Building A New Home In Cincinnati? Get An Agent FIRST!

Reblogger Elyse Berman, PA
Real Estate Agent with Best Connections Realty, Inc. 3087750

This is the second article I've reblogged today about why buyers need a buyer's agent.  It doesn't cost you you anything. 


Although Liz and Bill Spear are in Ohio, the same holds true for south Florida.  One point in particular really stands out to me:  The builder will not tell you the community is not for you.  Truer words have never been written!


You're spending a lot of money to buy a house.  Get a buyer's agent - FREE TO BUYERS - before you buy a resale or new constructions, wherever you are!

Original content by Liz and Bill Spear SAL.2002007747

Brand new in CincinnatiIf you're even remotely thinking about buying a new construction home in Greater Cincinnati, the FIRST thing you need to do is find an agent to help you!

You're welcome to look around on the Internet and scout possible builders and communities, but BEFORE you make your first contact with a builder, you really need to find an experienced real estate agent to help guide you through the process.

First, no reputable builder in Cincinnati will charge you a dime more for having an agent.  And they also won't give you a cheaper price for going solo.  Agent fees are distributed across the overhead price of ALL homes, so you're already paying for help, so might as well use it!

Secondly, some builders are pretty strict about the conditions under which an agent can help a buyer.  Primary among those requirements is having the agent introduce the buyer to the builder, and sometimes even to a specific community!

That's correct!  If I introduce you to Community X and take you across the threshold to meet the builder's rep, that introduction MAY cover me and you for that community only!  We've got to repeat the process for Communities Y&Z too! 

Other builders, it's register you once at introduction and we're good to go no matter where we go. 

Care to guess which type of builder seems to be more welcoming of agents and respecting the relationship agents have with their clients?

Recently a buyer and I met a potential builder and their registration process was pretty strict.  They took MY driver's license and added a photo of it to the registration, along with having both me and the buyer sign a form that laid out the conditions.  No questions answered for the buyer UNTIL that paperwork was completed. Most builders in the area consider a copy of our business card and a signature sufficient to go with the buyer "claiming" us as their agent.

Now most builder's reps are friendly enough.  Frankly it's NOT a job for sourpuss personality.  These folks are the face of the builder, right?  But the bottom line is the builder's rep works FOR the builder and no one else.  And that is EXACTLY why you should have a real estate agent helping you.

A builder will NOT tell you:

1.  The community you're checking out is NOT the best fit for you

2.  That you can get better value from another builder

3.  That their reputation isn't as good an another builder

4.  That they're downwind of the municipal sewage treatment plant

5.  That floorplan you're picking out is a REALLY tough resale

6.  That the builder's contract is HEAVILY in favor of the builder (but we'll give on that one, there's NOTHING you can change about that contract if you want to build a home with them)

Get the drift?  Having a skilled agent who knows real estate can save you from some major regrets.  But Step 1, you've got to hire us!


Step 1:  Contact Bill at 513-520-5305 or email  We are NOT the builder's rep, we work for you and ONLY you! 

Step 2:  The rest of the process, and guiding you through it is why you hired us!  We work with ALL Greater Cincinnati home builders!  And since Bill is licensed in BOTH Ohio and Kentucky, he can help you with ANY area home community.


We look forward to helping you with your new home needs!

Liz and Bill aka BLiz


Serving Warren County Ohio & Adjacent Areas

The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Thanks for the reblog!  It seems to be one of the biggest myths we have to fight.  Too many think they'll get a better deal without an agent, and it's simply not true for the vast majority of builders.

Mar 18, 2018 04:12 PM #1
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Elyse Berman, PA ,

I'm so glad that you re-blogged this post of Liz and Bill Spear ! In Austin the builders love the Realtors and do everything they can to court us..we sell 65-85% of the builder homes and we can get a better deal than a buyer can on their own. We bring lots of buyers so they want to give us the deals not the one time buyer who goes in on his own. 

Mar 18, 2018 04:17 PM #2
Dori Zamarripa
HomeSmart Realty Group - Naperville, IL
Naperville Real Estate Agent

Elyse I love reading this article!  One of my clients found it and forwarded it to you sell in Tampa?


Mar 18, 2018 04:48 PM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great reblog, Elyse... and yes, yes, yes... don't build without representation. I can't tell you how often I've heard a horror story from someone who did.

Mar 19, 2018 04:49 AM #4
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Can't emphasize this enough, I've seen so many buyers taken advantage of by builders offering a "deal" to folks without representation

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