Posted by Alexa Curbelo in Sarasota, Home Buying

Are you looking to buy a home in Sarasota, Florida, and have no clue where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or looking to build your next home, we’ve got all the home buying tips you need to make your decision confidently.

Discover our 9 most frequently asked questions to better understand the exciting world of new construction.

1. How Do I Start the Process of Buying New Construction?

Starting the process of new construction is simple! Bring all of your home needs to help narrow down your search. From location to home series, community amenities, and price, our expert Sarasota Sales Team is here to set appointments for the communities that fit your necessities.

Once narrowed down to one or a few communities, we can set up both onsite and virtual community tour appointments to meet with our New Home Consultants.

2. What Do I Go Over During My Appointment?

Once you have your time and date selected for an appointment, you will meet with our New Home Consultant, an expert on the community. An appointment guarantees that 1-on-1 time to really get all of your questions answered.

Depending if you are interested in a Quick Move-In home or building from scratch, our representatives are here to give you options on availability, walking homesites, getting a fully priced-out quote, financing, and more!

Homebuyers Looking at Floorplan With New Home Consultant

3. How Does the Construction Process Work With a New Build?

The construction process is where you truly watch your home come to life. With a designated Construction Manager assigned to your home, you will not only have meetings throughout the build, but you will also get weekly updated images of your home. Don’t worry if you’re building from out of state—we’ve got you covered!

4. How Can I Finance My New Home?

Financing your home with our in-house lender, M/I Financial, makes buying a home in Sarasota, Florida, smooth sailing from start to finish. With fast response times, competitive rates, and great loan programs to choose from, our lenders are here to give you the best financing possible.

5. Where Do I Go to Select My Finishes?

After you go under contract on a build from scratch home, you will make an appointment to visit our new Design Studio in Lakewood Ranch, FL.

Here, you are designated a design consultant who will help you select your finishes for your new home. You will be able to see in person a wide variety of design selections to truly transform the home into your own.

New Home Design Finishes

6. Does M/I Use Any Energy Saving Products Throughout the Build?

Our Whole Home Building Standards set us apart, as we are dedicated to build you a home to last. With energy efficiency built throughout the home, you’ll save as much as 30% on your energy bills!

7. What Is a Smart Series Home?

With multiple floorplans to chose from, our Smart Series homes are designated to bring on less stress and more fun to the build process.

Our Smart Series has predetermined design packages selected, letting you skip the Design Studio process. This ensures a quicker and easier build, preferred by first-time homebuyers in Florida, but available to all!

8. Who Do I Contact After My New Build?

Like one of our co-founders Irving Schottenstein said, “Always treat my customers right.” We at M/I Homes are here even after your build. Once you’ve closed on your new home, you have a Customer Care Manager assigned to you if any warranty issues arise.

Don’t forget our 10-Year Transferable Structural Warranty, which ensures coverage against structural deficiencies to you or the new owners!

Construction Manager With Homebuyers in New Home

9. Why Sarasota?

Sarasota, FL was recently voted one of the best places in the country to live! With award-winning beaches, A-rated school districts, and top shopping and dining always nearby, you’ll absolutely love the Sarasota lifestyle. With beach weather all year round and continual new and exciting things underway, you and your family will enjoy living in nonstop paradise.

Sarasota, FL City and Beach

Now that you have seen a sneak peak of our home buying tips, it’s your turn to discover just how fun buying a home in Sarasota, Florida can be. Get your questions ready and explore our communities from Parrish to Port Charlotte today!

Still have more questions? Contact me to learn how you can get started building your dream home.


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Alexa Curbelo


Hi, I’m Alexa! After graduating from the University of Central Florida (go Knights!), I launched my real estate career with M/I Homes and am proud to serve as the Internet Sales Manager in Sarasota. With years of customer services and online sales experience, this role is a natural fit for me. I love connecting with new people every day! When I’m not helping people find their dream home, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading for book club, and perfecting my pickleball skills.

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