Homeowners Build Equity as Local Housing Market Ascends

In general, the inventory of available homes in the United States has been fairly low over the past few years.


As the national housing market has picked up stronger steam and home prices have skyrocketed, prospective home buyers have become increasingly frustrated as their quest for “the dream home” seems endless.


Florida is no exception. Since the housing market in Florida, was off to a strong start as 2018 rolled in, buyer motivation to keep their home search going is as high as ever—especially for those who plan to stay in a new home for at least the first five years.


A Boost in Local Home Values


While home sales may have declined during the summer of 2017—the housing market has been widely regarded as strong since the start of this year.


Declining home sales did not reflect a lack of interest among prospective buyers. If anything, it was quite the opposite. Those looking to buy a home last summer were gung-ho in their searches, with in-home tours and offers flying across the local market. They just couldn’t find what they were looking for.


What was lacking, was inventory—and in sufficient quantities. The lack of available homes coupled with a steady stream of attracted buyers kept home prices climbing through the end of 2017. Homes on the market became much more demanded and desirable, even for those in the luxury market.


Changing Course


It’s no wonder more prospective buyers are looking to make a move to this area.


Zillow recently reported that the markets that have appreciated the most in 2018 included the surrounding area, where values are up by 95.2 percent.


In all likelihood, encouraging appreciation figures like this will drive buyers to continue searching for a West Florida dream home.


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Time to Find What You’re Looking for?


Yes, it can be tough to find your luxury dream home with less homes on the market, but Sam Rodgers Homes is constantly building and has homes ready now.


While it may be difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for elsewhere, we guarantee you’ll find it here. Sam Rodgers Homes offers Florida luxury through quality construction and while many builders say no to customization, Sam says YES!


Whatever your customization preferences may be, Sam Rodgers Homes can get you into your dream home in no time. Before you invest countless hours searching, simply visit Sam Rodgers Homes before summer’s end!


By sitting down to discuss your family’s specific home needs, we’ll determine:


  1. Which of our magnificent, move-in ready homes is the one for you
  2. How we can collaborate to design and build the home you’ve always dreamed of


Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour in one of our beautiful model homes!


The Lavicks

From Chris and Nancy Lavick:

“We are writing to thank each of you for all of the work and care you showed us throughout the very long process of building our house. This is the first house we have ever built. We absolutely love it and are so very pleased with how everything turned out. We have great respect for each of you and such appreciation for the personal touch, attention to detail and responsiveness throughout the process. Your willingness to go above and beyond is something we’ll never forget. You are all very warm, generous and caring people. And you build quality homes! We are very proud of our Sam Rodgers home and look forward to raising our family in it. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

Summer Home Shopping?

Get the Most out of the Market with Sam Rodgers Homes



The sunniest time of year is tailor-made for exploring new neighborhoods, walking through potential dream homes, and daydreaming about future patio parties with family and friends.


Before you begin any serious home shopping, however, understand where the housing market sits with buyers, and know what you can do to ensure you walk away with the best price for your home (and the most bang for your buck!).


This summer, the national housing market is looking as buyer-friendly as it has all spring. While list prices and home sales have both been on the rise in 2018, it’s actually a prime time to house hunt.


Many people fall into the trap of, “why not wait for the weather (and prices) to cool down before shopping around?” or “why battle the crowds and bidding wars if we’re not in a rush to move?”


Here’s why: as long as you can stand the heat of a little competition, there are distinct advantages to home shopping during the hottest season in residential real estate.


Check out these four facts, tips, and good-to-knows to get the most out of this year’s summer housing market.


1) Prices begin to drop in the summer

With more homes available, buyers reap the benefits of the season’s adverse effects: home prices start to come down, home sales start to increase, and buyers enjoy a bit more leverage.


In less competitive markets, buyers can take advantage at the negotiating table and, if need be, walk away with the knowledge and peace of mind that more homes are waiting to be viewed just around the corner.


If you’ve singled out a home and you’re highly interested in moving forward, there are other ways to negotiate outside of writing a check—generous contingencies such as a shorter closing period, inspection period, or drafting a well-written offer letter can help you shine a bit brighter among other offers sprawled across the table.


2) Summer may be ideal for buying and selling at the same time

If you need to sell your current home before buying a new one, it’s easier to handle this balancing act during the summer months. Instead of getting pinned down by two concurrent mortgages, you can enjoy a more seamless transition in busier market—if a home must be sold before you can buy, the home will be more likely to sell (and potentially at a good price), enabling the new home purchase to happen sooner.


Keep in mind, however, that these transactions don’t happen overnight. If you’re planning to pull off a quick upgrade, get ready as soon as possible so you’re free to make your move in summer.


3) Waiting to buy until summer can minimize change in your family’s routine

With kids out of school in summer, be intentional about bringing them into the homebuying process with you—let them tag along during showings, ask their thoughts on each potential home, and get them as excited as you are!


Getting your children involved in these types of decisions (which school they’ll attend, where they’ll spend recreational time, etc.) helps them adapt more quickly while reassuring you that this is the right move for everyone involved.


Get in early, meet your new neighbors during the summer, and try to make new friends before the school year starts.



4) Get to know the lay of the land

When the weather is warm and the days are longer, doing a little “detective work” is much more enjoyable!


With trees and flowers in full bloom, step onto your back porch and envision all the fun to come—pool parties, BBQs, late-night hangouts, and everything in between! With more neighbors out and about, you’ll get a better feel for the community vibe.


In competitive markets, you may be tempted to make an offer on any available property that comes close what you’re looking for in a home… pump the brakes! Buying a home is a massive financial move, and it’s worth it to take the time to make sure you’re in love with a home you’re about to purchase. Do some community scouting before making an offer!


Here’s the good news: if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for with other homes, you will find it with Sam Rodgers Homes—while many builders say no to customization, Sam says YES!


How do we know you’ll find what you’re looking for? Every Sam Rodgers master-planned community is centrally located for easy access to top Florida schools, luxury shopping malls, exceptional dining, serene beaches, and the best amusement parks in Florida.


With community clubhouses, fitness centers, and pools, a new Sam Rodgers home will feel like a resort-style vacation for you and your family all year long. Before you buy somewhere else, be sure to visit Sam Rodgers Homes and take advantage of the housing market this summer to land your dream home.


Get in touch with us today and schedule a tour in one of our beautiful model homes.


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The Season of Fun: 3 Summer Outdoor Living Upgrades for Your Home

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With Summer officially here, pool parties and weekend BBQs are popping up all around.


In a brand new Sam Rodgers home, your summer is bound to get off to a hot start with the following upgrades. Let’s dive in!


  1. Outdoor kitchen

    Is there an outdoor living feature more attractive (and practical) than an outdoor kitchen? Grill up some burgers, set up a mini bar, and entertain family and friends all summer long. While the family relaxes in the pool, you can play host and chef while spending time with everyone in the warm weather. Speaking of pool…

  2. Pool

    If your new home doesn’t already have one, now is the time to add it to your outdoor living experience! A place to splash around and cool off for your loved ones (and little ones) will provide endless entertainment all throughout summer.

  3. Tiled patio

For a more luxurious look, build your custom patio with porcelain, brick, concrete, or stone tile. Ideal for Florida’s wet season, all four of these tiles detract water easily, so you don’t have to worry about anyone slipping and falling on a humid or rainy afternoon.


outdoor kitchen in greyhawk landingWhether you’re looking to host loved ones at your home’s premier outdoor living space or at the resort-style amenities in each Sam Rodgers community, pool parties and BBQs are just around the corner this summer.


The fresh designs and customized floor plans for Sam Rodgers Homes offer a classic Florida lifestyle with plenty of luxury features for your guests to enjoy. With us, you can be the summer host of the year!


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Get a closer look at each of our floor plans today at www.LiveSamToday.com


From all of us at Sam Rodgers Homes, we wish you and your family a Happy Independence Day!


  • Gran Paradiso in Venice starting from the $400s
  • GreyHawk in Bradenton starting from the $300s.

Memorial Day: Celebrating & Remembering American Service

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Over the holiday weekend, many Americans will camp, boat, fish, hike, and grill with family and friends.

While Memorial Day is a great opportunity to spend time with loved ones, it’s much more than a Monday off of work — for Americans across the country, Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who have served or are currently serving in our nation’s armed forces.

We recognize the deep sacrifices and radical service made by each of these men, women, and their families, and we appreciate so much so that their service has afforded us the freedom to pursue happiness and live safely and securely.

For all who serve, all of us at Sam Rodgers Homes are here to celebrate you, honor you, and thank you, and we’re here to remember the service of those who have passed on.


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Home Automation: Bringing Cutting-Edge Tech to Classic Home Construction

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As a long-standing luxury builder, Sam Rodgers homes prides itself as an old-school, high-quality builder.

With interior features, finishes, and design that pays homage to luxury homes of the past, our homes still find plenty of space to offer the best features of modern home living and cutting-edge technology — including home automation.

Because so many Sam Rodgers homeowners were looking for home automation tech, it was the natural next addition to the company’s lineup of top-quality home features. You spoke, we listened — Sam says Yes!

What Does Home Automation Include?

The Genoa, a beautiful model home that’s just wrapping up construction, is perhaps the greatest example of the classic-current blend.

The home comes equipped with state-of-the-art automation products like Smart Thermostats, Smart Locks, and Amazon Echo Dots. Not only are these Vitex Systems products high-quality and low-voltage, but they work completely through voice technology—with 24-hour customer service, a Vitex call center is available for home assistance if you’re on the go or questions around the clock.

Need to lock the front door on the way out? Want to cool the room down? With Sam Rodgers’ home automation technology, just say the word, and consider it done!

How Do I get Automation Technology in my Home?

Not only is the Vitex technology already built into The Genoa model home, but the tech is an available option for every Sam Rodgers home.

Whatever kind of home you’re looking to build and customize and wherever you’re looking to build it, the Vitex product line is available to bring your home up to speed on the latest and greatest in-home tech.

To learn more, check out this video about the home automation products and why they fit perfectly into any Sam Rodgers home.

Sam Rodgers Homes to Take Part in Community Charity Walk at Gran Paradiso

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Sam Rodgers Homes will participate in the 12th annual Community Charity Walk at Gran Paradiso this year.


Last year, the United Way of South Sarasota County helped mend over 54,000 distressed lives of local children, families and seniors with health, educational and financial problems.


To help create new solutions and bring about hope for those who find themselves in distressed situations, the United Way funds 35 human service programs across South County.


Along with Sam Rodgers’ sponsorship and Charity Walk participation, there will be a Sam Rodgers Homes table at the event.


We encourage others to join us for the 2.5 mile walk (or run) to for good conversation and a great cause!


Event Details

Music, food, media & prizes provided.



Saturday March 24, 2018 (Rain or Shine)



Gran Paradiso, 20061 Galleria Blvd, Venice, FL 34293


Pet and family friendly.



 For more information, visit www.uwssc.org and download a walk packet for yourself or your team. You can also call the local United Way office at 941-484-4811.


Thanks again to the United Way for caring about our neighbors in need — and for allowing us to join them in their mission.




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Sam Rodgers Participating in Manatee & Sarasota Counties’ 2018 Parade of Homes

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Parade of Homes: Manatee-Sarasota Counties!

The Parade of Homes is an outstanding collection of Gulf Coast properties that will run from February 17th – March 11. From private gated communities, custom golf course homes, waterfront or beachfront properties, to affordable family-oriented urban developments, your perfect West Coast Florida homes are featured here and Sam Rodgers is one of those builders.

At the Parade of Homes, award-winning builders like Sam Rodgers Homes are recognized for their luxury homes, quality craftsmanship, outstanding design, concern for sustainability and inclusion of the latest technology and energy-saving features.


In 2017, Sam Rodgers was recognized for:

Category 7

→ Best Curb Appeal
→ Best Kitchen
→ Best Overall with the Magnolia Model at GreyHawk Landing


Category 15

→ Best Kitchen (Tie)
→ Best Floor Plan with the Napoli Model at Gran Paradiso



This year, Sam Rodgers Homes is featuring 2 homes in the Parade lineup — and they’re sure to win!

#21 of the 2018 Parade

The Captiva at Heron Park in GreyHawk Landing | 12613 Goldenrod Avenue, Bradenton FL 34212

This adaptable floor plan features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a den along with a 3 car garage. The grand living room encompasses a spacious living area with a large sliding glass door onto the lanai, an oversized island kitchen with walk-in pantry, and a comfortably sized café area for casual meals.

A more formal dining area is situated adjacent to the grand living space and kitchen for easy entertaining. The master bedroom features a large walk-in closet and a beautifully appointed attached bath with double lavatories and a large tub shower.

This model is offered from $333,200.

Take the online tour:  https://player.vimeo.com/video/254412047
or visit the listing:  http://samrodgershomes.com/sr-home/captiva/


#116 of the 2018 Parade

The Bellisimo at Gran Paradiso | 20107 Passagio Drive, Venice FL 34293

A distinctive pyramid ceiling in the grand living room show off this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home. 10’ ceilings make the combined great room–island kitchen–formal dining feel extravagant. Pocket sliding glass doors open up to the lanai to show the pool and spa which is perfect for entertaining with its attractive outdoor kitchen.

The master bath boasts double vanities, a garden tub and a separate shower. Abundant storage and a three car garage make it easy to keep this home neat and organized.

This model is offered from $428,600.

Take the online tour:  https://player.vimeo.com/video/254411746
or visit the listing:  http://samrodgershomes.com/sr-home/bellisimo/


Visit these model homes at the Parade of Homes and see first-hand what Sam Rodgers Homes is all about. Fall in love with one of the homes — but if you want to customize it, you can!

It’s truly “luxury without limits” — when other builders say no to customization, Sam says Yes.

Visit the surrounding neighborhood after the Parade to see for yourself why Manatee and Sarasota County residents are proud to call them paradise: pristine white sand beaches, lush landscapes, exotic tropical flowers, areas rich in history and culture, vibrant urban areas with exciting things to see and so much more.

To learn more about the Parade of Homes, visit the website here: http://paradeofhomesinfo.com/


New Year, New Home, Luxury Without Limits

Every January, it’s not uncommon to hear friends and family talk about what they want to change about the new year — workout more, eat more health-conscious foods, read more books, the list goes on.


While some of these New Years resolutions won’t make it past March, others are more attainable than one might think — like buying a new home to fit your lifestyle!
And in 2018, settling into a beautiful luxury home has never been easier. Sam Rodgers Homes makes the decision to buy a new residence the joyful and exciting experience it should be.


We also understand how important it is for your home to match your life. Each Sam Rodgers luxury home design offers new home buyers custom options to make your home one-of-a-kind. From flooring and lighting to fixtures in any room, the Sam Rodgers Design Studio has something for every family. And if you want to customize your floor plan Sam Rodgers can do that too. There is no limit to luxury.


While other builders say no to custom home features, Sam says YES.




Some of the other perks to enjoy when you buy a luxury Sam Rodgers home in sunny West Florida:

  • Private clubhouses
  • State-of-the-art fitness centers
  • Lakes and pools
  • Recreation parks
  • Nature trails for walking and biking


Our communities are also conveniently located near Florida attractions and the nation’s most beautiful beaches. You’ll find plenty of shopping centers, dining options and top Florida schools just around the corner from any Sam Rodgers home!


Talk about starting 2018 off on the right foot — step foot into a brand new luxury home that’s fit to your lifestyle.


Explore our homes today!

50 Years of Sam: A Look Back

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Sam Rodgers Enterprises.


Florida Grown


Few businesses can claim to be as truly family-operated as Sam Rodgers Homes. Florida grown and family run, it all began with Sam R. Rodgers. Within 10 years from graduating from the University of Florida, Sam along with his wife, Mary embarked on a new business venture, Sam Rodgers Enterprises, Inc. in 1968. Since then, Mary has worked alongside her husband as the company’s Secretary and Treasurer with his son, Richard Rodgers joining them full-time as Vice President upon graduating from Florida Southern College.


We are proud to be celebrating 50 years of excellence and success in wonderful West Central Florida.


Simple Beginnings


1968- In Lakeland, Florida Sam founded Sam Rodgers Enterprises to retail manufactured housing which was then referred to as mobile homes. The company in subsequent years was recognized as one of the top 10 retailers in Florida.


1971- Sam’s Leisure Lake Estates was developed as a mobile home subdivision in order that the homes sold by the company could be then placed in a master planned community with full amenities. This community was followed by five other rental communities and subdivisions in the Lakeland area.


Grand Achievements


1988- After observing that several homebuilders in the Ocala-Leesburg area were having success in building retirement homes, Sam decided to develop Sandpiper Golf & Country Club in Lakeland and venture in to building homes on site rather than buying a factory built product. Sandpiper was an immediate success with 232 homes sold in the first year of the 1169 lots within this golf course and country club community with full amenities.


1989-1999 – Estates of Beacon Woods with 500 homes and Legacy of Leesburg with 999 homes followed using the same success formula: Quality Home Construction and a well planned community with amenities developed by Sam.


1994- Present- In Southwest Florida, Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club (1,325 homes), Greyhawk Landing and Greyhawk Landing West (1,271 homes) and Gran Paradiso (2,000 homes) were developed in Sarasota and Manatee counties.


Today we still develop outstanding communities in which our beautiful semi-custom homes are built to the highest quality standards.



And Beyond …


2018 is our anniversary year and we have 2 new beautiful communities planned. Arbour Lake will be located in Sarasota and Grand Oaks will be located in Venice.   Along with these communities, we are continuing to build our fine semi-custom homes in Greyhawk Landing West and Gran Paradiso.


Celebrate With Us


In honor of our 50 years in Florida, we are celebrating by giving back to our buyers and community!


There has truly never been a better time to purchase your dream Sam Rodgers home with special incentives in effect during 2018.


There is no time like the present to receive this present from us to you!