Think Real Estate

Heather Newton

Position
Realtor®
Specialty
Military Clients for Selling or Buying
In Motion To Make Some Action Happen

Heather was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, PA, where she grew up a Flyers, Phillies and Eagles fan. After college she moved to Upstate NY, where she first became Licensed in Real Estate, met her husband Jason, and started a family.

After over 20 years selling homes in New York, Heather, Jason and their three children decided to ditch winters filled with shoveling hundreds of inches of snow and days that topped out at 0 degrees for the sand and sun of Florida. Jason transferred to Tyndall AFB and Heather chose to join Think Real Estate.

Heather has helped hundreds of military clients over the years, and her unique perspective of being an Air Force wife has allowed her to help those clients better than your average Realtor. It’s something she takes pride in, calling it “military helping military”.  She also has extensive experience in new construction, working for several years as a designer and manager for an upscale builder.

Most of all, Heather loves working with first-time buyers. According to her, the satisfaction that comes with helping someone achieve home ownership for the first time never gets old.

In her spare time, Heather loves decorating, taking her family to the beach, and attending all the sporting events that come with being the mom of three kids.

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Communication and A Passion To Help Her Clients
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Organization and Attention To Detail
97
Property Financing
87
Sitting Still
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Are you ready to buy, sell, or rent in Bay County, Florida?
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Buy Land and Build A Home or Buy An Existing Home in Bay County

Your future home awaits and we are here to help.

Are you in the process of locating your next dream home? If you are, you may be considering the differences between buying land and building new versus buying an existing home. Both of these options can be great, but each has a different journey to completion.

Fortunately, the real estate market in Bay County, Florida is still activity pushing along. And while there is not as much inventory, compared to 2020, there are still land & homes for sale across our wonderful community.

You can buy a neighborhood lot in a beachy or in-town community, or possibly find acres of land in the northern part of Bay County to start your own farm. Lynn Haven has become a very popular community to call home and the Cove has long been a wonderful community for those seeking to be near downtown Panama City. Lots and lots of choices to create a future that is uniquely you.

It is far more complex to buy land and build a home than it is to buy a home that is already built and move-in ready. Someone has to be available to make the continuous decisions that go along with such a project. And it is often times more expensive, too. Land costs, architectural design, permits, foundation work, framing, site work, exterior finishes, interior finishes, mechanical rough-ins— the details can add up rather quick. When building a custom home, $350,000 doesn’t build a palace in Bay County in 2020. Here is an example of what a $350,000 build budget would look like:

  • Architectural Design: $17,430.00
  • Site work. Design, Permit fees, inspections, etc.: $7,810.00
  • Foundations. Excavation, concrete and retaining walls: $38,685.00
  • Framing. Sheathing, trusses, etc.: $44,930.00
  • Exterior finishes. Roofing, windows, and doors, etc.: $75,245.00
  • Interior finishes. Drywall, flooring, insulation, paint, lights, appliances, etc.: $77,840.00
  • Major systems rough-ins. Electrical, HVAC and plumbing: $35,445.00
  • Hardscapes and softscapes. Driveway, fencing, landscaping, shed, etc.: $49,490.00

In contrast, the same budget of $350,000 can buy an existing home or condo, land included, that is move-in ready and waiting to welcome you home. And with the inventory in the Bay County Real Estate MLS, you can likely find your new home or investment project without too much effort.

Whichever your choice may be, Think Real Estate has two convenient offices in Bay County, Florida to serve your real estate needs. Our beach office is on Middle Beach Road, just east of Shipwreck Island Water Park, and our in-town office is on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., about one mile north of the mall. Both of our real estate offices offer the same high-quality service and personable, professional, dedicated Realtors. Contact us today to get started.

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Are you looking for investment property or your next flip in Bay County, Florida?
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850-270-4200