Should you use a REALTOR ® to purchase new construction?
ou bet! There are several reasons why you
A REALTOR® can help you pick the builder that best
would be wise to employ an experienced new
meets your needs. Once you have chosen a builder,
construction REALTOR® to represent you with
your REALTOR® can advise on lot selection, upgrades
your purchase of a home to be built or a newly-con-
and design choices. Another important role of your
structed home. The No. 1 reason is the pleasant
REALTOR® is making sure you understand the contract
woman or nice man greeting you at the model home
you are entering into and all disclosures you would be
or building site solely represents the builder. They may
required to sign. Your REALTOR® can also assist you
offer you advice, but they do not act on your behalf.
along the way with the building process and help if any issues arise.
Using a REALTOR® allows you to have your own representation. REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They are
Many builders will have their own mortgage lenders.
professional members of the National Association of
Surprisingly, this is not all bad. In most cases you
REALTORS®, and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.
would receive added incentives and upgrades on your new home by using their lender. However, your REAL-
As a buyer, you would not be paying additional money
TOR® can help you weigh the value of these incentives
for a REALTOR® to represent you. This would be paid
and ensure you receive all available incentives.
by the seller/builder. And you would not receive a discount without the layer of protection a REALTOR®
— Sarah Campbell, REALTOR®
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