Should You Consider Buying a Newly Built Home?

Should You Consider Buying a Newly Built Home?

Sales Director/Loan Officer
PJ Byron
Published on March 16, 2023
Should You Consider Buying a Newly Built Home?

Should You Consider Buying a Newly Built Home?

If you're thinking about buying a home, chances are your search is focused on previously owned homes. But with so few houses for sale today, it makes sense to consider all your options, and that includes buying a newly built home.

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The Number of Newly Built Homes Is on the Rise

While there are more houses for sale right now than there were at this time last year, there's still a low number of homes available on the market. One reason for that is years of underbuilding - meaning there haven't been enough new homes built to keep up with demand.

The graph above shows how low the production of newly constructed homes has been over the past 14 years, but it also shows another important trend: the number of new homes being built each year is on the rise.

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As Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First Americanshares, that's good news for buyers:

"While existing-home inventory remains limited, the silver lining for home buyers is that new-home inventory is on the rise, and a new home at the right price is a pretty good substitute."

Builder Incentives Can Provide a Boost

While there is a growing number of new homes for sale, builders are slowing that pace until they sell more of their current inventory. According to Logan Mohtashami, Lead Analyst at HousingWire:

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"The builders have to work off the backlog of homes, but instead of 3%-4% mortgage rates, they're dealing with 6% plus mortgage rates, which means they have to provide many incentives to make sure those homes sell."

Many builders are now offering incentives to help buyers purchase a newly built home. Fleming also explains:

"The National Association of Home Builders reported that nearly two-thirds of builders were offering incentives, including mortgage rate buydowns, paying points for buyers, and price reductions, which could entice potential home buyers."

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A builder who's willing to pay to reduce your mortgage rate could be a game changer. Ksenia Potapov, Economist at First Americanputs it this way:

"A one percentage-point decline in mortgage rates has the same impact on affordability as an 11 percent decline in house prices."

Should You Buy a Newly Built Home?

The best way to decide what type of home to buy is to work with trusted real estate professionals who can help you weigh the pros and cons of each option. Your local mortgage broker can work with you to understand your credit, create a budget that works for you, and find you loan options that make sense for your unique financial situation. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage before house hunting will help you save time from finding home out of your budget, give you peace of mind that the home you find will work for you, and will show the seller (or builder) that you’re serious about moving forward.

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Working with a local real estate agent gives you an advantage as well. Find an agent that is well versed in newly built homes – they will likely know which homes are available in your local market, and which builders might be offering incentives that make sense for you.

The Bottom Line

Even though there aren't a lot of homes for sale today, new home inventory is on the rise, and many builders are offering incentives. Let's connect so I can help you weigh the pros and cons of shopping for a new home versus an existing one.

Whether you want to buy a newly built home or an existing one, The Byron Mortgage Team is here with a wide range of mortgage products to fit your needs. The first step is to get you pre-approved for a mortgage. Let’s connect and get you on your way to owning your new home!

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