There are no good reasons for not working with a realtor when purchasing a new construction home. Buyers typically do not save any monies by foregoing representation by a realtor.
2. Navigating negotiations in terms of rebates and incentives
As a realtor who has been building several new-construction homes for clients, or is currently building homes for clients with the area’s builders, I know how much we can ask for in terms of non-advertised incentives and rebates. “if you don’t know what to ask for, you might not get it.”
3. Picking the best lots is easier when you are “very local” and aware of the great locations and the not-so-great locations for your new home
With all the grading and fillings that all the developers are doing it is important to know what the original topography looked like, where the water run-offs will happen, where you can achieve your desired privacy, ease of access, and much more. I will think of every possible lot and location as if I were building my own new home in that spot.
4. The design center can be a daunting task for even the most experienced buyers
Since I have spent weeks in the various design centers helping my clients choose their finishes and upgrades, and because I have seen many of the products and/or combinations in already-completed new-construction homes, I know (from what my clients have been telling me) that having me there lends them tremendous unbiased support and assurance.
5. For many of my clients who are moving to Charlotte from another area
I will be going by the “under construction” homes on a weekly basis, snap pictures, and send them to you, as well as I will periodically speak with the builder in charge to make sure that your home is on schedule.
6. When it comes to inspection of the new home
I will also be there towards the end of the inspection to speak with the inspector about what he or she will be mentioned in their final report. Once the inspector sends his report to you, the buyers, and me, as your realtor, we then discuss the report before preparing any repair request lists to the builder. Again, this is a critical time to stay firm and well informed about what and why we are requesting everything in the repair list to be accommodated.
7. The walkthrough of the home
This is where we are attaching blue tape to everything from scratched baseboards and cracks in tile work, to items that haven’t been installed according to expectations, and it is typically a half-day endeavor. I will also be there for that, which not only saves time but also ensures that we find everything that still needs attention from the builder.
8. The closing of the new home
Typically, I will attend closings at the attorney’s office with my buyers.
It happens too often that I speak with recent buyers of new-construction homes, and hear stories of missed opportunities, unmet deliverables, and “if only we had known” moments.
Every time, I am reminded how stressful the entire new-construction home-buying experience is — even under the best circumstances… and how much more positive it can be for families when they rely on my professional expertise and support.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have, even if you, your colleagues, neighbors, friends or family have already begun the process of purchasing a new construction home.