Expert advice on new construction purchases

Partnering with a savvy agent is key when shopping for new construction, and is here to help you navigate through your options in the South East Florida area.

Gain an advantage when negotiating new construction in Delray Beach with Illustrated Properties as your real estate professional - (561) 809-8328

In real estate, you can always negotiate. However, with new construction, it depends on the builder and the length of time that 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 the local market, developers have been known to 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 finished, 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 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 omit 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 Illustrated Properties, I'll make it my #1 priority to find you a new home that meets your needs and fits within your budget. Give me a call at (561) 809-8328 to start the search for your new home today.