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Have you ever been out driving around and decided to check out a model home?
If you’re seriously considering new construction, I’ll go over the top three reasons you should have a strong agent by your side before you walk into a builder:
1. Saving money. Having a strong, experienced agent by your side will help you save money and spend it on the right things. When you’re faced with an array of upgrade options, for example, an experienced agent will help you invest your hard-earned money properly, enabling you to conserve your resources and focus on the most important items.
Certain upgrades and extras can be done on your own later for less money, yet other features are absolute must-haves. Some things are hard to add or change later—and if you skip them—could make your home a challenge to sell in the future. Because we help many clients build homes, we’re also familiar with all of the most current incentives builders are offering to buyers, and negotiate to receive the best deal possible.
2. Lot selection. You get what you pay for, right? Not always. Did you know that not every premium lot that a builder charges extra for will translate into a higher resale value for your home? A well-seasoned agent can help you evaluate the choices, and make a wise decision.
3. Contingencies & Construction Issues. Builder contracts are complex and favor the builder. Common “Home to sell” contingencies can result in a great deal of stress, or even having to cancel your purchase and forfeit your deposit if you do not understand them properly. A knowledgeable, experienced agent will help protect your interests, explain the ins and outs of any contingencies, accurately assess what your current home is worth, and get your home sold in the proper time frame for the most money possible.
Even if you don’t have a home to sell, having agent representation is crucial if and when construction/ inspection issues arise. Builder sales reps are fantastic resources, but in the end, represent the builder. Having an agent to advocate for you can be invaluable.
If you have any questions about your situation or if you’re thinking of checking out some builders’ homes, reach out to us. We’ve helped countless families build their dream homes. We’re here to help, and it doesn’t cost you anything. I hope to hear from you soon!