It is just another one of the many questions that a buyer looking at new home construction today has to consider. As a buyer wandering through a beautifully decorated model you may be swayed to overlook a few critical questions about the development and the developer.
When the real estate market was red hot a few years ago many buyers camped out to try and get their number one lot selection in developments sprouting up all over Prince William County. Many were fortunate to snag just the lot and the model that they wanted. They patiently waited for the foundations to be poured and the walls to go up. They spent hours in the builder's design center picking out flooring, light fixtures and kitchen cabinets.
What they didn't do was read the fine print about the community amenities and when they would be delivered. Two and three years later as lots sit empty, model homes are closed and builder's fortunes have turned sour, the promised amenities have not been delivered. No one could have predicted the entire picture of what has happened in Prince William County but buyers who are out shopping today can clearly see the evidence of builders who did deliver and those that didn't.
When I take buyers out on new home tours, before we even walk through the door of a model home, we drive the neighborhood. We look at the number of homes currently under construction, we look at the number of homes finished with no one living in them and we look at the community amenities to see what is completed. Then we go to the model home and start to ask the questions.
If the amenities aren't in when will they be? What percentage of homes have to be completed, sold and SETTLED for the builder to begin those amenities? Have all the amenities shown of the plans approved by the local county planning offices? What guarantees will the builder provide on the delivery of those amenities shown on the community maps and county plans?
For some lucky buyers the builders have delivered what they promised. A drive through the Eagles Point, Port Potomac and Potomac Club communities in eastern Prince William County show developers who built and delivered the pools, clubhouses and exercise facilities that they promised. Other purchasers are still staring at the empty lots and mounds of dirt where those amenities were planned to go.
If you are thinking about taking advantage of some of the great deals that builders in Prince William County are offering today don't go it alone. Take a real estate agent along to represent your best interests. We aren't swayed by the fancy models or the nice community maps. We know how to help you ask the tough questions and make the hard decisions when it comes to new construction.
If you are considering purchasing new construction give Cindy Jones a call at 703-346-2213. I can represent you anywhere in Northern Virginia including Alexandria, Fairfax County, Loudoun County or Prince William County. Stop by VaRealEstateTalk, Cindy Jones Homes or Military Relocation News for more information. Search all homes available in the Northern Virginia area.
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