August 17th, 2018 2:47 PM by Alan Martin
Many homebuyers think they
don't need to hire an agent when building a new home. After all, you're buying
directly from the builder and they already have contractors, lenders and
inspectors. Why should someone else be brought into the mix?
The truth is, buying any
home without an agent can be a costly mistake. It can mean paying more than you
should, missed opportunities for upgrades, contract errors that aren't in your
favor or a delayed closing.
Thinking of buying a new
construction home? Here are three reasons to have an agent on your side before
visiting the sales office:
1. Expert Negotiation: While their advertising would
have you believe otherwise, builder's prices aren't always set in stone. Agents
are skilled negotiators who can likely get the price dropped slightly or have a
few upgrades thrown in.
2. Preferred Vendors: Your builder might have an affiliate
mortgage lender or title company, but chances are they aren't going to offer
the best deal. It's important to shop around, and what's better than a vendor
your agent already knows and trusts?
3. Guidance and Support: The homebuying process can be
complicated, with lots of twists, turns and steps along the way. When buying
new construction, you also have design reviews, electrical work and other construction
needs. An agent can guide you through all of these, making sure your purchase
stays on track, on time and on budget from start to finish.
It's important to note that
while you may be working with an agent or representative from the builder, they
may not have your best interests at heart. Enlisting your own trusted agent can
give you an advocate from the very first meeting to closing day.
Are you interested in buying a new
construction home? Get in touch today for more info about builders in the area.