Many people consider “Should I work with a Realtor when building a new construction home?” The answer is YES! Below is a list of the “Top Ten Reasons to Use a Realtor” — the most of important of which is — it costs YOU the buyer NOTHING to have the extra knowledge, and protection of someone on your side. Having the safety and security of a knowledgeable professional is priceless when making an investment!
1. The builder representative only represents the builder and their job is to save the builder money, not the buyer.
2. The buyer’s agent is paid out of a marketing budget, not the house budget. It does not increase the price of the home to use representation.
3. The agent knows where the most effective negotiation points are to save you the most amount of money as each builder has different offerings.
4. The agent is a builder expert, knowing when something isn’t right or done well.
5. An agent will make sure nothing was forgotten or missed in the specific customization of your home.
6. An agent watches the building process and makes sure all goes smoothly. For example: on the day foundation is poured they will make sure there is no trash on the ground.
7. An agent will make sure everything put in the house is the latest year model, not the previous year to get rid of inventory.
8. Builders often say phrases such as “up to 8 inches of insulation.” An agent will fight for you to make sure you get the most out of what is in the contract and agreed upon.
9. An agent knows what is normal and what is not normal and will tell the truth.
10.An agent is contracted to represent you. Builder representatives are sales people not Realtors. They are not bound by a code of ethics or licensing standards.
11.An agent is knowledgeable about when appropriate times for inspections are, a builder will never offer a home inspection outside of basic required inspections.
12.An agent will take care of all required paperwork, saving you time and hassle.
13.Each builder has their own contract different than the state regulated contract. An agent will be able to look through the contract to make sure you are protected.
14.Having an agent represent you gives you peace of mind an expert is working FOR YOU for no extra expense rather than you trying to do it yourself.