This is a question I was asked many times during my career as a new home sales counselor. Often your search for a new home just starts off with curiosity. “I’m not in the market but I want to know what the inside of a model home looks like!”
Needless to say, once you go inside you are very likely to become dissatisfied with your current living arrangements and “new home fever” kicks in!
Perhaps this has happened to you? If so let’s answer your question: “Do I need a realtor to buy a new home from a builder?”
The simple answer is no.
In Texas you can buy directly from the builder without an agent and most of the time that’s exactly what the builder hopes you will do.
Not having an agent “on the deal” puts more profit in their pocket, and that’s why they built that home in the first place!
However if you do sign a purchase agreement without an agent you could be putting yourself at some risk.
-Could an experienced agent negotiate with the builder to get you a better price?
-Does the home have qualities that will make it difficult for you to sell when that time comes? The builder will certainly not advise you to not buy it for obvious reasons. They want the sale! But is it a good investment for you? There are many things that could make it hard to sell in the future. Is it important that your home has a fireplace? What if it does not have a bathtub in the master bedroom bathroom? What if all of the bedrooms are upstairs? Do you know how to answer these questions? Your builder certainly will tell you buying it is a great idea, but you need an agent for a second opinion.
-Are there similar pre-owned properties that are on the market with similar floor plans and features and a better price? Without an agent looking out for your best interest you can’t get access inside nearby pre-owned homes to judge for yourself.
-Plus, an agent with my background will be very valuable when the time comes for you to do the walk-through process on your new home. I have punched out nearly 100 new homes in my career and know the places that painters often miss and the things a builder may “hope you don’t notice”
In short, there are many advantages you will find when you hire me as your buyers agent. An extra set of eyes, ears and my experience will help assure you get the most value for this important investment.
And the best part? It doesn’t cost you a thing! Because the seller will pay for my services, not you!
Please contact me and we can talk about whether or not an agent to protect your interests is the best decision for you!
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