When you're house hunting, the allure of new construction is undeniable. You get to be the first to live in the pristine home—one untouched by grimy hands or muddy shoes. It's full of brand-new appliances and the finishes and treatments that you picked to fit your aesthetic. And you won't have to worry about making any cosmetic or structural upgrades for years.
When buying new construction, here’s what I will help you with that you might miss out on if you stick with the builder’s agent:
- Negotiating extras: Want upgraded counters or appliances in that new home? I can help you with all those extra perks, amenities, and upgrades. I can often negotiate with the builder on things like paint color or even the style of garage door, especially if the housing development is in the beginning stages.
- Recommending financing: A builder typically will have a preferred lender that it will try to steer you to, but I can help make sure that you're getting the mortgage that works best for your situation. Shopping around is always wise, and you don't want the builders agent pressuring you into using their suggested professional unless its right for you.
- Overseeing a home inspection: Tempted to forgo a home inspection in new construction? Don't do it! The number and severity of new-home defects often rival resale home problems. The builders agent is unlikely to push for or offer up an inspection, so it's up to you and me to make it happen.
Everyone wants to walk away from buying a home—whether it be a new construction or not—with peace of mind. Having an experience real estate consultant in your corner will help facilitate that.