Building your dream home from the ground up can be exciting. You get to choose your lot, the floor plan, the exterior design, the interior finishes and any upgrades. But it’s a common
6 Reasons Why You Should Use A REALTOR® When Buying New Construction
Dated: November 5 2019
Building your dream home from the ground up can be exciting. You get to choose your lot, the floor plan, the exterior design, the interior finishes and any upgrades. But it’s a common misconception when you’re buying a new constructed home that you don’t need to work with a Realtor®. However, that’s not necessarily true. Below are some good reasons why it makes sense to have a real estate agent represent you when building your new home.
1. The sales agent works for the builder.
When you walk into a model home, the friendly salesperson who greets you is employed by the builder. "That is not necessarily a bad thing, but in the end, they're trying to generate sales for their boss - the builder." Therefore, they may not work to your advantage.
2. A Realtor can help you find the best home for you and help you compare builders.
As your real estate agent we can help you not only understand the local market, we can put our knowledge to work for you in finding a builder you can trust! We know about the quality of workmanship, warranties, track records for resolving issues if they arise.
3. A Realtor can advocate and stand up for you.
Some buyers believe you don’t need a Realtor when buying new construction. Their thinking is that avoiding a Realtor will save them money on the transaction. This isn’t true, as working with a new construction Realtor can actually help you save money.
When you don’t work with a Realtor, you are letting the builder’s agent represent you. The builder’s representative won’t be working in your best interest. This means you are not their top priority, as they are working for the builder. Having representation from a new construction Realtor means that an experienced professional has your back. A new construction Realtor can advocate and stand up for you throughout the entire transaction.
You need a new construction Realtor who knows how to ask the right questions. To find an experienced agent who can advocate for you, you need to ask a few questions, too. Consider asking a potential Realtor:
What are the benefits of buying new construction over an existing home?
Do you know of any lenders who specialize in new construction mortgages?
What is your experience selling new construction homes?
How familiar are you with the new construction purchase process?
4. A Realtor Can Negotiate on your behalf.
A new home can be expensive, especially if you’re opting for new construction. In many cases, builders advertise the base price of their homes. This is often for the most basic model of the home. It’s likely not the home you see when you tour the model. Models usually include many upgrades.
However, one of the benefits of buying new construction is customization. You can make a new construction home your own. One of the benefits of working with a new construction Realtor is that they can negotiate the customizations with the builder on your behalf. This can help ensure you get a fair price for your upgrades and alterations to the floor plan.
An experienced new construction Realtor can go into these negotiations prepared to get you the best price possible, saving you money in the long run.
5. A Realtor can help you with inspections and contract contingencies.
You know you need an inspection when you buy an existing home, but did you know an inspection is an important part of buying new construction?
An experienced new construction Realtor can recommend the right inspections for a new home. For example, if the new construction home has a septic system, it might be smart to make the purchase contract contingent on an inspection of the septic system. This might prevent plumbing issues down the road.
There are many other scenarios in which a new construction Realtor can help with the new home buying process. They know which inspections are necessary on a new construction home and can make sure all are performed before closing.
When it comes to buying new construction, there are lots of benefits that come with working with an experienced real estate agent. Don’t go at it alone. A skilled new construction Realtor is a professional working on your behalf. They can save you time, money and stress.
Are you looking for a new construction Realtor? Let one of Royal Shell’s skilled professionals guide you through the homebuying process. Remember, we make it easy. You make it home.
6. Hiring us comes at no cost to you.
When working with builders, there is no additional cost for working with a Realtor. The builder will pay our commission.
Call us today at (713) 253-6428 so we can help you save money & help you get into your new construciton home smoothly!
Christopher Dahl has been selling real estate in Houston, Tx for 12 years. Christopher and DTP Realty Group have been consistently recognized as one of the country's top-producing Realtors and real es....