I Took Clients on a Hard Hat Tour Yesterday

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I Took Clients on a Hard Hat Tour Yesterday


As part of our home search I took clients on a hard hat tour yesterday.


New homes for Sale in Carlsbad CAWe were exploring new homes for sale in Carlsbad and toured 2 complexes we thought would work. In most cases with Carlsbad new home communities you have model homes to tour.


Model homes make it much easier to envision the different floor plans that are available to purchase, especially first time home buyers, as long as you don't get too distracted by all the great furniture and furnishings.


And because new homes in Carlsbad are selling quickly, many before they are even built, Carlsbad buyers who are interested have to move quickly by touring models and deciding which home to put a deposit on. The first complex we toured, Voscana, had 4 floor plans to tour.


New homes for sale at the La Costa Collection in CarlsbadNo models were yet available for the new homes at the La Costa Collection but I asked if we could see the units anyway.


These new Carlsbad homes are selling quickly, in large part due to the location and proximity to a ton of amenities in La Costa (4 of the 11 homes in phase 1 are already gone with 3 more reserved).


In order to get a feel for the 2 units we were interested in, I took my clients on a hard hat tour with the sales agent.


It really helps to walk through units under construction to get a sense of size, views, and overall configuration before making a decision, instead of just looking at a floor plan if the builder allows, and they are far enough along in the construction process. Indeed, it's essential in my opinion and savvy buyers will want to do so.


Would you buy a new Carlsbad home before it was built?


You might have to in order to beat out the competition these days for the new homes for sale in Carlsbad. Many people do and if you don't want to miss out on the floor plan and location in the complex you want (and preserve today's pricing), you can't dawdle.


I know all the new home communities in Carlsbad that are selling. If I can help get you into your new home, let me know and we'll talk a tour and talk about the process adn the things you need to know as a new home buyer.






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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

That is a great way to get in on the ground floor Jeff.  With this low inventory it helps to think outside the box.  Your clients are lucky to have you.

Oct 28, 2012 10:01 AM #1
Doris Freeman
Broker/Agent, Realtor, Madison-Gibson-Crockett

Its great to know your area has such great sales and that building is picking up.


Have A Great Day

Oct 28, 2012 10:14 AM #2
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jeff, An excellent post for the new home Buyer. I have been checking a few subdivisons in Del Sur and they look interesting as well. Not too many other new homes in this area. And the good resales are going as fast as they are listed.

Oct 28, 2012 11:07 AM #3
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

It sounds like you have to start looking at the homes while they are being built in order to find a home Jeff.  :)

Oct 28, 2012 05:05 PM #4
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jeff, this is a case where buyers have to have a little imagination to envision what the home will look like finished. We purchased our home from a rendering and a floor plan.

Oct 28, 2012 10:52 PM #5
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Love hard hat tours!  Great to see how things develop 'from the ground up,' so to speak.  And, as you say, with increased interest and competition, you have to buy at this phase if you want to have more selection.

Oct 28, 2012 11:07 PM #6
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

what fun.  I remember it being amazing to me (last thing I had built was my office) how much larger sheetrock made it look.  I was expecting the opposite.  I wasn't there when the sheet rock was hung at my home I live in and didn't see the walls up before the sheet rock so it was a new experience.  But I love when I get to help clients choose colors and  carpets and flooring... always fun.

Oct 29, 2012 12:23 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Jeff -- it's hard for many buyers to imagine a home before it is built so model homes are great(as you state as long as they don't get overwhelmed by all the "pretty") but when there are no models yet available, a hard hat tour can give a good perspective as to the view and location within the development.

Oct 29, 2012 01:06 AM #8
Jon Karlen
Finish Line Realty - Shelbyville & Louisville Ky Real Estate - Shelbyville, KY
Louisville & Shelbyville Kentucky real estate

Very cool.  Definitely can get a better sense of how the rooms layout by walking it than by trying to view it from plans. :)

Oct 29, 2012 01:36 AM #9
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Hi Jeff -  congrats on the feature.. I am happy to read that the new homes are selling quickly in your area. All good!

Oct 29, 2012 03:04 AM #10
Spectrum Inspection Group
Spectrum Inspection Group - Las Vegas, NV

Good luck on finding your buyers a home Jeff!

Oct 29, 2012 03:24 AM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Jane - thanks so much. With the inventory, as you know, we have to not overlook any opportunities. New homes can be a challenge for buyers if they aren't built yet but today's pricing, at least in my area, is VERY favorable as compared to resales.

Doris - the new home sales, both condos and single family detached, have been selling well. And there just isn't that much land left to build new homes on in Carlsbad.

William - so true.  Even with the new homes available inventory remains pretty low. Buyers have to be prepared to move quickly on homes they like to not miss out.


Oct 29, 2012 05:11 AM #12
Debi Braulik
www.roundrealestate.com - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale

That was a very smart idea! Thanks for sharing it.

Oct 29, 2012 06:04 AM #13
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Personally, I've always loved going through homes when they're in the middle of construction.  It's a lot of fun envisioning the final look.  If demand is so strong that people are buying before completion, the grab a hard hat and head out.

Oct 29, 2012 06:40 AM #14
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Jeff - I love model homes, but I rather walk through homes under construction that don't have $200K worth of upgrades to get a feel for size and invision my own options.

Oct 29, 2012 07:04 AM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Tom - well if you want a newly built home, you CANNOT wait until they are built it seems, since by then they are gone.

Michael - imagination is certainly important. I think many buyers can buy this way but others need to see the home they are buying. Hard to do when it is just 2 x 4s, 2 X 6s and plywood.

Carie - it's definitely key here, and for many I think it's resassuring to see how theyr home is being built, even if they aren't building experts.


Oct 29, 2012 08:52 AM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Tammy - I think that is absolutely true! Thanks for letting everyone know! It is always fun to see the dream home of a buyer develop over time and become a reality...as your office must have been.

Michael - and in this community, which offers fabulous access to amenities, there is NO choice byt to imagine, and put on that hard hat.

Jon - it's the only way. Flat plans, even with artist renderings, don't cut it


Oct 29, 2012 11:55 AM #17
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

There is something about watching a home come together, as I did with mine just over 11 years ago.  The models are great for envisioning what the finished product will look like. 

Oct 30, 2012 01:06 AM #18
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
Nice to hear that you go all out for your clients, but I am not at all surprised.
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