Homebuyers often think of buying new construction as a mysterious process. And as with many things, the unknown can make people nervous. But fear not! Buying a new construction home can be different than buying a resale one, but we’re here to get you up to speed on the differences—and similarities.
New vs. resale: Financing
With a resale home, prequalifying can help you determine your budget and may help the loan process go more smoothly when you move forward with a purchase. Buying a new home is very similar! We recommend getting prequalified before touring model homes so you have an idea about what you can afford and the interest rate your mortgage company may be willing to offer, which can affect your monthly payment.
New vs. resale: Real estate agents
Although it’s certainly not required, new construction buyers often use real estate agents, and for many of the same reasons you’d want one for a resale purchase! In fact, the majority of Richmond American home purchases are tied to an agent.
Recommended reading: 4 Things to Look for in a Real Estate Agent
These are just a few of the differences between buying new and resale homes. If you have additional questions during your house hunt, consider contacting one of our New Home Specialists to learn more: 888.500.7060.