In past months, the outlook for new construction homes has been less than significant, but it seems the month of August saw a major turnaround. With an improving job market and low mortgage rates, home builder optimism soared, thus boosting their outlook for sales.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, builder confidence in the single-family home market rose two points in August. With the number rising to 55, it was the second consecutive month at a level over 50, indicating that builders are viewing the market conditions are more positive than negative. The builder confidence index was previously expected to hold steady at a 53, according to economists, but builders are growing increasingly optimistic given the job market and mortgage rate factors.

Declining affordability for homebuyers had pinched home builders in the earlier part of the year, but NAHB Chief Economist is confident the new construction market will see improvements, including further increases in confidence, as we move forward.

"Factors contributing to this rise include sustained job growth, historically low mortgage rates and affordable home prices," he said. In addition, these favorable conditions are also prompting more serious homebuyers to enter the market.

What does this mean for you as a Wilmington, DE homebuyer? With builder optimism at a seven-year high, you can confidently move forward as a local homebuyer— it's time to team up with a buyer's agent to begin your new construction home purchase. 

Many Delaware homebuyers make the mistake of buying a home directly from the builder, while a buyer's agent can work on your behalf oftentimes with much better results. A salesman will look out for the best interests of his own company, while a buyer's agent looks out for you! Your buyer's agent will also ensure you're not overpaying for a property, given other comparable homes in the area, which is a common new construction blunder for those that forgo working with an agent entirely.

We're happy to help you along every step of the homebuying journey— whether you're interested in an existing home in the Wilmington or Newark area or new construction properties. Contact us today to see what's available!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Katina Geralis
Wilmington, DE Real Estate Expert
Keller Williams Realty

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