Expert advice on new construction purchases
It's key to have a savvy agent on your team when shopping for new construction, and is here to help you navigate through your options in the Carlsbad area.
People that buy brand new homes in a neighborhood don't like to see houses sold after theirs go for less money. Knowing this, the builder or developer often won't bend on price. (You'll appreciate this behavior after you've bought a home in a development of new construction!) Regardless, depending on the market and the status of the project, there's sometimes room for negotiation.
For example, if a home 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 finished, 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 an allowance for window treatments, 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 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 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.
Finding you a new home that meets your family's needs and matches your budget will be our #1 goal.
Give us a call at (760) 602-0221 to launch the search for your new home today.