Who among us is immune to the lure of a brand new home? Maintenance is less with a new home, space is maximized with the latest layout styles and it’s customized by you, the home owner. Apart from a brand new home, you are also gaining a community, a well-planned one, with all amenities for every member of your family. Developers research what types of homes most people are looking for, what amenities are needed, what are optimal locations and more to ensure that the community appeals to the majority. It will be up to you to decide which communities will fit your needs.

If you are in the market for a new home, first consider the location. The majority of the new communities are in Irvine, Rancho Mission Viejo and Lake Forest. Next, research the builder. The builder is a corporation who is represented by a real estate agent. The corporation’s interest is therefore protected by an agent with a goal to meet their sales quota. It is a good idea to work with a buyer agent who will better position you on the purchase of your new dream home.

Visit new construction with an agent who is both familiar with new housing as well as your criteria. It may seem easy to buy new but the buying/closing process can still be overwhelming. Other than negotiating the price, your agent will be able to navigate on your behalf for upgrades in terms of material, color etc. She/He can steer you toward a good lender and assure your peace-of-mind during a home inspection. The agent will work with builders on a “punch list” or problems that may need to be fixed prior to closing. By the end, you’ll be relieved to have someone who puts your interest ahead of the builders.