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It's essential to have the right agent on your team when shopping for new construction, and is here to help you navigate through your options in the Austin area.

Gain an advantage when negotiating new construction in Austin with John Horton Realty as your real estate professional - 512-834-1600

People that buy new construction in a development aren't happy when the homes that sell after theirs fetch a lesser price, so builders aren't as apt to bend on price. (You'll appreciate this behavior after you've bought a home in a development of new construction!) Regardless, depending on the market and the status of the project, there's sometimes room for negotiation.

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 completed, it's unlikely you'll get a deal.

In cases where a builder won't budge, try getting a break with other aspects of the transaction. Ask for help with the closing costs, or more amenities, like appliance upgrades, a garage door opener, a fence or landscaping, or an extended home warranty. Or take the contrary route. If a home is nearing completion, you can often save money by passing on suggested upgrades from the builder and installing things yourself.

While you should always negotiate a home warranty so problems can be fixed, it's also imperative you get a home inspection before closing. Inevitable problems can be repaired (by the builder) before you move in and larger problems identified before they become your problem. Since an inspection is relatively inexpensive, some new home buyers get an inspection after being in the home for 10 or 11 months - that way, the builder can make the repairs before a 1 year warranty expires.

At John Horton Realty, 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 512-834-1600 to launch the search for your new home today.

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