Whether you are thinking of buying a move-in ready new home or you are designing and building a custom home, you come to the right place to start your new home search.
Buying new construction is a bit different from buying a previously-owned home. For one, because there is no previous homeowner, you don't have to deal with a seller's emotional tie to the property, which typically influences the negotiating process. New home builders provide a one year general warranty, a two years mechanical and systems warranty, and a ten year structural warranty. This provide a peace of mind to home buyers. Please keep in mind the year built shown on these new homes is the year the permit was submitted to the city and not when then house was completed.
Home Builder Confidence Hits All-Time Record entering Fall 2020
Last week, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported their Housing Market Index (HMI) hit an all-time high in the 35-year history of the series with a score of 83. The index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sale expectations for the next six months, as well as the traffic of prospective buyers of new homes.
Looking at the three-month moving averages for HMI scores, confidence increased in every region of the country:
· The Northeast increased 11 points to 76
· The Midwest jumped 9 points to 72
· The South rose 8 points to 79
· The West increased 7 points to 85
Confidence Is Validated by the Numbers
This confidence is definitely warranted. According to a recent NAHB report, single-family housing starts increased 4.1% to a 1.02 million annual rate, and single-family permits increased 6% to a 1.04 million unit rate, meaning newly constructed homes are on the rise.
A separate report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by 33.3% compared to a year ago. Joel Kan, Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting at MBA, commented on the numbers:
“The housing market continued to exceed expectations in August, as housing demand for new homes stayed strong and the job market continued to recover…The new home market has maintained its path of recovery throughout the summer, and record-low mortgage rates and households seeking more space will likely continue to drive demand into the fall.”
If you’re thinking about putting your house on the market but are afraid you may not find a home to buy, let’s connect to discuss new construction opportunities in our area.
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