Sam Rodgers Wins Best Social Media Marketing at 2018 Manatee-Sarasota BIA SMC Awards

SARASOTA — Last week, the annual Manatee-Sarasota BIA Celebration of Excellence Awards announced Sam Rodgers Homes as the winner of the 2018 Best Social Media Marketing Award, a prestigious recognition among home builders in the industry.

For luxury builders like Sam Rodgers, social media channels are where prospective buyers consistently spend their time. To stay front of mind with online users, posting regularly and keeping the company page interesting with engaging content is a must.

Sam Rodgers Homes was able to do just that—and do it better than anyone else.

With the help of CEA Marketing, a Clearwater-based advertising agency specializing in homebuilder promotions, Sam Rodgers Homes created a consistently positive mobile experience popular among prospective homebuyers. 

“There’s no doubt that our social media provides a connection to our buyers as well as current homeowners,” a Sam Rodgers associate said.

To stay connected with more information about Sam Rodgers Homes and to view the award-winning social media channels, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/samrodgershomes

7 Tips to Create an Incredible Florida Outdoor Living Experience

While Florida is known as a beach destination all year long, the Florida weather does start to cool and the ocean gets a little chillier when autumn rolls around. Florida’s fall season is never short on outdoor activities, however. In fact, with lower humidity (and even a need for a light jacket at night!) fall is ideal for spending time outside. There are paddleboarding, kayaking, team sports, and the list goes on. But perhaps the most fun (and affordable) activities this fall are right in your backyard. Although Florida is slow to cool off, it’s a sweet relief after a grueling summer. Time to invite over some friends and family and put that backyard to use! Whether you are working strictly on a lanai or encompassing the entire backyard, lighting, seating/dining areas, fire pits/fireplaces, and grills are given top priority when it comes to outdoor décor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are 7 key elements to crafting an outdoor living area.

Covered Lanai
The lanai (or covered porch/patio) is a versatile area of your Florida home. Decorating it—and your entire backyard—will bring personality and character to your backyard.
Under the lanai, enjoy alfresco meals rain or shine, a perfect choice for those who love sipping on afternoon tea in the shade!


Outdoor Kitchen

Take your barbecue pit to the next level. With an outdoor kitchen, the days of carting dishes across the house are long gone. Cook, eat and clean all on one terrace. Outdoor kitchens always draw crowds—where there’s a kitchen, there’s a party bound to take place.


Outdoor Bar

If you’re the life of the party, an outdoor bar is just the thing for you. Flex your mixology skills in front of friends, family, and guests.


Smart Features & Entertainment

With football season in full swing, a TV is one of the better choices for the perfect outdoor living atmosphere. Grab some chips and salsa, hit the patio, and watch your team compete every weekend.


Swimming Pool

Not only is a pool a beautiful centerpiece for your outdoor living experience, but it’s great for exercise, perfect for cooling off, and it gives your home a true luxury feel.


Outdoor Fireplace

Pour your go-to drink, gather with your favorite people, and sit around an outdoor fireplace chatting for hours under the beautiful Florida night sky.


Oversized Lots

If you and your family spend a lot of time outside, consider purchasing an oversized lot. If kids need more space to run around or you’re looking to make additions to your outdoor living experience, this is the perfect way to do it.


With each and every home it designs and builds, Sam Rodgers Homes considers the details, the long-term investment on the buyer’s end, and the elements that make Florida outdoor living truly enjoyable.


Because every Sam Rodgers home can be customized exactly how you imagined it, there’s no better outdoor living experience in West Florida. When other builders say no to custom home features,
Sam Says Yes.


Get in touch with a Sam Rodgers sales rep today to explore a beautiful Sam Rodgers home for yourself!

 

 

Renovating Your Kitchen? Here’s 5 Things to Consider Before You Do

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With the holidays just around the corner, the time is ripe to start thinking about home preparations.

 

Is your home ready for guests? Are you looking for in-home upgrades? Is a new or renovated kitchen in order? If you start now, you can make all of the necessary upgrades, or consider moving into a Sam Rodgers home with an existing dream kitchen. If by some chance, it’s not quite what you had in mind, it can be, because Sam Rodgers says Yes to customization. Either way, plenty of entertaining is on the horizon and a new kitchen is one of the most practical upgrades to be enjoyed this time of year.

 

Before you make any calls to upgrade your current kitchen, here are 5 things you should know.

 

Pay for your design.

At the end of the day, your kitchen renovation will only be as good as its design. By hiring a veteran designer with plenty of experience, you won’t be incurring the risk of something to regret. The cost for the design portion of a renovation is typically anywhere from 3 to 10% of your overall budget and well worth it.

 

Because the paychecks for designers at home centers, cabinet shops, and kitchen stores come from the retailers of products they’re selling, your design choices will be limited to the options they make available. When you pay for your renovations yourself, however, you don’t need to worry about limitations or conflicts of interest.

 

Keep your budget on track.

To avoid “over-improving,” it’s a good rule of thumb to cap your kitchen renovation budget at 15% of your home’s value, according to John Bredemeyer, President of Realcorp. (Check your town assessor’s site or a real estate site). According to Money Magazine, divvying up the budget should look something like this: about 30% on cabinets, 14% on appliances, 10% on countertops, 5% on lighting, 4% on plumbing fixtures, 2% on paint, 1% on tiles, and 35% on windows, labor, flooring, etc.

 

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Upgrade without breaking the bank.

Because many currently occupied homes were built before the turn of the century, many kitchens are undersized. If a significant renovation is what you want (i.e. knocking down walls and starting from scratch), there are a couple things you can do to expand your kitchen space affordably:

  • Use current space. By stealing some prime square footage from a hallway, closet, porch, or something unneeded, you can expand your kitchen space at up to half the cost (depending on project, location, the home, etc.).
  • Use light, airy colors. Ample light is critical. White, light neutrals (i.e. pale gray, beige), and pale pastel shades reflect natural light, keeping the kitchen clean and fresh. Just a few popular choices to accompany this thought include white subway tile, quartz, and light granite.

 

If it ain’t broke, keep it.

By limiting how much of your old kitchen you replace, you can cut your upgrade costs pretty significantly. If your original kitchen windows are in fair shape, or if the original wood floors underneath your tiling are decent, you could potentially save thousands of dollars. Keeping the appliances and plumbing fixtures where they currently are (instead of having to remove and reinstall them) will save you a few hundred dollars as well.

 

Moving soon? Keep it cosmetic.

If you plan to list your home for sale within the next 5-10 years, it’s better to keep your kitchen renovations cosmetic rather than spending thousands of dollars on tear-downs and complete overhaul projects. For instance, consider repainting old cabinets, refinish your wood flooring, install a new faucet, or touch up other current kitchen hardware. Whatever the project, keeping it strictly cosmetic is a better time and money saver for those looking to put their home on the market within the next decade.

 

Because a kitchen upgrade is one of the most significant changes you can make to a home (and a huge player in increasing your home’s resale value), it’s well worth the work (and the cost) to give yourself your dream kitchen.

 

At Sam Rodgers Homes, our kitchen designs are customizable and personalizable from the largest fixtures to the smallest details. Our Design Studio team is always ready to address your kitchen needs and preferences.

 

Get in touch with a Sam Rodgers Homes rep today to start  building your dreams in one of our homes!

 

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!

 

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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.