Local Real Estate Agent
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Leigh Hawkins has lived in Bay County most of her life, since moving from Alabama when she was a young girl. Having come from a very small town, it was exciting to move to a place with such a unique variety of landscapes and opportunities for new adventures. Leigh has always enjoyed exploring what Bay and the surrounding counties have to offer. She loves travelling and camping with her family, being outdoors and in the water, health and fitness, reading, cooking, decorating, as well as finding properties and imagining their potential.
Leigh is a graduate of FSU and she has been a teacher/media specialist with Bay District Schools for 22 years. Her husband, David, is a local residential contractor and they have two amazing kids. Her family has been serving the Gulf Coast in many areas of business for over 40 years. Growing up with business owner parents and now having a family business as well, Leigh understands the importance of hard work and building relationships. Her experience in the world of education has played a vital role in building her communication skills and attention to detail.
Real Estate has always intrigued Leigh, so she decided to become a Realtor and pursue her passion. She prides herself on being able to “THINK” outside the box, and helping others visualize the possibilities when searching for the right property. She works hard to help people find the perfect fit and make their dreams come true while she is living hers! Leigh is here to help, so connect with her today.
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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 quite active right now. There is plenty of inventory for sale in every part 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.