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homebuyer, Home Buyer in Ashburn, VA

I am planning to buy a home in ashburn and am would like to know amongst new constructions which is better toll brothers or pulte homes or ryan homes?

Asked by homebuyer, Ashburn, VA Sun Nov 6, 2011

We are a family of 3 and our deal breakers are a good community, a community that zones in schools like belmont station and newton lee and with a humble budget of around 300-340K

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I live in a Goose Creek condo in Ashburn. I feel the community is safe and quiet. However having purchased a Pulte I in my first year of living in the place I have had to place service calls for pipes, heating, cooling, a hanging fire sprinkler, dishwaher, and ice machine. I cannot comment on toll brothers or ryan homes but wanted to pass along my experience with Pulte.
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thank you for your honest post. I was considering Pulte in Goose Creek community, now i have a second thought.
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Pulte is still working out some kinks since their merger with Centex but over all are still more focused on customer service than any of the others, IMHO. Toll's got a good reputation for building a quality product. Ryans reputation is getting better, but they are mostly considered a lower tier builder (i.e. more affordable). As others have pointed out, there are pros and cons to all and I, too, would be happy to offer assistance. While the builders much prefer if you do not have an agent, I recommend you do. I have saved many clients from making terrible mistakes. The generic advice you get on a board like this is not sufficient for really evaluating the choices. You can reach me at 703-669-3142 or VChrisner@Kw.com if you'd like to talk privately.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 6, 2011
Keep in mind when you compare builders you are really comparing the subcontractors that are building your home in that particular time and place. With that said, some builders have a much better customer service program than others and I could discuss this forever having 23 years in the business and working as a buyer and seller agent mostly in Ashburn. I also live in Ashburn and I am quite experienced in the area of new homes because this is such fast growing area. if you have any questions or want to chat feel free to contact me further.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 15, 2013
From my experience, Toll and Pulte are pretty close but it varies from site to site based on the Construction management team. Best bet is to visit the community and knock on some doors to get some real feedback from customers living the dream or the nightmare. Ryan is clearly third in this competition from a quality perspective.
Dan Ritchey
Keller Williams Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 29, 2012
If you have narrowed your search to the three builders mentioned, Toll Bros., Pulte Homes and Ryan Homes, it would be a good idea to work with a buyer's agent who has sold and is experienced with many new home builders. These builders are all quite different in the final product they deliver.

An experienced buyer's agent should be able to help you. Also, A HOME INSPECTION is critical because the quality delivered by each of these builders will vary depending on the construction superintendant on THAT community.

The new home agent may say "You don't need a home inspection". Not so. The county inspects for code compliance, not quality of construction.

Lenn Harley, Broker
Web Reference: http://www.homefinders.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 19, 2012

"Better" is a subjective term so without knowing what you like and what your needs are, there's no real nor good way to answer your question. I can comment on my buyers' and my personal experiences working with those three builders, but that may not answer you question directly.

Feel free to give me a call or email me - I'll be glad to share my buyers' and my personal experiences with you and answer your question in detail once I know what your specific tastes and needs are.

Danilo Bogdanovic
Real Estate Consultant/REALTOR(r)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 7, 2011
It would be in your best interest to check them ALL out with an agent who has experience closing with each of the builders (if possible). There is no one builder that is a fit for all consumers. Post-negotiation, homebuying in new construction is a specific process built around timelines the builder establishes. Best to have an advocate you trust looking out so you're not taken advantage of by the builder's rep - they are representing their employer.

All my best to your family!

Lisa Moroniak | REALTOR® | Service360°
SFR - Short Sale & Foreclosure Certified
Keller Williams Realty
Phone: 703-635-0388
Fax: 703-679-1701
Licensed in VA
Web Reference: http://www.LisaMoroniak.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 7, 2011
for your budget. I will suggest goose creek by pulte. all bulders use sub contractor forconstruction. you have to careful in pre-construction meeting. my exertise isin new homes. check out my website for great savings

Kamal Singh
jobin realty
Web Reference: http://www.vamdnewhomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 6, 2011
Here's another blog I recently wrote that might be helpful. Before you call the builder's sales representative just remember they it may seem like they are on your side, but at the end of the day they work for the builder and are looking out for their best interests, not yours.


Best of luck and if you decide to contact a realtor for representation, feel free to contact me - 540.454.1551 or eric@e4realty.com...thanks!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 6, 2011
Pulte and Toll Brothers have good quality houses, Ryan is not that compatible with these builders.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 6, 2011

Thanks a ton for your suggestions. But the area am looong at is ashburn 20147 as the schools are of prime importance! Brambleton is a great location but don't match our expectations on schools! So question is if the suggestions would still b valid for toll Ryan or pulte homes located in ashburn 20147?

Once again Tx for all the inputs will keep all in mind before calling a realtor of the builder!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 6, 2011

I agree with my colleagues below, and very much with Vicky. I believe that there are troubles in dealing with any new home builder, but I have built 2 homes myself. Ryan is probably ranked the lowest of the 3, and I have built with Ryan personally in the past. Toll Bros is usually ranked pretty high, they are a large company and probably build the most houses in our area out of the 3. At the end of the day, if you are not careful, any of these companies could end up putting you in a bad deal.
Get an agent to represent you as the sales rep represents the builder. Visit the builders, and Van Metre is also building in Brambleton area. I would consider them as well. Take a look at their floor plans, price out what you want including your options (this is where they get you!) and then see how they are willing to "deal". It will be helpful if you price out a few different builders to get a good comparison. Then you should also look at the re-sale units as comparables to make sure you are not drastically out-pricing your market.
You should consider that new construction is often like a new car...there is an up-charge for the "new". You can often get a more reasonable price on a re-sale home that has been updated or is a few years old.

Check out my blog on: Where to find and How to choose a Great Buyers Agent:

I would love to help you and am very familiar personally and professionally representing clients in Re-sale and New construction purchases. I can help you weigh the pros and cons between the 2 as well as between the builders.

I can be reached at 703-898-4771 or lauryn@lnf.com!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 6, 2011
Check out a recent blog I wrote about Pulte Homes. The Overlook at Brambleton is a townhome community located directly across from Briar Woods High School in Brambleton, VA. Give me a call at 540.454.1551 or send me an email at eric@e4realty.com so we can discuss more in detail the special incentives Pulte is currently offering and how I can help assist you with the home buying process. There are several advantages of using a realtor when buying new construction.


0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 6, 2011
The schools in this area are fantastic and this location is prime in ashburn and in your price range. I just sold to one of my investors in tbis community.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 6, 2011
It really depends on what your requirements and particular situation. If you are relocation, Toll Brothers offers some great relo benefits. It also depends on what community you prefer. If you want to stay in Ashburn, toll has new homes in Loudoun Valley.Toll & Ryan are not available in Brambleton or Broadlands. It would be important to find our more about your specific situation and what your future plans may be. Please call me when you have some time to go into more detail. At that point we would be better able to make a recommendation for you.


Joe Doman
Joe Knows Real Estate powered by REMAX Gateway
Web Reference: http://www.joeknowsva.com
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I just sold a MI home fantastic new innovative floor plans and excellent construction. I have been selling for 23 years I recommend you have representation. Please contact me if you need professional expert help. Thanks Jill
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They are all great in there own rights,what is different are the floorplans and square footage.
Barbara swavely
Prudential PenFed Realty
Web Reference: http://barbarawsavely.com
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