It depends on the builder's situation, of course...I did have a client who did a lease purchase on new construction for 12 mos--but builders are sometimes reluctant to do them because many times the home doesn't make it to closing (depends on the situation and price range, of course--there are lots of variables). Sometimes they'd rather have the guaranteed income as opposed to letting the house sit vacant. Usually in that situation, we contact the listing agent/builder first to see if they'd entertain the idea of a lease/purchase before writing up an offer. I just moved back to Raleigh after living in Cary for 7 years, so I'm pretty familiar with the area (actually, I've lived in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area since 1991)... Cameron Pond has been a pretty desirable location, but I do understand your hesitancy as it relates to I-540. Buyers/future sellers could look at it on both sides...ease of commute to I-540 or extra traffic/noise associated with I-540. Usually proximity to major transportation routes is a good thing (unless it's going right through the backyard). If you have questions about market data in that area, please let me know. I can pull appreciation rates nearby, sales data, days on market, list to sale price ratios, etc. if you're interested. Thanks and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!