Home Builders Just Don't Care

Real Estate Agent with Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International 262285

I feel no empathy for any of these home builders as they whine and snivel about losing money. None. Zero, Nada. Home builders just don't care.

Buyers of mine in the Atlanta area have a 950K home under construction, the finishing looks like it was done using a chainsaw free handed. From over cuts to gaps to smashed and chipped wood - and the builder could not care less. "It's to standard"....the routine answer.

New home buyers that go in unrepresented are making the biggest mistake possible. They have no idea what they are in for at every step of the way. The site agent is legally bound to represent ONLY the builder, any issues will go their way. 

Additionally, those buyers that think they'll be "credited" the buyer commission are sadly mistaken, that will not happen. Test that; tell the site agent to insert a special stipulation that clearly states the buyer is to be credited the amount that would be due a buyer's agent. See how that goes.

Don't be foolish - always be represented by an experienced agent when building a home! And just know - in GA the definition of "builder warranty" means just about whatever they want it to. 


Comments (3)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Hank, for sharing your observations and advice.

Have a great day and a productive week.

Feb 23, 2023 11:07 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Hank, sad situation for sure.

Going online to some of the trade referral groups to show physical proof of sub par construction standards can have huge, negative impact. Pretty sad that the only recourse for some home builders is to take it to the court of law because of the refusal to make it right. A judge to rule in favor of a home buyer in a compelling case. 

My advice every time: Hire an experienced agent to represent!

Feb 23, 2023 05:30 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Feb 24, 2023 04:20 AM