A few months back I got a call from a person interested in new construction in Ankeny. Seems she had been given my number by a lender who I've worked with in the past. She was looking at new construction and had narrowed here search down to one home, bu she wanted and independent opinion of the property from someone in the real estate industry, apart from the listing agent that is.
We spoke briefly on the phone and I got an idea of what type of home she was looking at. When we met about an hour later I had print outs of about a dozen other new construction homes in the area which were similar. We looked over her home of interest and the compared. Turns out I was able to find her a larger home, with better interior finish and a third stall in the garage area to boot: all for the same price. She jumped on it. We were even able to negotiate in closing costs and a discount.
When the appraisal came back the client was in for a pleasant surprise, her brand new home appraised at $8,000 more than she paid for it! We had a little tussle getting some items addressed before closing, but we came to an agreement with the builder and were able to get all requested items completed to the buyers satisfaction. We met the night before the closing to do a walk through (I did a pre-walk through the night prior which generated a list of items that were addressed the next day) and the home was in tip top condition.
When we closed the next morning at 8am the buyer was super happy and very appreciative, as were the lender and myself. Shanda was great to work with and the transaction was a real breeze with Steve Schrader-Bachar from wells Fargo. I was also fortunate to receive the following testimonial from Shanda when the deal was closed:
"...................Matt quickly got all of the paperwork together for an offer and we negotiated a deal I felt was fair. When it came to the inspection, Matt recommended an inspector and helped me present a list of all the items I wanted repaired. We were able to get the builder to agree to fix all the items. When the appraisal came back, it was for almost $8,000 more than the purchase price.
Matt was always easy to get ahold of by phone, text, or email. I could recommend Matt to anyone who might be purchasing a new home in the Ankeny are."
Shanda H. 11/12/2010
If you're a buyer and you want to make sure you have a happy closing on your new construction purchase, amke sure you have your own agent. And if you're in the Des Moines area, don't hesistate to give me a call!