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How can an existing home compete for buyers against the builder in the same community?
Selling a property in a development -- such as those in Dublin CA --- where the builder is still building more houses can be challenging. After all, why buy a “used” home when one can buy a brand new house and select your own upgrades and finishes?
The most important and most competitive factor is PRICE. Underprice a little under the price of the new homes, and it should stimulate interest among value hunters.
There are benefits to buying an existing home -- and we should share these with the potential buyers. Here are some thoughts on how we can compete in this situation, assuming conditions being nearly equal (same development or immediate area, homes are close in age, style of homes).
Brand new -- buyers have to wait 3-6 months for property to be built
Home is ready for occupancy. Move in, now!
Interest rates may change
Buyers can lock in lowest interest rates now!
Builder wants to use own contract, prepared by their own legal team, and which favors builder
Buyers can use the standard purchase agreement from State's Association of Realtors in conjunction with the State's Department of Real Estate. The agreement is intended to be fair to the buyer, the seller and their agents.
No room for negotiations.
Buyer and Seller can negotiate terms --- days to close escrow, inspection contingencies, loan appraisal and approval contingencies.
Negotiate what stays with the property, etc.
Unknown repercussions if buyers change their mind. Too many horror stories about buyers who put a deposit down, and tried to back out, but couldn’t without losing their deposit.
Standard period of inspections/investigation loan appraisal, loan approval (in California) is 17 days. Under most circumstances, Buyers may choose to back out anytime before contingencies are due, and still get their deposit back
Buyers can choose options and upgrades
Cost of specific upgrades are priced a la carte. Don't forget cost of window coverings, landscaping and appliances.
But in the course of construction, if buyers decide to make some changes, there are charges for each change, and may even have restocking fee
Seeing the finished product will enable Buyers to get more ideas about inexpensive changes to the property.
Paint is the least expensive improvement. Consider putting down wood floors or replacing carpet.
Landscaping adds substantial value to the property.
New homes have builder’s warranty
Seller can offer 1-2 years home warranty from warranty companies that have a multitude of options and coverage.
There may or may not be actual models of the builder's plans.
Buyers have to choose their plan and elevation based on pictures, drawings, room measurements
Home is finished.
No guessing game as to how it could look and how big the room spaces really are.
See for yourself how it is oriented on the lot -- how much light is streaming in, what kind of views do you have?
And let's not forget the other basics of selling property. See
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.