The Housing Chronicles Blog: The truth about new home price guarantees

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The truth about new home price guarantees

A couple of weeks ago at a building industry function, I asked a panel of homebuilders including reps from Centex, Standard Pacific and John Laing why weren't offering price guarantee programs along the lines of those offered by KBHome and Ryland.

Their answer: most builders will refund money to a potential buyer still in escrow if the value of their home falls in between the time they sign the contract and closing, but you have to ASK for it. The fact that KBHome and Ryland are promoting the program has more to do with their ad strategies and creating higher comfort levels among potential buyers than a totally unique program. Although the fact that they have announced these programs would certainly make it easier for a home buyer to benefit, it's probably good advice to simply ask all builders what they plan to do should prices fall before homes close escrow.

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