Offered by: Dan & Beth Cochran – The Haven Team, Keller Williams
When you’re house hunting, the allure of new construction is undeniable. You get to be the first to live in a brand new home –untouched by grimy hands or muddy shoes. It’s full of brand-new appliances and with finishes and treatments that you picked to fit your style; and you won’t have to worry about making any cosmetic or structural upgrades for many years.
If you are interested in buying a new construction, the builder’s agent will be ready to help you with the process. But make no mistake: You need your own real estate agent from the get-go. It often seems too easy to sign up for a new build with the builder’s on-site agent; but for your protection, you’re going to want someone representing your side of the deal.
Why you should hire your own real estate agent:
- Negotiating Extras: Do you want upgraded counters or appliances in your new home? Your agent can help you with all of the extra perks, amenities, and upgrades.
- 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. Shopping around is always wise, and you don’t want the builder’s agent pressuring you into using their suggested professional –unless it’s right for you.
- Overseeing a home inspection: Tempted to forgo a home inspection in new construction? Don’t do it! The number and severity of new-home defects often rival resale home problems. The builder’s agent is unlikely to push for repairs or offer up an inspection, so it’s up to you (and your real estate agent) to make it happen.
After all, the job of the builder’s agent job is to get the highest price for the homes that the builder is selling, so the builder’s agent is not going to be as eager to negotiate down; but your realtor can help you with this!
At The Haven Team, we love to assist our new build buyers with this process to ensure that you are represented to get the best quality home for your hard earned money! Please feel free to reach out to us if you would like to learn more.