Buyer’s Tip #2: How to Narrow Your New Home Search

2021-04-13T10:19:50-04:00March 16th, 2021|

Buyer’s Tip #2: How to Narrow Your New Home Search

Selecting and buying a brand new home can be a fun, even thrilling experience, but it’s not without its twists and turns.

It can quickly turn into a bumpy ride and leave you feeling a little squeamish. The new home professionals at 9Yards Realty developed a step-by-step process with 8 buyer’s tips to guide you through the new home buying experience. Every buyer and every purchase is unique, but we hope this helps you better understand what’s coming around the next corner.

Narrow your search focus to save time and money.

Select your real estate agent first, then work together on a plan of action. What’s your budget? What are your wants, needs, and “must-haves”? What style of home and neighborhood fits your personality and lifestyle? Are schools important? Work commute? Easy access to entertainment, parks and recreation? Walkable to shops and restaurants? A good agent will help you determine which builder best meets your unique needs, set priorities, separate fact from fiction, and help you achieve your new home goals.

Searching online can help with planning (assuming the info is up to date). You’ll find base prices, plans, plat maps, renderings, and even virtual tours. But nothing compares to the hands-on, eye-opening experience of visiting neighborhoods, touring model homes, and even previewing builder design centers.

Save big with spec/inventory or quick-delivery homes.

Need to move fast for a job relocation or lease end? Or maybe you just don’t like the construction process. 

You still have a lot of new options. Most builders pro-actively build speculative homes (a.k.a. move-in-ready, ready-now, quick-delivery, etc). These often represent some of the best values on the market with substantial savings and special incentives.


To-be-built homes take time but give you more choices.

Pick and personalize your new home! Select a homesite, pick from a builder’s plans, make your design selections and let the fun begin. Your agent can help navigate the build process, plat maps, site plans, home plans, plot plans, surveys, and more.

What drives lot premiums? How does homestyle affect price? What’s the water/sewer system? How might CCRs and HOA rules affect your future enjoyment?


Custom homes take personalization to the extreme.

Take things to the next level with your own plan or land. A custom build can range from a small home with acreage in the country to an impressive masterpiece in a gated community by the lake. Your agent can help you find the right property and builder – and help you understand financing options.


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