My girlfriend and I are considering building a home. It will actually be our first home. We are currently renting a house which has turned out to be a disaster because the landlord will not fix anything and the house is falling apart. This new home is with a tract builder in the area whose prices are extremely reasonable (for the area). For those in the area, it is right off the Suncoast Parkway (near Tampa, FL). Anyways, it is a 4/2/2, 1975 square foot home for $149K. My question is-can you negotiate with a homebuilder? Can anyone give me any tips for doing this? I am not really that good at negotiating (but I know how to walk out). The thing is that the builder hasn't even broken ground yet on the subdivision and I don't know how negotiable he will be. Can you make a profit on a new construction house if you don't plan stay there more than 5-10 years?