My native language is Swedish. And I work as a webdeveloper. And at the moment I am working on a real estate website written in English.

So I would like to know,

what is the best word to use when describing a building that was just finished built, or is not finished yet but can still be bought right now?

Should I use "New Construction" (Google translate suggestion) or is there a better word to use, that describe this? I would like to know the prefered word in bouth US and Britian

  • 1
    "New construction" sounds fine to my American ears, though I'm not familiar enough with real estate to give a definitive answer. – dj18 Aug 31 '15 at 17:57
  • Okay! Thanks for your input! :) Will waith and see if any other American answers :) – Johan Gudmundsson Aug 31 '15 at 18:07
  • I'd warn against "New Construction," as it might be an industry-specific term that could cause legal problems (Is "New Construction" construction completed within the last year? Two years? Never lived in?), at least in the US. You might check with a US-based Realty forum (or just call up a Realtor). Also, because the US is so weird, a term in one state might mean something entirely different in another. – VampDuc Aug 31 '15 at 21:59
  • Good point! Will do :) – Johan Gudmundsson Aug 31 '15 at 22:01

In Britain a newly built house is known as a New-build.

You will see this term in advertising from Estate Agents and service industries such as plumbers.


You might want to have a look at Phorio Standards, a site dedicated to understanding the terminology of building, architecture and real estate. It has definitions of more than 3,000 terms, each of which is translated into over 40 languages.

I'm American, and I think completion might be a good choice. It is defined as follows:

Completion: A structure is basically finished on the outside, and at least partly ready for use.

A structure is complete when the exterior is basically complete, with no major details remaining in its construction, and it is at least partly ready for its intended use. Fit-out of interior spaces may continue for any length of time after completion; it is not necessary for spaces inside to be occupied, as long as they are ready for hand-over to the occupant(s) without major structural work remaining.


U.S.: newly built, new construction, or (my favorite) brand-new.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.