Buying a New Construction home?

Why Do You Need Your Own Buyer’s Agent

If you are interested in buying a new-construction home, the builder’s agent will be ready to help you with the process. But make no mistake, you need your own buyer’s agent. Even if it seems seamless to sign up with the builder’s on-site agent, you’re going to want someone representing your side of the deal.

What is a builder’s agent?
When you visit a new construction site, you will be met by the builder’s on-site agent. He or she is the person who represents the builder and who will do everything in the builder’s interest, not yours. That’s their job.

What is a buyer’s agent?
Even if it seems easy to sign up with the builder’s on-site agent, you’re going to want your own buyer’s agent, from the get-go, to be looking out for you and representing your side of the deal. That’s my job.

It’s a free service to you. Your agent’s services are free to you, when you inform an on-site agent on your first visit to the new construction site that you are represented by an agent. That is the industry protocol to put the builder on notice that they will be paying your agent’s commission. This also puts them on notice that you will not be taken advantage of as you have a professional on your side.

Getting the best deal for you. Your agent’s job is to help you get the most value for your money, with the least hassle and frustration. Here’s what your real estate agent will help you with that you might miss out on if you go it alone with the builder’s agent:

Negotiating extras. Want upgraded counters or appliances in that new home? Your agent can help you with all those extra perks, amenities, and upgrades, paint colors and more, especially if the housing development is in the beginning stages.

Recommending financing. A builder typically will have a “preferred” lender that it will try to steer you to, but your real estate agent can help make sure that you’re getting the mortgage that works best for your situation. Shopping around is always wise, and you don’t want the builder’s agent pressuring you into using their suggested professional unless it’s right for you. When using me as your agent I WILL PAY FOR YOUR LENDER’S APPRAISAL as my contribution to the success of your purchase.

Overseeing a home inspection. Tempted to forgo a home inspection in new construction? Don’t do it, is the best advice and practice. The number and severity of new-home defects often rival resale home problems. The builder’s agent is unlikely to push for or offer up an inspection, so it’s up to you and your agent to make it happen. When using me as your agent I WILL PAY FOR YOUR HOME INSPECTION as my contribution to the success of your purchase.

Providing you with professional expertise. Your own agent will be knowledgeable about the construction methods and process. Below are some of the qualifications and certifications that I have earned during my 20 years of being in the industry:

♠ Certified New Home Co-Broker – 2019
♠ Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) 2012
♠ U.S. Green Building Council – LEED AP (Homes) – 2012
♠ Rebuild USA Residential Construction  – 2011
♠ Real Estate Broker – 2002
♠ Class 2 & Class 3 Energy Rater – 2010
♠ Real Estate EcoBroker® – 2009
♠ International Property Specialist – 2005
♠ Mortgage Broker- 2002
♠ FHA 203K Renovation Loan Specialist – 2012

Peace of mind. Everyone wants to walk away from buying a home with peace of mind. Having an experienced, professional buyer’s agent in your corner will help facilitate that.  Call me today. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.