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Do I Need A Realtor ® To Buy A New Construction Home
When it comes to new construction homes, many buyers think that they can save some money by not using a real estate agent and, instead, buying directly from the builder’s sales agent. This is a myth, and one that can lead to costly mistakes.
If you are planning on buying a new construction home, do not talk to a builder’s sales agent—or sign anything!—until you have considered the following reasons for being represented by a Realtor:
1. The builder’s sales agents represent the builder, not you.
The sales agents who work for home builders can be very pleasant, friendly people. They are happy to show you the community’s selling points and each home’s fabulous upgrade options. However, at the end of the day, a sales agent’s job is to make sales, get the highest price and watch out for the builder’s interests.
2. A Realtor represents you—for free.
While it’s true that Realtors do not work for free, this is a situation where you will not be paying their fees. Production builders understand that they will be paying for the homebuyers’ real estate agent fees. They anticipate this cost and factor it into the price of doing business, whether you use a Realtor or not. Most builders pay commissions from their marketing budget so it has nothing to do with the sales price. Builders also understand that if they were to reduce the home price because you did not have a Realtor, they would lose all the business that Realtors bring them.
3. A Realtor understands the community.
A real estate agent who is familiar with buying and selling in a given community will have the expertise to help you make better decisions when choosing your lot, your floor plan and any optional upgrades. For instance, if you enjoy relaxing in your outside you would not want to choose a lot that faces east. That would mean the hot evening sun would make it very hard to enjoy your new backyard.
4. A Realtor can negotiate to get you a better deal.
While you may consider yourself to be a savvy negotiator, Realtors have specific experience with contracts and builders which gives them an edge. They know what promotions may be coming up, and understand the community’s recent sales record. This is especially helpful when you are buying a new construction home.
5. A Realtor will consider your investment and the home’s resale potential.
Builder’s sales agents are primarily focused on the sale at hand. A good Realtor will have a more long-term interest in your investment. They will want to help you buy a home that will have a strong resale value down the line, especially because he might be the one you call to help sell that home someday.
6. A Realtor can explain all of your options.
Sales agents can tell you all of the options that are available for new home constructions in their communities. Once your Realtor knows what you want, they can help you find it—even if that means expanding the search to a resale home, or to neighboring communities. They can recommend options that are cheaper to install after construction and ones that need to be done during construction.
7. A Realtor will help you understand the contract.
Even if you’ve bought and sold real estate before, the sales contract is likely to have some confusing wording. Misunderstanding the legalese can lead to some expensive mistakes, particularly if there are problems during construction. A Realtor can help you fully understand everything in your agreement before you sign it.
8. A Realtor can watch over your home during construction.
When you are buying a new construction home, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the progress while it is being built. This is easier said than done if you are relocating to the area and currently live far away. Fortunately, many Realtors are happy to watch over your new home, make sure upgrades are on track, and even send you progress reports. A Realtor who is familiar with new construction will also know common problem areas and can head off problems before they happen. Eric Winkler with Fine Austin Homes said “I have done so many new home walks that I see things that the owners may not notice until their one year wall to wall warranty has expired”.
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