Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Reehl Properties

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!!


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Al Maxwell
Keller Williams - Marietta, GA
Real Estate Agent
Good point Heather. I'm sure some builders are cutting back and not putting the high standard materials in their ocnstruction.
Oct 19, 2007 12:26 AM #1
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
Heather, you're right.  A lot of buyers assume that if they're getting new construction, the results will be perfect.  There's a vast difference in the quality between various builders.  It pays for a buyer to have a Realtor experienced in new construction sales to represent their interests.  Buying and building a new home is much more complex than many buyers realize.
Oct 19, 2007 12:44 AM #2
Stacy Magid
Century 21 New Millennium - Woodbridge, VA
Not only is it important to have an experienced Realor but also a Home Inspection done on the property.  Even though an inspection is done by the city/county it is not enough.  It's amazing what a home inspector will find which could make or break the deal.
Oct 19, 2007 12:49 AM #3
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