Do I need representation when buying a New Home from a New Home Builder?

Yes!   The onsite agent is working for the home builder and looking out for their interest.  An experienced Realtor with New Home Contruction experience can make recommendations when buying options for the home that best fit your needs and to add resell value without adding the options that will make more money for the builder.  There are high profit options that the builder makes more profit on.  Get more included initially when negotiating by having a Realtor who is an expert in dealing with New Homes and Builders.   Realtors can recommend the best suited homesite for you for your best needs and for resell in the future.  Not recommend a lot based on which one the builder needs to move.   Many buyers are told by onsite agents that they do not need a Realtor and that they handle everything with the building process anyway.  I personally have acquired one of the best homesites for a  client when they were told the lots were not available for sale yet.  A Realtor experienced w/ new home construction will know the right questions to ask when negotiating the price of the home.  The builder pays a Realtor fee out of the marketing proceeds already allowed for and this doesn't affect your price when negotiating. .  A Realtor can also show you other properties which is very valuable to make sure you're making the right decision in building or buying a new home. You may be able to purchase a home on your own without representation but did you really know to ask all the right questions.

Sharon Bishop , Broker/Owner
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  • June 04 2011 - Simpsonville
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I think Sharon has given you a wonderful answer. I have been helping folks in the Bluffton and Hilton Head area since 1986 and all the folks I have helped have said that having a Local Realtor was helpful in helping them learn about all the communities not just the one the developer represents. We are not saying that on site sale representative of developers are not nice people they are. They just can't represent you.
I am sure that is what you want? Have fun getting a place.
  • June 04 2011
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Sharon is asking and answering her own questions.

Apparently her third person is buying a new home.

Next time, let's leave the questions to actual home buyers.
  • June 04 2011
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A Good Buyers Agent is worth securing, be it an existing home or a new one.

Go the agent first if you pick this route. Going the home-builder first negates this option.

Try and find an agent who specializes in new homes for the very best in results.

Good Luck!

James Callas - Realtor®
  • June 04 2011
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Any purchase of property, new, resale, lot, land, FSBO, or investment should involve a buyer's agent.  Both sides of a real estate transaction deserve representation, and usually will not cost the buyer additional funds (in most cases, the seller/builder pays the commission, and the amount paid is divided by the involved agents--it is very important to select an agent prior to contacting a builder or homeowner, so that your agent can make sure they address compensation up-front). 

Many people who purchase or build a new home do so because they think of houses like cars--that they become more unreliable with time.  Often, however, a new house can have as many problems--or more--than one that has stood the test of time, assuming the prior owners were diligent with maintenance.  That's certainly not meant to dissuade anyone from a new home purchase, as the option of customizing floor plans, fixtures, etc., and selecting location are certainly desireable. 

Your buyer's agent will guide you through the home inspection process by providing information on respected home inspectors.  You also will be aided with selecting reputable home builders by an experienced agent, as well as getting information about taxing districts, schools, commute times, etc. 

Most of us will only buy a home a few times in our lifetimes, but remember, Realtors help with purchases everyday.
  • June 05 2011
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