So, you’ve decided to build the home of your dreams! It’s an exciting time and there are a lot of decisions ahead–which is why having a real estate agent to guide you through the process is so essential. Building a home is totally different than buying an existing one and its important that you have someone on your side to advocate for you and keep you informed.
Make sure you take your agent with you when you begin looking — waiting until after you start the process to bring in your own representation could mean you lose out on the right to have them there. Registering your agent with the home builder is an easy process and a step towards making your life easier! The most important thing to note is that bringing your own agent costs you NOTHING because the builder pays the agent!
Logistically, home builders act as sales people. They have quotas to meet and push harder (with additional incentives!) at certain times of year. As we head into cooler months, they will be ramping up their sales tactics to ensure they meet their end of year goals. A great agent can help you capitalize on this!
Your agent can also help you navigate financing. Home builders generally have a preferred lender but your agent will likely have worked with many others and can help you find the one that best suits your needs. Lender incentives can be enticing but let your agent help decide if those short term benefits outweigh the long term pros of using someone else.
Once you have negotiated to begin building, your agent can go to bat for you should any issues arise and it’s good to have someone licensed to tackle disputes who is not working in the builder’s interest. Your agent will know of great inspectors or outside vendors who you may want to utilize instead of who the builder recommends. It’s their job to be an expert in your market so take advantage of that knowledge to be sure you are getting the best deal and high quality work.
The most important part of your search for a buyer’s agent should be making sure that you choose a realtor who is well-versed in new construction. The process and potential pitfalls are totally different than with an existing home. Things like material costs, market value and determining worthy upgrades can be tricky without a well-informed agent. We have helped many buyers navigate new construction and would love to help you do the same!
Lastly, choosing an Agent should make you feel comfortable. When working with an agent from Evolution Home Group, you can be sure you’ll feel comfortable, at ease and we always offer two-way open communication. Plus, we’re also very funny and we have a passion for our community! Want us to prove it? Check out our Facebook page to get a feel for who we are, how we work and what our clients say about us.