|From Stonebridge Homes, Ridgefield, WA|
Builders are able to offset the fixed expenses of infrastructure when they can squeeze more homes into less land. This allows buyers to get a really nice home for a reasonable price. Families looking for the rancheria spread on the jumbo 1/4 acre lot will likely need to did deep into their pockets or continue working the 1970s and 80s resale market.
There are several builders that have setup shop across the county. New Traditions, AHO, Manor, Osprey, Olin, and Pyramid have been here before but we also are seeing new faces from Lennar and Stonebridge as well.
I helped a client get into a new home last month and he got a lot of house for a great price.2700 squares with nice upgraded trim and a decent sized lot at 6,000 squares for a great price of $313k. Prices are moving up though. That same floor plan is now fetching $325k in the same subdivision.
Getting in early can sometimes be a huge advantage price wise. Builders tend to increase prices as the phases of development are added in. The advantage to a phase one purchase is price, the disadvantage is the uncertainty of how the development will "feel" when built out.
New construction can sometimes soften the resale market and I think that the slower resale appreciation this year could be directly linked to the increased builder activity. That is a short term dilemma. The long term benefits associated with new construction are usually worth any short term loss. New development increases the value of real estate in the area. It aids in infrastructure improvements and provides needed local government revenue. It also aids in resale value long term.
Here in Southwest Washington, most builders list their new homes in the MLS. You can have your trusted real estate professional help you find the best value in a new home. Buyers that are trying to find a newer modern home should consider a new construction. It could be just what the doctor ordered :)