Most people have a dream to buy a new home. The excitement that comes with checking out floor plans and deciding which one is right for you is a thrill. But, if you’re not prepared, your dream could quickly turn into a nightmare. That’s why you need a realtor to help you sort through the process.
But what if you are buying directly from a builder? Is it safe to say you can’t go wrong with a brand new home? In this blog, I’ll give you a few reasons as to why working with an agent will help you when you’re buying from a builder.
The builder’s agent can’t represent you.
When you work with a builder directly, they may have an agent on staff to help you with a few of your home-buying needs. This is great for the project, but it won’t work out so well for you. Why is that? The agent who is working with the builder cannot represent you.
This person works for the builder and must do what is right for the company, not you. If you go into your home-buying experience without your own realtor, you won’t have any representation. This is the equivalent to going into the courtroom without a lawyer.
If something happens with your build, who would you go to? This is a horrible situation to be in.
A Realtor must represent your best interests.
Any agent who works on behalf of the buyer must be on the lookout for any potential issues that may come up. I’ve recently experienced this with a client of mine.
My client was looking to buy a new home from a builder. During the process, I insisted that my client get a home inspection, despite the fact that home was brand new. We hired a 3rd party to do a private inspection and the inspector found 14 mistakes, one of which was a reversed thermostat control upstairs. From there, I was able to walk through the new home with the builder’s superintendent and point out all the issues that needed to be corrected.
If I hadn’t been a part of this family’s home-buying experience, they may have missed these issues. And that would have put a dapper on their excitement.
You shouldn’t go into this experience alone.
Home-buying is a big step, especially if you are looking into purchasing a newly built home. The best way to smoothly transition into your home is to have an agent by your side, every step of the way. Here are a few reasons why:
1) Your Agent is an expert. When you team up with an agent, you’ll have all the necessary information you’ll need right at the moment. Without an agent, you’ll be stuck doing research on your own and figuring out the process alone.
2) Your Agent can negotiate for you. Sure, the builder tells you that you’ve gotten a great deal on your home, but is it true? An agent has played this game with the builder more than once. Not only will he or she know what to look for, they can negotiate other items for you, things you may not know you can negotiate on.
3) Your Agent can be your cheerleader. Although home-buying is fun and exciting, sometimes you can feel stressed and overloaded with information. Having an agent helps you keep everything in order so you can focus on the most important part: enjoying the journey!
Felecia’s Raving Fans
“Felecia was such a tremendous help in finding our forever house! She was straight forward, honest, and extremely knowledgeable when it came to the housing market and neighborhoods in the Gilbert, AZ. She worked with us on a very tight schedule to see as many houses as we could that lined up to our wish list. Once we found “the one”, she was very intimately involved during our escrow period and was eager to help with anything she could. This was huge for us as we were still living another state over. Not sure what we would have done without her!!”
Well, these are just a few reasons why you need an agent when you work with a builder. But please remember, this is not the only time you’ll need help.