Expert advice on new construction purchases

If you're touring newer neighborhoods looking for new construction, having a knowledgeable agent at your side can be the difference between a good home buying experience and a bad one. will help you navigate the sea of new homes today to make an offer on the one that's right for you.

Gain an advantage when negotiating new construction in Jacksonville with Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage as your real estate professional - 904-710-0241

In real estate, you can always negotiate. However, with new construction, it depends on the builder and how long the home has been available. 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 what the market is doing at that point in time, a builder 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.

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, try to get the builder to take them out - 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, get a home inspection before your purchase regardless. Inevitable problems can be repaired (by the builder) before you move in and larger problems identified before they become your problem. 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.

Finding you a new home that meets your needs and matches your budget will be my #1 goal. Give me a call at 904-710-0241 to start the search for your new home today.

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