Are you currently looking to purchase a new home in Gregg Ranch, a new master planned community located in Marble Falls, TX? If so, the question, “Do I need a Realtor for new construction home?”, will undoubtedly come up. After all, when you’re house hunting, the allure of purchasing a new construction home is undeniable. You get to be the first to live in a brand spanking new home—one that’s been untouched by grimy hands or muddy shoes. It’s full of brand-new appliances and the finishes and treatments that you were able to personally pick to perfectly fit your own style and tastes. As for long term maintenance, you typically won’t have to worry about making any cosmetic or structural upgrades for years to come!
If you are interested in buying a new construction home in Marble Falls, the New Construction Specialists at Marble Falls Realty Group will be ready to help you from start to finish. But make no mistake: You need your own real estate agent from the get-go. Even if it seems like plug and play to sign up with the builder’s on-site agent, you’re going to want someone representing your side of the deal.
Using a Realtor for new construction: What is a builder’s agent?
When you buy a new construction home in Gregg Ranch, the home builder is considered the seller, and the agent representing the builder is called the builder’s agent.
“The builder’s agent will always have the builder’s best interest in mind,” says real estate agent Tim Kennedy, with Horseshoe Bay One Realty, in Horseshoe Bay, TX.
After all, the job of the builder’s agent is to get the highest price for the homes the builder is selling, so the Builder’s agent is not going to be as eager to negotiate down!
Why you should hire a Realtor for new construction
It’s a good idea to have your real estate agent accompany you on your first visit to the new construction. Why? Because the builder (aka the seller) will be responsible for paying the commission, and needs to know if you’ll have a real estate agent representing you. So bringing your agent to the first visit will make it clear that the builder’s agent will be on the hook for paying commission. Some builders might even refuse to pay your agent a commission if you don’t register the agent the first time you visit the home on a new construction site.
“Your real estate agent’s job is to help you get the most value for your money, with the least amount of hassle and frustration,” says Matthew Wilson, owner and founder of Marble Falls Realty Group.
When buying new construction home in Gregg Ranch, here’s what your real estate agent will do to help you with some of the things you might miss out on if you stick with the builder’s agent:
- Negotiating extras: Want upgraded counters or appliances in that new home? Your agent can help you with all those extra perks, amenities, and upgrades. “We can often negotiate with the builder on things like paint color or even the style of garage door, especially if the housing development is in the beginning stages,” Wilson says.
- Recommending financing: A builder typically will have a “preferred” lender that it will try to steer you to, but your real estate agent can help make sure that you’re getting the mortgage that works best for your situation. Shopping around is always wise, and you don’t want the builder’s agent pressuring you into using their suggested professional unless it’s right for you.
- Overseeing a home inspection: Tempted to forgo a home inspection in new construction? Don’t do it, advises Wilson. “The number and severity of new-home defects often rival resale home problems,” he says.The builder’s agent is unlikely to push for or offer up an inspection, so it’s up to you and your real estate agent to make it happen.
How Marble Falls Realty Group can help you!
We know Marble Falls, and we have extensive knowledge of all of the upcoming housing projects being planned in this amazing city.
You can rely on the us for all of the background information needed for a well thought out purchase of the home that works best for you!
Everyone wants to walk away from buying a home—whether it be a new construction or not—with peace of mind. Having a real estate agent from Marble Falls Realty Group in your corner will help facilitate that!
Questions about new construction homes in Gregg Ranch? Contact Marble Falls Realty Group today!
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