From a mortgage perspective (my area of expertise), you should be aware that the risks in new construction deals have proven to be much greater than in existing home sales. Mortgage fraud (inflated appraisals, falsifications in applications, etc) is more of a problem, and there's also downstream risk to the property value (i..e, the collateral) from the builder going under or the development not being finished or successful for whatever reason. As a result, you can expect more scrutiny in underwriting if the property is new construction, and you may well find that the loan program rules are tighter. For instance, the jumbo loan program that's arguably the best in the country recently instituted a rule that any loans on new construction properties require a 15% higher down payment; in other words, a loan scenario that might ordinarly require a 20% down payment would require a 35% down payment if the subject property is new construction. That's something to think about.
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I would not worry about the process taking less than a year. I used to work for a custom builder and we often completed houses in a year or less. I am talking about 5000SF+ homes with top of the line finishes. If you get someone that knows what they are doing it is not hard to do. Make sure to find out about the builders warranty?
First, congratulations in advance on your new home! What a great time to buy--I am sure you can get a great deal. That brings me to my first piece of advice--GET A BUYER'S AGENT!!! I don't know who the builder is, but most of them will coop with agents. Builders are unfortunately notorious for brushing off the buyer's desire for their own agent. The fact is, the sales agent works ONLY for the builder. As nice and friendly as they may be--they have one goal and that is to get the most amount of money for the builder. Many buyer's think an agent will be of little or no assistance--again this is not true. An agent is an unemotional third party who is skilled in negotiating to get the most for the client at the lowest cost possible.
I sold a new construction property to some clients a few months ago and was able to save them tens of thousands of dollars. If I can be of any assitance to you, please don't hesitate to contact me at LDevnew@cbmove.com or at 410-615-0990.
Best of luck to you!
Our recommendation is to do your homework and find out who the builder was. For a home this is like a pedigree. There are builderst that have a reputation for doing quality work and have stood the test of time.
The identity of the builder and their reputation is as important as a home inspector's report. The home inspector will examine various home elements ie. roof, plumbing, electricial, appliances,etc. The inspector is limited with regards to evaluating the buildings infrastructure because of obvious visibility issues.
If this home is a very recent construction and built buy a builder that stands behind their work, a warranty may be in place and possibly, could be transferred to you with the sale.
IMPORTANT: regardless of how new the home is, it is very important to have the home inspected. Brand new construction is notorious for needing many repairs.
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Check that the builder is registered with the homebuilders' association. If so, there is a 10 year warranty on new homes. Always have an independent inspection, even though the house is new. Inspectors have plenty of new home stories. If the construction plan was efficient and well planned, within one year is not too fast to be well done.
If you need an inspector recommendation, I will gladly send a couple to you.
Best of luck!
I would definitely make your offer contingent on a satisfactory home inspection. A good home inspector will be able to tell you a lot by doing a thorough inspection of the property. Additionally, I would recommend researching the builder. See what other projects they have done recently. Check to see if they are members of the Homebuilders Associaton of Maryland, http://www.homebuilders.org. There are also many additional tools that you can use, so do your homework! Finally, if you are not currently working with a Realtor, I would recommend finding one to represent your interest.
Best of Luck!
A builder that's well managed with material and skilled labor can build a home very quickly, so I wouldn't be specifically concerned about quick construction. Still, with any purchase - new or resale - have it inspected by an experienced home inspector. Don't assume that because it's "new" it doesn't have flaws.
Another plus with new construction can be that the builder may have a warranty in place that covers leaks, foundation issues, etc.
Good luck - get a great deal!