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New home fever starts innocently enough. Maybe you take a Sunday drive around your favorite up-and-coming community. Next thing you know, you’re parked in front of the model home, following the scent of fresh paint and hope-filled dreams up the sidewalk. As soon as you walk through the front door, the sparkle and shine will dazzle you into a decision.
Not so fast! Building a home may be an easy way to get what you want, but there’s more to it than picking a floor plan with all your favorite colors and finishes. Before you open that door, consider these dos and don’ts for making your new home purchase a smart one.
Don’t Assume the Sales Center Agent Has Your Back
The builder’s sales center agent may be friendly and super-helpful about showing you options for your new home, but it’s their job to fetch the highest price for the builder—not to help you make wise decisions.
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That’s why you need a buyer’s agent—a real estate pro who is on your side and represents your best interests in the home-buying process. With their inside track on market conditions, your agent can help you get the most for your money by negotiating a lower price or scoring premium upgrades without adding to your bottom line. Just remember to register your agent at your first meeting with the builder to ensure your agent has a seat at the negotiation table.
Don’t Rely on the Builder’s Inspection Team
If you think buying brand-new comes with a free pass from Murphy, think again. Your home was built by humans, and humans make mistakes!
So don’t give your builder home-court advantage by handing over control of the inspection process. Hire a qualified inspector to look beyond the fresh coat of paint to make sure your dream home isn’t hiding any nightmares.
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If any problems arise, your buyer’s agent can help resolve the issues in your favor. After all, a smart home builder knows a happy agent brings more business.
Do Take Advantage of Expertise
A trustworthy buyer’s agent does more than take you for a spin through the model home and show up at closing. It’s their job to help you find the home that’s right for you. With a network of resources at their fingertips, your agent can give you a big-picture view of your options with resale value in mind. For example:
- Does the builder have a reputation for quality?
- Which upgrades provide the most bang for your buck?
- How does this neighborhood stack up to others in the area?
- Could the property across the street become the next big strip mall?
If you’re considering buying a newly built home and need a pro’s advice, try one of Dave’s real estate Endorsed Local Providers (ELPs). Your ELP has the heart of a teacher and will go to bat for your best interests.