicacy that seafood-loving Floridians find to be the most scrumptious tasting crustacean anywhere. The Stone Crab is not like other crabs, it has a round body and rounded claws, and crawls on the sea bottom, but doesn’t swim. It has white fleshy meat, similar to that of a lobster, but boasts a distinctively rich taste. During the holidays, Stone Crab is traditionally served by native Floridians to celebrate their heritage. The Stone Crab’s flavor makes it one of the most popular dishes in the Sunshine State.

We’re all about the water here in Weeki Wachee. With our many waterways, natural springs and the Gulf, we are world-famous for our inshore and offshore fishing. Stone Crab season sends a bevy of commercial fisherman to the rippling blues to set up crab traps. Most Fisherman cook the crabs right on the boat to ensure its fresh delivery to local restaurants. The Stone Crabs are found in the Gulf of Mexico, so we’re close to all the action!

Don’t forget, after dinner comes dessert, so serve or order the delicious Stone Crab with the perfect chaser: key lime pie. Stone Crab is rich and filling, so key lime pie is a nice light dessert to finish the meal with. There’s a lot of shell cracking involved when you’re eating a Stone Crab, so you’ll have worked up an appetite for something sweet when you’re done. If you’re getting it from the market, you might want to have the seafood market crack the shell for you. The shells are tough to crack, but the Stone Crab is no match for the fisherman’s traps.

Here is one of our favorite recipes for Mustard Dipping Sauce, our favorite way at GlenLakes to enjoy this Florida favorite at home:

Mustard Dipping Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup prepared horseradish
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Frank’s
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Mix all together, and pour dipping sauce into a small bowl. Place dipping bowl on a large plate and fan crab claws around the circumference.
*Note: Stone crab claws are sold already cooked, making them a great party dish

You can find Stone Crab at seafood restaurants all over Florida, especially along the coasts. Become a resident of GlenLakes and you’ll be right on the Gulf, and because of that…we like to think our Stone Crab service is the freshest catch around. Don’t forget to try some mom and pop eateries for unique recipes and true Floridian vibes. At GlenLakes we have a ton of restaurants to choose from. Checkout out our interactive map here, and find a spot with the famous Stone Crab. So forget the Pumpkins and the costumes at GlenLakes, it’s Stone Crab Season, enjoy it with your friendly neighbors like a real Floridian! For more information on how you can become a resident at GlenLakes just click here.

GlenLakes is hosting their first ever Broker event! Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the two newly built and decorated models. For a limited time they are offering a special incentive to their Real Estate partners. Until May 31st, you will receive a 6% co-broker commission on all new home construction paid at lot closing. This is only offered for a short time so you must act quickly.

  • Open houses will be on February 19th & 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 pm.
  • Homes from the low $200s to over $600,000
  • 10 minutes from the beach, 90 minutes from Orlando, 1 hour from Tampa

In Florida, nature lovers, fitness aficionados, golfers and those who love an action-packed social life have chosen GlenLakes in Weeki Wachee. Adjoining the 85,000-acre Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, which borders the Gulf of Mexico, GlenLakes captures everything to love about the Florida lifestyle: stunning views, championship golf, country club amenities, a secure, immaculately maintained community and captivating home designs, perfect for entertaining and relaxation. All this and only minutes away from the white sand Gulf Coast beaches. It’s little wonder that GlenLakes is consistently named “One of the Best Places to Retire” by Where to Retire magazine, as well as a “Top 50 Community” by Ideal-Living magazine.

Please RSVP which day you will be attending the event.