With that being said, rail track nearby can be a pro for those commuters. Small community lawn should mean that your HOA fees are lower compared to other new constructions. High density is what you will get in most new construction.
It is difficult to price shop when looking a new construction because there usually isn't anything close by to compare it to. I can tell you if the price was not worth it no one would pay it. So you will have to determine if if is worth it to you.
To be frank, we are seeing as much as 20 percent increases in almost all areas of the Santa Clara County, so a 15 percent increase in just one community--while admittedly higher than most buyers are prepared to adjust--is neither unreasonable nor unexpected.
What I can suggest, however, is that if you do want to maximize your purchase, you bring a discount or rebate agent with you to purchase a new home. Right now, with inventory on the wane and buyers clammoring for property to purchase, developers are not giving any incentives to buyers of new homes. Developers are paying agents a commission for each home purchase so a rebate agent will provide you with a tax free bonus at close of escrow equal to 1/2 of the commission. When I helped another client buy a home at a new home development recently, the buyer got a cool $8,000 commission rebate which is far greater than the $2000 incentive offered to other buyers within the same community.
So while I can find no reason to argue against the 15 percent increase in home prices at Harmony, I hope helping you find a bigger incentive at the end of the transaction might help ameliorate some of the price issues.
Allison James Estates
Rebate agent nd low cost listings
The homes at Harmony are ready to buy.