I wanted to jump on here today to answer a question that I am sure many ask themselves when considering new construction, and that questions is:
Do I need a real estate agent when buying a new construction home?
And the answer is actually an opinion. And my opinion, is yes. You should definitely have a real estate agent by your side when purchasing new construction, especially if you have never bought a home before.
Like car sales man and plumbers to the average consumer, new home sales agent give us realtors and real estate agents that same slimly feeling. Now not all new home sales agents are “yucky” (excuse my mom vocabulary), but many are. New home sales agents do not have to be licensed real estate agents to sell new homes, although I think they should be. They don’t have to live up to the same REALTOR® standards that the rest of us happily do live up to, although they naturally should. So that would be my first reason to have a licenses real estate agent by your side. You need protection. And a real estate agent will provide that by representing you and being your “representation”.
That new homes sales agent might be all smiles and appear to be your best friend, but please please please keep in mind that they work for the builder. The builder is their client. And as the builder as their client, their client’s needs, wants, desires, and demands come first. You need someone next to you that will put you first. That is what a real estate agent is for. They assist you with any questions you might have, and they always shoot you the truth. Well, at least that is what I do.
Buying a home, whether resale or new construction, can be unfamiliar territory, but not for the seasoned real estate agent. So I do believe having your own representation is important for protection, there are some other reasons..
- They can negotiate on the buyer’s behalf.
- They can assist with contract contingencies.
- They can assist when comprehending the builders’ longer than life contract.
- They can provide inspection recommendations.
- They can provide opinions on upgrade selections with resale in mind.
- They can help you navigate the financing side. (Most builders provide incentives when working with their preferred lender, but a real estate agent, can help you make sure you are actually not paying for this with a hidden fee.)
- They can answer all of your questions.
Now my most favorite reason to have a realtor and real estate agent by your side, is who doesn’t need a shoulder? Especially one during a stressful process, such as buying a home. We all know that buying a home will probably be the largest transaction of one’s life, so why not do that with a knowledgeable friend by your side.
And that is just what I am. I am a friend, that knows her stuff. I absolutely love helping people, inside and outside of real estate, I happen to be pretty good at it, I always put others interests first, and to top it all off, I am free. Yes, it is free to have buyer’s representation when working with the builder. The builders actually love us. We bring them buyers.
I find it my job to be as knowledgable as possible about all the neighborhoods, and builders in the area, that way I can help my clients find the right fit for them. It is like completing a difficult puzzle. I just love a challenge. There really are so many amazing neighborhoods, and if you are in the process of finding your perfect neighborhood, whether brand new, or a bit older, I would love to be the real estate agent for you. Let me advocate for you. Let me protect you. And let me be your friend that knows her stuff. 🙂