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Newly Built Homes Could Be a Game Changer This Spring

Newly Built Homes Could Be a Game Changer This Spring Simplifying The Market Buying a home this spring in Columbus, GA or Phenix City, AL? You’re probably navigating today’s affordability challenges and dealing with the limited number of homes for sale. But, what if there was a solution that could help with both? If you’re having a hard time finding a home you love, and mortgage rates are putting pressure on your budget, it may be time to look at newly built homes. Here’s why.

New Home Construction Is an Inventory Bright Spot

When looking for a home, you can choose between existing homes (those that are already built and previously owned) and newly constructed ones. While the number of existing homes for sale has increased this year, there are still fewer available than there were in more typical years in the housing market, like back in 2018 or 2019. So, if you’re looking to expand your pool of options even more, turning to newly built homes can help. As Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com, explains:
“The shortage of existing homes For Sale has opened up the possibility of new-home construction to more buyers who may not have once considered it.”
And the good news is, there are more newly built homes to pick from right now. The graphs below use data from the Census to show how new home construction is ramping up in two key areas (see most recent spike in green): a graph of a number of homes for sale Starts, or homes where builders just broke ground, have seen a big increase lately. And completions, homes that builders just finished, are also up significantly. So, if you want a new, move-in ready home or you want to get in early and customize your build along the way, you have more options right now.

Builders Are Offering Incentives To Help with Affordability

And to sweeten the pot, builders are offering things like mortgage rate buy-downs and other perks for homebuyers right now. This can help offset today’s affordability challenges while also getting you into your dream home. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, explains why you may find builders have more wiggle room to offer more for you than the typical homeowner:
“Builders aren't rate locked-in. They would love to sell you the home because they're not living in it. It costs money not to sell the home. And many of the public home builders have said in their earnings calls that they are not going to be pulling back on incentives, especially the mortgage rate buydown, so that will help the new-home market continue to perform well in the spring home-buying season.”
An article from HousingWire also says this about what builders are offering right now:
 ". . . the use of sales incentives still shows some momentum as 60% of respondents reported using them, up from 58% in February. "
Just remember, buying from a builder is different from buying from a home seller, so it’s important to partner with a local real estate agent who is familiar with New Construction. Rose Anne Erickson Realty is the premier realtor for new home construction in the area. Builder contracts can be complex. We will be your advocate throughout the process. We are your go-to resource for advice on construction quality and builder reputation, reviewing and negotiating contracts to get you the best deal, helping you decide on which customizations and upgrades are most worthwhile, and a whole lot more.

Here are more reasons why new construction could be an absolute gamechanger for savvy buyers: 1️⃣ Customization Galore: With many new builds, you call the shots! From floor plans to finishes, make your dream home a reality tailored just for you. 2️⃣ Top-notch Energy Efficiency: Say goodbye to drafty windows and high energy bills. New builds often come equipped with the latest in energy-saving technology, keeping you comfortable and your wallet happy. 3️⃣ Modern Amenities: From smart home features to sleek designs, new builds offer all the bells and whistles of contemporary living. Elevate your lifestyle with the latest amenities at your fingertips. 4️⃣ Peace of Mind: No need to worry about costly repairs or renovations. With a new build, enjoy the comfort of knowing everything is fresh, under warranty, and ready for you to enjoy from day one. 5️⃣ Prime Locations: Snag your slice of paradise in sought-after neighborhoods and communities. Whether it's urban excitement or suburban serenity you seek, there's a new build waiting to welcome you home.

Bottom Line

If you’re struggling to find a home to buy, or with today’s affordability challenges, connect with us at Rose Anne Erickson Realty to see if newly built homes could be the solution you’re looking for.
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