In Florida Real Estate, The Question is Where to Invest - Not If, or When: Toll Brothers, NuWire Give Their Views on Top Florida Real Estate Markets

by Rosa Eckstein Schechter

Looks like Florida is getting popular in real estate investment circles again.  Builders are building, planning to build, looking for places to build.  It's an amazing thing to consider, given the past few years of dire straits. At least for certain parts of Florida, things are looking very good for real estate development.

Home Builders Are Excited About Florida - and Developments are Happening Throughout the State 

Just last week we posted about how Lake Nona's having a $40 million dollar custom home development arise from the efforts of Meritage Homes. Meritage is a long farther along than lots of other builders and developers: Meritage is breaking ground, things are go for their new custom home community.

Additionally, Hispanic Business is reporting on several different builders around the state that are reporting a definite recovery is underway for them. Among them: GL Homes;  joint venture Stiles Corp.; CC Devco;  and Standard Pacific Homes of California. 

Read the details of their survey here

NuWire Is Advising Investors to Look at Fort Myers, Miami, and Orlando

Over in the money media, investment gurus are advising their followers to consider certain areas of Florida for real estate investment now.  The Big Three, according to NuWire, are Fort Myers, Miami, and Orlando.

From NuWire, in an article entitled "Best Florida Real Estate Markets For 2012," and written by a senior partner at Hanover Companies, it still appears that parts of Florida are not good investments but others are ripe for savvy investment.  Three others, specifically. 

Hanover Companies are a group of real estate investors, fund advisors, property managers or developers operating as a group since 1969, and their overlapping expertise in financing and real estate industries should be noted.  Hanover gives its reasons for choosing these three areas of Florida, and they include things like rising prices and falling inventory.  For details, check out the NuWire article.

Lake Nona Should Be On Every Florida Real Estate Investor's Radar

Meanwhile, in Central Florida things are happening near Orlando that every investor should understand: Lake Nona is a big, big deal that seems to be flying under a lot of radar.  We post about Lake Nona regularly, e.g., "Orlando's Lake Nona Medical City: Real Estate Development That Should Get More Appreciation in the Media."  It's our opinion that Lake Nona will be at the apex of Florida real estate development in the next few years. 

For those who aren't familiar with Lake Nona, consider this information taken from the May 9, 2012, Wall Street Journal's Market Watch:

Just east of Orlando's international airport, the state-of-the-art community of Lake Nona is quickly developing with billions of dollars in new facilities, thousands of high-value jobs and modern neighborhoods.

The 7,000-acre master-planned Lake Nona community will provide healthy living and sustainability products for residents and businesses working with GE solutions.

"Our collaboration with GE brings a global perspective to Lake Nona that is helping us achieve a level of efficiency unmatched in the region," said Lake Nona President Jim Zboril. "With the help of GE's emerging, innovative products, Lake Nona is quickly becoming a showplace for cutting-edge, sustainable design. GE's products will play a key role in Lake Nona's orientation for healthy living and sustainability, making a meaningful difference in energy use and health outcomes at Lake Nona."


With more than $2 billion in active construction, millions of square feet of new educational, health and life science research facilities and thousands of new residences, Lake Nona has become a bright star during trying economic times.

"GE works to provide clean energy and affordable healthcare offerings," said Luis Ramirez, CEO of GE Energy's Industrial Solutions business. "Lake Nona is an opportunity to put those offerings and technology to work. We look forward to seeing this community grow."


Written by:

Rosa Eckstein Schechter

Eckstein Schechter Law on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
Sign up using*

Already signed up? Log in here

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Custom Email Digest
Privacy Policy (Updated: October 8, 2015):

JD Supra provides users with access to its legal industry publishing services (the "Service") through its website (the "Website") as well as through other sources. Our policies with regard to data collection and use of personal information of users of the Service, regardless of the manner in which users access the Service, and visitors to the Website are set forth in this statement ("Policy"). By using the Service, you signify your acceptance of this Policy.

Information Collection and Use by JD Supra

JD Supra collects users' names, companies, titles, e-mail address and industry. JD Supra also tracks the pages that users visit, logs IP addresses and aggregates non-personally identifiable user data and browser type. This data is gathered using cookies and other technologies.

The information and data collected is used to authenticate users and to send notifications relating to the Service, including email alerts to which users have subscribed; to manage the Service and Website, to improve the Service and to customize the user's experience. This information is also provided to the authors of the content to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

JD Supra does not sell, rent or otherwise provide your details to third parties, other than to the authors of the content on JD Supra.

If you prefer not to enable cookies, you may change your browser settings to disable cookies; however, please note that rejecting cookies while visiting the Website may result in certain parts of the Website not operating correctly or as efficiently as if cookies were allowed.

Email Choice/Opt-out

Users who opt in to receive emails may choose to no longer receive e-mail updates and newsletters by selecting the "opt-out of future email" option in the email they receive from JD Supra or in their JD Supra account management screen.


JD Supra takes reasonable precautions to insure that user information is kept private. We restrict access to user information to those individuals who reasonably need access to perform their job functions, such as our third party email service, customer service personnel and technical staff. However, please note that no method of transmitting or storing data is completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of user information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.

If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, you must immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us at In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your user information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development and, if so, will endeavor to do so as promptly as practicable under the circumstances.

Sharing and Disclosure of Information JD Supra Collects

Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, JD Supra will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary to: (1) comply with applicable laws; (2) respond to governmental inquiries or requests; (3) comply with valid legal process; (4) protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of JD Supra, users of the Service, Website visitors or the public; (5) permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; and (6) enforce our Terms & Conditions of Use.

In the event there is a change in the corporate structure of JD Supra such as, but not limited to, merger, consolidation, sale, liquidation or transfer of substantial assets, JD Supra may, in its sole discretion, transfer, sell or assign information collected on and through the Service to one or more affiliated or unaffiliated third parties.

Links to Other Websites

This Website and the Service may contain links to other websites. The operator of such other websites may collect information about you, including through cookies or other technologies. If you are using the Service through the Website and link to another site, you will leave the Website and this Policy will not apply to your use of and activity on those other sites. We encourage you to read the legal notices posted on those sites, including their privacy policies. We shall have no responsibility or liability for your visitation to, and the data collection and use practices of, such other sites. This Policy applies solely to the information collected in connection with your use of this Website and does not apply to any practices conducted offline or in connection with any other websites.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time. Please refer to the date at the top of this page to determine when this Policy was last revised. Any changes to our privacy policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. By continuing to use the Service or Website following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes. If you do not agree with the terms of this Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, in whole or part, please do not continue using the Service or the Website.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, your dealings with this Web site, or if you would like to change any of the information you have provided to us, please contact us at:

- hide
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.