It is so fun to walk into a model home with its
shimmer and gleam of new, its designer picked
accents and upgrades and designer staged furniture. After all, how hard can this process of
buying a new home be????! The on site agent is
so nice and friendly, and helpful. Why would I need an agent to represent me? This thought process is pretty typical. More often then not when someone buys a new construction home without an agent to represent them-the buyer,
the regret and remorse eventually sets in. They soon find out that the nice friendly, helpful agent represents the builder. Building a home can be stressful and when problems occur, and they will, there is no one to be their advocate. The stress can become overwhelming at times to the buyer as they don't know who to turn to. What happens at the end of the build, and how do they get the house inspected or their small punch list items resolved? The agent that was so nice and friendly at the beginning is no longer helping them in this part of the process.
With all the upgrades and price increases they are now wondering if they couldn't have done better if they had some one negotiating on their behalf.????
These are the scenarios happen every year. I am at their house to re-list it because now they have to move, and they were satisfied with their blue tape walk through and the codes inspection but failed to get their own personal inspection. The buyers for their home they are selling do an inspection and low and behold some major items come up that are now out of warranty that should have been discovered when they purchased.
Or just last week, I was at someone’s house that has always used me as their realtor. This time around they were buying a new construction, and went with the listing agent. Not only did they tell me of their troubles through the process, but they over paid for the house. When they showed me all they paid extra for when I knew I could have gotten many of the items negotiated into the deal, it broke my heart. I also know when I sell this house they will not be able to get their money back based on how much they over paid.
Having an advocate on your behalf takes out so much stress and costs you nothing. It is misunderstood that if you don’t have an agent you will save money. The listing agent only gets a higher commission on the property. The listing agent loves it, but you have no one that represents you.
Think twice about buying unrepresented. Find someone who can be an advocate and represent your interests.