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New Home Sales Trends
Monthly New Residential Sales (U.S. Census Bureau)
The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announce the new residential sales statistics for the previous month.
United States New Home Sales (Trading Economics)
Find monthly U.S. new home sales statistics, updated monthly. Trading Economics provides its users with accurate information for 196 countries including historical data and forecasts for more than 20 million economic indicators, exchange rates, stock market indexes, government bond yields and commodity prices. The data is based on official sources, not third-party data providers, and their facts are regularly checked for inconsistencies.
Marketing & Selling New Homes
Do You Need a Realtor for New Construction? Here’s Everything to Know (realtor.com®, Apr. 2, 2022)
- Negotiating extras: Want upgraded counters or appliances in that new home? Your agent can help you with all those extra perks, amenities, and upgrades. “We can often negotiate with the builder on things like paint color or even the style of garage door, especially if the housing development is in the beginning stages,” Walgrave says.
- Recommending financing: A builder typically will have a “preferred” lender that it will try to steer you to, but your real estate agent can help make sure that you’re getting the mortgage that works best for your situation. Shopping around is always wise, and you don’t want the builder’s agent pressuring you into using their suggested professional unless it’s right for you.
- Overseeing a home inspection: Tempted to forgo a home inspection in new construction? Don’t do it, advises Welsh. “The number and severity of new-home defects often rival resale home problems,” he says.The builder’s agent is unlikely to push for or offer up an inspection, so it’s up to you and your real estate agent to make it happen.
How Much Does It Cost to Build a House? An In-Depth Look (ROCKET Homes, Mar. 28, 2022)
This article breaks down the costs of home building from the land to interior finishes. It includes additional costs and the main steps of building a house.
The Rookie Agent’s Guide to Selling New Construction: Part 1 (YPN Lounge, Nov. 21, 2017)
Understand the key differences between a buyer’s agent’s duties when dealing with re-sales vs. new-construction transactions.
The Rookie Agent’s Guide to Selling New Construction: Part 2 (YPN Lounge, Dec. 12, 2017)
Learn some common challenges associated with new construction, including buyer financing.
New Home Design Trends
NAHB Identifies Top Features and Design Trends for 2022 Across Generations (National Association of Home Builders, Feb. 9, 2022)
- Laundry rooms
- Exterior lighting
- Ceiling fans
- Walk-in pantries
10 Renovation Trends You’ll be Seeing a Lot of in 2022 (Clever, Dec. 24, 2021)
Home office investment, outdoor spaces and features, texture, technology, bold prints and patterns, side-hustle spaces, and green will all trend in 2022.
5 Home Design, Building Trends to Watch in 2022 (REALTOR® Magazine, Nov. 11, 2021)
Curvier building elements, patterned hardwoods, colorful kitchens, black highlights, and maximalist design elements will trend in 2022.
eBooks & Other Resources
The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
1,200 Great Sales Tips for Real Estate Pros (eBook)
Building Real Estate Riches: How to Invest in New Homes for Maximum Profit (eBook)
Choosing Green (eBook)
The Complete Guide to Contracting Your Home (eBook)
Energy-Wise Landscape Design (eBook)
Green Home Building (eBook)
Home Plan Doctor (eBook)
Ideal Homes? Social Change and the Experience of the Home (eBook)
Prescriptions for a Healthy House (eBook)
Selling in Tough Times: Secrets to Selling When No One is Buying (eBook)
Sell Your Home in Any Market (eBook)
Tips and Traps for New Home Owners (eBook)
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
As a member benefit, the following resources and more are available for loan through the NAR Library. Items will be mailed directly to you or made available for pickup at the REALTOR® Building in Chicago.
Marketing New Homes (Washington, D.C.: Home Builder Press, 1999) HF 5438 P22
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