New Construction in the Greater Kansas City Areas

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When building your dream home, you want to make sure it is a neighborhood and a community you could see yourself living in for the long haul. That is why we created our new construction microsite. Within this section of our website, you will find out everything you need to know about new construction neighborhoods and communities in the Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Overland Park, and Prairie Village areas.

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Your Guide to Building a New Construction Home in Kansas City

Building your dream home is an exciting (and intimidating) process! With so much control and customization, it pays to have someone on your side advocating for your wants and needs with your builder. We at Ask Cathy Marketing Group are the BEST Keller Williams agents in the Kansas City area. Since 2002, our team has been a staple of the Kansas City Real Estate & the new construction market. We take pride in providing the best possible service to our clients, colleagues, and community. We are a team of specialized experts who know the new home industry inside and out.

We created this guide to help you understand the new construction process and decide if it is right for you! If at any point during the process you find yourself overwhelmed, have questions, or are not sure what to do next, give us a call. Our team of trusted experts is here to help!


 

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Your New Construction Experts

Our team has years of experience helping homeowners build their dream homes across Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, and the KC metro area. We are here to help you determine your budget, the area you want to be in, and connect you with the best builders. From there, we handle the negotiations, introduce you to our favorite lenders, and are with you every step of the build process.

Available Neighborhoods

Lee’s Summit

Arbor Crossing, Dalton’s Ridge, Eagle Creek, Foxberry Estates, Hawthorn Ridge, Highland Meadows, Hook Farms (Coming Soon!), Manor at Stoney Creek, Monticello, Napa Valley, North Park Villiage, Reserve at Stoney Creek, Reserve at Woodside Ridge, Summit View Farms, Whispering Woods, & Winterset Valley.

Blue Springs / Grain Valley

Brittany Ridge, Chapman Farms, Colonial Highlands, Eagle’s Ridge, Edgewater, Four Pillars, Hoot Owl Ridge, Parkway Estates, Ridgewood Place at Chapman Farms, Stone Canyon, Sunny Pointe, The Villas at Churchill Estates, & Villas at Summit Ridge.

Overland Park

Arbor View, BluHawk (Coming Soon!), Century Farms, Coventry Valley, Chapel Hill, Mills Farm, Mission Ranch, River Stone, Solera Reserve, Southpointe, Summerwood Estates, Sundance Ridge, Terrybrook Farms, The Woods at Colton Lake, Timber Rock, WaterEdge, & Wheatley Village.

From left to right: Victoria Metsker, Allison Lackey, Shelly Rampetsreiter, Jaime Nissen

Our Favorite Neighborhoods

Strategies To Budget for a New Construction Home

Save for a Brand New Home Without Breaking the Bank

When thinking about building your home, there are a lot of moving parts. One of the largest things you will have to manage is the cost. It's important to monitor costs at every stage. It's not enough to establish a detailed budget - you need to comply with it and track all the expenses during construction to ensure that the established budget is what you end up paying. this is where beginning with an integrated design process proves to be invaluable. 

Finding the Right Builder

It is best to select a builder before beginning the design and involve them in the process. This will help you evaluate costs from the first conceptual drawings and during all the stages of the design. Choosing a builder should be based on their reputation and competence. Bring them into the design phase at the beginning rather than waiting until it is done.

Also, unlike a designer, a builder is mandated to ensure compliance with your budget and bears a real responsibility when they deliver estimates because they will be required to build to completion based on those prices. This is not the case with a designer, whose fees you will have to pay even if the design cannot feasibly be completed within your allotted budget. 

Focus on Things That CANNOT Be Changed in the Future

Think about how you want to spend your budget. You can't change your home's location, however, you can always upgrade the flooring later. Apply that logic to other choices as well. If you're choosing between a fourth bedroom and granite countertops, you probably should choose the extra bedroom, which is much more expensive to add later. In that first house that you buy, buy as much space as you can, and worry about upgrades later.

Don't Forget About Hidden Essential Fees

Often, people forget to include important items such as excavation, foundations, and setting up service infrastructures such as water and power. There can also be trouble if you underestimate the cost of taxes, permits, and land surveys. Be sure these are calculated correctly before finalizing your budget.

Don't Compare Similar 30-Year Old Homes for Sale with New Construction Homes

Keep in mind, that a 30-year-old home will require more repairs and maintenance. An older house will have depreciated compared to a new home therefore, much like a car, it can be tough to compare the two based on price and square footage alone. In addition, current building standards are much more stringent than they were decades ago, so the annual operating costs would be lower with new homes. 

What to Expect When You Build a New Construction Home

Walk Into The World of New Construction Feeling Prepared

Building your own home can be intimidating. There are a lot of moving parts, but when it is all said and done, it is pretty cool to say you built your house to ft your EXACT wants and needs! We recently sat down with our VP of New Construction, Shelly Rampetsreiter to talk about the process and what to expect.

Hiring a Buyer's Agent

First things first, you will want to hire a buyer's agent. The number one reason is to be able to get a professional's opinion on the builder's reputation. One of the greatest things about working with a good Realtor is that you benefit from their network of agents, vendors, lenders, and other industry professionals. Word gets around when businesses or service providers don't take care of their customers in the real estate industry. 

If there is a builder in your area that isn't reputable, chances are the agent will know about it. On the flip side, he or she is likely to have heard about the builders that go above and beyond for their customers.

They will also help you review any contracts you sign to make sure you are protected and that you are getting what you think you are getting. Your agent will verify that all aspects of the contract are understood by you and that you are OK with them. If there are any issues, the agent will notice them and be capable of explaining them clearly to you and to the builder. 

Find the Right Builder & Select a Lot and Floor Plan

Next, you will want to find the right builder. Start by speaking with your agent about your budget, neighborhood, and style of home you are looking to build. Your agent should be able to recommend and put you in contact with a few builders for you to meet with. It is important to also tour model homes, read reviews, and if you can, talk with past clients who now live in homes built by the builder. 

Once you select a builder, you will select your floor plan and lot. Usually, you can tour model homes of the floor plan you are considering as well as look at plans. If not, ask if there's a home under construction or recently completed that the owners would allow you to walk through. 

Put Down a Deposit & Select Upgrades

Once you decide on a lot and a floorplan you'll put down a deposit and sign a contract to hold the lot in your name.

This is also the time to select upgrades for your home. When you tour model homes, don't assume everything in the model comes standard. Most of the time, the builder will select certain upgrades to showcase in the home. This is another reason to work with a buyer's agent. They will be able to help you maximize your budget and determine what upgrades you should invest in now and which upgrades could be done at a later date. 

Most builders have relationships with design centers in town. This is where you will go to select your cabinets, countertops, flooring, etc.

If You Have a Home to Sell, Now is the Time to Start the Process

One of the first things to keep in mind is that you can obtain a construction loan for the purpose of building a home. However, depending on the type of loan you obtain, you will be required to pay for construction costs immediately upon completion of your home. Other loan types will roll over to a more traditional mortgage once construction is complete. 

This means you will need to have the necessary funds to either pay one large lump sum and/or carry two mortgages (one for your existing home and one for your newly built home). If you are planning on selling your own home after your new one is built, it's important to judge market conditions fairly, so you can more accurately predict how many months it may take to sell your home. This way you can ensure you have enough funds saved to cover the additional mortgage cost until your home is sold.

By working with an Ask Cathy agent on both the buying of your new home and the sale of your existing home, our agents are able to work together to make sure your home is sold and your new home is finished at the same time.

Attend Inspections & Keep In Touch With Your Agent and Builder

Once all the permits are approved, that is where the fun begins. Around this time, you will get word from your builder that it is time to dig! You can usually expect homes to take 6-8 months from dig to finish. It all depends on the floor plan, builder, and neighbor you choose. Be sure to remain in constant contact with your builder and agent throughout the process so you can stay up to date on your home's progress.

During this time, there will also be a number of inspections you will want to attend. It's best to visit the site at least once a week to make sure everything is going as planned. If something looks off, don't be afraid to say something! A good builder will want the house to be perfect and will want to make sure it is done right.

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