Ten Reasons to Build vs. Buy

New Home Construction – 10 Reasons to Build vs. Buy

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New Home Construction – Buy or Build?

#1 Custom Finishes.  Why settle for another person’s tastes which may be outdated at your time of purchase?  With new home construction, you can select your favorite cabinets, countertops, flooring, paint colors, plumbing, and electrical fixtures to make your home uniquely yours.

#2 Custom Design.  Many families have unique home needs.  Maybe there are 2 or 3 children in the house that would appreciate a playroom, or you need a particular area in your home for an elderly parent to live with you.  Finding an existing home that meets your family’s individual needs can be a daunting task.  New home construction will allow you customize your home design to fit your family’s needs.

#3 Safety.  New homes are built to meet today’s environmentally friendly codes and safety standards.  This means there are significantly fewer chances of the building materials containing volatile organic compounds, paint products are safer, and HVAC coolants are safer today than they have ever been. Today, home electrical system standards require better circuitry including wired smoke detection systems with battery backup throughout the home that lowers the opportunity for home fires.

#4 Advanced Technology & Home Automation.  Did you know that you could control your homes lights, fans, garage doors, door locks, appliances and air conditioners by the sound of your voice?  Just a few years ago these functions were only something we saw in science fiction movies, but today they are a reality.  Many new homes are equipped with state of the art technology that works with your WiFi connection and can be controlled by your voice or smartphone.

#5  Energy & Monthly Savings.  Today’s new homes are more efficient than homes that were built just five years ago and are significantly more efficient than homes 10 to 20 years ago.  Windows that are used today are typically double-pane and utilize required insulation techniques that have significantly improved air conditioning system efficiency.  The difference between energy costs on a new home vs. a home that is ten years old can be dramatic.

#6 Less Maintenance.  Homes today offer new designs and construction techniques that can reduce the amount of maintenance required on your home substantially.  The use of computer-aided design and machine manufacturing makes for better installation techniques and less long-term maintenance.  Newer homes also offer higher ceilings and open floor plans which better reflect the way we live.  These designs and cutting-edge products are engineered to work together better and require less maintenance over the life of the home.

#7 Warranties.  New homes and the products within it are all under warranty, some of which are guaranteed for ten years.  These warranties offer immediate peace of mind and provide buyers years of comfort and enjoyment before having to worry about upgrades and replacements.

#8 Location.  New homes are typically built in newer subdivisions or “up and coming” areas of a community.  It’s likely that they are also surrounded by other new homes which still incorporate a modern and fresh appeal.  Newer subdivisions may also have amenities, sidewalks and designated common areas that were less common in prior generations. 

#9 Wind, Storms & Homeowners Insurance.  Today’s homes are required by law to be built to withstand winds and rains from storms far better than homes that were built even ten years ago.  Insurance companies recognize the benefit of these building techniques and products and often provide generous discounts on insurance policies for new homeowners.  Owners of newer homes can rest much more relaxed knowing that their house was built to weather the storm.

#10 That new home feel.  “New car smell,” it doesn’t just apply to cars!  Homes are a reflection of the needs and desires of the person who built it.   When purchasing a home you may find that the house can be made to fit your needs, but with new construction, you can design the home to meet every requirement that you need.

Detail Oriented Home Construction

Detail Oriented Home Construction

“The devil is in the details”. If you’ve ever done work that has required you to have a focus on small, but very important things you’ve heard this saying.  As home builders, we pride ourselves on managing the details of the homes we have under construction.  We also do our best to apply these values across our entire business, from our marketing through to the home construction phase.

We took these pictures off of the Facebook page of a large nation-wide home builder.  Some of these are pictures where they’ve moved a home from a neighborhood and put it on an open piece of land in Photoshop, and some are renderings.

Does anything stand out to you?


We’ll help, they’re all missing driveways.

Luckily, these aren’t real homes.  They’re pictures or renderings of model homes that were done for promotional purposes.  The detail they missed is obvious, when they set the model house and landscaping down they didn’t pay attention to the driveway, or that there wasn’t one, or that it was even accessible since they’re all behind landscaping.

While this is minor in the grand scheme of home construction, it goes to the mindset of the people running the company that is building a house, or maybe your home.  Make sure when you’re talking to your contractor that they’re focused on the details of your home’s construction, the things that are important to you, and not missing the important stuff.

Like driveways.

2018 Parade of Homes

Come See Secure Built Custom Home Builders During the 2018 Ocala – Marion County Parade of Homes.

The 2018 Ocala – Marion Country Parade of Homes is fast approaching.  Information regarding the parade can be found on the Parade of Homes Facebook page, and on the Marion County Builders Association website. In 2018 Secure Built Custom Home Builders is not only a participant in the Parade of Homes, but we are also a sponsor.  We will be showing our Southern Sunrise craftsman style model home that is located at 4011 SE 23rd ST, Ocala, FL 34471.  This home won awards for Best Curb Appeal and Best Bathroom in the 2017 Ocala – Marion Country Parade of Homes.  Come see us and the award-winning model home in Southeast Ocala!



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Spring 2017 Parade of Homes – Come See “Southern Sunrise”

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The 2017 Spring “Parade of Homes” is currently taking place and Secure Built’s newest model, Southern Sunrise, is already winning awards.

Judges have already awarded the Southern Sunrise with ribbons for “Best Curb Appeal” and “Best Bathroom.” Final judging for “Best in Parade” awards will take place on Friday, March 31st.

More important than the initial awards we have graciously received, are the comments from real estate professionals and potential home buyers who have visited Southern Sunrise. Visitors to our model have been amazed at the “spa-like bathroom” and many have been blown away by this model’s “luxury and spacious closet system”.

There are so many dynamic features of this home, you’ll have to come and see for yourself!

The Parade of Homes continues through this weekend. See below for address and times.

View more photos and information about Southern Sunrise.

Visit our Parade of Homes entry “Southern Sunrise”

4011 SE 23rd Street, Ocala, Florida  –  March 24 to April 2 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Secure Built Ready to Defend Its Title in Marion County’s Fall 2016 Parade of Homes



Secure Built, coming off a victory in Marion County’s Spring 2016 Parade of Homes, is ready to defend its title in the Fall edition of the parade. If you’re interested in building and are looking in the $150k to $200k price range, be sure to visit our Parade entry, The Crescent Palm, located at 16443 SE 83rd Ave. Summerfield, FL 34491 in Orange Blossom Hills.  We also have a growing portfolio of models available in different sizes and in different stages of construction that are ready to sell! Come and experience the Secure Built difference!  11am to 5pm every day of the week!

Crescent Palm Model: 16443 SE 83rd Ave. Summerfield, FL 34491
The Parade starts Thursday, October 13th and runs through Sunday, October 23, 2016.

A sneak peak at the inside of The Crescent Palm…

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Secure Built is Now Building Homes in Summerset Estates (Ocala, Florida)


summerset-estates-nicoleAfter making our debut in the up and coming Orange Blossom Hills subdivision just north of The Villages, Secure Built has begun acquiring lots in and around the Southeast Ocala part of Marion County, specifically in Summerset Estates off of SE 24th Street, right next to Jervey Gantt Park.

Summerset Estates is centrally located in  SE Marion County and is merely minutes to shopping, restaurants, schools, churches, gyms and parks. Summerset Estates is zoned for Maplewood Elementary, Osceola Middle and Forest High School. Secure Built, LLC has a home design to meet all your needs and can build on our lot or YOURS!

Drive by our newest Summerset model, “Southern Craftsman” located at 4002 SE 22nd St. Ocala, FL 34471.

Schedule a consultation today by calling Nicole Cortez at 352.671.9140. 

Introducing the Southern Craftsman Model

southern-craftsman-home-sliderThe design and construction experts at Secure Built have raised the bar with our latest model. The “Southern Craftsman” model combines classic design elements with modern luxury and functionality. With 2,178 square feet of living space and 3,202 total square feet, there is plenty of room for years of memories in this beautiful home.

3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / 2 car garage / 2178 sq. ft. living / 3,202 sq. ft. total

Starting at $285,000.

Learn more about the Southern Craftsman.

Call 352.671.9140 for a free consultation. 

Secure Built Unveils Newest Model and Attains VA Registered Builder Status

These are exciting times at Secure Built. More and more homeowners around Central Florida are experiencing the Secure Built difference. While we are building more homes than ever, we continue to develop and innovate in an effort to deliver the best quality homes to our customers and change the way homes are built in our area. Here are some of our latest updates.

New Model Home: The Sumter Estate

We’ve just unveiled our newest model home, the Sumter Estate. This spacious 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom, craftsman style home is a beautiful addition to the Secure Built portfolio of model homes. When you walk through the expansive front porch and into this home, you’ll immediately experience the vibrance and beauty of this professionally designed interior. Throughout this meticulously laid out floor plan, you will see luxury converge with practicality. We know the needs of our customers and we know how to build great homes. The Sumter Estate is a great home! Contact us at 352.671.9140 to schedule a tour of this beautiful home. 

View the floor plan and learn more about the Sumter Estate model home, exclusively available from Secure Built.

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  • Living Area: 2006
  • Entry: 256
  • Garage: 547
  • Covered Lanai: 205
  • Total: 3014


Secure Built Attains VA Registered Builder Status

Helping our military member’s dreams come true is our way of giving thanks for the hard work and sacrifice they put forth every day! Secure Built is now a registered VA Builder (not a lender) meaning eligible individuals can use their benefit through a VA approved lender to build one of our models and live in a brand new home. We can also help you find a VA approved lender. Learn more about our VA Status and the VA home program.

Secure Built’s VA Builder Number: #3952


We are pledged to the letter and the spirit of the United States policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.



Secure Built Wins Multiple Awards at the 2016 Parade of Homes

Best in Class – “The Crescent Palm” & Best Kitchen – “The Crescent Palm

The MCBIA 2016 “Spring” Parade of Homes was held from Saturday, April 9th through Sunday, April 24th, 2016. Participating builders featured model homes that were open daily. Thousands of local resident visited the 38 home entries to see first hand the the latest in new home innovations.

Secure Built is proud to announce that we are the winners of two prestigious awards at the 2016 Parade of Homes.

  • Best in Class – “The Crescent Palm”
  • Best Kitchen – “The Crescent Palm”

We would like to congratulate the organizers of the Parade of Homes and all of the builders who participated in this great event.

For more information about the award-winning model, Crescent Palm or any of our models, please contact us.

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The Spring Parade is here!

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The Spring Parade is finally here! 

If you’re interested in building and are looking in the $150k to $200k price range, be sure to visit our Parade Model located at 16443 SE 83rd Ave. Summerfield, FL 34491 in Orange Blossom Hills.  We have homes available in different sizes and in different stages of construction that are ready to sell!

We’re also custom building homes throughout Marion, Sumter and Lake Counties.  Come and experience the Secure Built difference!  11am to 5pm every day of the week!

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Master Bathroom

Spare Bathroom