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April 27, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Sandoval's 2012

first quarter home

sales surpass 2011

Sandoval home sales in 2012 increased by more than 16 percent over the first quarter the previous year.

The 524-acre Cape Coral community recorded 51 sales, compared to 44 sold in 2011.

"Buyers recognize the homebuying opportunities and value, amazing amenities and extraordinary lifestyle Sandoval offers," said Cammie Longencker, Taylor Morrison's vice president of sales and marketing, West Florida Division. "Homebuyers are impressed with the community's development and caliber of our preferred builders, D.R. Horton, Pulte Homes and Taylor Morrison."

More than 98 percent of Phase I's 579 homes have been sold. Phase II, planned with 485 homes, is more than 89 percent sold, which means that overall the community is more than 65 percent sold.

Phase III, the final 100 acres, will feature four different collections of homes including twin villas, detached villas, single-family and estate homes. Development is expected to begin late this summer and construction of models by later this year, with pre-construction sales opportunities available now.

Taylor Morrison was named the No. 1 private homebuilder in the U. S. in 2010 and 2011 by Builder magazine and builds a wide range of product for discerning homebuyers across the country. With more than 130 communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida and Texas, Taylor Morrison offers first-time, mid-market and mid-to-upscale housing in both master-planned communities and urban infill neighborhoods. For more information about Taylor Morrison communities in west Florida contact 866-495-6006 or visit

The Sandoval Welcome Center is located on Veterans Parkway just west of Surfside Boulevard. For more information about Sandoval, call 888-945-0432 toll-free, or visit

Realtors receive

honors from VIP Realty

The professionals on The Gordon Corey Connection Team at VIP Realty have been recently honored by its peers with three major industry achievement awards for working with the most buyers and sellers. The team, consisting of Gordon Corey, Denise Corey, Mark Wilkes, Kris Svetliak, and Mike Doto, received the recognition from (VIP Realty).

In addition, Gordon Corey received the President's Award, as well as the award for Referral Associate of the Year. This honor is given to the one VIP agent who makes the most outgoing referrals, helping people in other states sell their homes by finding the top agent in the area. The agent also refers buyers to real estate professionals in other areas to help them with their relocation process. He has received this award for five of the last six years.

Denise Corey was also the recipient of a singular honor. The Cramer Award recognizes individuals who have "built their success and accomplishments on personal systems of uncompromising standards and unwavering values."

The Coreys are long-time Fort Myers residents and real estate specialists, offering a comprehensive knowledge of the area's the neighborhoods. In particular, the team specializes in what they have named "The McGregor Mile" including the prestigious residential areas on both sides of the landmark roadway, from Downtown Fort Myers to Colonial.

Virtual Open Homes

to offer free

virtual home tours

Virtual Open Homes has announced that it will offer free virtual home tours to help homesellers to market their homes. Visit

If a seller lists his or her property with Virtual Open Homes or one of the VOH-approved broker partners, its virtual home tours will be well positioned on, the MLS and the National Association of Realtors website.

This will greatly enhance the visibility of the seller's property and bring more buyers.

Additional services of course include market analysis, counseling on the current local market conditions and price, open houses, advertising locally, marketing buyers nationally and internationally.

Virtual Open Homes' website gives homebuyers and sellers the ability to go to one place on the Internet to view all virtual tours available in Southwest Florida.

VOH currently offers real estate solutions for six cities in Southwest Florida, with plans to expand. Current cities include Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Punta Gorda.

VOH is a fully licensed Florida Real Estate Corporation. VOH also partners with several well established brokers throughout Southwest Florida to best serve homebuyers and sellers.

Model homes in

Verandah open for public viewing this weekend

Verandah will participate in the National Association of Realtors' 2012 Nationwide Open House on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and April 29, from noon to 5 p.m. The coast-to-coast event is designed to encourage buyers and potential buyers to browse for-sale homes in their area.

Visitors to Verandah during the open house will have the opportunity to tour 12 single-family and villa homes and explore the amenities of the 1,456-acre Fort Myers community, created by Bonita Bay Group along a 1.75-mile stretch of the Orange River.

The homes, priced from under $300,000 to nearly $1 million, offer from 2,159 square feet to 3,674 square feet of living space plus golf, nature and lake views.

Verandah offers villa homes and estate, custom and traditional single-family homes in several neighborhoods, including homes available for immediate occupancy.

For more information, visit Verandah's information center, located two miles east of I-75 on State Road 80, call 866-694-7199 or log onto

Taylor Morrison

announces new hires

Taylor Morrison West Florida Division has announced a number of new hires to prepare for the busy months ahead. This announcement follows a phenomenal first quarter sales activity announcement. The division increased contracts by approximately 35 percent as measured against the first quarter of 2011. Interested buyer traffic counts have also increased by 33 percent for the same time period. This year, Taylor Morrison plans to add more jobs as the market continues to improve.

The following professionals were added to the Taylor Morrison team: Karen Weiss, warranty coordinator; Erin Ferguson, sales and marketing coordinator; Tuan Le, senior purchasing agent; Carolyn Tonachio, design studio consultant; and Marty Schond, construction employee

With over 20 active communities and many more in the works in the West Florida division, the addition of the new staff will allow Taylor Morrison to continue the building process and deliver all homes on time and in budget.



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