After reviewing another blog this morning, I do believe buyers should be aware of the types of product a builder puts in his/her home. A recent blog discussed a builder not budging on his/her price. Although there are some builders that are like that, pay attention to the detail. A builder that puts class 5 porcelain tile, tumbled and chiseled travertine, higher end appliances, tall ceilings and 8 foot doors throughout,etc., instead of standard cultured marble and thin granite, spends a lot of money to offer good quality work. It's only fair that it be a win/win situation. Profit margins for builders are MUCH lower than 2 years ago. As the cost of land increases or at best, is staying the same, which is expensive, builders have to offer either lower quality work to make a minimal profit or put the best in the product and just hope someone recognizes it.
Again, it has to be a win/win. If you are undercutting your builder, he may not be around for you when your warranty issues come due. We want good deals, but we need to remember our builder needs to make some money in order to stay afloat and be around for us when we need them!!