If you go through the builder directly, they are going to look at you as a customer. When you use a Realtor, you become our client. Realtors have fiduciary duties to their clients. Builders have the duty of disclosure, but they don’t necessarily have the same fiduciary responsibility that Realtors do. We look out for you and your interests during the home buying process. We can act as the intermediary between you and the home builder. We will be with you when you register with the builder, and can ask questions that you might not think of. Having your Realtor with you during the contract phase will give you extra assurance, as we will review the contract and make sure your questions are answered. Sometimes, a Realtor who is independent of the builder may be able to negotiate a better price and/or better terms for you. Once the contract is signed, we are there to assist you at the appointments that are necessary during the home-building process:
· We can offer you advice at the design center because we know what can hinder or enhance your resale value, and can suggest finishes that may be more appropriate to your plans. Builders make the most profit from design center upgrades, and have salespeople there to promote the options we can help you allocate your money to choose upgrades that will enhance your home’s value while staying within your budget.
· We can meet with vendors who must access your property before the sale closes if you are unable to be there. For example, you may need windows or rooms measured for window treatments or flooring, or an electrician to verify where you want your surround sound speakers to be placed.
· We can attend the inspection and the builder walk-through to point out areas of concern and make sure all of your questions are answered to your satisfaction before you take title to your new home.
As your Realtor, we want to make sure you are getting the best deal possible. We will negotiate on your behalf and can recommend things the builder will not tell you about, like having an independent inspection before the builder walk-through. There is no cost to you if you decide to employ a Realtor. Real estate is one of the biggest purchases you will make in your life, and it is prudent to make sure you have an expert representing you. When you choose our team, we are there for you! Contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.