Buyer confidence returns as sales, traffic builds at Whisper Dunes
Last April, Beazer Homes’ Whisper Dunes community was a buzz of construction activity in a challenging economy.
But the national homebuilder remained confident in the Panama City Beach market, and today claims the No. 1 spot in single family attached sales volume and is in seventh place overall in home sales for Panama City Beach in 2009, according to the MLS.
“While buyers were hesitant to do more than look last year, since January it’s like a big cloud suddenly was lifted,” said Matt Brandman, Beazer’s Northwest Florida Division president. “Buyers seem much more confident and have a positive state-of-mind. They are seriously looking with an intention to buy, rather than simply shaking the bushes.”
Whisper Dunes includes town homes from the $170’s and villas beginning at $219,990. The cabana, swimming pool and network of walking paths have been completed just in time for a Grand Opening April 4 that will showcase villas which have just been finished.
Brandman said traffic since the first of the year has been more than 50 percent, and close to 25 percent of the first phase has sold, mostly in the past 90 days. The price and completed amenities, as well as special incentives and eco-friendly construction that guarantees low monthly heating and air bills, have been the big draw for those who want to own a new home.
He said half of the buyers are local and the rest have come from the Northeast and Midwest.
“We’ve seen a lot of people who have been coming to PCB for years and years and are tired of renting for three or four months at a time,” he said. “First-time buyers particularly see this as a perfect storm, with the lowest mortgage interest rates on record, great pricing on solid brand new construction and the $8, 000 tax credit that will expire before the end of the year.”
Designed for both permanent and seasonal buyers, the first phase of Whisper Dunes will include 44 homes. Once complete, the community will have a mix of 156 town homes and 222 single family attached villas, ranging in size from 1,500 to 2,000 square feet.
The April 4 Grand Opening celebration is expected to draw a big crowd because celebrity organization guru Monica Ricci will be on hand to offer complimentary advice on replacing chaos with order.
Considered a leader in her field, the author and frequent guest on HGTV’s Mission Organization has an impressive following on Twitter and Facebook, and a blog where she critiques new products as they come to the marketplace.
A little over two years ago, Beazer’s planning and design team began tapping her expertise to add space-saving storage and organizational elements to its homes nationwide, many of which are found in the builder’s model homes at Whisper Dunes.
You can meet Ricci, tour the model homes and enter to win prizes during the Grand Opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first 25 guests will receive a free copy of her book, Organize Your Office In No Time. Whisper Dunes is located at 101 Sand Oak Blvd. in PCB. Visit Beazer.com for more information.Print Story