Opting to buy new construction

Sherien Joyner Realtor Carrollton, Texas Selecting a Builder in North Dallas

If you are considering opting to buy new construction or buy an existing home, having 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.

For more information about making the decision for New Home Construction, I wrote and article called “Is a new construction home right for you? Explore the Pros” just for you.

Selecting a Builder

Shopping for a large production or custom home builder can be a daunting task.

Start by defining what architectural styles appeal to you and then seek out the builders in your area who offer those styles.

Due diligence is essential. Ask friends for referrals to get firsthand accounts; verify the builder’s state license status, if applicable; and check whether they’re certified by the National Association of Home Builders.

Your next Dreamhome could be in North DFW, Texas! Take a look at the homes for sale. If I can help, please let me know. 

The Builder Representative and Your Real Estate Agent (and do you really need one?)

A builder representative’s ultimate goal is to sell you a home. 

His or her role is to provide a wide range of information to help you in your decision-making, from building restrictions, roads and easements to inspections, warranties, rebates and upgrades. 

A real estate agent knowledgeable in new-home construction will be able to help you wade through all the data and point out the downsides and upsides of each line item. 

Your agent also can look out for your interests in reviewing the builder’s contract, which often contains more legal jargon than consumer-friendly language.

It’s All About Timing

Market conditions greatly dictate a builder’s incentive to make a deal you cannot refuse.

When a builder has inventory on his hands, his carrying costs start adding up.

When this happens, a builder might be more amenable to strike a favorable deal, whether it’s throwing in upgrades or taking a bit off the asking price.

A real estate agent can help you know when market conditions are right for these benefits. Also, watch for builder close-out sales.

Builders promote these special events when a new subdivision is near completion but empty inventory still remains.

A Word About Paying Up

While there are always exceptions, most builders require a deposit when a purchase agreement is signed.

They also require that the buyer pay for any upgrades prior to closing.

If you back out prior to closing, unless the agreement states otherwise, you will lose that money. Make sure you understand every detail in the builder’s contract before signing it.

If you’re seeking to buy or sell homes in the North Dallas, Texas area, consider reaching out to me.

I would love to help you find your dream home. Feel free to contact me here with any questions you may have on New Construction or anything else you may need some answers to.  

I would enjoy meeting and getting to know you better, please visit my “About Me” page so I can introduce myself online to you.  


How can I help?

Hello I’m your local North DFW Realtor®. With years of experience as a real estate professional, I am passionate about helping buyers, sellers, and investors navigate the complex world of real estate.

I know the ins and outs of the market and have a trained eye for tailoring the best marketing strategy for selling your home, or finding the perfect property to fit your needs.

I believe that the key to success in any real estate venture is knowledge and communication. Feel free to contact me.  I would love to answer your questions. 

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