How an agent can help you when buying a new home
On your first visit to a new home community, it’s absolutely in your best interest to bring your real estate agent with you. Here are some important reasons why:
- Independent representation. The site agents in the sales office at new home communities are very nice and very helpful. They also work for the builder and represent the builder in the transaction, not you. If you visit a new home community without a real estate agent on your first trip, your agent will not be paid a commission.
- Emotional buffer. Model homes are staged to the max to trigger an emotional connection between the home and the potential buyer. Negotiating with a builder requires some emotional detachment, however and that’s where an agent can help you.
- Home inspections and home warranties. Builders do not like home inspectors. They will do everything they can to talk you out of using a home inspector. Agents like home inspectors. They’ll help you find one that can inspect the home at different stages of the building process to check for issues. And did you know you can get an extended warranty on a new build through a home warranty company? If you’re waiting for a builder to tell you, then that answer almost certainly is no.
- No expense to you. Whether you bring an agent or not, the base price remains the same. But the net cost at the end might end up lower if you have someone who is experienced in dealing with new construction compared to going it alone.
- Additional advice. From the initial lot selection to the design center, there are several decisions a buyer can make that might limit future value. Very few buyers consider resale when they’re first buying but that’s exactly the time it should be considered.
I highlighted number 5 because if you buy and when you sell, I hope you will use me once again to sell your home and I’d like to expand a little on that point. One day, you will be putting your home for sale on the market and that is when a poor selection today can potentially come back to haunt you. Choosing a lot, floor plan and upgrades are some of the considerations that you make today but a future buyer of your home will be analyzing your choices when deciding if and for how much to buy your home for.
What can a real estate agent do for you that you can’t do yourself? Perhaps the most important thing a real estate agent can do for you is to eliminate emotion from the purchase and provide you with a professional opinion of the home you want to buy.
Links to websites of some of the larger national and regional home builders currently building in the Charleston real estate market.
- Centex Homes
- Pulte Homes
- David Weekley Homes
- John Wieland Homes
- Saussy Burbank
- Beazer Homes
- D R Horton
- Ryland Homes
- Mungo Homes
- Dan Ryan Builders
- Eastwood Homes
- Sabal Homes
- Crescent Homes
The above list is not meant to be all inclusive and some new builders may have recently entered the Charleston real estate market and some websites may have changed (so the links may not direct you to exactly where they should).
New construction by both national and regional builders and custom homes by local builders (and I can put you in touch with several) are readily available in the Charleston real estate market. No matter your price range, there are many choices for anyone considering buying or building a new home in the Charleston real estate market.
- New homes for sale up to $150k
- New homes for sale from $150k to $200k
- New homes for sale from $200k to $250k
- New homes for sale from $250k to $300k
- New homes for sale from $300k to $400k
- New homes for sale from $400k to $500k
- New homes for sale from $500k to $750k
- New homes for sale from $750k to $1 million
- New homes for sale for $1 million and higher