Sherry Lynn McCollum

Broker Associate
New Home Construction, Rural Land, and Commercial Developments
More Go than the Energizer Bunny

Sherry McCollum is the epitome of what someone who loves Real Estate looks like. She is a Broker Associate with the company and has practiced Real Estate in the state of Florida for over 20 years. She began her career working for St. Joe Company who is one of the largest land development companies in the southeast. She is currently teamed up with B. Cody Shields and works as a buyers specialist and transaction coordinator for their team. Her extensive background includes residential development, commercial, investment sales, as well as coastal residential sales. She worked exclusively for the St. Joe Company at four of their developments that include Woodrun, The Hammocks, Palmetto Trace, and their premier Watersound Origins Development.

She is a native of Lavonia, GA and is a graduate of Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA. Her business partner B. Cody says of her “I have never seen anyone with a MOTOR like hers. She just goes like the energizer bunny and never stops working and looking for deals for our clients. It’s honestly hard for me to keep up with her!” Sherry truly is a pleasure to work with and would love the opportunity for her and B. Cody to earn your business.

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Buyer Specialist
Simplifying Complex Deals
Property Financing
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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.


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