Lots of buyers, while well meaning, don't realize that they can hire a buyer's agent to represent them on a new home purchase from a builder. Buying new homes from a builder is really no different than buying a resale home. You're better off hiring a buyer's agent. For example, tonight I negotiated a transaction for a buyer in Natomas. She bought a brand new condo. Her next-door neighbor paid $237,000 for his condo, and it closed escrow 10 days ago.
My buyer bought the model -- which meant she got all the artwork and furnishings in the home, including a brand new gas BBQ grill -- for $22,000 less. You can bet her neighbor didn't get furnishings nor designer paint and window coverings. This buyer received $40,000 in upgrades, plus the furnishings. She paid $215,000, although the builder's asking price was much higher.
This was a brand new 3-bedroom, 3-bath, almost 1400 square-foot model condo in Natomas. The "home consultant" told me that since she lowered the prices two days ago and offered a co-op, all of a sudden agents are appearing with qualified buyers. Doesn't amaze me. She also told me our offer would not be accepted, but it was!
This builder has sold 20 homes out of 24. The time is right to buy right now! Buyers, don't go it alone with out an experienced agent. The builder pays the commission. Why would you do it any other way?
(Tip: You can almost always get the furnishing with the model, btw, especially if it's a close-out sale.)
Photo: Elizabeth Weintraub