Ready to Buy a Home?
Now that you are ready to buy a home, you may be finding that here in our area, depending on your price range, the inventory is not keeping up with the demand. To help meet that demand, there are many builders in our area building new homes.
It's a good idea to have your real estate agent accompany you on your first visit to the new construction. Why? Because the builder (aka the seller) will be responsible for paying the commission and needs to know if you'll have a real estate agent representing you. So, bringing your agent to the first visit will make it clear that the builder's agent will be on the hook for paying commission. Some builders might even refuse to pay your agent a commission if you don’t register the agent the first time you visit the home on a new construction site.
“Your real estate agent's job is to help you get the most value for your money, with the least hassle and frustration,” says Patrick Welsh, a real estate agent with Keller Williams, in Houston.
When buying new construction, here’s what your real estate agent will help you with that you might miss out on if you stick with the builder’s agent:
· Negotiating extras: Want upgraded counters or appliances in that new home? Your agent can help you with all those extra perks, amenities, and upgrades. Your agent can often negotiate with the builder on things like paint color or even the style of garage door, especially if the housing development is in the beginning stages.
· Recommending financing: A builder typically will have a “preferred” lender that it will try to steer you to, but your real estate agent can help make sure that you’re getting the mortgage that works best for your situation. Shopping around is always wise, and you don’t want the builder’s agent pressuring you into using their suggested professional unless it’s right for you.
· Overseeing a home inspection: Tempted to forgo a home inspection in new construction? We recommend that you don’t. You want to protect your investment, so it is up to you and your real estate agent to make that happen.
Everyone wants to walk away from buying a home—whether it be a new construction or not—with peace of mind. Having a real estate agent in your corner will help facilitate that.
With all of this in mind, we have put together a list of New Construction in Greer, and that will be on its way shortly.
We look forward to working with you and finding your dream home!