Top Homebuilder Ratings & Reviews

Newcastle Homes

Griffin Park

70 Homeowner Reviews Completed Jan 2020 - Feb 2021

Overall Satisfaction

4.2
Customers' overall satisfaction
4.1
Rating of homeowners' willingness to recommend this builder

PERFORMANCE RATINGS

Purchase Experience

4.3

Home Personalization Experience

4.0

Lender Experience

4.5

Construction Experience

3.9

Customer Care Experience

4.4

Home Readiness

4.1

Installation & Workmanship

4.3

Community Profile

At Newcastle Homes we strive to make a difference in the lives of our clients by developing personal relationships with our homebuyers and building carefully crafted homes in thoughtfully planned communities. We approach each home and community with a discerning vision, ensuring we select locations and cutting edge home designs that fit our homebuyers’ lifestyles.

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MOST RECENT HOME OWNERS' VERBATIM COMMENTS - All
Purchase Experience Testimonials from Real Homebuyers

Birmingham, on Feb 10, 2021

Our dishwasher started leaking after 2months. Having to go through Samsung was and still is a nightmare. They came out 3 times to “try” and fix it and not much effort was taken. We are now in the process of getting a refund. After about 4 weeks we still do not have a refund. This is because All South does not do the exchange program that Samsung offers. So we bought a brand new appliance from All South in the hopes that one day we will get our money back because I refuse to go months without a dishwasher in a brand new house. This is unacceptable!!! Samsung has given us the run around. [name removed] I just purchased a brand new home and then had to go out a replace a brand new dishwasher. In my opinion this should not be my problem!! If I bought a new dishwasher in September when we closed on the house then I should not have to buy another one again.

3.2
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Jan 22, 2021

The only suggestion would be to have a list of the purchased upgrades to look at for the final walk-through. Other than that, it was great!

4.7
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Jan 21, 2021

Both of these are terrible. The lack of willingness to fix something that was obviously caused by the builder is appalling. [name removed] the communication to fix the minuscule things y’all will actually cover is laughable.

1.5
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Jan 18, 2021

I like the community as for the reason I chose to build here, but my dislike is very long so I will attempt to be brief My issue started from the design center to the final stage of closing, I felt my home was rushed and must thrown together. I had alot of issues with my plans that I now have to live with, [name removed] have issues that have not been completed and I closed on this home a month ago tomorrow 1/18/21. * Fireplace was not as I I wanted it * Hit and miss with the paint * Patio door does not close/lock * Driveway has machine marks throughout

3.8
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Jan 10, 2021

New Castle wants to make sure that the homeowner is 100% satisfied so the warranty was a great addition to our buying experience. Both [name removed] and [name removed] stood by us during our pre and post build experience. We enjoy our new home and community.

5.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Dec 26, 2020

Prompt and polite responses to any inquiry.

5.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Dec 24, 2020

My purchase experience was stressful and I was disappointed in the service provided by Newcastle. Personally, I checked on the building of my home weekly . The first error was the wrong brick was installed. It had to be removed and replaced. Also, I made it known and advised early on to the contractor and Newcastle realtor that the tiles I saw (still in boxes) placed in the home for each bathroom, kitchen and fire place were not what I selected. A week later, the incorrect tiles were installed in every room. It took 2-3 weeks for the tiles to be removed, to order the correct tile and to replace it. This caused my closing date to be pushed back. On the day of my closing, the gas was not turned on so my closing was pushed back a few hours. My personal home inspector found several issues that had to be resolved a week before closing to include insulation in the attic, soffits and could not check for gas or hot water at the time so he had to return a second time (the day of the closing). My purchase experience was very stressful and to add, at the closing, there was no representative from Newcastle [name removed] present nor did one reached out during the process to apologize or acknowledge the inconveniences throughout my experience. Also, I am making a long list of items to be touched up within the next year, to include a closet door that will not close. Very disappointing.

3.6
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Dec 19, 2020

[name removed] was so patient and professional. He answered all of my questions and put me at ease.

5.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Dec 16, 2020

Cannot get a call back on my warranty claims.

0.5
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Dec 12, 2020

Our experience was incredible and pretty seamless. I had heard horror stories with builders so I kind of expected some speed bumps. Didn’t really experience any of that. The super intendants [name removed] and [name removed] are incredible. They still check up on us. I’m so impressed that I wouldn’t even bat an eye at inviting them into our home for dinner. Great group.

4.9
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Dec 08, 2020

Your staff have been great to deal with. Follow up is not always consistent. Would have liked a little more flexibility with the home instead of “No, can’t do that.” There are some items in my home that are not designed correctly, basically I’ve lived in a lot of homes....and theses issues would be inexpensive and easy to correct during build process. Would be able to give you specific input if you so desire.

3.8
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Dec 05, 2020

Concerning the sale/move in process everything was great. Had some difficulty recently getting warranty issues taken care of.

4.4
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Dec 05, 2020

Great warranty service! Generally well built. But, very poor fitting rear door.

4.4
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Oct 30, 2020

We were not kept up on communication on the different building stages. When we brought an issue to their attention, they said it was an unfinished product. It was as though the subs were just building and no one was managing the process. Also, on several occasions subs were drinking alcohol at the job site.

3.8
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Oct 30, 2020

Horrible didn’t come fix the window just sent a new one with missing part. Asked again and the still didn’t get any where had to watch a YouTube video to remove parts from the old one and do it my self. Put in drainage issues in year and got no where had to have outside company put in a French drain. The didn’t clean out the drain ditch in the back and I had to do it myself because HOA told me it’s my property I have to maintain it and it wasn’t in a reasonable state when I closed.

0.7
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Oct 30, 2020

I liked the scheduled time was great The decision process for the design were perfect not too much information. I liked the fact that alot of standards gor new castle eere upgrades for harris and doyle.

4.9
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Oct 22, 2020

I always get a quick response from [name removed] whenever I submit a warranty claim. She is really good to respond and set up the appointment times. The frustrating part is we prepare for the days and times and the workers do not show up during those times.

3.8
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Oct 15, 2020

I have liked it because they have been very responsive to any need I had (and there have not been but a few times I needed to call).

5.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Oct 12, 2020

Everything went well except everything on the punch list was not addressed.

4.1
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Oct 12, 2020

We really disappointed with our design appointment and before closing we showed lot of incomplete things and those are not completed as they commited.

2.5
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Sep 22, 2020

Quick communication - kind service.

5.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Sep 12, 2020

Like: Addressed concerns quickly; flexibility to offer a contract contingent on sale of prior home Dislikes: Have to make design decisions too quickly and not able to contemplate decisions (suggestion: give buyer all choices ahead to look at prior to design appt. and give buyer a short time , say 48 hours, to change decisions after design appt with no fee); mistakes made in building that were not in accordance with Plan/specs (most we had to point out) ; contractors allowed to trash the lot and home- personably observed leftover food and trash, beer cans, and workers with coolers of beer in their vehicles. Contractors did not clean up at end of day. Also, contractors messed each other’s work up- something would be installed and it would get damaged by someone else. We were asked to do a first walk through before material things were complete (ex: kitchen backsplash grout , MBA floor missing tiles) and the house was dirty.

4.3
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Sep 02, 2020

Ok.

3.9
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Aug 24, 2020

The agent, [name removed], was very helpful and supportive through the entire process. [name removed] has been very prompt to resolve any identified issues.

4.4
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Aug 23, 2020

I have to request same issue two or three times to fix it.

4.3
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Aug 11, 2020

A lot to like, very little not to like. Almost all the people I dealt with were highly professional, good listeners and really great assets to the Newcastle organization. I don't like that fact that my lot was not graded to drain properly by the builder and I have to pay someone to fix it.

4.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Aug 11, 2020

Satisfied

4.3
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Aug 01, 2020

Houses are very good quality, great after care and services

4.4
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Jul 06, 2020

Warranty service has been awesome

5.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Jun 30, 2020

I liked the entire process of building. Everything was laid out and clearly explained from start to finish. Everyone was very professional and knowledgeable about their jobs.

4.5
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Jun 28, 2020

Property was not to my standards. Trash left in storm drain in the backyard and not covered during walk through. grading of land is below average standard have standing water and soft muddy soil in area.

1.8
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Jun 26, 2020

I have had a few issues that involved contacting about warranty. They were able to take care of the issues

5.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Jun 16, 2020

Very good response to questions we had. Also, help in choosing finishes was greatly appreciated

4.9
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Jun 12, 2020

The CV19 I believe interfered with completing some tasks. [name removed] has been especially helpful.

4.4
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on May 29, 2020

How approachable the superintendent and all of his co-workers were with any issues or questions.

4.8
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on May 19, 2020

Any issues that have come up in this first year are handled very quickly.

4.9
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on May 09, 2020

the walk through and know all the stuff in the house

4.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Apr 17, 2020

Holding our house until we sold our former home.

4.2
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Mar 22, 2020

Easy, great customer service.

4.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Jan 29, 2020

I was well informed about my home purchase and the agent on site was very forthcoming. [name removed] was move in ready with a few minor fix ups. Small stuff are coming up with need for repairs but I'm quit sure Newcastle will help take care of them.

4.5
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Jan 24, 2020

The neighborhood has lots of children which has been a plus for my son and me. We have thoroughly enjoyed the neighborhood pool and the opportunity to meet other neighbors. We love the community and the convenience it is to my work, my son’s daycare and shopping.

3.5
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Jan 20, 2020

[name removed] was our sales rep, and she contacted us regularly with both verbal & picture updates as the house was being instructed. She made herself available at all times for any questions or concerns we might have. Then, nearing the end of the process, as other NewCastle employees came into the picture, we were equally impressed with their courtesy and willingness to do whatever was witching their power to make the experience a pleasure.

4.9
Verified Homeowner

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Purchase Experience Testimonials from Real Homebuyers

Birmingham, AL, on Jan 22, 2021

The only suggestion would be to have a list of the purchased upgrades to look at for the final walk-through. Other than that, it was great!

4.7
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Jan 18, 2021

I like the community as for the reason I chose to build here, but my dislike is very long so I will attempt to be brief My issue started from the design center to the final stage of closing, I felt my home was rushed and must thrown together. I had alot of issues with my plans that I now have to live with, [name removed] have issues that have not been completed and I closed on this home a month ago tomorrow 1/18/21. * Fireplace was not as I I wanted it * Hit and miss with the paint * Patio door does not close/lock * Driveway has machine marks throughout

3.8
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Dec 24, 2020

My purchase experience was stressful and I was disappointed in the service provided by Newcastle. Personally, I checked on the building of my home weekly . The first error was the wrong brick was installed. It had to be removed and replaced. Also, I made it known and advised early on to the contractor and Newcastle realtor that the tiles I saw (still in boxes) placed in the home for each bathroom, kitchen and fire place were not what I selected. A week later, the incorrect tiles were installed in every room. It took 2-3 weeks for the tiles to be removed, to order the correct tile and to replace it. This caused my closing date to be pushed back. On the day of my closing, the gas was not turned on so my closing was pushed back a few hours. My personal home inspector found several issues that had to be resolved a week before closing to include insulation in the attic, soffits and could not check for gas or hot water at the time so he had to return a second time (the day of the closing). My purchase experience was very stressful and to add, at the closing, there was no representative from Newcastle [name removed] present nor did one reached out during the process to apologize or acknowledge the inconveniences throughout my experience. Also, I am making a long list of items to be touched up within the next year, to include a closet door that will not close. Very disappointing.

3.6
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Dec 19, 2020

[name removed] was so patient and professional. He answered all of my questions and put me at ease.

5.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Dec 12, 2020

Our experience was incredible and pretty seamless. I had heard horror stories with builders so I kind of expected some speed bumps. Didn’t really experience any of that. The super intendants [name removed] and [name removed] are incredible. They still check up on us. I’m so impressed that I wouldn’t even bat an eye at inviting them into our home for dinner. Great group.

4.9
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Dec 08, 2020

Your staff have been great to deal with. Follow up is not always consistent. Would have liked a little more flexibility with the home instead of “No, can’t do that.” There are some items in my home that are not designed correctly, basically I’ve lived in a lot of homes....and theses issues would be inexpensive and easy to correct during build process. Would be able to give you specific input if you so desire.

3.8
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Oct 30, 2020

We were not kept up on communication on the different building stages. When we brought an issue to their attention, they said it was an unfinished product. It was as though the subs were just building and no one was managing the process. Also, on several occasions subs were drinking alcohol at the job site.

3.8
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Oct 30, 2020

I liked the scheduled time was great The decision process for the design were perfect not too much information. I liked the fact that alot of standards gor new castle eere upgrades for harris and doyle.

4.9
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Oct 12, 2020

Everything went well except everything on the punch list was not addressed.

4.1
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Oct 12, 2020

We really disappointed with our design appointment and before closing we showed lot of incomplete things and those are not completed as they commited.

2.5
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Sep 12, 2020

Like: Addressed concerns quickly; flexibility to offer a contract contingent on sale of prior home Dislikes: Have to make design decisions too quickly and not able to contemplate decisions (suggestion: give buyer all choices ahead to look at prior to design appt. and give buyer a short time , say 48 hours, to change decisions after design appt with no fee); mistakes made in building that were not in accordance with Plan/specs (most we had to point out) ; contractors allowed to trash the lot and home- personably observed leftover food and trash, beer cans, and workers with coolers of beer in their vehicles. Contractors did not clean up at end of day. Also, contractors messed each other’s work up- something would be installed and it would get damaged by someone else. We were asked to do a first walk through before material things were complete (ex: kitchen backsplash grout , MBA floor missing tiles) and the house was dirty.

4.3
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Aug 24, 2020

The agent, [name removed], was very helpful and supportive through the entire process. [name removed] has been very prompt to resolve any identified issues.

4.4
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Jun 30, 2020

I liked the entire process of building. Everything was laid out and clearly explained from start to finish. Everyone was very professional and knowledgeable about their jobs.

4.5
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Jun 28, 2020

Property was not to my standards. Trash left in storm drain in the backyard and not covered during walk through. grading of land is below average standard have standing water and soft muddy soil in area.

1.8
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Jun 16, 2020

Very good response to questions we had. Also, help in choosing finishes was greatly appreciated

4.9
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on May 29, 2020

How approachable the superintendent and all of his co-workers were with any issues or questions.

4.8
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on May 09, 2020

the walk through and know all the stuff in the house

4.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Apr 17, 2020

Holding our house until we sold our former home.

4.2
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Jan 29, 2020

I was well informed about my home purchase and the agent on site was very forthcoming. [name removed] was move in ready with a few minor fix ups. Small stuff are coming up with need for repairs but I'm quit sure Newcastle will help take care of them.

4.5
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, AL, on Jan 20, 2020

[name removed] was our sales rep, and she contacted us regularly with both verbal & picture updates as the house was being instructed. She made herself available at all times for any questions or concerns we might have. Then, nearing the end of the process, as other NewCastle employees came into the picture, we were equally impressed with their courtesy and willingness to do whatever was witching their power to make the experience a pleasure.

4.9
Verified Homeowner

MOST RECENT 20 HOME OWNERS' VERBATIM COMMENTS - 5-6 Months after Move In
Purchase Experience Testimonials from Real Homebuyers

Birmingham, on Feb 10, 2021

Our dishwasher started leaking after 2months. Having to go through Samsung was and still is a nightmare. They came out 3 times to “try” and fix it and not much effort was taken. We are now in the process of getting a refund. After about 4 weeks we still do not have a refund. This is because All South does not do the exchange program that Samsung offers. So we bought a brand new appliance from All South in the hopes that one day we will get our money back because I refuse to go months without a dishwasher in a brand new house. This is unacceptable!!! Samsung has given us the run around. [name removed] I just purchased a brand new home and then had to go out a replace a brand new dishwasher. In my opinion this should not be my problem!! If I bought a new dishwasher in September when we closed on the house then I should not have to buy another one again.

3.2
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Jan 21, 2021

Both of these are terrible. The lack of willingness to fix something that was obviously caused by the builder is appalling. [name removed] the communication to fix the minuscule things y’all will actually cover is laughable.

1.5
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Jan 10, 2021

New Castle wants to make sure that the homeowner is 100% satisfied so the warranty was a great addition to our buying experience. Both [name removed] and [name removed] stood by us during our pre and post build experience. We enjoy our new home and community.

5.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Dec 26, 2020

Prompt and polite responses to any inquiry.

5.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Dec 16, 2020

Cannot get a call back on my warranty claims.

0.5
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Oct 30, 2020

Horrible didn’t come fix the window just sent a new one with missing part. Asked again and the still didn’t get any where had to watch a YouTube video to remove parts from the old one and do it my self. Put in drainage issues in year and got no where had to have outside company put in a French drain. The didn’t clean out the drain ditch in the back and I had to do it myself because HOA told me it’s my property I have to maintain it and it wasn’t in a reasonable state when I closed.

0.7
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Oct 22, 2020

I always get a quick response from [name removed] whenever I submit a warranty claim. She is really good to respond and set up the appointment times. The frustrating part is we prepare for the days and times and the workers do not show up during those times.

3.8
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Oct 15, 2020

I have liked it because they have been very responsive to any need I had (and there have not been but a few times I needed to call).

5.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Sep 22, 2020

Quick communication - kind service.

5.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Sep 02, 2020

Ok.

3.9
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Aug 23, 2020

I have to request same issue two or three times to fix it.

4.3
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Jul 06, 2020

Warranty service has been awesome

5.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Jun 26, 2020

I have had a few issues that involved contacting about warranty. They were able to take care of the issues

5.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Jun 12, 2020

The CV19 I believe interfered with completing some tasks. [name removed] has been especially helpful.

4.4
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on May 19, 2020

Any issues that have come up in this first year are handled very quickly.

4.9
Verified Homeowner

MOST RECENT 20 HOME OWNERS' VERBATIM COMMENTS - 10-12 Months after Move In
Purchase Experience Testimonials from Real Homebuyers

Birmingham, on Dec 05, 2020

Concerning the sale/move in process everything was great. Had some difficulty recently getting warranty issues taken care of.

4.4
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Dec 05, 2020

Great warranty service! Generally well built. But, very poor fitting rear door.

4.4
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Aug 11, 2020

A lot to like, very little not to like. Almost all the people I dealt with were highly professional, good listeners and really great assets to the Newcastle organization. I don't like that fact that my lot was not graded to drain properly by the builder and I have to pay someone to fix it.

4.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Aug 11, 2020

Satisfied

4.3
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Aug 01, 2020

Houses are very good quality, great after care and services

4.4
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Mar 22, 2020

Easy, great customer service.

4.0
Verified Homeowner
Birmingham, on Jan 24, 2020

The neighborhood has lots of children which has been a plus for my son and me. We have thoroughly enjoyed the neighborhood pool and the opportunity to meet other neighbors. We love the community and the convenience it is to my work, my son’s daycare and shopping.

3.5
Verified Homeowner