Sam Rodgers Homes Welcomes New Senior Vice President of Operations, Randy Turkovics

Sam Rodgers Homes is proud to welcome Randy Turkovics back to our exceptional team as Senior Vice President of Operations. A veteran with more than 30 years of experience in production and in semi-custom and custom home operations, Turkovics has unmatched degrees of experience, expertise, and vision, and we could not be more thrilled about the operational achievements Sam Rodgers Homes will see under his leadership.

Turkovics’s experience encompasses all aspects of land development, high-end luxury single-family homes, production homes, and multi-family product lines, as well as some commercial properties. Over his long and groundbreaking career, Turkovics has held a variety of leadership positions in the new home industry, including Division President for franchise builder Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Senior Vice President of Operations for Canadian Builder Mattamy Homes in Ottawa and Charlotte North Carolina, and most recently Division President of Pat Neal’s semi-custom home division, Neal Signature Homes. Recognized by his peers and respected as a visionary leader in the industry, Turkovics brings an exciting vision to our team.

Over the course of his three decades in the semi-custom and custom home industry, Turkovics has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, spearheading an array of initiatives in construction management, sales, risk management, and new business development. At the core of Turkovics’s success is his passion for motivating and mobilizing teams, inspiring those around him to perform their very best and recognizing them when they do.

Turkovics’s career-long propensity for product planning and development is matched only by his consummate professionalism. With notable successes in compliance management of construction, purchasing, design center operations, and sales, Turkovics’s expertise is rooted in various specialties across the home building industry.

The Sam Rodgers Homes team is overjoyed to be welcoming Randy Turkovics and his extraordinary portfolio of work to our family. As a leading homebuilder in Tampa Bay, we are confident about and excited for the visionary plans and victories he will set in motion throughout his tenure. To learn more about Sam Rodgers Homes, click here.

The Potential Benefits of Buying a Model Leaseback

Model homes – most of us have visited one at one time or another, and those of us who have visited one have likely dreamed of it being ours. Model homes represent everything that’s new and exciting about homeownership: they’re usually in the perfect location, with the ideal layout, decked out with all the upgrades, and – of course – decorated perfectly. “Wow,” we think to ourselves. “This house makes the stressful, tedious process of moving feel completely, absolutely worth it.” We’re willing to bet that most people don’t know that these idyllic model homes are actually available for purchase. It’s probably one of the best-kept secrets in real estate, but it’s true: model homes are up for sale. Usually, this game-changing knowledge is only transferred by word-of-mouth, and it’s a testament to the desirability of model homes that word-of-mouth is usually enough to get them to sell. 

 

There are so many benefits of buying a model home. We’ve listed just a few of the major ones below. 

 

Location
Models are usually built in most ideal locations in the neighborhood. This makes the homes easy to find, unobstructed, and offers some of the neighborhood’s best views, and they are placed on the most sought-after home sites.

 

Features
Often crafted with all the available upgrades, model homes are top-notch and can come at a more reasonable price than a custom build.

 

Decorations
Model homes are decorated by professional designers – and many times buyers have the opportunity to purchase these beautiful furnishings at a discounted price.

 

In addition to the above benefits, some of the most compelling benefits of buying a model home are actually unexpected:

 

Leaseback opportunities
The mortgage on your model home purchase could be covered by receiving rental income from Sam Rodgers Homes during the leaseback period, and depending on the financials of your deal, you could be making money right off the bat. If the thought of being a landlord makes you cringe, no problem, with the builder as your tenant, you can count on it being maintained in pristine condition.

 

Long term investment
When you purchase a model home, you lock in your interest rate – and you may even be able to keep the home as a rental property after your builder’s lease ends, which means  continuing to receive a monthly rental income. Or, of course, you can reap the benefits of this dream home full-time by making it your personal residence.  

 

Real estate tax breaks
Just like any other real estate investment, deductions are possible for “ordinary” expenses such as mortgage interest, property tax, depreciation and repairs, as well as “necessary” expenses such as interest, maintenance, utilities, and insurance.

 

Long and short term capital gains
If you do decide to sell the property, there’s a chance it will sell for more than you purchased it for. Additionally, depending on the length of time you own the property, you could benefit from a reduced tax rate or even qualify for a zero percent long-term capital gains rate.

 

 

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Interested? Good!

We’re thrilled to share with you five homes that are available as Model Leasebacks in our Bradenton community of GreyHawk Landing. These homes feature the highest technological upgrades, beautifully designed decor, and a variety of other features that make them some of the most desirable properties in the area. To see our highest-demand available model homes, don’t hesitate to click here.

 

Early 2020 Events in Sarasota, Bradenton & Venice

The Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice area is full of culture, fine dining & luxury homes. It is also a place that thrives on a unique vibe all its own. You might not think of south Florida when you think of the most “happening” places in the United States, but there’s more happening here than meets the eye. Just browse all these events, already scheduled to start off the new year.

 

JANUARY

Manatee County Fair, Jan. 16-26
The Manatee County fair is a wholesome community tradition packed with an endless variety of things to see, do and eat. The fair truly has something for everyone from your favorite midway action to livestock, and live music acts including Grammy-winning country and bluegrass stars. Info: manateecountyfair.com

Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival, Jan. 15-17
Bring family and friends to enjoy fresh seafood and outstanding live musical performances in downtown Sarasota’s J.D. Hamel Park, with vendors offering beer and other beverages. Info: seafoodfestivals.com

Embracing Our Differences, Jan. 18-April 5
Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has featured 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote, in downtown Sarasota’s Bayfront Park. Info: embracingourdifferences.org

Forks & Corks, Jan. 23-27
The Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ 13th annual event will feature numerous winemaker events ranging from upscale dinners to wine tastings and samplings in the spectacular courtyard of The Ringling Museum of Art. Info: eatlikealocal.com/forksandcorks

 

FEBRUARY

St. Barbara Greek Festival ‘Glendi,’ Feb. 6-9
St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church hosts this celebration of Greek culture, now in its 36th year. It includes authentic foods, folk dancing, crafts, live music and a Kids zone Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday. Info: stbarbarafestival.org

Circus Sarasota, Feb. 7-March 1
Circus Sarasota presents 33 performances under the Red and White Big Top full of elegance, excitement and unforgettable moments. The 2020 show will feature artistry on the flag pole and single trapeze, fast-paced Alanian riders on horseback, hand-to-hand acrobatics, juggling and much more. Info: circusarts.org

Bradenton Area River Regatta, Feb. 8
This annual free event featuring boat races and fireworks on the Manatee River, as well as live music and other family-friendly activities, has become one of the largest spectator events in Southwest Florida since 2014. Info: bradentonarearegatta.com

Thunder by the Bay, Feb. 14-16
The 22nd annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival will return to the Sarasota Fairgrounds with headlining pop-metal band Warrant performing such hits as “Cherry Pie”. Info: thunderbythebay.org

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Feb. 15-16
Nestled along north Sarasota Bay, Cortez is one the few remaining commercial fishing villages in Florida and an excellent place to eat fresh seafood and hear local live music. Nearly 20,000 locals and vacationers attend this event each year. Info: cortez-fish.org

Venice Italian Feast & Carnival, Feb. 20-23
The 32nd Venice Italian Feast & Carnival at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds will feature four days of Italian food and family fun, including midway rides, games, and live music, in a city with strong ties to its Old World namesake. Info: italianamericanclubofvenice.com

 

MARCH

ArtSlam, March 7
This free, family-friendly event features dozens of teams of students and creatives bringing art to downtown Bradenton’s Old Main Street. Attendees are also encouraged to engage in the creative process. Info: realizebradenton.com

Sarasota Jazz Festival, March 8-14
Expect a lineup of top-shelf national and regional acts at the Jazz Club of Sarasota’s 40th annual festival, with Grammy-winning jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer. Info: sarasotajazzfestival.org

Sarasota County Fair, March 13-22
The 84th annual Sarasota County Fair is a 10-day event each March and features Rides, Entertainment, Crafts, Horticulture, Science Fair, Livestock and Auction. Info: sarasotafair.com

Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash, March 27-28
The 11th annual barbecue and bluegrass festival returns to Venice Airport Festival Grounds with another world-class pairing of barbecue and bluegrass. Info: suncoastbbqbash.com

Sarasota Film Festival, March 27-April 5
The SFF is an international film festival, now in its 22nd year. It showcases the best in independent film, thought-provoking documentaries and youth programming. Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 21, for members and cinephiles and Saturday, March 23, to the public. Info: sarasotafilmfestival.com

 

If you already live or vacation in the area, we hope you’ll enjoy these events in the gorgeous, dry and breezy days of West Florida’s winter. If you or your friends are ready to consider building a home in Sarasota-Manatee please consider Sam Rodgers Homes.

Within Sarasota-Manatee, Sam Rodgers Homes builds its finest homes. With each and every home design, 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 in one of the finest counties in the state.

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.

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Holiday Hosting: A Survival Guide for You and Your New Home

Holiday party of family eating and drinking wine

Is it your turn to host the holidays for your family this year? We can help with some tips to keep your new home orderly, whether your guests stay for just hours or several days.

  • If you have guests coming from out of town, create an overnight kit before they arrive, including towels, toiletries, and any other items that will make them comfortable so you’re not scrambling to get them items as needed.
  • If you’re concerned about dirty feet on your carpet, provide inexpensive footwear for your guests, for example, slippers, or fun holiday socks to wear throughout your home during your celebration. These also serve as nice gifts or party favors.
  • Serve light-colored drinks, the light colors will not stain your carpet as easily, and will help you maintain the “newness” of your  home. Why spend more resources and energy trying to fix something or prevent an unwanted situation while you could use little efforts to avoid its occurrence?
  • If dark-colored drinks like wine are a must, encourage your guests to drink those in a place in your home without carpet, for example, the kitchen or on the lanai.
  • Make a list to keep yourself organized of everything you need to prepare, and make as much of your list ahead of time as you can so you have time to relax and enjoy your guests. The freezer is a great tool to help you get ahead of the game.

The holidays are a time of sharing and enjoying life with those you hold closest to you. The last thing you need is to worry about is your home and ruining the new features that you’ve worked so hard to attain.

Show off your beautiful Sam Rodgers home to your friends and family this holiday season while keeping your home like new, and avoiding unnecessary stress.

What Most Custom Builders Won’t Tell You

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Ready to build a home? While the home building process is an exhilarating experience, there are many things to take into consideration. The most important factor? Selecting a homebuilder. When choosing a builder, there are many factors to evaluate. Though determining to work with a homebuilder that charges the least or a family friend may seem like the obvious choice, you have to remember that in those circumstances, you get what you pay for. Before deciding to work with a homebuilder, be sure to do your research.

Here are a few things some custom builders won’t tell you.

Lot Selection

So, the first decision you’ll make when building a home is the location. If you already own your lot, the building process will be more direct. If you’re purchasing land with the intention to build, it’s a little more difficult. A major principle to keep in mind is to not settle. Many settle on a lot solely because it is the last available in your ideal neighborhood. Rather than focusing on the surrounding homes, make sure the lot you choose is the perfect shape, size, and view for you and your family.

Pricing

One of the hardest components to manage during the home building process is the price tag. If a builder requests a large deposit upfront, this may mean they need help affording the materials. If this is the case, the company is most likely suffering financially. On the contrary, if a builder’s initial quote is unusually low, this can be alarming as well. The key is that the quote you receive from the homebuilder is comparable to competing builders’ estimates and that the quote includes a complete breakdown of the total.

Material Sources

Most homebuilders have long-standing relationships with contractors. Rather than telling the buyer who they work for, the builder will sometimes act as a middle man between the contractor and the buyer. That way, they can create allowances for the consumer to provide the builder to work with. Often times, the prices are low-balled and the buyer ends up spending more. Another reason to get involved with the selection process is to ensure you are getting the best quality for your budget. While a cheaper microwave may be more enticing, consider the longevity. If it is constantly having issues, it will end up costing more in repairs than it would have been to choose a top-of-the-line product. Though you may be building this home to be your forever home, you should always keep in mind the resale value of your home by selecting the highest quality materials.

When you decide to build with Sam Rodgers Homes, you’ll never be left wondering. Sam Rodgers has defined Luxury Without Limits for over 50 years through quality construction, customized design, and personalized floor plans for your unique lifestyle. Our well-established partnerships with top local artisans, craftsmen, and tradespeople ensure the highest quality home construction in Southwest Florida. And, unlike other homebuilders, Sam Rodgers feature a 1,600 square-foot Design Studio, staffed with design professionals, to provide home buyers convenient one-stop shopping for every little detail of your home.

To learn more about Sam Rodgers Homes, contact us today!

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Sam Rodgers Wins Best Digital Marketing Campaign at 2019 Manatee-Sarasota BIA SMC Awards

Sam Rodgers wins Best Digital Marketing Campaign 2019

SARASOTA —Sam Rodgers Homes was recently announced as the winner of the 2019 Best Digital Marketing Campaign Award at The annual Manatee-Sarasota BIA Celebration of Excellence Awards. This is a prestigious recognition among home builders in the industry.

For luxury builders, like Sam Rodgers Homes, the truth is that quality digital marketing is one of the best ways to generate qualified leads. They were able to do just that, with a digital campaign that beat out all the others.

With the help of CEA Marketing, a Clearwater-based advertising agency specializing in homebuilder promotions, Sam Rodgers Homes created a consistently positive mobile-friendly experience designed to provide information to prospective homebuyers. The campaign provided an informative and useful resource, then encouraged prospective buyers to explore Sam Rodgers Homes for themselves while generating quality leads.

The campaign centered around a guidebook titled “Top Modern Custom Upgrades for Luxury Homes.” It was then supported by Email Marketing, Banner Ads, Blogs, a Social Media Campaign and a Remarketing Strategy that all worked together.

To download and view the Guidebook, simply click here.

The Mooney’s

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From Tom and Holly Mooney:

“We comment frequently on how much we like living in Gran Paradiso and how happy we are with our new Sam Rodgers home. We value the freedom we had to select finishes and add options that were important to us.  Sam Rogers’ team of employees from the sales people to the design center to the construction foreman have been very helpful, nice, and professional.”

The Verrill’s

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From Terri Verrill:

“I am so delighted with my new home built by Sam Rodgers.  I was moving down from Maryland with my Mom and searching for a builder that could be flexible with making structural changes.  Sam Rodgers assisted us with making 3 structural changes at very reasonable costs. We were ecstatic that we could have 2 master baths in our house! Additionally, I enjoyed working with every member of the Sam Rodgers team.  The communication inside the organization was impressive! Anyone I spoke with could answer any questions I had which enabled me to have a smooth and stress free building process. I would recommend this builder to anyone thinking of moving to the area!”

Fall is in The Air

Fall Festival Blog Post

In most areas of the country, there is an obvious change of season as the air becomes cooler, sweaters come out of closets, colors change, and leaves drop from trees. But in Florida, Fall arrives in a much more subtle way.

You really have to know what to look for to observe the seasonal change.

At some point in late September or more likely mid October an early season cool front will arrive, bringing drier air and cooler temperatures. The rainy season comes to a close and the skies take on a more intense blue color. The days grow shorter, the angle of the light changes and shadows lengthen. It is time to get outdoors.

The biggest change will be the lower humidity. If you want to go outside to play this is an ideal time of year – tennis, golf, running, biking, walking, swimming – you name it. It’s time to take full advantage of the shift in seasons.

So what if most of the trees are still lush and green! At Sam Rodgers Homes, we’re taking advantage and celebrating the season with a Fall Festival at GreyHawk Landing! It will be fun for the whole family with music, pumpkins, cider, face painting and a food truck. Plus! Enter to win a 50 inch smart tv!

Please join us!
When: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 11am – 3pm.
Where: GreyHawk Landing
12613 Goldenrod Ave, Bradenton, FL 34212