By Sandy Flores Broker,
When you’re house hunting, the appeal of new construction is undeniable. You get to be the first to live in the original pristine home, full of brand-new appliances, finishes and treatments to make you fall in love instantly. The best of all you don’t have to worry about making any cosmetic or structural upgrades for years.
However, make NO mistake: You need your own Realtor from the get-go. Even if it seems like plug and play to sign up with the builder’s on-site agent, you’re going to want someone representing your side of the deal.
Did you know that when you buy a new construction, the home’s builder is considered the seller, and the agent representing the builder is called the builder’s agent. Having that in consideration you should know that the builder’s agent will always have the builder’s best interest in mind and they are there to boost the profits of the builder.
And the seller’s agent job is to get the highest price for the homes and it is not going to be as eager to negotiate down as having you an agent that will represent your best interest.
Did you know Builders charge NEW HOME BUYERS the same bottom line price with or without a REALTOR® involved?
No matter what your final bottom-line negotiated new home price may be, that price still includes a Realtor® commission whether you have a Realtor® or not, therefore you’re paying the Realtor® commission one way or the other.
As your New Home Buyer Agent, we will unlock the Realtor® cost center and rebates of thousands of dollars back to you, and even more if you have a home to sell.
If you want to avoid common NEW HOME BUYERS mistakes, including builders, then you would like access to only experienced and time proven Realtors.
When buying new construction, here’s some of the issues your Realtor will help you:
- Negotiating extras:
We can often negotiate with the builder on things like paint color or even the style of garage door, especially if the housing development is in the beginning stages.
- Recommending financing:
- A builder typically will have a preferred lender that it will try to steer you to, but your real estate agent can help make sure that you’re getting the mortgage that works best for your situation.
- Overseeing a home inspection:
- Tempted to forgo a home inspection in new construction? No Way! The number and severity of new-home defects often rival resale home problems. The builders agent is unlikely to push for or offer up an inspection, so it’s up to you and your real estate agent to make it happen.
Do yourself a favor and do not visit a model home without me, Sandy Flores, Broker as your Realtor.
After your 1st visit to the model homes you will not have anyone to represent you if your Realtor is not there…. you don’t really want to take that chance.
There are NO second chances! It does not cost you a dime to have me represent you, so call me today!