I must say I agree with both Mark and Scott.
Due to current market conditions, builders are offering lots of different incentives to get buyers into their homes, whether itâ€™s closing cost or upgrades, sometimes both. So this can be one of the motivations to go with a builder.
Also, be sure to compare your options with existing homes, since Lake Nona, is such a new community, you have options for homes that are only a few years old, which I would say gives you the option of getting a gently used home(with character, lol). Since there are so many options, and sellers are motivated to sell their homes, there are steals all over the place.
Again, the bottom line comes down to what you really prefer. Some buyers like knowing they are getting something brand new, which has never been used and they can proceed to add their own taste to it, while others are happy to cherry pick through the inventory of already existing homes and take advantage of the low prices.
Whatever your decision, be sure to contact an experienced Realtor, that is part of the Realtor Association. They will be able to guide you through the process.
If I can be of any assistance, do not hesitate to contact me.
Good luck with your decision.