New Construction, Do You Really Know Your Builder/Contractor? Don't Slip Through The Cracks, Call A Realtor First

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New Construction, Do You Really Know Your Builder/Contractor?  Don't Slip Through The Cracks, Call A Realtor First

When deciding to build a new home in Madison or Huntsville Alabama why not call someone most familiar with the area...a respected and knowledgeable Realtor.  This post is not meant to scare you, but it is written to get you to inform yourself about the contractor you've selected to build your new home.  You can always perform an Internet search about potential contractors in the area you want to build.  A great site to check out is by the National Association of Homebuilders and one of the better sites I've found is Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings, a wealth of information from Mandatory Binding Arbitration to Toxic Mold.  You can search local chapters and find lists of reviews on contractors.  When seeking general information about a future purchase click on the following link:  Home Buying, or if selling a home you might try this link Home Selling for some great general information.

Brick veneer pulling away from stairsRecently a customer asked about a home that sounded too good to be true...at least to her.  When she gave me the address I finished her sentence with the name of the subdivision...and yes I was familiar with that home even though it's not in my area, but it is in Alabama.  The customer was drawn to the home because in the public remarks the home was claimed to have appraised four years ago in 2008 for $800,000 and yet now it was listed well below $200,000...if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!Brick veneer separating from foundation wall  I already knew the home she was inquiring about required approximately $250,000 in structural repair and an additional $150,000 of cosmetic work due to vandalism from loclal teenagers breaking into the home and partying.  The home is only four years old and never occupied.  So in the matter of a few minutes I was able to explain what she was in for if this home was pursued.  Happily she is not pursuing that home, but is allowing me, Broker of @Homes Birmingham to show her others.  I'm also Associate Broker of @Homes Realty Group Huntsville.  If you want an office that puts your needs above all others why not give me, Nick T Pappas, a call at (256) 230-5933 or send me an email at nick@nickTpappas.com.  You may also try my personal website for all Northern Alabama Homes for sale.

It's hard to believe this home is only four or five years old when you look through these photos.  Sometime you'll hear somebody say that a house is done settling, however this house still seems to be undecided about that.  Inspections done over two year intervals show significant changes...I don't think it got the "settling is done" memo.

 Cement cracks...not the good kindMore Cement cracks...not the good kind

Don't slip through the cracks...call an agent familiar with the area that you want to purchase or build your dream house.

Stair settlingCrack at window

Nick T Pappas

If you need a knowledgeable real estate professional in Madison or Huntsville Alabama area, why don't you let me Google that for you!  I also know outstanding agents in all states and Canada should you need help relocating to a new area.

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Dawn A Fabiszak
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Nick ~you hit the nail on the head with your advice.  Buyers should always work with a REALTOR.  They should work with someone knowledgeable and have an advocate.

Feb 04, 2012 10:25 AM #1
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Nick, I do know my builder, and if I have and doubts I question him, or look things up. And When I do his website, it will link to me as a Realtor with New Construction experience.

BTW what site/service do you use? I'm looking for options to set his up that are not to difficult and can carry a lot of photos and links.

Feb 04, 2012 11:34 AM #2
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George Souto
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Nick I have always been very weary of New Construction.  It seems that once things start to settle problems pop up.  If I ever considered purchasing a New Construction home, I would contact a trusted Realtor that I know could watch my back through the process.

Feb 04, 2012 12:01 PM #3
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Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
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Great post, Nick. Buyers do need to use an agent who knows the area. That home would sell for about 40K here with all that damage---if you could even sell it.

Feb 05, 2012 01:58 AM #4
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Toni Weidman
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suggested

Feb 05, 2012 01:58 AM #5
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Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Definitely great information.  I am dealing with a client right now who wanted a house (new construction) but after doing research I found out that there are issues with other houses that have been built. 

Feb 05, 2012 03:58 AM #6
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Nick T Pappas
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Dawn-after all this is what we do and naturally have access to information that the consumer doesn't.

Ellen-yes, I would agree that you know your builder VERY well!!  Not sure what you're asking...I wouldn't suggest iHouse...how about a Wordpress site?

George-new construction doesen't have to be a mystery...we have a lot of hills in our area and that's where the problem can arise if the builder isn't experienced with lot prep.

Toni-I spoke with an agent yesterday who said..."offer them $20,000" and considering the issues I'm not sure I would even offer them that.  Thanks for the suggest.

Debbie-you really have to check the past history of the builder...even knock on a few doors built by them.

Feb 05, 2012 04:22 AM #7
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Nick - Suggested this post...I wrote a post recently (last month) about my clients looking at a home and really liked it and it was well below what houses were selling for in the area.  But once we got to the basement it was a no brainer to walk away.  There was a crack in the wall and you could see all the way though the way...

Feb 05, 2012 07:11 AM #8
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Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
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Oh forgot to say I suggested too.  Great post Nick!

Feb 05, 2012 07:53 AM #9
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Nick T Pappas
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Rebecca- thanks for the suggest....even if this home is corrected and a reputable foundation expert warrants their work for life this home will still carry a stigma and probable disclosure issues making it a difficult sale in the future.

Debbie-much appreciated and congrats on all the sales you're closing...busy...busy!!!

Feb 05, 2012 07:59 AM #10
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Debbie Walsh
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Thank you!!

Feb 06, 2012 11:55 PM #11
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Many people can buy but when the issues start to come up that is when they shold have had help from the start.  Not mcuh we can do for them after the fact.

Feb 10, 2012 02:58 AM #12
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Hi Nick, that looks pretty bad!  Buyers would definitely be well advised to not only work with a Realtor but also to hire a home inspector - yes, even when buying a new construction home!

Feb 13, 2012 11:00 AM #13
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Nick T Pappas
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Debbie-you're quite welcome.

Bill-absolutely!!

Silvia-preaching to the choir...people think that new construction will be perfect...that's not always the case.

Feb 13, 2012 11:37 AM #14
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