Now Selling Kingfisher Estates in Davie

CC HOMES LAUNCHES SALES FOR THIRD NEW CONSTRUCTION NEIGHBORHOOD IN DAVIE, FLORIDA

CC Homes, one of Florida’s leading homebuilders, has announced the launch of sales for its newest community, Kingfisher Estates, located in the desirable Town of Davie, 12 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale, just west of Flamingo Road, and two miles north of Long Key Nature Center.

Nestled in the heart of Broward County and South Florida, the community will feature 16 luxury estate homes ranging from four to six bedrooms, 2,377 to 3,985 square feet under air, with expansive interior and exterior spaces. The homes will feature the same opulent home designs as Marbella in Miramar as well as one of the floor plans from the widely popular collection of homes at CC Homes’ Bonterra community in Hialeah. Kingfisher Estates each will carry an open concept floor plan with customization options and contemporary finishes throughout.

“Kingfisher Estates is our third project in Davie,” said Andres Miyares, Chief Operating Officer at CC Homes. “After tremendous success at Arbor Reserve Davie, where all of the homes sold within a seven-month period in 2019, and having sold Parkside Estates a few years prior, we know this neighborhood offers everything a buyer seeks including a great location, excellent schools, and a lifestyle that combines luxury living with the need for a family-friendly home.”

Recognized by Builder Magazine as a top 100 luxury single-family homebuilder in the nation, partners Armando Codina and Jim Carr of CC Homes have been elevating family living for more than 75 years. The development of this new community comes off an unprecedented year for the home developers. Earlier in June, CC Homes sold out its Marbella community in less than a year, and sold 40 out of 42 acre estate homes in pre-construction for its latest project, Circle S Estates.

Built with all concrete block construction and a steel-reinforced foundation, Kingfisher Estates homes will also come equipped with built-in smart home technology, state-of-the-art appliances, Kohler finishes, contemporary designer cabinetry, Quartz countertops, and overhead recessed lighting. Additional custom options, including pools and summer kitchens, are available through CC Homes Design Studio. Each home also features a two or three car garage.

Davie is a perfect blend of Florida sunshine, suburban comfort and city convenience. The town is the ideal backdrop to raise a family, acclaimed for its A-rated schools, abundant parks, notable 135 miles of walking and equestrian trails, as well as a botanical garden perfect for spending a day outdoors with the family and visitors. Davie is also home to an extensive selection of restaurants and shops, and is conveniently located with easy access to The Ronald Reagan Turnpike, Interstate 95, and Interstate 75.

Kingfisher Estates offers five new home models and lots sized 8,400 or 10,500 square feet. Located on 1201 Southwest 130th Ave., just west of Flamingo Road, Kingfisher Estates homes are priced starting from $810,000.

For more information on Kingfisher Estates, visit the CC Homes sales and design gallery at 609 SW 145th Terrace, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027 or call (833) 617‑0220.

CC Homes Donates $1 Million to Support Research at Baptist Health South Florida

CORAL GABLES, FL – July 27, 2021 – Acknowledging the importance of philanthropic support for investigator-initiated research in healthcare, CC Homes, one of South Florida’s largest home builders led by Jim Carr and Armando Codina, has contributed $1 million to Baptist Health Foundation.  This gift will be divided among the following Baptist Health Centers of Excellence: Miami Cancer Institute, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Miami Neuroscience Institute and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. The gift will also serve as a challenge grant to inspire other funders to invest in transforming the future of healthcare in South Florida.

With more than 350 open clinical trials and studies, Baptist Health is quickly becoming a leader in research in South Florida and beyond.  Many of the trials are conducted at Miami Cancer Institute, and this donation will support cutting-edge breakthroughs in immunotherapy and stem cell therapy.  Philanthropy is also paving the way for research at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, supporting the Vision for Discovery and Innovation campaign, which represents the Institute’s focus on research trials to advance new treatments, devices and methods to improve patient outcomes.  At Miami Neuroscience Institute, donor support is being used to fund endowments to help recruit top talent and foster a transformation research structure that will help advance innovative studies and compassionate care for patients.  Philanthropy has been key in supporting the Outcomes-Based Electronic Research Database (OBERD) program at Miami Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, which utilizes patient intelligence software that transforms patient feedback and objective clinical data into insights to help improve patient outcomes.

Current Baptist Health Board Chair Jim Carr explained the reason for the company’s generous donation. “I’ve been involved with Baptist Health for over 30 years and have had the great pleasure of watching it grow into a nationally recognized healthcare system.  With its Centers of Excellence, it is addressing and influencing how we treat serious diseases.  We have also had the great fortune to meet many of Baptist Health’s physicians and researchers, and understand that philanthropy is the fuel that ignites these ideas and novel research programs.  This is why we are so proud to make this gift and invite others to join us and help match our investment.”

“We are tremendously grateful for this generous gift and commitment to our mission,” said Baptist Health CEO Brian E. Keeley.  “As a non-profit organization, we rely on philanthropy to power our progress, and support of this magnitude is instrumental in achieving our long-term research goals.  As a challenge grant, these funds will go even further in helping our physicians and researchers deepen their understanding of disease, develop treatments, improve outcomes and save lives.”

Individuals and organizations interested in supporting the CC Homes challenge grant with a matching gift may contact Baptist Health Foundation CEO Alex Villoch at AlexVi@BaptistHealth.net or 786-467-5400 for more information.

 

 

ABOUT BAPTIST HEALTH FOUNDATION

The mission of Baptist Health Foundation is to inspire philanthropy and build extraordinary donor relationships in support of excellence, innovation, community wellness and global leadership in healthcare at Baptist Health South Florida. Through philanthropy, the Foundation supports and expands Baptist Health’s ability to provide outstanding patient care and bring the latest treatments to patients and families affected by a serious illness. Donor contributions also allow the Foundation to assist Baptist Health facilities in keeping pace with technology and equipment advances, perform cutting-edge research and offer continuing education opportunities to medical staff. Learn more at BaptistHealth.net/Foundation.

 

ABOUT BAPTIST HEALTH SOUTH FLORIDA

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

ABOUT CC HOMES

Led by veteran developers Armando Codina and Jim Carr, CC Homes – a Codina-Carr Company – was founded on the principle of providing families with high-quality new homes in desirable locations. With more than 75 years of combined experience in South Florida real estate, Codina and Carr are responsible for the development of more than 15,000 homes and some of the most iconic commercial districts of South Florida. CC Homes is one of the largest builder-developers in Florida and ranked among the Top 5 Home Builders in South and Southwest Florida by Metrostudy and Top 100 Luxury Single-Family Home Builders in the United States by Builder.com. With Codina and Carr at its helm, CC Homes delivers a next level home buying experience where customer care meets top quality design in everything we do. For more information, visit www.cchomes.com.  

How the Competitive Housing Market Has Affected New Construction Homes and Buyers

You may be wondering what to expect when buying a new home in 2021, or perhaps what the process of buying a new home is in general. With steadily low interest rates available, you are motivated to buy, but you have questions – How soon can I move in? How long will it be before I can close on my home? Will I have to bid out other prospective buyers for the home? Why are prices higher now than they were last week?

We at CC Homes would like to provide some honest and helpful information on how today’s housing market conditions are impacting our operations as a homebuilder, our suppliers, and most importantly our customers like you.

When choosing to build a home rather than buy a resale, it is important to consider that the construction of a home takes time and you will need to plan accordingly with a place to live until it is ready for closing. While as a homebuilder we do sell select move-in ready homes, most of our homes are to-be-built. Once you complete the home purchase contract on a to-be-built home, the process of building your home has begun!

There are several milestones during this process, you will first complete personalized permit selections so that your new home can be submitted to the city or municipality for permitting. While that’s happening, you’ll also meet with one of our designers to choose all of the many features that equip your brand-new, stylish pad.

Once the permit for your new home is finalized your home can be put on the schedule of homes to be started. In some circumstances, permitting may take longer than what is typical, depending on how quickly the jurisdiction where the home is being built processes the paperwork.

We pride ourselves on transparency, and with that said, we can only start construction on so many homes in a single day. Please also note that, naturally, a home that is larger will take longer to build.

Land development is another factor that can impact the timeliness of your home start on the schedule. Turnaround at this stage varies at each of our communities and for each homesite. We strive to give you as much information as we can at the time of your purchase.

Please consider and remember that our goal will always be to finish your home as timely as possible while at the same time build it well and with careful attention to the details. Prior to the pandemic, we would often close homes ahead of schedule, but at this time it’s become more difficult to do so. We hope you can understand this and find patience.

Given the historically high demand we’re experiencing as a homebuilder, we’re working hard to rev up production on a record number of new homes. This, coupled with the rising costs and scarcity of materials, are the reasons prices of our homes are what they are.

It is one of the most exhilarating times to search for a new home in recent years, and by choosing to build a new construction home, we hope you will find that some of the current home buying stresses are alleviated. You may know first-hand how people buying a home these days are finding themselves in bidding wars, forced to present an offer above list price, fingers-crossed that it will be the best offer while simultaneously hoping they will be paying a fair price if that offer is miraculously the one accepted.

We at CC Homes, and our New Home Consultants, are very straightforward with the pricing of our homes. Walk into our Florida Sales Galleries and you will find that home prices are set, although they are subject to change daily and without notice. We encourage checking our website frequently for changes, should you have a home in mind but have not moved forward yet.

Top 100 Luxury Single-Family Homebuilder in the Nation

South Florida based privately-held builder receives national recognition

CC Homes, one of Florida’s leading homebuilders, is thrilled to announce they have been ranked Top 100 Luxury Single-Family Homebuilder and among the Next 100 Builders in the United States by Builder Magazine. The longtime leading trade publication Builder Magazine, provides home builders with the latest home building news, plans, design ideas and product information.

The annual Builder 100 and Next 100 list ranks the nation’s top builders by closings.  In 2020, CC Homes closed close to 300 homes, earning them a rank of No.76 for Luxury Single-Family Home Builders, No.164 for Homebuilding Firms in the United States, and No.114 for the overall list of Builders in the South. While for Privately-Owned Luxury Single-Family Home Builders in the South, CC Homes ranked among the top 50 at No.47. The list is populated by Builder.com’s annual survey that includes the firms’ gross revenue from building operations, what they built and where.

Led by veteran developers Armando Codina and Jim Carr, CC Homes was founded on the principle of providing families with high-quality new homes in desirable locations. With more than 75 years of combined experience in South Florida real estate, Codina and Carr are responsible for the development of more than 15,000 homes and some of the most iconic commercial districts of South Florida.

CC Homes is one of the largest builder-developers in Florida and ranked among the Top 5 Home Builders in South and Southwest Florida by Metrostudy. With more than 15 communities constructed in the past 10 years, CC Homes delivers a next level home buying experience where customer care meets top quality design in everything they do.

In the Home Stretch – CC Homes Breaks Ground on Circle S Estates

Circle S Estates is in the home stretch! On May 3, CC Homes, one of Florida’s leading homebuilders, held its groundbreaking celebration for Circle S Estates, a 42-luxury single family estate community in Southwest Ranches.

In honor of the property’s storied past as the former stable of Kentucky Derby Winner, Spend a Buck and the 147th edition of the Kentucky Derby, CC Homes celebrated its record sales of 39 of the 42 properties in pre-construction with an outdoor ceremony with an equine flair.

To mark the occasion and give back to its local community,  CC Homes saddled up with Give Back for Special Equestrians a Florida non-profit 501C3 that provides therapeutic horseback riding scholarships for disabled children and veterans. Together they presented a check for $7,500 to Stable Place, an equine-assisted therapy organization in Davie, Florida transforming the lives of Veterans every day through horse power that heals. As a bit of horse play, CC Homes executives, took a photo with Paris, one of Stable Place’s therapeutic horses, who made a cameo appearance on the Circle S grounds.

“CC Homes is delighted to be building at Circle S Estates and to be able to give back to the local community to help enrich the lives of those who live here,” said Andres Miyares, chief operating officer at CC Homes. “The quality of life here is unmatched and we are so happy to be a part of the fabric of this community.”

Those in attendance included CC Homes executives; Chief Operating Officer, Andy Miyares; President, Hal Eisenacher; Chief Financial Officer, Mike Levak; Head of Construction, Francisco Lara; Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Diana Ibarria; Director of Marketing, Chelsea Kimmey; and the new home sales consultants Lisette Alvarez, Oscar Rodriguez, and Shane Wilson as well as Valerie Judd, Executive Director of Stables Place, and Give Back for Special Equestrians board members Dr. Heather Kuhl and Nancy Hector.

 

With more than 90% sold, Circle S Estates will feature one and two-story homes on one full acre of land priced from $1.3 million. Each home will boast contemporary exterior elevations, customizable floor plans featuring four to six bedrooms and bathrooms, additional guest accommodations and three-car garages. With a total of up to 5,500 square feet of living space under air, Circle S Estates will offer highly-appointed designer interior finishes with many choices for customization through CC Homes Design Studio.

Additionally, through CC Homes’ partnership with Baptist Health South Florida, each homebuyer at Circle S Estates will receive a complimentary Baptist Health Digital Health Kit powered by TytoCare™ and unlimited virtual urgent care visits for one year.

Nestled in the charming, unspoiled Southwest Ranches neighborhood, where century old oaks compliment stately mansions, home owners will enjoy easy access to major transportation corridors such as Interstate 75, Florida Turnpike and Interstate 95, and just a short drive from both Miami and Fort Lauderdale and nearby airports and seaports. For the horse enthusiast, a number of highly rated equestrian facilities and bridle paths are close by.

For more information on Circle S Estate, visit the sales center at 609 SW 145th Terrace, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027 or call (786) 655‑8896.

Private Inlaw Suites and Pools are Popular in These South Florida Homes

In our Greater Miami and Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods, we have noticed that people buying homes now more than ever seek ample and private room to accommodate guests and inlaws, one or more dedicated office areas, as well as outdoor space, particularly with a pool, for social distanced entertainment.

These appeals, coupled with current low interest rates, are the top reasons home shoppers have decided that now is the time to buy a  home in South Florida. Conveniency of a large garage, benefits of building a home your way, and the health-friendliness of advanced new home features are among the other reasons we are experiencing increased interest and demand in all of our new home properties.

Our new modern homes in Miami, Miramar, Southwest Ranches and Ave Maria, Florida have met the needs of so many South Floridians and people relocating to South Florida in search of a place to stay at home in style and comfort. Demand for all that new construction homes have to offer is at a high, and if you are among those house hunting, we encourage you to speak with a CC Homes representative at your soonest convenience and we will help you determine which of our homes and neighborhoods is right for you and how much home you can afford.

Real Estate Firms Adapt To COVID, Prepare For Post-Pandemic Era

We find ourselves at an intriguing juncture in the novel coronavirus pandemic’s evolution. Just as promising vaccines burst into prominence, promising a brighter post-COVID era, we also stand at the dawn of a predicted unprecedented surge in COVID infections, bringing what’s sure to be a concomitant spike in hospitalizations, ICU stays and deaths. “It’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better,” seems the understatement of the autumnal season.

Given all the uncertainty, this could be an opportune moment to capture a snapshot of the real estate industry’s response, as seen through the lens of several widely disparate trends and developments.

Coral Gables, Fla.-based development, investment and property management firm Codina Partners proved visionary in rolling out its “Codina Cares” signature program to its South Florida and Texas properties just as COVID’s impact seemed to wane in early summer. As if certain a second wave would grip the nation in the months ahead, Codina implemented a number of measures at the commercial properties of its Downtown Doral mixed-use community in west Dade County.

The program included everything from the expected safe-distance floor decals and hand sanitizer stations to assistance for tenants in obtaining PPE, thermometers, signage and furniture storage. The initiative even went so far as to import traveling artists and musical acts ranging from Brazilian vocalists to jazz trios into Downtown Doral to entertain the community’s residents every weekend. “It is important to keep people’s spirits up,” says Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, CEO of Codina Partners.

And They’re Off… CC Homes Launches Luxury Homes in Southwest Ranches

Former Stable of Legendary Kentucky Derby Winner, Circle S Estates is a Front Runner with Today’s Single-Family Home Buyers

MIAMI (Nov. 2, 2020) –  And they’re off… CC Homes, one of Florida’s leading homebuilders, has launched sales for Circle S Estates, the former stable of the legendary 1985 Kentucky Derby Winner, Spend A Buck, located in the exclusive mansion and bridle path-lined neighborhood of Southwest Ranches, just minutes from Weston. 

CC Homes, an industry innovator, recently made national headlines for offering the nation’s first at-home telemedicine technology to new homebuyers as part of an exclusive partnership with Baptist Health South Florida. With health top of mind, CC Homes recognizes that families are seeking large, spacious homes with abundant green spaces and blue ribbon schools — literal sanctuaries tucked away from the hustle and bustle of urban cores. The private, boutique community of Circle S Estates will feature 42 luxury single-family estate homes on one full acre of land priced from $1 million.

The former 48-acre equestrian estate was a prominent training and breeding farm for more than 30 years, under the ownership of Betty and Ralph Sessa that once stabled, Kentucky Derby winner, Spend A Buck. CC Homes has committed to upholding the property’s proud legacy and maintaining its Old Florida landscaping charm of towering palms and sprawling oaks throughout the property as well as the original fencing.

“These homes put families in the winner’s circle,” said Andres Miyares, Chief Operating Officer at CC Homes. “They offer a prestigious lifestyle in a story book neighborhood rich with racing history and canopied streets where private mansions and horses co-exist in an idyllic setting just outside of the vibrant metropolitan areas of Miami and Fort Lauderdale.”

Each one or two-story Circle S Estate will boast contemporary exterior elevations featuring from five-bedrooms and four and a half-baths, additional guest accommodations and a three-car garage. For a total of up to 7,207 square feet of space, Circle S Estates offer highly-appointed interior finishes with many choices for customization through CC Homes Design Studio. In a nod to its storied past, each estate comes with the option for a white ranch inspired fence with elegant stone balusters for added privacy and charm as well as room for a pool and outdoor kitchen.

Additionally, through CC Homes’ partnership with Baptist Health South Florida, each homebuyer at Circle S Estates will receive a complimentary Baptist Health Digital Health Kit powered by TytoCare™ and unlimited virtual urgent care visits for one year.

While nestled in the charming, unspoiled Southwest Ranches neighborhood, home owners will enjoy easy access to major transportation corridors such as Interstate 75, Florida Turnpike and Interstate 95, and just a short drive from both Miami and Fort Lauderdale and nearby airports and seaports. For the horse enthusiast, a number of highly rated equestrian facilities and bridle paths are close by.

For more information on Circle S Estates, visit the sales gallery at 609 SW 145th Terrace, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027 or call (786) 655‑8896.

CC Homes Sells 50 Homes in Two Weeks at Marbella in Miramar

Leading Florida Homebuilder Launches Master-Planned New Home Community in Miramar; Opens Sales and Design Gallery at the Shops at Pembroke Gardens

Get them while their hot! Within weeks of CC Homes, one of Florida’s leading homebuilders, launching sales for its new 17.7-acre master-planned single-family home community, Marbella in the heart of Miramar, 50 of the 158 luxury estate-style homes were sold. 

“We started marketing the Marbella community mid-August, and sold nearly 50 homes in two weeks,” said Andres Miyares, Chief Operating Officer at CC Homes. “The community offers many of the amenities that new home buyers are seeking as a result of the pandemic, including a bigger and brand new home, ample outdoor space and larger lots in a family friendly location. Since March, we’ve experienced increased, and in some cases record, sales activity across our new home portfolio due to the changing lifestyles and work patterns. Demand for quality new single-family homes is at an all-time high.”

With health top of mind amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CC Homes is providing homebuyers at Marbella virtual Care On Demand services through an exclusive partnership with Baptist Health South Florida. In a first-of-its-kind offering, each buyer will receive complimentary Baptist Health Digital Health Kits powered by TytoCare™ and unlimited virtual urgent care visits. The innovative TytoHome personal exam device is equipped with an easy-to-use touchscreen, HD camera and microphone, infrared digital thermometer, as well as several adapters to record ears, throat, heart and lungs. 

CC Homes has also opened a new Sales and Design Gallery at the nearby Shops at Pembroke Gardens to showcase Marbella’s charming luxury estate-style homes as well as future new construction in the area. CC Homes has a total 1,200 units in the pipeline for projects across Broward, including Davie, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Miramar and Sunrise.

Centrally located off Bass Creek Road and west of Interstate 75 in the desirable city of Miramar, Marbella offers exquisite estate-style homes on large home sites (65 by 120-foot) with expansive interior and exterior spaces. Each estate home features an open concept customizable floor plan, brick paver walkways, lighted front porch entry, stone or tile facade, and bronze clad windows. Built with all steel reinforced construction, Marbella homes are  also equipped with built-in smart home technology, state-of the art appliances,  Kohler finishes, contemporary upgraded European-style cabinetry, Quartz countertops, and overhead recessed lighting. Many stylish finishes typically considered upgrades come standard at Marbella. Additional custom options, including pools and summer kitchens, are available through CC Homes Design Studio.

Marbella offers four new home models – Fairway, Gulf, Harbour, and Inlet – with floor plans ranging from 3,255 to 3,985 square feet, from three to six bedrooms and two-and-a-half to five-and-a-half baths. Every home comes with either a two or three car garage. Price points start in the low $600,000 range.  

A family friendly community, Marbella will also feature a gated entrance, a clubhouse with a resort-style pool, two tot lots, and a fitness center. With its central location in Miramar, Marbella offers the convenience of being within close proximity to major transportation corridors such as Interstate 75 and Sawgrass Expressway, and just a short drive from both Miami and Fort Lauderdale and nearby airports and seaports. The community is also located near A-rated schools and popular local amenities, including The Shops at Pembroke Gardens, a host of restaurants and hotels, the Miramar Cultural Center, and local parks.

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About CC Homes:

Led by veteran developers Armando Codina and Jim Carr, CC Homes – a Codina-Carr Company – was founded on the principle of providing families with high-quality new homes in desirable locations. With more than 75 years of combined experience in South Florida real estate, Codina and Carr are responsible for the development of more than 5,000 single-family homes, over 100 home communities, and nearly 300 real estate developments. With projects located throughout the state, CC Homes is one of the largest builder-developers in Florida and is ranked among the Top 5 Home Builders in South and Southwest Florida by Metrostudy. For more information, visit www.cchomes.com.   

SWFL home builders find sales success after pandemic changes home-buying priorities

COVID-19 Florida: Home builders see sales success as behavior shifts

SWFL home builders find sales success after pandemic changes home-buying priorities

Andrew Wigdor | Fort Myers News-Press

Published 6:00 a.m. ET Jul. 17, 2020

Southwest Florida home builders are finding sales success despite the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, some builders say it’s because of the pandemic that the numbers are sky-high. While the pandemic originally put downward pressure on the region’s real estate market, experts say that a resurgence has come due to a pent-up demand from home buyers. And builders of new, custom homes may be in the best position to take advantage of this demand. Home builders see high interest in buyers from densely populated areas. In recent weeks, Coral Gables-based home building company CC Homes has seen success in Southwest Florida that outpaces that of last year.

Diana Ibarria, senior vice president of CC Homes, said the increases are a direct result of the pandemic’s shifting of lifestyle priorities. Specifically, sales in the company’s Ave Maria community, which promises a “laid-back Florida lifestyle,” have seen year-over-year increases of more than 50% in May and June. She said that over 70% of those sales are coming from residents on the East Coast that have been hit hard by the pandemic, such as Miami.

“It’s very quiet and away from crowds,” Ibarria said. “A lot of the people who have come out, that’s what they’e looking for, away from the chaos … The majority of our increased sales are coming from those hard-hit areas.”

A new nationwide survey from Fast released Thursday shows that 35% of American workers are thinking of relocating because of COVID-19. Workers are interested in less-populated areas and a lower cost of living, the survey says, and part of their motivation is because there are more opportunities to work remotely than before the pandemic.

East Coast counties Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach have been particularly impacted by the pandemic, with a large amount of the state’s new cases coming from the area. Communities like CC’s Maple Ridge in Ave Maria are less dense than that of areas such as Miami and offer large lots and plenty of open space, Ibarria said.

“Even if you want to social distance, there’s plenty of outdoor space,” she said.

The company’s Naples community, Fronterra, has also seen year-over-year increases of about 30% in May and June, and she expects July to be a record month for both communities. The average CC home price is around $300,000, but they range from around $220,000 to over $400,000, according to Ibarria.

Other amenities that make the company’s homes desirable in the post-coronavirus reality are home offices that are offered in some of the CC homes, Ibarria said. She noted that the pandemic has made employers realize that workers are “just as productive” when working from home, freeing up these workers to move and work from wherever they want.

“The distance is not mattering as much,” she said.

CC Homes has adapted to the situation through their virtual buying program, in which clients never have to come to a CC office in person to buy. She said that this online method is making up about a quarter of the company’s sales. And even as coronavirus cases continue to surge in Florida, the company’s sales aren’t slowing down.

“When I heard the (coronavirus case) numbers were going to be worse, I got scared maybe the sales would slow down, but it’s been the opposite,” she said. “The traffic is incredible. We’re getting over 100 people a week coming out to the office besides all the virtual appointments that we do. It boggles the mind how many people are interested.”

The luxury home building market has also seen success during the pandemic. Builders are “doing really well right now for a couple of reasons,” according to Denny Grimes, the president of his Keller Williams Realty team in Fort Myers and annual keynote speaker for The News-Press’ Market Watch event. The first, he said, is pent-up demand from those who would have shopped during the earlier months of the year but were hesitant due to the pandemic.

“Builders are riding that wave,” he said. He also said that the pandemic has caused many sellers of existing homes to now be hesitant to put their homes on the market, leading to a shortage of supply. That shortage of supply paired with a strong demand to move to Southwest Florida from people in the Midwest and Northeast, as well as in-state areas like Miami, has fed more customers to area homebuilders.

“People want to be in less dense environments,” he said. “They’re moving out of metropolitan areas and moving to the suburbs … We’re not just seeing a shortage of sellers, we’re seeing an influx of buyers coming from these uncomfortable areas. And there’s nothing like owning a new home … Builders’ hammers are probably red-hot right now because there is this strong demand.”

Due to these factors, as well as the record-low interests rates seen in the U.S. now, people are more willing to purchase a new home, even if it means paying more, Grimes said. Mortgage investor Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on 30-year home loans fell this week to 2.98% from 3.03% last week, the lowest level in 50 years.

“When you look at all the things that are happening in the marketplace,” Grimes said, “all the lights are green for builders to have a stellar year.”