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Josiah Scalf

Real Estate Specialty
Multi-family Properties
Enjoying Each Step Along The Way

Let us introduce you to Josiah Scalf, a born and raised native of Bay County. His goal is to make Real Estate easy for you, cause lord knows how scary it can be. He will do that by being your go to source of knowledge and comfort in confusing times. So, let’s get that home you’ve been dreaming about. Let’s get your home sold. Or if you are looking for a real estate investment, let Josiah help you grow your portfolio with ease and comfort. Let him make the moving process simpler for you. Because at the end of the day, he wants what’s best for you, because his relationship with you is more important than the money in my pocket.

Josiah has experience in building homes, from being an assistant project manager. So, he has that knowledge that gives him a unique advantage, whether it be buying or selling, or even an investor looking for the next best remodel.

He loves homes and how unique each transaction in real estate is. Growing up he was always fascinated with architecture and homes. After graduating from Mosley High School, he knew he would find something that involved houses. He love real estate, and every aspect of helping others achieve their goals. Helping others is a huge part of what he does, it’s what his parents installed in him as they raised him. It was something that he saw his parents do all their lives growing up, being the pastors of our church for 26 years. That’s what he loves to do, and that’s his goal with you, he wants to help with anything he can. Josiah wants to make the real estate process smooth, easy, and enjoyable.

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Organized & Professional
Communications throughout the buying/selling process
Finding Solutions to Problems
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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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