Looking for new construction? We would love to help you locate your new home!
Don't leave money on the table. To ensure you make the most of available discounts, incentives, options, and upgrades, choose an agent who is certified to work with new home builders.
Who pays your agent's commission? Generally speaking, the builder pays the commission out of their marketing budget. Buyers sometimes think it costs more to use a real estate agent. As a result, they may feel tempted to "go it alone." In reality, with most builders, working with an agent doesn't raise your price and not having one doesn't lower the price you pay.
Reputable builders work with real estate professionals, all the time. Their product is built on-site. They can't pick a house up and move it from one place to another. For this reason, they rely on real estate professionals to bring clients to them.
Why do you need an agent? With existing (pre-owned) homes, being represented helps you stay focused on the things that matter most to you. An agent can leverage local market knowledge to help identify areas that meet your needs. They can pre-screen homes for you, work with inspectors, appraisers, and other professionals to streamline the home buying process, help negotiate the best possible price and terms, and much more. Perhaps most importantly, a real estate agent can be your eyes and ears, freeing up your time to focus on your work, while they focus on theirs.
With new homes, these same reasons still apply. In addition, since home builders don't list all of their homes in the MLS, an agent can make sure you are aware of other homes that are currently available (or soon will be). Plus, home builders sometimes have special discounts and incentives that can turn a good deal into a great deal. With an agent, you are more likely to get the best price, get more of the options and upgrades you want, and settle into your new home with peace of mind.
Perhaps the biggest reason to use a realtor on a new home purchase is the builder contract. By law, sellers are allowed to use contracts drawn up by their attorneys, rather than use the TREC promulgated forms that were created to protect home buyers. Most builders use their own contracts. Naturally, these contracts are written to protect the builder.
If you're working with an agent and decide to stop by a builder model, just let the on-site sales rep know your agent's name and phone number. The salesperson will still welcome you, show you around, and share the same information they would have otherwise, but they will appreciate you letting them know, so they aren't surprised when your agent calls them with follow-up questions. Instead, they can proactively reach out to your agent to discuss whether or not their available inventory meets your needs.
We work with builders across North Texas. We would love to work with you on your new home purchase.
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Keep in mind that deals in this space aren't always listed in the MLS. Some opportunities are listed on specialty sites and require some digging to uncover. Others aren't listed anywhere, and are known only to a select group of the most connected agents. And, of course, some of the best deals require a more proactive approach.
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