What most folks with similar intentions to yours do is watch the NODs announcements and make their pitch early.
Others rely on a network of like-minded folks with which to share their findings. (REI groups)
Many more will become part of a first look group. These folks are very clear regarding exactly what they will purchase which enables their professional to create the situation needed.
Gorrilla marketing has been the mother lode for folks with your intentions.
You have many options. What works best for you depends on your intentions, resources, experience, financing, competitiveness and decisiveness.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Reamx Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL