When scoping out newer neighborhoods seeking new construction, having a knowledgeable agent at your side is important. will help you navigate the seeming infinite number of new homes today to find one that's perfect for you.
In real estate, you can always negotiate. However, with new construction, it depends on the developer and how long the home has been available. Developers in new additions don't like taking lower than their asking price because homeowners already in the area expect new construction to be comparably priced to what they already purchased. (You'll appreciate that same courtesy if there are undeveloped lots near the home you eventually purchase!) But, depending on how far along the project is and current market conditions, a developer will often allow a few concessions.
For example, if a home has been on the market a while and the builder has a lot sunk into it, then you have some room. The same goes for show or model homes that have been sitting for a while. However, if a home was recently completed, don't count on being able to get a deal.
In situations where a builder won't budge, ask for assistance in other areas. Ask for help with the closing costs, or additional amenities, like appliance upgrades, a garage door opener, a fence or landscaping, or an extended home warranty. Or take the contrary route. If a home is nearing completion, you can often save money by passing on suggested upgrades from the builder and installing things yourself.
While you should always negotiate a home warranty so problems can be fixed, it's also imperative you get a home inspection before closing. Inevitable problems can be repaired (by the builder) before you move in and larger issues identified before it's too late. Since an inspection is relatively inexpensive, some new home buyers get an inspection after being in the home for 10 or 11 months - that way, the builder can make the repairs before a 1 year warranty expires.
At David Massey Real Estate, I'll make it my #1 priority to find you a new home that meets your needs and fits within your budget. Give me a call at
(336) 226-9374 to start the search for your new home today.