Now seems to be a great time.... any real estate news you read talks about how strong the SA housing market is. However, builders and developers alike want your business and are trying to move inventory... so there are deals to be had! Get out there and look. Generally speaking, you will get better deals if you buy your own land and build your own home. It's not as tough as you think. Also, in places like Havenwood in New Braunfels (just north of San Antonio...one of hottest up and coming cities according to Trulia) are getting towards the end of their pre-development offers - meaning soon the market will dictate the price, versus a corporate developer... in other words, now is a great time to buy and build! The land consultants there can educate you on the area and teach you how to go about looking at neighborhoods. I'll be happy to put you in touch with a few of my contacts out at either place if you are interested... just say the word!