Congratulations on your upcoming move - you have made a wonderful choice in Lakewood Ranch! I live in Greenbrook, where there are many 4+ bedroom floor plans in your chosen price range. I would NOT recommend that you rent first due to the rapidly changing marketplace for both real estate and mortgage financing. You could face significantly higher costs of ownership if you rented for a year and then chose to purchase. Our market here in Lakewood Ranch can't really be compared to other neighborhoods - with all its convenient amenities and proximity to the Interstate and E-W arteries for getting around, it really can't be beat!
The key to being a successful buyer in Lakewood Ranch, in your price range, is to be PREPARED! All your ducks must be lined up and ready to roll before you fall in love with a house. Because of supply and demand issues here, you will likely be in a multiple offer situation on a home that has been on the market less than 4 weeks...that is just the reality of our market today. The best prepared buyer will WIN when others lose because of lack of preparation or lack of an experienced agent.
I wish you all the very best and look forward to calling you 'neighbor!'
Thanks and take care,
Karen Schwartz, Broker-Owner
Prime Residential Brokers, Inc.
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202