You’ve been checking out new construction homes—and are thinking about stopping in to see a model home. But did you know that once you talk with the representatives working in the model home—agents who are working for the builder—that you will be required to work with that agent?

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We always advise clients to have their own representation—meaning, your own realtor to standup for you it comes to home building or buying. The builder’s agents are hired by construction companies, and their goal is to sell new properties. Bringing your own realtor along is beneficial because it adds a buyer’s agent perspective into the equation. Your agent can look for potential problems and keep things on schedule (and budget) as you move through the home building process.

Your realtor will also be able to investigate issues that will impact you in the long run—options for financing, information on HOA fees, and even choosing the right lot.

According to realtor.com, a buyer’s agent can be instrumental in helping to negotiate extras like upgraded counters or appliances—and will assist in setting up a home inspection. While many people may be tempted to skip an inspection on new construction, realtor.com strongly advises going through with one.

And finally, your realtor will steer you toward the best financing option for you. Many builder’s agents have a lender already in mind—but this may not be the right choice for you. Your agent is on your side and will make recommendations that fit your needs. Best of all, working with your own realtor won’t cost you anything additional. In the end, their expertise could actually save you money.

If you’re looking at new construction or building a home, we are here to help! Both Mindy and Darla are certified new construction specialists! Let us put our expertise to work for you.