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A Pocket Guide to Buying or Building a Brand New Home

new construction homes in Greater Pittsburgh area

Sandy Brae Meadows, a community of patio homes in North Strabane Township, PA

It feels like new construction is popping up everywhere in Pittsburgh! No matter where you’re looking, we are here to help. You can contact us for information on upcoming plans in the area.

Before You Buy or Build New…

If you’re considering purchasing a new home or building a custom home, there are a few things you should know.

For starters, the process to build and buy new construction is slightly different than purchasing an older home (or what we in the real estate industry call “resale”). Identifying your wants and needs, too, is something you should consider. Depending on your preferences, you can find homes that come move-in ready with an array of standard features or highly custom homes that offer all of your must-haves. (We’ll talk more about the types of new construction homes in a minute.)

Regardless, it’s important to have a good understanding of the new home building and purchase process before searching for homes. To help you make the best decisions, we’ve come up with a quick guide about purchasing new construction in Greater Pittsburgh.

Myths About Buying New Construction

As real estate agents, we hear statements like these from home buyers all the time, so we wanted to set the record straight. Here are the most common misconceptions about buying new construction homes in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

I can’t find a new home with character. The great thing about buying a new home is that you have more freedom to personalize it. So if you want charming touches like crown molding, hardwood floors, built-ins, French doors, or other unique features found in older homes, you can work with your builder to have a home custom designed for you.

Better yet, when you buy or build a new home, you won’t have to deal with many of the drawbacks of buying resale homes — sloping floors, older appliances, smaller closets, etc.

wood frames on a new homeI don’t want a cookie-cutter home, so I don’t want to buy new. While some new subdivisions in Pittsburgh have homes with very similar floor plans and designs (these are called “tract houses”), you’ll find no shortage of new construction homes that you can personalize in some way. If you want full control over how your home looks, a custom home may be what you want.

I doubt I can find a new home in my price range. Actually, you can find new construction homes in a variety of prices and sizes in Pittsburgh. Just tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll provide you with a list of new homes that fit your budget.

We’ve only scratched the surface with these buying old vs. buying new myths, so if you have a question, give us a call at 724-344-4795.

Save Time and Headaches with an Expert

Don’t go into this process alone. Instead, work with someone who will be your advocate while you’re buying or building your new home, whether it’s a real estate team familiar with home construction or a local contractor you trust. They will listen to what you want in your new home, provide you with the advice you need, and, when you work with an experienced real estate team, negotiate the best deal on your behalf.

The Blonar Team Can Help!

We know a thing or two about new construction. Michael has over 35 years of construction experience and is a Pennsylvania licensed general contractor. Not only can we provide you with the answers you need, we can also help you find the perfect plot of land to build on or connect you with some of the best builders in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Contact us and let’s talk about your plans!

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