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If your shopping for a new home in Tampa Bay, it can be hard to figure out where to start. That's why we've compiled some useful resources to help you find your perfect house!

New-Home Buying Considerations

We know buying a home can be an exciting, yet often stressful process-there’s a lot to think about as you get started! Here are a few things to consider as you launch into your home buying journey. Click here for a downloadable version of this checklist.

  • Step 1: Getting Started

    Make Your Wish List – What are the things you love about your current home? What have you always wanted to change? What are your must-haves? Think about how many rooms you’d like, large gathering spaces you’d enjoy, or the size of your kitchen. Include a little flex space to make your own home office or game room, and consider special areas for your furry friends!

    Get Your Finances in Order – What’s your budget? What are you pre-qualified for? Click here to see a list of financial considerations you may not be thinking of when buying a new home.

    Consider Teaming up with a Real Estate Professional – Buying a new home is more than just doing an online search-it’s about knowing the area and understanding the process. Real estate professionals can offer organized, professional guidance that ultimately means less stress for you. 

    Determine When You Need to Move – Whether you want to choose a specific lot and build your new home from the ground up, or just need a new home to move into quickly, we have options. Check out the quick move-in homes available in Waterset.

  • Step 2: Do Your Research

    Consider New vs. Used – New homes today offer the latest energy-efficiency and technology options available. And being in Florida, having a home built to the most current hurricane standard is important. Here’s a look at these and other top reasons you should buy new.

    Check Out Home Options Online – Search homebuilders, floor plans, and options online to get a feel for what is available. Waterset’s Homefinder is the perfect tool to help your search.

    Explore More from Home - Visit our Virtual Hub to view models, explore virtual tours, and download resources to assist in your home search.

    Consider the HOA/CDD – It’s important to understand the benefits of living in a CDD and HOA community, and what these fees include. Not all community HOA/CDDs are created equal–but in Waterset, you get a whole lot of amenities, an on-site management team, and more! Learn more in our digital brochure.

  • Step 3: Now the Fun Part-Explore in Person

    Scope Out Locations – Consider conveniences you can’t live without (think...access to major highways and nearby shopping, dining, and entertainment, etc.). Take a look at Waterset’s convenient location just 16 miles south of Tampa Bay. 

    Check Out the Amenities – Whether you have an active lifestyle or just want to kick back and relax, amenities make communities more social. Resort-style pools, a rockin’ clubhouse, sports courts, fitness centers, and walking trails…the list goes on. See the plethora of amenities that Waterset offers here.

    Find a Real Community – Waterset is a place where people from all generations come together to meet, socialize, and feel at home. Hear why some of our residents chose their new home in Waterset.

    Find a Builder You Love – The home buying and design center process can vary, depending on the builder you choose. Check out the builder section below to explore your options and determine which best meets your needs.

Meet Our Builders

Meet the builders of Waterset. Explore each to learn more about their processes, their variety of home offerings, their incentives and special discounts, and their unique aesthetic. Then, when you’re ready, come meet them in person at Waterset!

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  • What types of homes are available in Waterset?

    Waterset features a variety of new construction homes in Apollo Beach at a wide range of price points. With a selection of single-family homes to choose from, there is a home style to fit practically every need!

  • Are there new homes currently available in Waterset?

    Our home inventory is constantly changing, but we always have a range of new houses available now, or in the near future. Check out our Quick Move-in Homes on the Homefinder to browse through houses that are ready for move-in, or will be soon!

  • Do the homebuilders offer any incentives or specials?

    We are proud to partner with award-winning homebuilders who can help make your dream home a reality. View our list of builder specials to learn more about their offerings, including Flex Cash, Design Center Options or money towards your closing costs.

  • How can I tour Waterset?

    We cannot wait to tell you more about Waterset in-person! Plan your tour by booking an appointment, here. Then, on your preferred day, visit The Landing to meet with one of our Community Specialists. They will show you around The Landing Club, provide you with an overview of the community, and answer any questions you may have. From there, you will be directed to the different model homes located throughout the community.

    Of course, if you would prefer to explore virtually, visit our Home Shopping Hub to learn more about the community from the comfort of your couch.

  • What kind of community is Waterset?

    Waterset by Newland is a master-planned community for families of all ages and sizes. With a plethora of resort-style amenities, including pools, sports courts, trails, parks, and much more, no two days feel the same. Here, you’ll find our residents are not only neighbors, but friends as well. But don’t just take our word for it. Read through our reviews to see how others feel about the community.

  • What are the perks of living in Apollo Beach?

    Waterset is near everything Tampa Bay has to offer! Conveniently located in south Hillsborough county, Waterset is 12 miles from downtown Tampa and 30 miles from Tampa International Airport. You also have access to many wonderful education options, golf courses, dining and entertainment, as well as miles and miles of beautiful beaches.

  • More questions?

    Visit our FAQ page for a full list of commonly asked questions and responses. Or, reach out to our team via the Live Chat feature in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.

The purpose of the New-Home Buying Guide is only to provide a general overview of information you may choose to consider when purchasing a home. This material does not constitute legal, tax, accounting or investment advice, or professional consulting of any kind. Please consult with your qualified real estate, financial, and legal advisors regarding your specific circumstances and your purchase.