Building Your Next Home


Opting for New Home Construction

Whether to buy an existing home or have one built is yet another decision to make during the home-buying process.  If you decide to go with new construction, a real estate agent can be a powerful advocate in your corner as you negotiate upgrades, a move-in date, and other terms with the home builder.

Below are some basic pointers to prepare you for the journey ahead.


Seven Steps to buying your New Home

When buying new construction, keep in mind that it is different from buying a previously-owned home.  Negotiating with a homeowner can be difficult as they have an emotional tie to the home.  Negotiating with a builder is all about the bottom line; all you have to do is agree upon a number that both parties feel is fair.

Buying new construction involves either designing and building a custom home or buying a home that's built on spec.  In either case you’ll be the first owner of the home.

Location, Location, Location

Where you buy not only affects the home's current and future value, but it also affects your lifestyle.  Your agent will be able to conduct a more targeted home search if you outline your preferences in neighborhoods and nearby amenities.  Here's a checklist of items you should consider and communicate to your chosen real estate agent.