Purchasing New Construction
If you're touring newer developments seeking new construction, having an experienced Realtor on your team is crucial. We will help you navigate the myriad of new homes today to pick one that's right for you.
In real estate, you can always negotiate. However, with new construction, it depends on the developer and the length of time that the home has been vacant. Developers in new additions avoid bending on price because buyers 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 what the market is doing at that point in time, a builder will often allow a few concessions.
For example, if the home is pretty much move-in ready, you have little to no negotiating powers. But if the home has been sitting fully furnished, like a show or model home, and there haven't been many offers - then the builder might be willing to work with you. The longer the home has been on the market, the more the builder has invested.
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 fence or landscaping, or an extended home warranty.That can go the other way around, too. If upgrades are already in the contract, try to get the builder to remove them - you might be able to install them later yourself at a savings anyway.
Just because a house is brand new, it doesn't mean that it is immune from needing repairs. Be sure to get a home inspection before purchase so that issues are handled and also negotiate a home warranty. Then, about 10 or 11 months after purchase it's worth it to pay for an inspection and get anything else repaired before the warranty expires.
At Avenue Realty Group, we'll make it my #1 priority to find you a new home that meets your needs and fits within your budget. Give us a call at 703.909.6067 to launch the search for your new home today.