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New construction home buying process: Knowing your options

by Kristine Stell 09/21/2022

The new construction home buying process differs significantly from the buying process for an existing home. However, one thing that remains the same in each case is that no two homes are exactly alike.

While it’s common for newer developments to have “cookie cutter” homes with similar layouts, many builders have options for customization.

Here is a basic explanation of the major types of new construction home options you’re likely to encounter:

Tract homes

Tract homes are built as part of a large development on a single piece – or tract – of land. Tract homes are mass-produced and usually built quickly, making them an excellent choice for prospective homeowners who don’t want as long a process as a fully custom home would entail.

However, these homes can be almost identical in floor plan and features. While very affordable and convenient, they do lack built-in customization options.

Spec homes

A spec home is a brand-new, move-in-ready home. These homes are sold strictly as-is, so any desired changes and upgrades are your responsibility. The “spec” in spec homes comes from “speculative,” meaning the builder has created a unique design for a particular market.

Therefore, spec homes can vary greatly in style and features, making them a great option for buyers who want something beyond the cookie-cutter of a tract home development.

Semi-custom homes

As the name suggests, a semi-custom home is only partially customized by the prospective buyer. These homes come with many of the structures and features set by default, and others you can customize.

Some builders provide catalogs of options for things like materials, finishes and layouts. Spec homes will generally have the same exterior style, but the interiors depend on the choices of each buyer.

Custom homes

A fully custom home is built to the buyer’s every choice. Working closely with an architect and real estate agent, buyers determine every single detail of the home, from architectural style to light switch location.

While the design and building process mean countless decisions, if you have a vision for the perfect home and a larger budget, a custom new construction house might be the best choice for you.

Every home purchase is different, and even once you decide between new construction and existing homes, you have important choices to make. Keep these new construction options in mind to make the best decision for your future home.

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Kristine Stell

I’m dedicated to helping my clients find the home of their dreams. Whether you are buying or selling a home or just curious about the local market, I would love to offer my support and services. I know the local community — both as an agent and a neighbor — and can help guide you through the nuances of our local market. With access to top listings, a worldwide network, exceptional marketing strategies and cutting-edge technology, I work hard to make your real estate experience memorable and enjoyable. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you. [email protected] or [email protected]