New Construction homes are everywhere in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and it seems like an easy process, right? Well….not quite as easy as you think.
We will do a separate video on the entire process from start to finish, but today we want to explain the benefits of using a real estate agent to represent you in the process of building and purchasing a new construction home.
Here is a typical scenario: You are considering a new construction home. You drive around one afternoon and stop into a beautiful model home in a brand new neighborhood. Who is the first person you see? The new home salesperson. They are knowledgeable about the product, they show you some different options, and you decide to buy. BUT before you sign on the dotted line…
… There are a few reasons that using a real estate agent ultimately benefits you, the buyer, in this situation.
First, that wonderful salesperson you met works for the BUILDER, not for you. Their primary interest is selling you something before you walk back out that door and into a different neighborhood because that is their job. Having an agent working for YOU ensures that someone has you as their number one priority throughout the process.
These big builders are also publicly traded, so their sole interest is moving the product to meet certain goals and numbers because what they do directly affects their shareholders, and even Wall Street. This can impact you, as the buyer, because it may determine different numbers and sales incentives, so let us do that work for you with your real estate goals in mind.
Secondly, we are master negotiators. That sign out front that says, “Homes starting in the $200,000s” might be misleading, and by the time you are ready to sign on the dotted line, that price is up to $450,000. There are a few reasons why that happens, but understand that a real estate agent can absolutely help to negotiate that price down.
We also get the inside scoops on better lots, houses that fell through, builder incentives, and end of quarter sales so we know when you can have the best leverage as a buyer. Trust us!
Our assistance goes beyond the contract date (which is a HUGE contract, by the way!)
Once the building starts, your agent can check in on it weekly for you and keep you in the loop on progress. That way you feel confident knowing standards are being met and schedules are being maintained.
When the house is finally ready, your agent can help with the inspection, too! That final walkthrough is crucial because you want everything to be perfect when you move in. We’ve seen a few houses in our time, so we know exactly what to look for in order to make sure you get the best product, and exactly what you paid all that money for.
Some other tips to keep in mind:
Using an agent as a buyer costs you….NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s right, ZERO. The only person paying in order to have an agent on the transaction is the builder, and in the end, we SAVE you money. If that isn’t reason enough to have a real estate agent represent you, then I don’t know what is!
Our entire mission is to help the buyers we meet make an informed decision on what to buy, get the best deal possible on their purchase, and feel confident in the product delivered, at no cost to them. We have your back! We recently went through the new construction process, so we have a great deal of insight and experience in order to make your transaction go as smoothly as possible.
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We are Courtney and Michael Chenkus with Charles Rutenberg Realty here in Lakewood Ranch FL. If you want more information on how we can help you purchase your new home, feel free to contact us any time!