Choosing a neighborhood
New homes are often built in master planned communities that have GREAT amenities like health clubs, golf courses, and parks. There’s so much more than just the “house” when you’re picking a new home.
Our interactive affordability calculator is designed to help you determine how much house you can afford. Simply enter a few details about yourself and we can help you estimate how much you can spend on a new home.
So many choices! You’re going to see a lot of homes, so keep the ones that catch your eye. Start saving them into your shortlist by creating a profile.
New homes are built in communities. Do you bike, golf, swim, have pets or need a place for the kids to play? You can filter communities by your lifestyle.
Builders offer more options for their floorplans than what you see online. A huge benefit of buying new is that you can customize a floor plan, pick the lot where it’s built, and choose the design materials. Plans that interest you even have model homes you can visit in person.
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New homes have more useful and more customizable floor plans than resale. You can even place furniture and adjust features in a virtual floorplan for a new home you’re considering. Plans paint a vivid picture of what it could look like to live there.
New homes are typically built within master-planned communities. Take a look at site plans and lot maps to see more of the terrific community amenities that come with a new home.
At this point, you’ll also need to focus on a few financial items to ensure you are ready to pull the trigger. Make sure you have a pre-approval letter, most recent credit score, and a lender in mind.
Set appointments with builders now, so that you can speak to a real person about all the available options for the homes you may have only experienced online.
16 Questions to Ask Your New Home Builder
Use these questions as a guide when interviewing builders. Save your answers to refer to later.
Now that you’ve visited, decide which builder, community, and home is right for you. Return to the visualization tools for a better understanding of structural options and really take some time to imagine what your life could look like in the space.
Read builder reviews from real homeowners who have worked with the builders on your shortlist.
While a resale home might have an attractive upfront cost, it also has its own “surprise” expenses related to maintenance and repair. New homes do not. There’s no wornout carpet to replace, no roof repairs, no painting over flaking trim.
The perks of a new home lead to a greater value within the total cost of ownership. Everything’s brand new, it’s more energy efficient, and it’s covered by warranty. The upfront costs of a new home pay for themselves in the long run, especially when compared to resale homes.
Shop like an expert when you know the total costs of ownership
Sure, they all build homes, but the differences can be great. Seek out reviews from past customers that speak directly to your own priorities.
Always voice your wants, needs, and concerns as they come up, so you can make your goals crystal clear and build rapport.
There’s a good chance you’ve already chosen a lender (either you’re using the builder’s or the lender that wrote your letter). Before you finalize your contract you need to decide on a lender.
Most finance companies are set up to provide mortgage applications and wire transfers through the web. You can even sign a contract remotely through services such as Docusign.
Can you believe what you were able to do online? And so quickly too! Unpack your stuff, move your furniture, and start living a better life in your new home now.