San Antonio is known for its rich Texas history and is infused with Mexican, German, and Czech culture. It’s a unique city, and one of Texas’ largest. So choosing to build your home in San Antonio, is a great option. Along with its rich culture, it’s safe, centered in the middle of the state, and close to the coast, the capital, and other Texas landmarks.

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Real estate in the San Antonio area is booming. Folks and families are choosing Central Texas as a place to plant their roots. And there are many ways to build your dream home in San Antonio. You can build completely custom, which takes a lot of work and investment which doesn’t always guarantee a return. You can also buy move-in-ready homes that builders often sell in subdivisions.

But one option growing in popularity is to build a custom home with a builder that offers selections based on your desires, without having to find a lot, hire an engineer, design consultant, and architect. This saves you the hassle of custom home building. This option still allows you to choose the fixtures and features in your dream home, saves you money, and time. It’s a great choice for busy families looking to build a custom home in San Antonio without the added stress of site costs and bidding wars.

If you’re thinking about building a custom home, here are the things you need to get started.

Get Pre-Approved for a Home Loan

Unless you’re paying with cash, you’ll need to get pre-approval before any of the fun stuff starts happening. A pre-approval will let you know exactly what your budget is, this allows you to be realistic when building your custom home.

There are tons of lenders to choose from. There are big box lenders and smaller, local ones. Each has its advantages and challenges, so it’s important to do your own research. If you’re not sure which lender to move forward with, you can always work with a realtor. Realtors often have connections with lenders that help move the process along.

Decide On Where You Want Your Home

Neighborhoods around the area can vary, if you’re unfamiliar with the area, do some research to see which neighborhoods and communities you like around San Antonio. Some great ways to decide on your future neighborhood would be to consider these amenities and community features:

  • What are schools like in the area?
  • Does the neighborhood require an HOA? If so, what are the fees and the amenities included?
  • Is there a park, grocery store, or shops nearby?
  • How far would your commute to work be?
  • What are the average home prices in the area?

Choose Your Site, Features, and Floorplan

Once you’re pre-approved and know where you’d like to build your home, it’s time to find the right builder for you. NewLeaf Homes offers quality custom homes at affordable prices in six communities. There are a lot of builders in the San Antonio area, we always suggest our custom or move-in ready homes, but it’s crucial for you to do the research and decide what is best for you and your family. Often, you can check out model homes in communities to see in-person amenities and home features.

Floorplans and square footage can be a good starting point. How big do you need your home to be? Be sure to look at the floor plan options you have and decide which square footage makes the most sense to you. If you’re a family of three, maybe you don’t need 3000+ sq. feet —or maybe you do! Only you can decide that, so once you’ve chosen your builder, check to see what floorplans they offer and which is right for you.

Begin Home Construction

Once you’ve signed the contract with your builder, then it’s time for the home construction to begin! This is an exciting part. Often, with new home construction, you don’t close on the home until it’s finished and you’re ready to move in. This gives you a stress-free period, you’re locked into a home price with your lender and builder, so you don’t have to worry about fluctuating costs. Since you’ve already chosen your lot and floorplan, you know exactly how much the construction and closing will be.


Congratulations! After completing these steps, you’re ready to move into your new custom home in San Antonio!

If you’re ready to begin your custom home-building journey, contact us today to learn more about our homes, communities, and packages.