With new home sales in 2013 up 16.4 percent over 2012, it’s clear that many homebuyers are considering new construction homes again.
And, since most new developments have an agent on-site, new construction homebuyers may wonder why or if they need a Realtor®. Let’s take a moment here to examine the question more closely.
Buying a home is likely the biggest investment you will ever make, so it’s generally a good idea to have a Realtor on your team.
A Realtor will help you learn about buying a new home, find a builder in your target location and budget, help you explore the latest building trends and become a more educated consumer. When looking at new construction developments, a Realtor can help you find and compare different communities, builders and floor plans.
If you make the decision to go with a particular builder, it is the on-site sales agent, who works for the builder, who will help you make flooring and lighting selections and write your sales contract. Your Realtor will help you negotiate the contract, explain the process and be your advocate throughout the transaction.
Using a Realtor as your representative in this transaction won’t increase the price of the home, nor will not using a Realtor reduce the price of the home.
Before you close on your purchase of a newly constructed home, you, your Realtor and the builder will do a final “walk-through”, providing an opportunity to spot items that may need to be corrected or adjusted. During the inspection, your Realtor can advocate for you and ask the right questions about:
- The operation of the house’s components
- The buyer’s responsibilities for maintenance and upkeep
- Warranty coverage and procedures
Buying a newly constructed home can be more complicated than it first appears. Representation by a Realtor gives you peace of mind, and an expert set of eyes to make sure that you get the home you expect and deserve.