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We are proud to announce AR Homes® Sarasota (Nelson Homes, Inc.) as the 2021 Builder of the Year.

A storied tradition of naming the pinnacle of our esteemed homebuilders, this award is given to a deserving franchise based on several variables such as efficiency, leadership, growth within the company, and customer satisfaction.


This year’s winner, AR Homes® Sarasota (Nelson Homes, Inc.), exemplified these incredible qualities, making the building company a deserving recipient of this prestigious award.

Derek Nelson, franchise owner, began working with Arthur Rutenberg in 1989. Having grown up joining his stepfather on construction sites, Nelson discovered a lifelong passion for homebuilding. Through years of hard work and a passion for his craft, Nelson became a building company president in 1997. He became a proud AR Homes® franchise owner in 2009 and his franchise has been honored with the Builder of the Year moniker five times since then.

Derek’s award-winning franchise serves the Sarasota real estate market and offers luxury custom homes in many of the area’s most sought after communities including Lakewood Ranch, The Founders Club, and Skye Ranch. If you’re interested in learning more about building a home with a highly decorated local builder in Sarasota or Manatee County, call 941-907-1230 or visit the website today.