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Levi Hardy

Real Estate Specialty
Single and Multi-family Properties
Living Life With Purposeful Pursuit

Levi Hardy was born into a military family in Copperas Cove, Texas. Months later, he and his family moved to Panama City, Florida where the whole family went into the ministry. Feeling led to re-move cross-country, Levi (age 8 at the time) moved to Boulder, Colorado to further pursue the call of God on their lives which they did for nearly 17 years. After which, the whole family decided to open a coffee shop which Levi ate up and became quite adept at. Finally, though, after years of pursuing God and making coffee, Levi and his whole family decided it was time to move back and spend time growing closer with their family.

After the move back to Panama City, Levi thought now might be the perfect time to start his dream of getting involved in the ever-expanding world of Real Estate. After a life of wild and wackier endeavors raging from becoming an NRA certified Firearms instructor, winning a State Yoyo tournament, a drummer of nearly 20 years, being a salesman for an international paint company & having over 80,000 lattes under his coffee making belt, it’s safe to say Levi is prepared for nearly every situation. (Seriously though, ask him about his yoyo. He's probably carrying one in his backpack.)

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Market Research
Locating the Perfect Property
Handling a Yoyo Expertly
Understanding the spelling of Colonel
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Are you ready to buy, sell, or invest 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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