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How to Find New Construction Homes: Tips and Tricks for Home Buyers

Are you in the market for a new home? Perhaps you're tired of searching through endless listings of pre-owned homes and are ready for a fresh start. If this sounds like you, then searching for new construction homes may be the way to go.

But how exactly do you find new construction homes? In this article, we'll explore the different ways you can search for new homes and give you some helpful tips along the way.

Marketplaces: Zillow, Redfin, Realtor.com

One of the most popular ways to find new construction homes is through online marketplaces such as Zillow, Redfin, and Realtor.com. These websites allow you to search for new homes by location, price range, and other specifications. You can also filter your search to only show new construction homes.

These marketplaces often have detailed listings with information on the home's features, pricing, and contact information for the builder or agent. You can even set up alerts to notify you when a new construction property that meets your criteria becomes available.

Zillow

To search for newly built homes on Zillow, navigate to zillow.com. Upon landing on their webpage, select the 'buy' option and choose 'new construction' from the accompanying dropdown menu.

You can then utilize the various filters such as 'for sale', 'price', 'beds & baths', 'home type' and others to refine your search and pinpoint the precise new construction home that fits your needs.

Redfin

Finding new construction homes on Redfin might require a bit more finesse. Begin by visiting redfin.com. Once you've arrived, pinpoint your desired geographic area using the search function. 

From there, you'll select the "all filters" option and proceed to navigate towards 'listing type'. 

Here, you'll want to deselect all options, leaving only "New construction" active. 

Completing this step, click on 'see homes' located at the lower right corner of your screen. This will direct you to a list that exclusively showcases new construction homes in your search area.

Realtor.com

The process of finding new construction homes on Realtor.com mirrors that of Redfin. Start by visiting realtor.com. Upon arrival, input your target geographic area into the main search bar. 

In the ensuing page, navigate to the 'listing status' section, deselect the "any - for sale" option, and instead opt for "new construction". After completing these steps, click 'done'. The page will now be populated solely with listings for new construction homes.

Google Search and Social Media

Another way to find new construction homes is through a simple Google search. Many builders and agents have their own websites that showcase their new properties, like the one you’re currently on. You can also follow builders and real estate agents on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay updated on new construction projects in your area. You can even search hashtags such as #newconstructionhomes #homebuilders and more to narrow down your search to your target area. Use any variation of those hashtags to find what you need!

Driving Around and Looking for Signage

Sometimes the best way to find new construction homes is by getting out and exploring your desired location. Take a drive through different neighborhoods and look for signage advertising new homes for sale. Often, builders will have signs at their construction sites or in front of model homes.

Don't be afraid to stop and take a closer look or even inquire with the builder or agent on site. This can give you a better sense of the neighborhood and the quality of homes being built.

Calling and Talking to Realtors and Others with Tools Available

If you're working with a realtor, they can be a valuable resource in helping you find new construction homes. They have access to tools such as MLS (Multiple Listing Service) that list all available properties, including new construction homes.

You can also reach out to other professionals in the real estate industry, such as loan officers, home inspectors, and contractors. They may be aware of new construction projects or have connections with builders that can give you a heads up on upcoming developments.

Conclusion

Searching for new construction homes may require some extra effort compared to searching for pre-owned homes. But don't let that deter you from finding your dream home. By utilizing online marketplaces, social media, driving around and reaching out to professionals in the industry, you increase your chances of finding the perfect new construction property for you.

So go ahead, start your search and don't be afraid to think outside the box. With these tips and tricks in mind, you'll be on your way to finding your new construction dream home in no time.

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