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For New Home Builders, it's the End of their Fiscal Year - and The Fun Begins !

Every year... right about this time... just like clockwork... it happens.  No, I don't mean it's Cowboy's Time.  And NO, it's not yet time to turn your clocks back.  It is the time of year when several of the major New Home Builders in Tarrant County see the end of their Fiscal Year approaching... and let the word out that they will pretty much do just about anything to squeeze in "one more closing" before their fiscal time-clock runs out.

What will they do ?  Well, it all depends.  First, it depends on how many completed homes the builder has "sitting" at that time.  It also varies depending on the specific model or floorplan.  They may only have one or two of a floorplan that sells well, so in that case... they are less likely to negotiate, although many things are still possible.  They may replace carpet with tile, replace carpet with hardwood, upgrade appliances, or include a washer, dryer and refrigerator at no cost.

If the floorplan you happen to like is one that the builder has a pretty good "overstock" on... even more may be possible.

What kinds of things do Home Builders NOT like to negotiate on?  Pricing is probably the touchiest item for a builder when a buyer wants to negotiate.  And... there's a reason or that.  Let's say a home is listed for a certain price, perhaps $225,900.  The buyer wants the builder to drop the price, for example's sake, by $20,000.  Even if the builder were inclined to accept the buyer's offer, the main reason they would prefer to negotiate making other types of concessions is that reducing the price on any particular floorplan makes it all that much more difficult to get an appraisal for the NEXT home of that floorplan that sells.

In submitting an appraisal, appraisers must provide three "comparable" homes to substantiate the value of the home being appraised.  In a builder's case... those three homes should preferably of the same model, that have closed and funded within the last six months, and in that same subdivision.  This is the ideal... same floorplan, same subdivision.

In the future, when the builder is trying to get another appraisal on a different home of the same floorplan... if one of the only three available comparables (comps, we call them in real estate lingo) happens to be the one the builder dropped the price by $20,000... it can have a very negative effect on the new appraisal. 

So... if a buyer really insists on "making an offer"... the builder is much more inclined to include free options, appliance upgrades, install hardwood or ceramic tile at no charge, install Corian-type counter-tops at no-charge, pay closing costs and pre-paids, pay for an interest rate buy-down, give down payment assistance (such as paying the FHA 3% downpayment for the buyer), or other such concessions rather than lowering the price.

Also... sometimes some Realtors are hesitant to bring clients to New Home Builders... because the builders usually have their "own" contracts rather than use a standard Realtor contract.  But remember... you are much more likely to be in the "driver's seat" if your agent happens to have extensive experience working with New Home Builders.

I have seen this for the past seven years that I have been a Realtor in Tarrant County, and for the Nine previous years when I worked for several National New Home Builders here in Tarrant County.

It is unusual for a Realtor to also have had experience working for New Home Builders.  With that in mind, I give my "buyers" a real edge in their negotiations when purchasing their New Home from a Builder. 

It is such a great feeling for me to have helped so many families in the past accomplish what they had thought was the impossible.  Home Ownership... The American Dream.  This is one of the better times for me to make their New Home Dreams Come True.


Please visit my website at .  You'll find much information that is not available anywhere else.  If you are in the market for a Brand New Home... NOW is the time to call me.  Karen Anne Stone... (817) 929-3400.  Wouldn't it be great to have your very own Secret Weapon ?

Comment balloon 12 commentsKaren Anne Stone • August 25 2007 01:57AM


Hi there, Karen - I'm so glad you commented on one of my posts, or I might not have found you.  Where were you a few months ago, when my daughter was relocating to the DFW area?!?!  Well, she ended up renting, so we'll have to keep in touch.  During her 5-minute commute to work, there is a big billboard about new townhomes by Pulte, and we can't help wondering why her agent never showed those to her, but instead focused only on Mansfield.
Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 13 years ago
Git 'er done, Karen Anne! I'm glad that the end of the fiscal year is a great opportunity for people to get into their own home.
Posted by . . (no thanks) over 13 years ago
What a great report!!  You need to post this to LOCALISM to the local people from your community can find it on GOOGLE as well as linking this to your website so they can find more about YOU and what an EXPERT you are in the Fort Worth, TX area!!
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 13 years ago

Margaret:  I would love to help her.  Just yesterday I received an email from a local builder with a list of "end of the year reductions" on about fourteen of their standing inventory homes.  I think it would be great if I could help her take advantage of situations like that.

Bridget:  Yes, and it is an opportunity that many of them do not know exists.

Susie:  Please, oh great Brandon Blogging Guru (LOL), share with me about this Localism stuff.  Another term I have just figured out is SEO... Search Engine Optimization.  And, how do I link such posts to my website?  Perhaps these questions of mine might be a great subject for YOUR next blog posting for some of us Active Rain newbies.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 13 years ago
Karen - This is the time of year to get some great deals form the major builders. I had a client this time last year who saved about $70,000 on his home!
Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) over 13 years ago
Karen - great information.  I am showing clients new homes construction vs resale tomorrow and those are great points to drive home.  They need to know that everything is negotiable...especially at this time of year.  Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Irene Morales Ward, Realtor - e-Pro - Northern Virginia Real Estate (REMAX Distinctive Real Estate, Inc.) over 13 years ago

Paula:  Yes, on some of the higher end homes, a savings like that can be possible.

Irene:   You're very welcome, Irene.  And... the builders around here really do want us to share that info with the buyers.  They all want to squeeze one more closing in before the end of their fiscal year.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 13 years ago
Karen-I have never sold a home in a new subdivision so found this information quite useful... Thank you, I especially liked your explanation of why a Builder doesn't want to drop the price ( appraisal) .  that makes perfect sense.
Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 13 years ago
Hi Kathy:  Thanks for your comments.  No, builders do not like to drop their prices.  But... towards the end of their fiscal year... just about anything is possible.  Also, the specific home you are contemplating making an offer on can make a big difference.  If the builder only has one of those on the market, the pricing tends to be firm.  If, however, the builder misjudged his market, and pre-built several of that particular model, and they have not sold... then more builder concessions are possible... including dropping the price.  Kathy, if I can ever assist you with answers concerning New Home builders, please do not hesitate to ask.  Take care...   Karen Anne
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 13 years ago

Thinking of you daily and lifting you up in prayer to The Great Physician! XOXOX

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 7 years ago

I have the opportunity to comment on 20 posts so I am working through 20 of yours. YOU SO DESERVE to be a millionaire. 

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 6 years ago

I know your post is old but I just ran across it.  I agree that the end of the year can be a great opportunity for buyers of spec homes from builders.  I had a client last year who got a price discount as well as have the builder throw in a washer and dryer and an allowance for blinds so their home was truly move-in ready.  All because the builder thought he could close by the end of the year.  Unfortunately for him, his preferred lender couldn't get it done in time so it went into the new year anyway.  That worked out just fine for my buyers who weren't in a rush to move!  


Posted by Elizabeth Bouchard, Associate Broker in Northern Virginia (Long & Foster Realtors) about 3 years ago