Desi 🐠. In market for a house (in Dallas). Looking to buy a new construction house. Trying to understand Pros & cons of getting a new construction house/ built ground up vs a house few year old?

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Customization feasibility vs cost / negotiation power.

New construction is the way to go- it might cost a little more but you get to customize and personalize!!

@ M1 is there any negotiation power when it comes to new construction?

Went through this process just 1yr back...there is definitely room for negotiation...our builder paid all of our closing costs!

OP - in new construction you get some level of customization such as selecting interior color of cabinets, flooring etc. you can’t make major structural changes in what builder is offering unless you have deep pocket and you are opting for custom builder over mass producers.. you pay higher prices for new construction, less negotiation power (may 5-10 k in design upgrades) as its sellers market right now.. you get to see home building from scratch so you know where all wiring and pipes are...after buying a new home you will feel lot needs to be done (choice of specific color shade, additional cabinets etc)

Old construction - you are entering the world of unknowns as you won’t be able to know what’s behind the wall and how’s the drainage, mold behind the walls etc. even if you hired an inspector for property inspection.. and leaking drainage can easily create a huge dent in your wallet.. don’t go for too old house.. i would choose something from recent years

Appirio - that’s normal.. closing costs aren’t much.. even banks will be ready to pay that for you...

OP - with EY wells Fargo has lowest closing cost..

If you are going for new construction than go with Desi realtor... you may get (~40%) half of his commission... at least in Raleigh all desi realtor gets paid 2.5% of house value and they are ready to share it (same as india)

When buying a new home consider following 1) private wooded) backyard 2) somewhat away from main rd traffic 3) popular exterior elevation in your neighborhood. obviously all these comes at a cost but are considered value added features when you become seller in future

I thought the same when I purchased my first house. But it included lot of work as the home had nothing. Day one we had to get paper window treatments as we were not decided on curtains and took a while to pick colors for each room. Fixing the rods, shelfing the closets, garage...all take time and money. For my second home, we purchased an upgraded home, paid a little higer but didnt have time and energy for all updates. The backyard is another story. For a completely upgraded backyard, you can easily spend 40 k. Again depends on the size.

Thank you all. I didn’t know you needed a realtor for new construction. Thought you could go directly with the builder.

The person sitting in sales office is realtor from builder side.. you need your realtor not mandatory but recommended to walk you through the process

In my case when I purchased new construction house early this year, builder had promotion of 6 % realtor commission. The desi realtor kept $1500 and gave me back the rest. That was a huge chunk which went in down payment. Dallas market is booming but builders are ready to negotiate specially in areas of Mckinney, Prosper. Plano, Frisco is saturated and very expensive now.

Biggest problem wit new construction is the furnishings are what’s called “Builder Grade”. U need anything updated, it’s gonna cost you extra.
My brother bought a new 300K house n simple modifications have already reached 50K ... he’s thinkin another 25K to furnish it to his liking.

Thanks SC1...there are also some houses coming up In Irving with Coppell ISD which I am Looking at.

Also SC1.. can you give the name/contact of the Desi realtor you used? You can email it to

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