New Year, New Home: The Perks of Buying a Newly Built Home

Finding the right home can seem like an impossible task. Once you decide on where you want to live, you have to find a home that will suit your needs for years to come. The expense of buying a home goes beyond the closing costs and your mortgage payment – homes require maintenance, updates, and repairs on a regular basis. Older appliances may stop working and need to be replaced, and small remodeling jobs can turn into giant headaches if the existing wiring isn’t up to code.

If you’re looking to buy a home and all you see if the changes you want to make, it’s time to consider looking at new construction. It may seem scary – and expensive – to buy a brand new home, but the perks to buying a newly built home are worth the leap of faith.


New Communities in Richmond Hill

At Teresa Cowart Real Estate Team, part of Re/Max Accent, we work with two main local builders: Konter Quality Home and Beacon Builders.

Woodland Trail by Konter Quality Home

Woodland Trail is a wonderful new neighborhood in tranquil Richmond Hill, GA. Woodland Trail features large estate size homesites which perfectly showcase Konter Quality Homes Manor Collection of executive luxury homes. Close to Savannah, the marshes and beaches of the Coastal Empire, Woodland Trail includes a pool, pavilion, boat storage area, ponds and sidewalks. You will have room to spread out on our large home sites, yet still have a sense of community with your neighbors. Click here to view available listings here.  

Fairway Links Horizon Lane Townhomes by Beacon New Homes

This new townhouse community located at the Sterling Links Golf Club in the heart of Richmond Hill. These 3 bedroom, 2 bath homes are full of upgrades, including spray foam insulation, vinyl plank flooring, and granite countertops. Being nestled in a golf course community will provide you with walking paths, lush greens and tons of trees. Click here to view available listings. 

Wicklow Community by Beacon New Homes

With several floor plans to choose from, the new Wicklow Community has a lot of customization to offer. The community amenities also include a pool and playground, providing you an opportunity to get to know your neighbors like we used to. Click here to view available listings. 



Newly constructed homes have the features homeowners are looking for today: open floor plans, large master bathrooms, and lots of storage space. What they don’t have is countertops and cabinets and color schemes – but that’s where you come in! The earlier you become a part of the process, the more options you’ll be able to customize.

“Typically, each home takes 5-6 months to build. If a buyer puts a home under contract before construction starts, they have a lot more options and can personalize many aspects of the hone,” explains David Hagan, VP of sales and marketing at Beacon.

To give you an idea on your options, here is the list of Standard Community Features available in all new Beacon Builders properties. It includes things like your choice of granite countertops in the kitchen and master bath, your choice of flooring, a stainless steel appliance package, and upgraded wiring for high speed data and phone. Konter Quality Home offers a list of additional features that include security lights, home theater wiring, a laundry sink, garden tub, and coffered ceilings. Best of all, builders allow you to customize your color scheme, so you’ll never need to lift a paint brush when you move in.


Energy Efficiency

From high performance windows to eco-friendly insulation, new homes come with a wide range of energy efficient upgrades. Both Beacon and Konter Quality Home meet or exceed EarthCents New Home requirements. These homes offer built-in quality and comfort, and are built more efficient than homes built to standard building codes, so you’ll save money for years to come.

Becacon homes come standard with energy saving features, including effective insulation, high performance windows, quick recovery water heaters and high efficiency heat pump and air conditioning. They pride ourselves on being environmentally friendly builders, and take measures to reduce the amount of waste produced during the construction process.

Konter Quality Homes believes in building energy efficient homes that have a low impact on the environment. Their commitment to efficeny is centered on their commitment to the EarthCents program. Homes are individually designed to EarthCents standards, including:

  • High Performance Windows

  • High Performance Insulation including Iceynene Spray foam insulation on the roof deck. Keeping the attic area and A/C ducts cool even in the heat of summer.

  • Efficient HVAC systems and air-tight construction techniques.

  • Efficient products including EarthCents qualified lights, refrigerators, and dishwashers.

  • Products made from recycled and renewable resources including recycled laminate flooring, bamboo flooring, and engineered lumber. 


Fewer Repairs & Maintenance

A big financial benefit of new properties is that you won’t have to do much maintenance. With brand new appliances, plumbing, heating, and air, you should be repair free for at least a few years.



Simply put, builders’ home warranties ROCK!

Beacon New Homes enrolles your home under the 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty program at the time of closing. The 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty program includes 1 year Workmanship, 2 year Systems and 10 year Structural coverages. The warranty information is sent to you within thirty (30) days of closing.

Konter Homes also offers the 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, which provides your home with protection from roof to foundation, interior systems to exterior finishing. You’ll rest easier knowing the Home Buyers Warranty is insurance backed, assuring that your investment is rock solid.


Special Financing

For most homebuyers, the process of financing a home – new or not – is the hardest part of the process. It’s common for home builders to partner with a network of preferred mortgage lenders that are familiar with the building process. This gives you the support you need throughout the process as you make your dream house a reality.