Do you need a REALTOR® when buying new construction?

New construction can be a great option for homebuyers. New construction means you get to live in a pristine, untouched home. When you’re buying new construction, you can customize finishes for a look you love. You won’t have to worry about making upgrades for years to come. You might think buying new construction is easier than working with sellers, but not so fast. There can be many roadblocks along the way. Working with a REALTOR® that's experienced with new construction can guarantee an easy transaction and give you peace of mind.

There are many reasons why you should use a REALTOR® for new construction. It’s always wise to have a professional on your side that knows to ask questions that you wouldn't even think to ask and a real estate agent can give you a sense of security in the transaction. These are just two of the many benefits that come with using a new construction REALTOR®. Read on for 4 more reasons why you should use a REALTOR® for new construction.

1. A REALTOR® Can Help You Find the Best Local Home Builders

Your real estate agent has a wealth of experience in the local home market. They can put this knowledge to work for you in finding a builder you can trust. They know about quality of workmanship, warranties, track records for resolving issues and more. Start putting together your home buying wishlist to get yourself organized so you can hit the ground running when it's time to discuss how your new home will look, what its layout will be like, etc. 

Your new construction REALTOR® can give you a clear understanding of the process and what’s down the road when making a purchase.

2. A REALTOR® Can Advocate & Stand Up For You

Some buyers believe you don’t need a REALTOR® when buying new construction. Their thinking is that avoiding a REALTOR® will save them money on the transaction. This isn’t true, as working with a new construction REALTOR® can actually save you money. 

When you don’t work with a REALTOR®, you are letting the builder’s agent represent you. The builder’s representative won’t be working in your best interest. This means you are not their top priority, as they are working for the builder. Having representation from a new construction REALTOR® means that an experienced professional has your back. A new construction REALTOR® can advocate and stand up for you throughout the entire transaction.

You need a new construction REALTOR® who knows how to ask the right questions. To find an experienced agent who can advocate for you, you need to ask a few questions, too. Consider asking a potential REALTOR®:

  •      What are the benefits of buying new construction over an existing home?
  •      Do you know of any lenders who specialize in new construction mortgages?
  •      What is your experience selling new construction homes?
  •      How familiar are you with the new construction purchase process?

3. A REALTOR® Can Negotiate on Your Behalf

A new home can be expensive, especially if you’re opting for new construction. In many cases, builders advertise the base price of their homes. This is often for the most basic model of the home. It’s likely not the home you see when you tour the model. Models usually include many upgrades.

However, one of the benefits of buying new construction is customization. You can make a new construction home your own. One of the benefits of working with a new construction REALTOR® is that they can negotiate the customizations with the builder on your behalf. This can help ensure you get a fair price for your upgrades and alterations to the floor plan.

An experienced new construction REALTOR® can go into these negotiations prepared to get you the best price possible, saving you money in the long run.

4. A REALTOR® Can Help With Inspections & Contract Contingencies

You know you need an inspection when you buy an existing home, but did you know an inspection is an important part of buying a new home?

An experienced new construction REALTOR® can recommend the right inspections for a new home. For example, if the new construction home has a septic system, it might be smart to make the purchase contract contingent on an inspection of the septic system. This might prevent plumbing issues down the road.

There are many other scenarios in which a new construction REALTOR® can help with the new home buying process. They know which inspections are necessary on a new construction home and can make sure all are performed before closing.

When it comes to buying new construction, there are lots of benefits that come with working with an experienced real estate agent. Don’t go at it alone. A skilled new construction REALTOR® is a professional working on your behalf. They can save you time, money and stress. 

Are you looking for a new construction REALTOR®? Contact Us so one of local ERA Real Estate Professionals skilled agents can guide you through the homebuying process. Remember, we make it easy. You make it home.

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