I just tried to answer your question and was just about finished and it disappeared. Anyway, right now homes are selling for around 95% of asking price. Every situation is different. I would suggest that you contact a realtor to find out what other homes in any given area have been selling for to get a comparative idea of value before making an offer.
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Broker / Coldwell Banker RCI Realty
Usually a builder has a really good idea of his costs to build and has priced the listing (if he is working with a REALTORÂ®) to reflect his costs and allow profit (if he doesn't make money, he is going out of business remember.). Builders in Bozeman often negotiate by offering to pay closing costs and maybe a small discount to the listing price (3-5%) but I would be shocked to see a represented builder reduce the price more than that.
As a note, builders will often reduce the purchase price further if you as a buyer decide to work without agent representation. Just remember, that small savings could cost you a fortune! As a buyer, the Seller pays for you to have your own REALTORÂ® who works for your needs and to protect your interest. The purchase contract is just the first step in the home purchase process; your REALTORÂ® will help you navigate all the other questions and without one, you are relying on the Seller, who is representing his own interest, to help.
Good luck, and call with any further questions!