National Builder Trade In Program

Do you need to use a Realtor® to buy a New Construction Home? YES! YES! YES! And here’s why……

by Builder Trade In Program Sep, 18

  • That smiling sales agent on site at a model home represents the builder and the builder only.  They are not there to “help” you, the consumer.  They are there to get the builder the most money for their home.   No matter how comfortable you are with your negotiating skills, I strongly recommend having a real estate professional represent you so they can help you through all phases of the process (i.e. contract, construction, walk-through, and closing).  Sales price is not the only number to be negotiated in a home purchase.  There are thousands of dollars-worth of “fees” associated with a home purchase contract.  Do you know what they are and who is paying them?  Your Realtor® will.  They will help you negotiate fees, upgrade options, financing terms, closing costs, and much more.

Secrets to Saving Big on a Newly Built Home

by Builder Trade In Program Sep, 11

Planning to move soon? If you're looking to purchase a brand-new home -- one that's just been constructed -- the price will be determined mostly based on its location, building materials, and size. But that doesn't mean you have to pay sticker price.



by Builder Trade In Program Sep, 04

Buyer’s ranked the quality of the neighborhood as the most important factor when purchasing a new home according to The National Association of Realtors survey of home buyers.  Although it is not totally possible to know everything about a neighborhood before you move in, a thorough investigation will help ensure that you move into the right community that fits your lifestyle and needs.


Interest rates tick up for the first time in 4 weeks

by Builder Trade In Program Aug, 28

The anticipated increase in mortgage interest rates occurred during the week ending August 13. According to the weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey released by Freddie Mac, fixed mortgage rates ticked up for the first time in four weeks. 


The Smart Home - No Longer the Home of the Future – It’s Here!

by Builder Trade In Program Jul, 31

The Smart Home is the next big trend on the horizon.  Technology has impacted so many parts of our lives why not take advantage of the opportunity to advance home performance.  These new technologies will make life easier and more efficient. 

The ”whole house system” design has afforded builders to optimize performance of all the major components within the home such as water, HVAC, lighting and appliances.  It starts with a central hub or “brain” so the various systems can “talk” to one another and take home performance to a whole new level.  So much is available now and more will be available within the next 5 – 10 years. 


Buying more affordable than renting in two-thirds of US counties

by Builder Trade In Program Jul, 24

A higher number of individuals might decide to apply for a U.S. home mortgage instead of signing another expensive lease for an apartment. According to RealtyTrac, investing in a house is more affordable than renting in most major counties.




by Builder Trade In Program Jul, 17

Which markets are millennials flocking to, and which builders already control the market?


What if Houston becomes less important to builders as boomers age in place? It might be a few years before markets shift to cater more to millennial home buyers, but most indicators of where millennials choose to live shows Austin will be the most important Texas city for builders whose core target may be younger buyers.


Construction Labor Market

by Builder Trade In Program Jul, 10

Quoting, John McManus writer for Builder Magazine's June 26 blog from the PCBC, " After a couple of days' immersion amongst residential builders, developers and other denizens of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Diego this week, it's clear that people, writ large, is the No. 1 issue stressing the business right now."



Housing's No. 1 Challenge Right Now

by Builder Trade In Program Jun, 26

Word from the PCBC trade show floor, the sessions, and the corridors is that 'people' is the biggest pain-point

There are good jobs in the home building and building materials and products manufacturing business right now.

Each month, the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey affirms that job opportunities abound. National Association of Home Builders tax and policy expert Rob Dietz stays current on monthly JOLTS reports for residential construction, and he notes that the industry is running at "cycle highs" in unfilled payroll positions.



by Builder Trade In Program Jun, 19


 A lot of people ask what’s different about buying new construction.

First of all, you’re buying from the person who built it, not the person who called it home. The property is often one of many the builder is trying to sell. This can lead to a different dynamic both in negotiating and throughout the transaction.