2007 News Articles

Local builders might not be getting as much money per home as they did during the real estate boom, but some say sales numbers are up slightly from last year.

Neal Communities sold 14 homes last month, resulting in a total sales volume of about $5.3 million. In November 2006, Neal sold 12 homes, but the sales volume was nearly $2 million higher at $7.2 million.

The higher sales number with lower sales volume is an indication on how far home prices have fallen.

Even in…

Posted Saturday, December 29, 2007

Potential homebuyers along with those curious about new architectural trends and others looking for decorating ideas are expected to view 36 model homes as the 10th annual Lakewood Ranch Tour of Homes kicks off today.

For some, it will be the first chance to catch a glimpse of Lakewood Ranch's most exclusive community to date, The Lake Club.

"There will be an abbreviated registration process at The Lake Club," said Sondra Guffey, spokeswoman for LWR Communities.


Posted Friday, November 2, 2007

THONOTOSASSA - There's nothing understated about homes that get picked for the Greater Tampa Bay Luxury Home Tour. They are chosen for their million-dollar views, soaring ceilings, opulent furnishings and spalike retreats. They are chosen to give the rest of us a peek at the good life - a life of Sub-Zero refrigerators, infinity- edge pools and private movie rooms.

Stonelake Ranch, a 685-acre community on Lake Thonotosassa, is home to two of the 15estate homes on this year's tour,…

Posted Monday, October 1, 2007

Name of owner: John K. Cannon
Name of company: John Cannon Homes, Inc.
Main office location: 6710 Professional Parkway, Suite 100, Lakewood Ranch
Phone number: 924-5935
Web site:www.johncannonhomes.com
Date company founded: 1987

Bio of owner: From an early age, building tree forts for his friends, John Cannon had a calling to build. After earning a degree in building construction from Michigan State University, he…

Posted Sunday, September 16, 2007

Tampa Bay Business Journal -Following the trend set by several other builders, John Cannon Homes Inc. of Sarasota says that all of its residential properties now under construction and everything it builds in the future will meet or exceed guidelines set by the Florida Green Building Coalition.

"The idea of living in an environmentally friendly home is appealing on many levels, and buyers know that ultimately a green house will save them money," said company president John Cannon in a…

Posted Saturday, June 9, 2007

Lakewood Ranch's newest development, The Lake Club, offers a new level of luxury.

John Cannon Homes' Camira model is one of the development's showcase homes and there is not a bad seat in the house.

Located on the end of the semi-circular enclave of custom homes, the corner lot provides vistas from many different locations.

Whether it's the breathtaking view through two stories of windows that are visible upon stepping into the foyer, or the view from one of the home's…

Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Lake Club is four weeks into its premiere and traffic by potential buyers is still steady. On Sunday, parking was a rare commodity as many toured the showcase homes in Lakewood Ranch's most exclusive community.

The community's 10 builders have each been assigned a week in which they can plan lectures or events for the public. Whether it's the events themselves or the scale of the homes being presented that is attracting crowds, one thing is certain: The public keeps coming.

Posted Wednesday, February 21, 2007

John Cannon President, John Cannon Homes Inc.
 In his desk, John Cannon keeps a tattered piece of paper that he cut from a magazine 20 years ago. He isn’t sure who originally wrote the words, but he keeps it around because the wisdom still rings true today. “Never hire or promote in your own image,” the quote says. “It is foolish to replicate your strengths and idiotic to replicate your weakness. It is essential to employ, trust and reward those whose perspectives and ability and…

Posted Thursday, February 15, 2007

Home builder Pat Neal did about 25 percent less business last year. John Cannon's sales fell by a third.

But builders with low-cost inventory and high-end buyers seem to be weathering the housing storm better than many.

Neal says he plans to "aggressively pursue new parcels of land in 2008."

Cannon sees strength in his backlog of super-high-end homes that have long design and construction cycles. The houses that his John Cannon Homes is completing were all sold in the…

Posted Thursday, January 18, 2007

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