Hi Shawn. Negotiation is certainly an option on new construction, however it's often on upgrades and add-ons -- as opposed to the base price. I've seen new home builders offer thousands (at times tens of thousands, depending on the home, the development, etc.) in upgrades for FREE. This aspect of negotiation affords a buyer a tremendous opportunity.
I know you're just looking; however, when you're ready to actually go out and visit new home sites, I would HIGHLY recommend that you first hire a buyer's agent to represent you. In most cases, if you visit a new construction site without a Realtor the first time you're there, builders will typically NOT acknowledge that you are represented (that is, they won't pay your Realtor's commissions). And I can tell you that, in this market, you truly NEED proper representation -- whether resale or new construction.
In particular, with new construction there are contract clauses that buyers MUST be aware of (and, unfortunately, builders' reps don't always point these out). These clauses impact YOUR rights, so you do not want to go it alone.
Please be sure to interview 2-3 Realtors and ask them about their experience with new home construction as well as with real estate generally. Ask them about how they do things and how they're different from other Realtors, etc. (Before I entered real estate, for example, I practiced law, so I have experience with contracts and knowledge of negotiation strategies that most Realtors simply do not -- and cannot -- have) Then go with your "gut"....that is with someone your trust and someone you genuinely like. You'll be spending quite a bit of time with this person and, perhaps more importantly, you need to hire someone who KNOWS contracts and negotiation strategies to best represent YOU!
If you have any additional questions, feel free to call me direct on my cell at (610) 324-5240. It would be my pleasure to assist you in any way that I can.
One more thing: I've put together FREE Special Reports for Buyers & Sellers.......you can request a copy of each online at http://www.JudysFineHomes.com/meet/reports.htm.
Good luck with your home search!
Judy May, Esquire, REALTOR
"A Refreshingly Different Real Estate Experience"
CENTURY 21 Alliance
2828 Audubon Village Drive
Audubon PA 19403
O: 610.666.0202 x. 226
Search THOUSANDS of homes!