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Building Your Own Home

New Construction in TampaBay

Buying new construction in today’s challenging market can offer a number of very positive benefits including an attractive price with generous incentives. Builders are far more flexible in their final pricing than they have been for years. However, buying new construction presents the Buyer with hundreds of decisions they will live with for many years. At least a third of our home sales are new construction. Sheena has been a general contractor and has detailed knowledge of the entire process. Realtor commissions are included in the Builder’s cost structure so we provide essentially free consulting, support and supervision at no cost at all to the Buyer. The following outlines our responsibilities to you, the Buyer of new construction.

  • Provide the Buyer with a comprehensive selection of Builders and their models that meet the Buyers requirements.
  • Assist in evaluating the Builder’s incentives. Upgrade allowances are only good if, in fact, the upgrades covered by the allowance are fairly priced.
  • Mortgage evaluation. Most Builders have their own financing arm and offer financing incentives. We will help you evaluate the mortgage terms as compared with other alternative financing.
  • Design Center. Upon contract signing the Buyer is directed to the Design Center where they will be asked to make hundreds of decisions affecting every area of their new home. The selection process in the Design Center includes selecting flooring for every room, paint, fixtures of all kinds, cabinetry and countertops, exterior paint and trim, door and cabinet handles and pulls and light fixtures and power outlets (and their placement). During the Design Center process the Buyer will generally make at least 200 decisions on-the-spot.
  • Design Center support. We accompany you to the Design Center and help you manage the decision process as well as counsel you on the result of your selections. For instance, will your tile, your countertops and the paint you have selected compliment one another to form a pleasing result in your kitchen? Sheena has extensive interior design and decoration experience and will provide valuable support during this exhausting process.
  • Periodic Inspection. We will monitor the construction process and we recommend hiring the services of an independent Home Inspector to evaluate progress during the construction process as well as for a final inspection before closing.
  • Walk-through – There will be a walk-through inspection during what is call the “punch-out” phase of new construction. We will be with you as we inspect the property with the Building Superintendent. During this walk through we identify all issues which need to be corrected. This is a comprehensive inspection of every facet of the new home starting with the landscaping and exterior to every square inch inside the home.
  • Final inspection – We will accompany you and the Building Superintendent to confirm that all identified “punch out items “have been corrected.
  • Closing – Immediately thereafter we will accompany you to closing. If there are any open repair issues we will ensure that these repair issues are identified and a completion date set. These issues will be reflected in the closing documents.
  • Congratulations – you are now the new owner of a brand new home designed and built to meet your exact specifications.

TampaBayHomes is your real estate source for TampaBay Real Estate. We can help you throughout the Central Florida area. From St. Petersburg and Pinellas County and TampaBay and Hillsborough County and Land O Lakes and Pasco County we will help you buy your home or sell your home. We are your TampaBay Real Estate source.



Introducing Sheena and Bob Murray, Realtors Experts in domestic and international relocation and investment Sheena is from the Scottish Highlands, educated in Wales and lived in Surrey and Sussex in the South of England. Coming to the US for a one-year visit, she met Bob and has extended her stay by some 30 years. Married in England, Sheena and Bob settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since then they have lived in Boston, Geneva, Switzerland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Houston and, finally Tampa. Sheena and Bob have two children, Ian and Fiona. Married, Ian lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Gulay. Ian is a rocket-scientist working for Blue Origin. Fiona is married to Danforth Johnson and lives in Iowa City, Iowa with their two sons Roan and Tristan. Fiona is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic. While in Boston, Sheena was in Real Estate and General Contracting. Buying older homes, she renovated and sold them with several properties in varying states of re-construction at any one time. Consequently, Sheena has a keen eye for Real Estate value and potential as well as detailed experience in how to improve and/or evaluate properties structurally and cosmetically. Sheena sees all the possibilities and can make specific interior and exterior recommendations - from essential to aesthetic including landscape gardening. Sheena is an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP). Having moved to Tampa in 1998, Sheena has continued her career in Real Estate. In 2000, Bob joined her bringing his experience in sales, marketing and communications gained from his career as a senior executive in international sales and marketing for DEC, AT&T and Compaq. Having made more than a dozen moves domestically and internationally, Sheena and Bob are personally and professionally knowledgeable about the entire relocation process – from first meeting to moving day. Sheena speaks French and Dutch. Sheena holds the prestigious Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation and joins a worldwide network of global real estate practitioners with certified expertise working with international clients and is an accredited member of ERA’s International Collection of Fine Homes. Before joining ERA Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation Sheena and Bob were awarded the Prudential’s Chairman’s Circle Gold Award placing them in the top 3% of all Prudential Realtors in the world. They were named ERA Dennis’ Top Team for 2007 and 2008. Bob has recently completed several detailed courses on foreclosures and short sales and is an accredited short sale specialist. Sheena has completed the USAA Movers Advantage Training Program as she continues to increase her relocation services capability. Whether it’s Buying or Selling, Resale or New Construction, with their knowledge of the Tampa Bay area and superior customer service, Sheena and Bob will help you meet your real estate goals efficiently, painlessly and with a happy spirit.

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