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What Buying a Newly Built Home Means



There are a variety of opportunities in the Austin Real Estate Market for both buyers and sellers. If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here.

 If you are thinking about buying a new home in the Austin area, we have some helpful information for you about new construction. In Austin, new construction starts are up by double digits in terms of percentage and home builders are having a hard time keeping up with demand. A lot of buyers we have talked to are wondering if they should go the route of new construction as well. 

There are numerous benefits to buying a newly built home. You can pick out all the features you do or do not want in your home. You also don't have to worry about replacing appliances down the road because they are brand new. 

The key when buying a new home is getting connected with the right builder and right piece of land. You want to be in an area with a healthy market,  with probably less than 3 months of inventory on hand so prices are on the rise.

Working with a real estate agent on your side can really make this process a whole lot easier. An agent can not only connect you with a builder, but a contractor and mortgage lender as well. A real estate agent will be able to help you make a smarter investment in the land you decide to buy. 

If you have any questions about new construction or about real estate in general, reach out to us via phone or email. We would love to talk with you. 

Where is the Best Place for Real Estate Information?



There are a variety of opportunities in the Austin Real Estate Market for both buyers and sellers. If you're a prospective buyer click here for a full home search, or if you're considering placing your home on the market, get a free home value report, right here.

  Most of you have probably heard of Trulia and Zillow. They are 2 of the most popular online home search sites and 98% of home buyers start their searches online. Our opinion on these sites is that while they are great places to begin your home search, they have a lot of downsides that many people aren't aware of. We'd just like to take a moment to educate you on the subject so you can make a better decision for your next home. 

For starters, these sites use algorithms to determine home values that don't take into account all the necessary components. They don't include location, neighborhood characteristics like parks, schools, and nearby businesses. Without taking these things into account, the property valuation may be way off. If there were 2 identical houses, one in a nice neighborhood and one on a cliff, these sites would value them the same, although we all know that selling a home perched on top of a cliff is going to be a lot more difficult. 


Another thing that these sites don't take into account with their valuations is home improvements. All the remodels, upgrades, and improvements you have made to your house are not taken to account in any "Zestimate." 

It's important, if you are thinking of buying or selling in the Austin market, to get connected with a local real estate professional. A professional agent can take into account all of the local characteristics to get a true value for your home. Zillow, and Tulia get their information from agents, so by contacting an agent directly, you are going to the source with the most accurate and up-to-date info available.