Are you ready to buy a home and are considering purchasing new construction? It may seem like an easy process where you get to call the shots as to how you want your dream home built, but there is a lot of risk when it comes to new construction if you are going in blindly. Unfortunately, if you don’t have the right representative by your side to help with a professional’s eye, it’s not as trouble free as we’d like to hope.
Below, we’ll dive into the many reasons you need a professional Buyer’s Agent representing you in the sale. They are, after all, on YOUR side. And it’s their role to ensure you aren’t taken advantage of by the builders and their representatives in the transaction.
1. HIRING THE RIGHT BUILDER
The most important part of finding an agent is having a professional’s perspective to finding a builder with a great reputation. You get to benefit from your agent’s network of vendors, lenders, and home builders. They have the industry expertise to connect you with a builder that matches your needs and will help you find one that not only delivers exactly what you want, but in a timely fashion.
2. THE RIGHT LOT IN THE RIGHT NEIGHBORHOOD
The lot you choose for a new build can either be a positive to your new home or detrimental. In the excitement of the process, we tend to overlook important features of a property. It’s important to have a professional to ensure you make a purchase that will best serve you. They’ll be able to find a neighborhood that best fits your lifestyle and a lot that has a location that works for you. Whether you’re single with pets or a family with children, the lot location can really make a huge impact, especially when it comes time to sell it in the future. These are important things your agent will be able to advise you on, helping your decisions work in your favor in the long term, as well as now.
3. UPGRADES AND PLAN MODIFICATIONS
Not only will your agent be able to ensure you get the upgrades and modifications that will best suit your lifestyle, but will also help you make decisions that will increase the future value of your home. They are working for your best interest long term, and with an agent’s guidance, you can be sure to make changes that end up benefiting you.
4. HANDLING CONTRACTS AND PAPERWORK
Your agent will handle the contract and all of the paperwork, and they will be sure to review it to ensure that it is in your best interest. They will be able to help you break down the best loan types, purchasing processes, and steps to take that benefit YOU, not the builder. They are, after all, working for you. They’ll make sure there are no overlooked terms in a builder’s contract that could end up hurting you after you move in. Or even during the building process. You want to make sure you have a professional who is experienced with the paperwork and contracts and knows how to make revisions that work in a way that make you happy.
It is imperative in the purchasing process to have an agent that is able to represent you and negotiate for you. The building process is so much more than having the builder install your favorite counters and floors. They will be able to get you a price that actually benefits you – not the builder. They will be able to run a comparative market analysis to ensure you are paying a fair price for the property. You don’t want to end up overpaying for the home – it could put you in a tough spot when it comes time to sell. They’ll also be able to negotiate terms around building time frame, closings costs, and so many other aspects of a contract that you may otherwise overlook.
6. BUILDER’S AGENT REPRESENTS THEM, NOT YOU
It may seem easy just to pop into an office of a new build and use the onsite agent. But keep in mind that this agent works FOR the BUILDER, NOT for YOU. This means they will be working to make sure the builder gets the best deal at the end of the day. By having a Buyer’s Agent of your own, you can ensure there is a professional on your side that can walk you through the process and avoid being taken advantage of during the transaction. They will also have a better handle on things when you hit bumps along the way. If you end up working with a builder who isn’t holding up their end of the deal, your agent will have the power to make connections that ensure the builder holds their end of the contract terms.
Lastly, as a Buyer, you will pay NO commission to your agent. The Seller/Builder will pay your agent’s commission. With no out-of-pocket cost to you, why would you NOT have someone working for YOU?