What Is Infill Home Development?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

If you're considering a new construction home in Greater Cincinnati you'll find you have three main choices:

1.  Subdivisions.  Large or small, custom or mass production builders, these offerings will be the vast majority of new construction homes.

2.  Development of rural land.  This may be a single home or a small cluster of homes and typically on larger lots (1-5 acres most commonly). 

3.  Infill.  Either in suburbia or urban, this is using smaller parcels of undeveloped land to build a small number of homes.  This might be a single home, and sometimes involves a tear-down of an older home to build a much more expensive home in its place.


Infill development is rarely done by mass production builders like Drees or Fischer, etc.

There are builders who specialize in "build on your own lot", so they may be involved in rural development or infill.  These builders may have a broad offering (think full custom) all the way to econo-builds.

Most often infill development will be the specialty of smaller custom builders.

Infill homes have pros and cons, just like any other type of home.

On the pro side:

If you're working with a custom builder, you can get a CUSTOM home.  Just the way you want it.  Floor plan.  Finishes.  You name it, it can be done if you've got the dollars to pay for it.

On the con side:

Infill development most often means your home will not be like the others around it, so one of your primary considerations how much different can you be?  E.g. do you want to build a million dollar home and have $200,000 homes on either side of you?  Most likely not.

Another con, if you're looking for subdivision style amenities (pool, tennis court, etc.), you're not going to find them.  You'll have to look to city facilities if those are important to you.

If you need help choosing the right new construction style home and builder, just give Bill a call at 513-520-5305 or email Liz@LizSpear.com.

Serving Greater Cincinnati home buyers and sellers,

Bill & Liz aka BLiz


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. Infill has been continuous in the City of Chicago for years as suburban sprawl continued. Enjoy your day!

Apr 03, 2020 04:55 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Liz and Bill - since many neighborhoods in Pasadena are well-established areas, infill home development has been of interest to me.  Although I assumed it was a factor in your area, it is nice to me see this topic warrant continuing discussion.  

Apr 03, 2020 06:06 AM #2
Joe Daniels, Broker, Appraiser, Realtor(R),
Personal Service Realty - Jacksonville, FL

Infill can be a great thing for the market to get those empty lots or tear downs out of a neighborhood. But depending on the build size and quality can be a real pain to both sell and appraise.

Apr 03, 2020 11:06 PM #3
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great post!  Having built an in-fill I can attest to your specific information about the surrounding neighborhood.  I built a new-build in 1988 in a golf course subdivision where the homes were built in the '50's and 60's. That made for some interesting planning!

Apr 13, 2020 10:39 AM #4
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