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Buying a new construction home? Five things to know now.

Buying a Home, New Construction - glory - Jun 27, 2018

House hunting for a new construction home? It’s a very different experience than buying a resale home. How do you know if it is the right move for you and your family? First, things first—do research. Weigh the pluses and minuses of buying new construction vs. buying resale then make a list. Second, determine and set a budget. Third, consider your lifestyle.

If you’re still weighing in on buying a new construction home, check out the comprehensive guide listed below to help you through the process.

How and where to look for new construction homes

There’s two primary ways to look for new construction homes. The first is to do a MLS search. The other is to visit a model home. To cut costs many builders set up shop in a model home of the development that they are building homes in. They also use their own employees to sell the homes. What this means is that the home you may be interested in may not appear in a MLS search. Consequently, it may take a little more work to find your dream home by having to drive and visit several locations. But, it is highly advisable to hire and work with a real estate agent. After all, it is their job to know what you are looking for and help you narrow your search,

However, on the flip side, there are builders that do both. They have a model home sales office and in list their new construction homes on the local MLS. Of course, this is a great advantage to buyers because it provides additional resources to identify areas where new construction homes are located. So, when looking for a new construction home, do both. Check out those builders you are interested in. And, check to see if the homes they are building have been listed. In Austin, go to Austin Home Search to locate areas that are building new construction homes. The site is run by the Austin Board of Realtors and is a great resource.

Sales, upgrade allowances, reduce pricing options

Though, they may not be frequent, builders do provide sales on their homes to entice buyers to act now. Seasonal home construction sales tend to happen in the winter months when sales activity is slow. But, builders also offer pricing incentives in the summer months too. New construction home price reductions can come in the form of a variety of different incentives. One such incentive is offering buyers a set dollar amount on upgrades. For example, a builder may give buyers an allowance to spend on upgrades such as high cabinets, glass cabinet insets, and high-end appliances. However, you’ll have to sign on the dotted line within a specific timeframe. Another incentive may include a price reduction for a specific dollar amount. Or, more likely, if you choose the builder’s preferred lender they may be willing to pay for your closing costs as an incentive for you to buy.

But, there are additional ways to negotiate the price of a new home. Has the home you are interested in purchasing been available for an extended period of time? Is it the end of the year? Does the builder have inventory? Remember, the only way you will find out if a builder is willing to negotiate is to ask.

Standard vs. available options—knowing the difference

One of the most important things to know when purchasing new construction is what options are standard and what options are available. Any option that is not a standard item in the price of a home is an upgrade. Ask the builder for a complete list of standard items in the home you are considering. They should also have a list of upgrades and floor plan options. What’s important here is to know the cost of all and any upgrades and options that you are considering. Also, standard items and options vary from builder to builder. So, make sure you understand what is included as a standard item in each home especially if you are considering more than one builder.

Getting everything in writing is essential

Though you may make a verbal agreement with the builder, it really has no validity unless it is in writing. And, more importantly, you have no legal recourse of action unless you do. This rule also follows suit through the construction phase process. Make sure if you make a change during the process to note it on the contract. Adding your initials makes it official. This holds both parties accountable. However, most large builders will have lengthy contracts that outline the entire construction process. It is very important to read the entire document. Make sure you don’t read it before going to sleep to that you grasp every detail.

New construction homes are usually built and sold in phases

If you are looking to purchase a home in a newly developed area chances are the builder has already received financing and has begun to sell homes. As a result, many homes in the development may be sold. How? They build model homes that new homebuyers can preview and walk through. In addition, builders will also have a plat map of home sites that buyers can utilize when choosing their preferred lot location. Consequently, prospective homebuyers can get a true sense of the interior feel of their home and its location in the community.

Not quite sold on the location of your new home in the community? You may have the opportunity to wait for a new phase to open up. Ask the builder if additional phases will be built and the potential timeframe. Just a word of caution though, this can depend heavily on the housing market. In a good market prices can go up. In a downturn phases may take longer to complete. The best advice is to purchase what’s available now.

Among the backdrop of the Texas Hill Country Travisso offers state-of-the-art floor plans from five award-winning premier builders. Homebuyers can choose from one and two-story floor plans ranging in size from 1,900 to over 5,000 square feet with prices starting in the 300s to over one million. And, there’s much more including resort style amenities, the #1 Clubhouse in the state, and an outdoor landscape perfect for hiking and biking. Visit us today and explore our new model homes and neighborhoods. For additional information call our Information Center at 512-243-8583. 

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Discover Travisso’s 5 Award-winning Premier Builders

Buying a Home - glory - Jun 25, 2018

Italian-inspired and high above the Texas Hill Country skyline lies the expertly crafted master-planned community of Travisso. Among the natural beauty of Central Austin’s most treasured landscape you’ll find exquisite home designs by five master builders. Envision your life in an elegantly crafted home surrounded by natural beauty, resort-style amenities, convenient shopping areas, fine dining, and the Texas wine country. Now, that’s living the good life.

Whether you like a modern, contemporary, or traditional home design our builders have a floor plan waiting just for you. Choose from glamorous one and two story homes built with the finest quality materials and expert craftsmanship. However, it’s the fine details that separate our builders from all the rest. Our builders offer gorgeous interior and exterior designs filled to the brim with extraordinary features and stylish selections.

Looking for a new home but not sure which builder to choose? To help make your decision a little easier we put together a list of all of our builders and their unique qualities. Check them out below.

Taylor Morrison Homes – Creating Family Memories for over a Century

Monarch Travisso Available HomeThe expert craftsmanship of a Taylor Morrison Home is only surpassed by their ability to know what makes their customers happy. After all, they have been building quality family homes for over 100 years. Imagine what you can learn if you do something for that long. As an expert home builder, Taylor Morrison Homes works effectively with families to build homes that reflect their personal lifestyle. Their homes which are “inspired by you” are expertly crafted with passion. And, they build homes that last. With their “people first” attitude it’s easy to see why they remain a leader in the new home construction business.

Discover your happy place in a Taylor Morrison Home. Open concept floor plans feature large chef-quality kitchen areas, trendy finishes, gorgeous master bedroom suites, and immaculate entertaining spaces. And, there’s a feature to please everyone in the family such as additional bedrooms, media rooms, studies, and bonus rooms. Taylor Morrison home sizes in Travisso range from 1,900 to over 4,000 square feet. Lot sizes range in width from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Home prices range from the $300s to the $500s.

Toll Brothers Inc. – America’s Luxury Home Builder

Artisan Hill Country Travisso Available August 2018Step into a Toll Brothers home and you are walking into luxury. This award-winning national home builder prides itself on providing customers with over-the-top home designs, superior value, and expert craftsmanship. Their commitment to excellence is evident in all phases of the building process. In addition, they provide quality home materials and stellar customer service to the most discriminating homebuyers.  From expansive foyers to private studies to art niches and master-bedroom tray ceilings, Toll Brothers offers an array of special features.

Their greatest reward, however, is knowing that they create communities where neighbors become friends and families grow for generations to come. And, the Travisso community is no exception. Toll Brothers purchased the Travisso property in 2012 with partner Taylor Morrison Homes. They have been building quality family homes in the development since its inception four years ago. In Travisso Toll Brothers offers three distinct collections with a variety of floor plans. Lot sizes range from 60 foot-wide to 80 foot-wide in some of the most beautiful neighborhoods.

Drees Custom Homes – Custom Homes Made Easy

Colinas II Travisso Drees Homes Available June 2018Your home, your way at Drees Custom Homes. As a long-standing custom home builder Drees Custom Homes offers homebuyers the best of everything. From quality building materials, to extraordinary floor plans to chic, comfortable designs—you’ll find it in a Drees home. And, to make your life just a little sweeter they’ll throw in distinct architectural choices and excellent customer service. They also offer cabinetry, flooring, and fixtures in traditional, trendy, and even a little quirky styles to help you make your home uniquely yours.

And, there’s no need to worry about high energy bills when you buy a Drees Home. Their energy efficient homes are environmentally friendly and put money back into your pocket with every utility bill. Check out the link above and see how you can save money with a Drees home. Can’t wait to move into your new Drees home? In Travisso you can choose from nine floor plans with prices ranging from $585,000 to $800,000. Or, if you can’t find the right floor plan you can custom build your home from scratch.

Highland Homes – Discover the Difference

Highland Homes builder in TravissoHome-grown in the state of Texas, this employee-owned company has been catering to the Lone Star state’s craving for innovative designs for more than 30 years. Award-winning Highland Homes is located in the state’s major metro areas of Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Their passion for architectural designs is evident in every home they build. And, it shows. They strive to provide their customers with a high level of quality and architectural beauty that is truly unique. To achieve that goal Highland Homes use extensive lifestyle research and customer service to identify the newest in lifestyle trends. It also helps them to ensure their designs are continually evolving. They also use the latest in energy-efficient construction materials and methods to build comfortable, eco-friendly homes.

Highland Homes offers one and two story options in Travisso. Square-footage starts at 1,900 square feet to over 3,000 with a multitude of floor plans for every lifestyle.

Grand Haven Homes, a Brookfield Residential Company – Inspired by Life

Brookfield Residential wants their customers to feel empowered to live life in their dream home. So, whether you’re buying a move-in ready home or building the home of your dreams, you’ll be wowed by their innovative floor plans, artful details, and exceptional Travisso location. After all, Brookfield Residential strives to create the “best places to call home” by combining 60 years of experience with passion.

From their unique designs and innovative practices to excellent customer service and great location choices, their commitment shines through in everything they do. Innovative design choices allow homebuyers to choose from countless floor plans and finishes that fit their needs, wants, and lifestyle. And, as a company committed to community they build in locations that offer homebuyers an exceptional lifestyle. From Hill Country and lake views to exceptional school districts, and close proximity to grocery stores, restaurants, and entertainment Brookfield Residential communities offer it all. Click here to check out Brookfield Residential properties in Travisso.

Build Your Dream Home in Travisso Today

Among the backdrop of the Texas Hill Country Travisso offers state-of-the-art floor plans from five award-winning premier builders. Homebuyers can choose from one and two-story floor plans ranging in size from 1,900 to over 5,000 square feet with prices starting in the 300s to over one million. And, there’s much more including resort style amenities, the #1 Clubhouse in the state, and an outdoor landscape perfect for hiking and biking. Visit Travisso in Leander today and explore our new model homes and neighborhoods. For additional information call our Information Center at 512-243-8583. 

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Tour 3316 Venezia View During Our Fall Home Tour

Featured Home, Lifestyle - glory - Sep 27, 2017

Home: New Construction

Availability: Now

Close: October 2017

Address: 3316 Venezia View

Builder: Taylor Morrison Homes

Tour and explore 3316 Venezia View this Saturday, September 30 during Travisso’s Tuscany Home Tour. From 1 to 4 p.m. you’ll have the unique opportunity to tour eight exquisite models, 30 move-in ready homes, and 3316 Venezia View. The tour starts at our Information Center located at 3929 Veneto Circle in Leander. Fall treats, giveaways, refreshments, and your next new home.

Home styles in the master-planned community of Travisso range from traditional to transitional to contemporary. And, the new home at 3316 Venezia View is no exception. Constructed by national builder Taylor Morrison, this new home offers luxurious amenities in an elegant living space. And, it is located among the rolling hills of the expansive blue skies of the Texas Hill Country. In addition, 3316 Venezia View is located in the top-rated Leander Independent School District in the progressive city of Leander. If you haven’t heard, Leander was voted as the #1 place to raise a family in Texas.

The interior and exterior features of 3316 Venezia View

This Taylor Morrison Wentworth model in the Siena Collection offers an award-winning floor plan with comfortable surroundings for large family gatherings. Host your next party in the large open concept kitchen. Or, enjoy a game of pool or ping pong in the game room located adjacent to the family room. Whatever your preference, there’s plenty of space. Features of this new home include:

  • 1.5 stories with approximately 3,332 square feet of living space
  • Three bedrooms
  • Three full bathrooms; one half bath
  • Three car garage
  • Upstairs bonus room
  • Open concept kitchen/family room combination with breakfast bar
  • Large granite/marble center kitchen island and granite/marble countertops
  • Kitchen includes top-quality appliances, fine cabinetry and pantry for convenient storage
  • Private, luxurious master suite with expansive walk-in closet
  • Formal dining room
  • Upstairs bonus room
  • Covered patio
  • Flooring includes tile, wood and carpet
  • Greenbelt view

The Palazzo, Travisso’s award-winning clubhouse

The Palazzo, our awarding winning clubhouse offers hours of endless possibilities. It encompasses 9,200 sq. ft. of outdoor and indoor recreational space. Outside, relax in the sunshine then refresh in the resort-style pool or splash pad. The pool area’s open air pavilion boasts a large fire pit for roasting s’mores. Shaded and unshaded deck areas complete the patio. After a quick swim enjoy a game of tennis at one of two lighted tennis courts. A playground and recreational soccer fields provide hours of fun and activities for kids.

Inside, The Palazzo’s 2,000 square-foot fitness facility includes state-of-the-art workout equipment such as treadmills and elliptical machines. In addition, the facility offers weight-lifting machines, free weights, exercise classes, clinics, and yoga. You can even rent a meeting room in The Palazzo for your next special occasion or celebration. Or, if you want to meet new friends that’s no problem either. Our on-site community lifestyle director has hours of events, childrens’ activities, informational seminars and classes scheduled for endless hours of entertainment, education and socializing.

Experience and explore all Travisso has to offer. On your visit discover our world-class amenity center and a vibrant community alive with spirit. During our Tuscany Home Tour come for the afternoon, stay for the lifestyle. Travisso—a place to call home, a place to relax, a place to explore.

Call Travisso’s Information Center at 512-243-8583 for directions and information.






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