If you are in the market for a new construction home you might not think to call a Realtor. I mean you can just go down to the community and sign on the dotted line, and wait for your home to be built, right?!
Well, much like going to a car dealership, going to a new build community can sometimes be stressful. Maybe you've never bought a home, or maybe this is your first time buying a home in Arizona or maybe you have bought a home in Arizona before but you have never bought a brand new home. There are actually quite a few benefits to using your own Realtor even when going the new construction route.
1. An outside Realtor is working for you, therefore they have your best interest in mind.
When you walk into the new build community you usually have a friendly salesperson greet you and explain what models and amenities their community offers, and what upgrades you could get, ect. Which, causes most people to get caught up in the cosmetic aspects and forget who that salesperson really works for (hint not you). They work for the home builder. Meaning they have the home builders best interest in mind. Unlike car sales you can't really negotiate the price or lot premiums but you may also not be asking the correct questions (especially if you have not bought new construction in Arizona before).
2. A Realtor can help you ask the correct questions in order to compare different communities.
Most people don't realize that you are able to shop around for a different lender or that you can (and we recommend) you have your own home inspection done. Which you are probably thinking, "a home inspection, it's a brand new house why would I need a home inspection?". Great question! We always recommend our clients get a home inspection because builder's don't always do what they are suppose to. Not saying all builders do, but for example one of past clients had a home inspection done on their new build and guess what; the builder had to go back and redo the duct work because it was not installed properly and would have not allowed the AC to work properly. If it wouldn't have been caught and corrected the buyer's electric bill would have been higher than it should be and in the long run they would have to replace the AC sooner since it would have wore out sooner due to overuse.
3. Using your own Realtor to represent you is free & does not affect the negotiations with the new build community.
A lot of people don't understand how Realtors who represent the buyer (either resale or new build) get paid. In either type of transaction, the Realtor is paid by the seller (or the builder in a new construction scenario). Now you are probably thinking, if you didn't use a Realtor you would get a better deal. This isn't true, the commission that the builder would save goes to their bottom line and you in turn get nothing and you don't have anyone protecting your best interests.
4. A Realtor representing you will help keep you within your budget.
When you get to a new build community you tour their model homes to help you decide what floor plan would work best for you, and compare the base prices for each model. Well "base" is the key word in the phrase. Most of the model homes have all the bells and whistles the builder has to offer in order to entice you to upgrade once you choose your model. Your Realtor can help keep things in perspective and will be able to guide you when you go to the design studio so you can stick to the budget you are comfortable with.
5. They also can help you find the right builder/ community for your specific wants and needs.
You do not need to drive around from community to community to figure out which ones offer 4 bedroom models, are within your budget, or have certain community features. Your Realtor has that knowledge and can do that research for you to save you time.
6. Your Realtor is there every step of the way.
Your Realtor does this for a living. They know the ins and outs of this process and will be there to answer any questions and give you the peace of mind that you are getting the most out of the purchase. After all, buying a home is usually the biggest purchase of your life.