• Kevin Kopp

Why You Need a Build Agent in the Mountains

Buying a new construction home in most areas of the country is a relatively straightforward process. You find a new home community in your desired location and select a lot/home package with the best floor plan and features in your price range, working primarily with the builder’s sales representative throughout the process. You sign the builder’s construction contract, pay a deposit, and 3-6 months later you close the transaction and move into your newly built home.

Building a home in Asheville and Western North Carolina is different. While a handful of builders in this market do specialize in building from standard floor plans and you might occasionally come across pre-selected lot/home packages in new home communities, these options are typically few and far between, especially for more upscale or luxury homes.

The Asheville and Western North Carolina new construction market is primarily an “on your lot” custom home market, meaning you first need to find and purchase a lot or land for your new home, and then hire a builder, architect or "design-build" firm to design and build the home on your lot (and not necessarily in that order). You may have a very clear vision of what you are looking for in your ideal home, but here in the mountains where there is no such thing as a level building site, trade-offs are often required to strike the right balance of design, features and price.

For the uninitiated in new construction and newcomers to the area, the prospect of building a home in Asheville and Western North Carolina is intimidating. Unfortunately, information about this journey – how and where to start, how to find the right communities or best locations based on your lifestyle preferences, selecting the most suitable land/lots for your ideal home, and how to find and select the right builder – is scarce to nonexistent.

Because of this, Dogwood Properties has developed Build Agent, a service designed with the goal of helping buyers navigate the new construction and custom home buying process. Think of us as your very own local guide on this journey, offering not only our professional experience and expertise, but also our local insights to help you make the most informed decisions possible along the way.

If you are thinking about new construction in the Asheville area, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. We are passionate about new construction homes and happy to help.

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