Are You Looking at New Home Listings?

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Sunday, June 8th, 2014 at 9:18am.

So you’ve decided that a brand new home is the way to go, but now what? First you’ll want to find a realtor you like and trust, and then you’ll want to visit some show homes. Builders build show homes, usually multiple ones, to showcase the various home models available for purchase, as well as all the possible additional features you could have. Generally these homes are run like offices so you will need to find out when they are open for tours in order to have a walk-through.
Where to begin…
If you know where you are interested in living, or the name of the development in question, look it up online and view the neighbourhood plans. Here you will be able to tell how many homes are planned, what kind of homes (multi-family, townhomes, single-family) they will be, as well as areas that are designated for parks and trails. On the website you will easily be able to locate the phone number for the sales office too. This will allow you to book a time to tour a show home, as well as ask the builder, or their representatives, a variety of questions. New home listings are great because, like buying a new car, you get to dictate what appears in the home – from finishing touches like granite counters, to paint colors and even light fixtures. It’s definitely worth the investment if you aren’t interested in ding any upgrades on your own later.
Down side?
The only obvious down sides are these: You will have to wait a specified period of time for your home to be built, and once it is built, you will likely have to put up with ongoing construction in the neighbourhood for a year or two afterwards. These two things are the biggest deterrents for those looking at new home listings.

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