When buying a new home, prospective homeowners are looking for the best deal possible, giving them the best home and amenities for their money. Many buyers mistakenly believe that bypassing a Realtor will save them commission dollars, as they are cutting out the “middleman” who will certainly take their own cut. In some industries, direct buying is a wise, money-saving choice, but in real estate, foregoing the services of a Realtor can cost you big in the long run.
When selecting a new home for purchase, a Realtor can help you to select the features that best fit your needs. Many times, when working directly with a builder, buyers are offered excessive upgrades or substandard materials at a premium price. A Realtor can assess your financial situation and lifestyle needs to help you determine exactly what you need and can afford in your new home. They also will help to protect you from shady builders, looking to make extra money by tricking buyers into allowing them to use a lower quality product.
Employing the services of a Realtor, particularly when purchasing a newly constructed home, will give buyers an extra line of defense against many of the common issues that arise during the buying process. Rather than battling the builder directly when problems arise during construction, your Realtor will take matters into their own hands and work to assure that any problem is corrected in a way that is suitable to you. With plenty of mediating experience between buyers and builders, an experienced Realtor knows what needs to be done to get the desired results.
Many people are fooled by builders and contractors into believing that dealing directly with them will offer big discounts. It is a rare case in which this is true. Most builders who ask to work directly with a buyer will park the price of a new home up to include what would have been paid to the Realtor. Buyers who take advantage of these “deals” direct from a builder’s representative will pay the same as they would when using a Realtor but will lose the benefit of having an experienced voice working to help them with their purchase and any issues that may come up with the builder.
Realtors are also experienced in contracts and contract negotiations. While the wording of a contract may be somewhat cryptic to the buyer, a Realtor can clarify any confusing wording and work to get changes made to contract stipulations that are unsuitable. This will help to prevent misunderstandings and misleading contract terms that are binding, once a purchase agreement is signed.
While have successfully purchased homes directly from a builder, buyers should ask themselves if this is a risk that they are willing to take. In most cases, the peace of mind and protection that is given by using a Realtor is well worth their commission. By choosing to purchase a newly constructed home through a Realtor, the likelihood of a positive outcome is almost assured, from start to finish.