I really don't think you are going to find much difference between the two neighborhoods other than the houses and the neighbors.
I think Linda gave you the best advice: Take the time to walk the neighborhood (and I mean several times at different times of the day) and speak with the neighbors regarding what is going on in the neighborhood, crime, noise, builder involvement in the neighborhood, quality of the house, response of the builder to problems, and neighborhood activities such as a crime watch program, neighborhood get-togethers, national night out, etc.
Other than the neighborhood factors, it all comes down to the contract you sign on your home. Look at financing, amenities, warranty, etc, etc, etc, etc and compare apples to apples. The builder should NOT have a problem giving you a copy of the contract so that you can review it with someone else or in the comfort of your own home. If they will not provide you with a copy, this should set off alarms for you.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all.
Brian Rayl, REALTORÂ®, e-PRO
Keller Williams Elite Dallas Park Cities
So, in addition to the comments Brian made, which I agree with, one morning go to the neighborhood and try the drive in commuting traffic, as well as trying it going "home" in the evening.
Shopping is good around the two of them as well as other aspects, but my only concern would be the traffic. It's possible you'll re-think where you want to live if the commute is horrible.
Both builders have great reputations in the area. Both neighborhoods have great amenities and locations. If you haven't visited the area yet, I would recommend that you plan a trip to our area and view both neighborhoods as well as any others that may suit your needs. Hiring a Realtor to represent you (and your best interests) is very important when dealing with new construction as the builders have someone looking out for their best interest (their sales rep). Generally you will fare better in the transaction when someone is on your side. Usually there is no cost to you as a buyer for a Realtor to represent you - the sellers generally pay the real estate commissions in Texas.
As for the porte cochere - I wouldn't say that it would limit a potential buyer in a general sense....however you will want to see what floorplans other neighbors have built near your lot. You wouldn't want to build the same floor plan with the same elevation next door to your neighbor.
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If you don't have a realtor yet, I would be happy to help you negotiate the decision. Even when dealing with a builder we always recommend you have your own Realtor representation in your corner. You will typically save money, time, and headaches down the road.
Keller Williams Realty
I was awarded the best Realtor of the year 2010 DFW by Hot On Homes , I work for Keller Williams in Allen TX. and my name is Rajan mathai. I will be happy to show you around and give more insight on the builders.
I recommend getting a home inspection on whatever property you choose - especially with new construction and an investment of that size.
RECOMMEND: Excel spreadsheet compare apples to apples.
Our clients with new builds we take through the developement we point out all the differences between the builders and communites therefore easier for you make a decision.
Both are good builders with great looking homes
Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
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