Incentives are being initiated at many developments in the region. So reserve your plot early, before the show homes are opened, to get the best possible deal.
Buyers are being asked to register an interest in Barratt's Windsor Court in Birtley, just a minute's drive from the A1 and close to the Angel of the North.
This development of 35 homes will include two-bedroom apartments and three- and four-bedroom homes.
Among the properties planned is the three-bedroom, three-storey Norbury, the three-bedroom Eskdale and Palmerston styles and two-bedroom Falkirk apartments.
Barratt field sales manager Paul Race said: "It's still early days for Windsor Court, but its location will be one of its main selling points, with easy access to Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland plus, of course, Team Valley Trading Estate and the MetroCentre."
No homes have been released for sale yet, but interested buyers can register by calling (0845) 608-0100.
Homebuyers looking for rural tranquillity are sure to be impressed with Grainger Homes' development in Northumberland when it opens next weekend.
Longbeach, close to the shoreline in Beadnell, is a combination of two-bedroom terraced, three-bedroom semis and four-and five-bedroom detached homes with gardens. Grainger marketing manager Catherine Dunbar said: "Increasing numbers of homebuyers are looking to Northumberland and other similarly rural areas as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
"With the new site at Beadnell, we have created something which accommodates a cross-section of the market and which is both desirable and affordable to first-time buyers and growing families alike."
With easy access to the rest of the region via the A1, Beadnell is perfect for commuting. Contact selling agents Rook Matthews Sayer on (01665) 510044.
Langley Moor, Durham
A £3m housing scheme on the outskirts of Durham is offering stylish affordable homes to first-time buyers and young families.
Prices at 18-home Wesley Court at Littleburn Lane, Langley Moor, start at £136,995 for a two-bedroom semi and the most expensive three-bed semi is on the market at £151,995.
Amy Whyte, sales manager at Knight Frank's Newcastle office, selling agent for the development, said: "Langley Moor is just three miles from Durham and on a direct bus route, which means you can be in the city in 10 minutes.
"With the price of these homes, compared to prices in Durham itself, we are expecting to see a lot of interest from first-time buyers and young families, as well as parents of university students.
"Langley Moor is a small, quiet community, but is within easy reach of Durham City and within striking distance of Newcastle."
Contact Knight Frank on (0191) 221-2211.
Barratt is ready to start work on starter and family homes in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.
Designs at The Carrs will include the two-bedroom Washington, three-bedroom, three-storey Norbury townhouses, four-bedroom, three-storey Woodcotes and four-bedroom detached Gloucester designs.
A sales office is due to open on site soon and prices will be released shortly.
Barratt field sales manager Paul Race said: "The town is undergoing a lot of regeneration at the moment and that, together with its attractive coastal location, is set to make it a desirable place to live for a wide range of buyers."
Newbiggin has the benefit of the stunning Northumberland coastline and is well located for the A189 spine road with its links to Cramlington and North Tyneside. It also has easy links to Morpeth and the A1 via the A197.
St Helen Auckland, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
Dunelm Castle Homes is offering semi-detached homes from under £92,000 at its latest development, Westbury Park at St Helen Auckland, on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland.
Just to the south-west of Bishop Auckland, off the A688 Staindrop Road, Westbury Park will consist of 158 terraced, semi-detached and detached two-, three- and four-bedroom homes. It will include designs from the company's new Acorn range, aimed at first-time buyers, as well as the established Lakes and Country Range. Typical of the Acorn range is the two-bedroom semi-detached Ash design, currently selling from £91,995.
The Ash has a front-facing kitchen and rear-facing living room with French windows to the patio and back garden. On the first floor, the master bedroom has a built-in wardrobe and shares the family bathroom with the second bedroom.
For those families needing a larger home, the company's three-bedroom Chestnut design has en suite and a stylish corner shower to the master bedroom, while the two other bedrooms share the family bathroom. Dunelm Castle Homes sales manager Julie Dixon said: "Currently, we also have a range of incentives available to buyers, so that there really never has been a better time to move onto, or up, the property ladder."
Prices range from £91,950 for a two-bedroom Ash home to £220,000 for the four-bedroom detached Rydal, tel: (01388) 451892 or (0191) 377-4590.
Hebburn, South Tyneside
Work has just started at Barratt's Hebburn development, The Hawthorns.
It will create a vibrant new community of 115 homes, 25 of which will be allocated as affordable housing. The development, being created on a former factory site in Argyll Street, marks a return for Barratt, which has been absent from South Tyneside for some years.
Here Barratt is already taking reservations allowing buyers to get in early.
There will be a wide range of homes suitable for first-time buyers and move-up buyers, including two-bedroom apartments from £114,995 and three-bedroom, three-storey townhouses at prices starting at £182,995. Among them will be the three-bedroom, three-storey Norbury with breakfasting kitchen, toilet and lounge/diner with French doors to the back garden.
The first floor features two double bedrooms and the family bathroom, while the master suite is built into the loft space and features a double bedroom, dressing area and en suite shower room.