Why should you use a Realtor when purchasing a new construction home? Most new home centers have an agent on hand who works for the builder and looks out for the builders best interests. Your Realtor will be looking out for you.
It’s important to bring your Realtor with you and have them register with the builder during your first visit. Don’t stop by without your Realtor, otherwise they may not be able to represent you during your purchase.
Your agent should be experienced with new home purchases. They should be familiar with the area and the builder. Builder sales contracts are not the same as regular home sale contracts and you want to be sure your Realtor understands the differences.
Keep in mind model homes are usually filled with lots of upgraded materials and special options. Be sure to ask plenty of questions so you know what comes standard and what is considered an upgrade. And remember all the beautiful furniture and accessories are hand selected to ensure the home looks it’s best.
Your agent is there to look out for your best interests. They should make sure any promises made to you are in writing. They should attend any walk through inspections with you as an extra set of eyes that might catch something you missed. They should be familiar with the builders reputation and be familiar with the builders preferred lender.
When purchasing a new construction home there is no penalty from the builder to bring a Realtor to represent your best interests. It’s always good to have someone trusted in your corner.
Kelly Harden, Realtor®
Century 21 Shaw Realty