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using a realestate agent for a new home

Is it a good idea to use a realestate agent for a new home. How much negotiation is possible for a new home
  • August 19 2009 - US
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not just negotiations, contract law, inspections, escrow and how it's handled, amenities and builder upgrades that may be advertised to realtors buyers that they won't mention to you, service after you move in( tax exemptions, tips on holding or increasing value in your area, complementary cma's later when you're curious about market value.etc.) best of luck
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More important than negotiation is having someone there to be able to tell you what is real and what is stuff the builder just makes up.  I helped someone buy a house a couple of years ago from Toll Brothers and between the "extra" furnances that they "accidentally" installed in order to make code and the "accidental" labeling of stainless steel applicances as standard when they decided they were supposed to be upgrades (even though they were standard appliance model numbers) and a bunch of other stuff they wanted to start charging for that was in the contract - my friends were told the house costs over $50K more one month before closing.  Having a 3rd party to help keep up with contract details who is not as heavily involved in the emotional aspects is a plus.  Just because you aren't dealing with a selling agent doesn't mean there aren't games to play. :)
good luck!
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