Think Real Estate
Broker Associate & Agent Relations Director
Real Estate Transactions
Rebuilding Bay County One Person at a Time
As a native Floridian, Cory is committed to representing Florida homeowners and future homeowners with a dedication to providing them an exceptional service. He grew up in the small town of Vernon, Florida, with his parents and younger brother. Cory has a love for music and is part of the music ministry at the church his parents’ pastor.
Cory attended Chipola College and studied and obtained an Associates degree in Arts. He grew up watching his father and family build and work in the lumber industry, which gave rise to one of his hobbies involving woodworking, remodeling and restoring homes. He resides in Panama City with his wife, Stephenie, and their two adorable Shih tzus. After spending 20-years in the retail industry throughout North Florida, many opportunities developed to work and partner with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures that led to the saying: “realtorforeverydaypeople.” Cory retired from a co-manager position to follow his passion of helping in the community and this led to his becoming a realtor.
Cory spends everyday focused on helping people obtain their dream of becoming a homeowner. He wakes up excited to be a part of this community’s restoration and rebirth after Hurricane Michael. This is the driving force behind another saying he is known for: “#Letsworkonyourdreasmtogether.” Cory serves with a heart as big as the Gulf of Mexico and he brings a high level of commitment to quality with his work. Cory is a people person and he truly enjoys meeting new people. When you need help with real estate give Cory a quick call.
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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.