Expert advice on new construction purchases
When scoping out newer developments seeking new construction, having an experienced agent with you is important. will be your guide when navigating the sea of new homes today to locate one that's perfect for you.
In real estate, you can always negotiate. However, with new construction, it depends on the builder and how long the home has been vacant. Developers in new additions like to keep prices near their asking point 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 the local market, builders have been known to allow a few concessions.
Consider a property has been on the market a long time 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, it's unlikely you'll get a deal.
You can always ask for assistance in other ways when purchasing new construction. For example, closing costs are one way for you to save without lowering the price of the house. The same goes for amenities - ask for things appliance upgrades, a garage door opener, a sprinkler system or landscaping, or an extended home warranty. That can go the other way around, too. If upgrades are already in the plan, see if you can get the builder to omit them - you might be able to install them later yourself at a savings anyway.
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 problems 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.