I bet you did not expect to receive so many responses so quickly!
I want to let you know that I found 2 more new construction homes in the school systems you listed. IF you have not yet entered into a written Buyer Brokerage Agreement with a buyers agent to represent you...please contact me if you would like to find out more about these new homes and even meet me to visit them if you like. Additionally, I would be happy to give you some pointers on proven strategies that will give you the edge as a prospective buyer. There is no obligation for consulting with me.
Now, let me also respond as regards the comment Amy Walker made below, "inspectors are good but they don't and can't go far enough." Amy is absolutely correct in that it is a major benefit for any buyer to have not only the services of a real estate professional representing them, but in addition, the services of a trained building inspector - thats pretty much a no-brainer for most people. However, the point that inspectors "don't and can't go far enough" is, at least regarding this experienced (20+ years) ICC Certified Inspector/Broker, dead wrong.
I have worked hand in hand with structural engineers on many projects and they are good at what they do, and when needed, I bring Atlanta's best team of not ony structural but mechainical, and even geotechnical engineers in on behalf of my clients (also at no cost to my cleint). Most often, the structural problems I identify are problems I and my structural repair contractors have the expertise to further investigate and resolve - or are so severe that I will advise my clients to pass on the home altogether. When conditions are severe enough that I advise engineering analysis of a specific item, most of my buyers of existing fully completed homes prefer to walk rather than see if the seller will agree to properly fix such a severe structural problem - they are just very glad I spotted the defect. Engineers are good at resolving solutions to specific problems, but much less good at performing a competant and thorough full scope home inspection (including mechanical, plumbing, and electrical components) for which the vast majority are not trained to diagnose.
In closing, I will also point out a few huge differences and advantages in my service model:
1. I don't merely evaluate "THE" home you select and beleive you like. I evaluate "EVERY" home of interest to you! That proactive and diligent approach is what sets the Wise Buyer Program apart from all other approaches to purchasing a home! Evaluation of EVERY home that you like and that matches your criteria is THE crucial component (along with my full market valuation and pricing analysis) in helping you become much more informed about ALL the homes you are considering. How else can you weed out the homes that you should "run from" and be armed with enough info to make a fully informed decision about which home to reject and which to select, and at what price. The answer - you can't! Without superior information and insight, you can't make a superior purchase decision.
2. Be leery of any agent who insists you move forward just because thier expert claims it can be repaired - there are other considerations like future resale problems.
3. I submit (and can prove with blatant examples gone way wrong) that it is far better to have one person -your real estate representative, (the person responsible to correctly write up and specify an adequate repair outcome for the defects) to be the very same person (expert) who discovered the defect and or saw it first hand than to have some other less skilled third party (agent or attorney) try and decipher and address the scope of the matter - a lot can get lost in translation and I have seen it happen. Unlike agents and attorneys, I am not a novice in this area - I am certified in building codes and fully qualified to evaluate and diagnose defects, structural defects, building code violations, AND am skilled and practiced in specifying codes, knowledgeable of construction and repair techniques of all building trades and experienced and qualified to follow-up, verify, and determine if repair proceedures were correctly executed and adequately performed.
After inspecting over $200 million dollars worth of homes in my past life as an inspector - I know from long experience that the homes buyers select using the available knowledge and tools at their disposal often end up being far short of what they wanted and are frequently even a very serious purchase mistake. That is why I got into real estate over ten years ago and became a broker - to provide buyers, and later sellers, the best of all worlds - unmatched representation and unmatched insight with which to make more informed and sound decisions.
I am at your disposal if you desire the ultimate in Broker representation and unmatched assistance, insight, and protections.