I am often asked, “should I use a real estate agent when purchasing a new home from a builder”?
The short answer is an absolute Yes! In many states, home builders encourage real estate agents to show and sell their new homes! However, the real estate agent must be with you on your first visit to the site.
Why do you need a real estate agent for a new home purchase?
Because the site salesperson is representing the builder, not you! This disclosure is in the sales contact which you will be required to sign, acknowledging that you have no representation. Most home builders have pledged themselves to a ‘Single Price Policy’, which means that their published prices shall be the same whether sold by the builder or a real estate agent. You will not pay more when you use your own real estate agent to represent you.
Additionally, the real estate agent will represent you and their primary responsibility is to protect you and your interests. They can give you unbiased information on neighborhoods, schools, nearby shopping, dining and entertainment.
Did you know the advertised price is not always the final price?
Depending on market conditions, new home prices are often times negotiable. This is even more true today because of the changing market conditions of the last year or so. Builders must turn inventory and they are increasingly more flexible than ever.
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Hiring an experienced agent, one who has a successful track record, can help negotiate a better price, discounted upgrades, and more. In actuality, upgrades are not free, but it is possible, with a good negotiator, to get a lot of them thrown in as an incentive.
Hiring a real estate agent will not only save you money, they will help provide you piece of mind too. Give one a call today