The real estate market today has cooled. The local builders in the area are scaling back but for a myriad of reasons they are continuing onward and upward. The idea of owning a new home is in the mind of all of us. The reality is if you are opting for new construction you should contact your local realtor and ask about incentives that builders may be offering on the inventory of homes that are either already built and ready to move into or are in some stage of completion.
The need to keep the doors open and the guys working in the field has created opportunities for home buyers. The builder may be willing to offer upgrades and incentives to buy a home already under construction. You may even be able to pick some of your own options. It is definitely worth talking to your realtor about.