Pathfinder Real Estate Services knows new construction
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 The Columbia Gorge area.
In real estate, negotiation is always an option. However, with new construction, it depends on the builder and how long the home has been vacant. Developers in new additions don't like taking lower than their asking price 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, builders have been known to allow a few concessions.
For example, if the home is pretty much move-in ready, you have little to no negotiating powers. But if the home has been sitting fully furnished, like a show or model home, and there haven't been many offers - then the builder might be willing to work with you. The longer the home has been on the market, the more the builder has invested.
In situations where a builder won't budge, ask for assistance with other aspects of the transaction. Ask for them to pay a share of the closing costs, or more amenities, like an allowance for window treatments, a garage door opener, a sprinkler system 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.
Realize that just because a house is brand new, it can still have its share of flaws. 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 Pathfinder Real Estate Services, 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 509-774-0466 to begin the search for your new home today.