We get requests like that all the time from people that have never even been to Coastal Delaware. I often wonder what difference it makes if you like or don’t like a particular floor plan unless you already know you like the area and the community. You can look at pictures of houses, study the floor plans til you find the perfect one, but then what? Doesn’t it make sense to get a good orientation first?
I think the first step is to find a good buyer’s agent, an experienced real estate professional that you can work with. Tell your agent what you like and what you hope for in your new home as well as in the community and surrounding area. Then let your agent schedule your visit so that you see multiple options before making a decision. If you only drive down by yourself to see that one community and find you don’t like it, then what would you do? You might decide you don’t like the whole area and miss out on some wonderful neighborhoods that would have been a better fit. Or, you might run into a great sales person in the first model home you see who works for the builder and make an impulse purchase decision!
Let’s take the community of Heritage Shores for example. When people ask me for floor plans, I ask them which floor plans they would like to see? There are several different builders and one of them, Lennar, is no longer building new homes. We did manage to keep a copy of the two most popular Lennar floor plans and there are typically a few resales on the market. That can be very important because builders are not so anxious to build “spec” homes in this economic climate. If you know this is the community for you and you have already sold your home, a resale might be just right. But I digress.
Builders change their models and modify their floor plans to reflect changing buyers’ tastes and budgets. If you are adept at using the Internet, you can generally find builder’s floor plans online. So why do people send in requests for information and then add a notation “just send me floor plans and pricing”? I think it is really their way of saying “Don’t call me. I really don’t want your help. I just really like to pore over packages that the builder’s marketing department spent too much money producing.” Sometimes, I send out a package with floor plans if I have an extra copy, but most of the time I don’t. I am working with so many great people that do want a two-way communication, I don’t have the time to badger people that are sure they don’t need any help.
So, if you want to know what it’s really like here in Coastal Delaware and would like real help evaluating your options, this is what we do at the Active Adults Delaware Team. The only cost to you is the willingness to engage in a two-way conversation. Some take months and others take years, but we’re here for the long haul – talk to us!