If you are First Time Home Buyer buying a new construction we can help you to get up to $40,000 for the down payment assistance.
We work with 35 different down payment assistance programs for First time buyers,we can help you to choose the one which will work best for you.
Call Alla Panteleeva 727-251-4004 for more info.
Real Estate is a Great Investment
Purchasing a new-construction home is different from buying a resale home. Purchasing new construction is usually more complicated and intimidating than buying a resale home. It is important with a new-home purchase that a buyer hire a real estate agent to represent them in this process.
Representation – The real estate representative in the builder’s sales office represents the builder’s best interest not yours. An independent real estate agent represents your interests and advocates on your behalf. Additionally, a real estate agent will help you get the most value for the least amount of money and make the real estate transaction easy and frustration free.
What you See is not What you Get – You tour the model and it looks great. The problem is the model isn’t the base price of $400,000 being advertised, it’s $500,000 because of all the upgrades. Top tier granite counter tops, crown molding, upgraded appliances, built in bookshelves and trey ceilings are usually upgrades and they add up. When touring the model home, find out exactly what options are standard, what options are available, and, of course, what any additional options will cost.
A realtor representing your interests will help make sure you’re aware of what’s included in the base price and what’s extra.
The best time to buy.
A lot of the national builders are publicly traded companies. They need to meet sales goals and answer to the shareholders of that company. For that reason, toward the end of a quarter, builders tend to be more aggressive with their incentives in order to meet these sales goals.
The December holiday season is another great time to buy. Most of the country is out shopping and traveling to see family. Very few people shop for homes this time of the year. For that reason, ’tis the season to find some great incentives to purchase a new home.
Agent Fees – Buyers do not pay the real estate agent fees, the seller or builder does. Builders view commissions to real estate agents as part of their cost of doing business. In fact, they rely on outside agents to bring clients to them. Builders will not credit buyers the commission they would otherwise pay to a Realtor. If they were to do so, realtors would no longer bring clients through the builder’s doors and ultimately it would impact their future sales. Therefore, there is no downside and no cost on your end to have an outside agent represent you.
Some new-home buyers think that if they do not use an agent for their purchase, the builder will reduce the price of the home by the amount of the commission. For the most part, this cannot be further from the reality. Builders do not want to reduce their prices because it sets the comparison price for future home sales in that neighborhood. Builders instead add the commissions paid to a buyer’s agent into the marketing budgets of the homes. If a buyer goes to a new-home builder without a real estate agent, either the builder’s agent or the builder will pocket that money.
Negotiations – You may be a great negotiator. Even good negotiators have told me they are more effective when they negotiate for other people than they are when they negotiate for themselves because they don’t have an emotional connection to what they’re buying. An agent will look at the transaction from a dollars and sense perspective without being swayed by emotions. A good Realtor will also know what is and what is not negotiable and as you can imagine it varies by builder. For example, did you know many builders will cover some closing costs? Include a warranty? Include free upgrades? Builders are far more likely to negotiate on fees or upgrades than they are on price. An experienced agent will help guide you through negotiations and ensure you are getting the most for your money. Builders are not like regular sellers. They are not emotionally attached to the property. They make decisions based on what is best for their bottom line. There is something known as the time value of money, which means that money available at the now is worth more than the same amount of money later.
What does that mean practically? It means that every day a builder has a home that is sitting for sale on the market, they are losing money. Look for builder inventory homes that have been on the market for 45 days or more. These are the homes in which a buyer might be able to get a good deal. Experienced realtor knows these things and will help you to get the best deal possible.
Get Everything in Writing – Any concessions or guarantees provided by the builder should be confirmed in writing. Do not sign any paperwork or contracts without ensuring everything you’ve agreed upon including upgrades, fees, timelines etc. are incorporated into the contract. If you skip this step, the builder does not have to deliver what they agreed upon and you will have no recourse. An agent will ensure all the terms agreed upon are included in the contract.
Inspections – A home inspection is a must when buying new construction. A builder doesn’t necessarily want to inspect itself and if they did would you trust they have your best interest in mind? Often, homeowners think a new home warranty will cover any issues and often, it doesn’t. A good real estate agent will have relationships with multiple independent inspectors who will look out for your best interest. An excellent realtor will even help the homeowner set the appointment with the inspector and review the inspectors report to identify potential areas of negotiation with the builder to make corrections or modify fees.
Financing – When you are buying new construction, the builder usually offers financing. But is it the best financing available? Evan a small increase in the interest rate could have a significant impact on your monthly payment or the total amount you pay for the home. An experienced real estate agent will be able to connect you with reputable lenders so you can compare rates. We can help you to get down payment assistance for new construction up to $40,000 if you qualify.
Contract – How familiar are you with a real estate contract? Do you know what to look for to make sure you are receiving all the benefits your supposed to receive? Are you aware of any hidden fees or community fees? A real estate agent is an expert in the industry who is there to provide guidance throughout a real estate transaction. They review real estate contracts regularly and know what to look for to ensure everything is correct. An independent agent knows the nuances of the different contracts locally and will help review and answer questions pertaining to the contract. I strongly recommend you do not sign any paperwork or contract without your agent being present to review and advise.
Quality of Construction – How familiar are you with the builder? What’s their reputation? What is the quality of their construction? There are hundreds of builders in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Manatee Counties. An experienced agent will be familiar with all the major builders and their quality of work. They’ll also be able to provide recommendations and references for custom home builders to ensure you are connecting with a reputable builder.
REGISTER – If you want to be sure you have someone looking out for your best interest, tell the builder on your very first visit that you are already working with an agent. If you do not communicate this information upfront when you are buying new construction, your agent won’t be able to represent you and watch out for your best interest. If your agent is experienced with new construction there’s a good chance, they already have a working relationship with the builder and community for which you are interested.
Are you thinking of buying new construction? Don’t go it alone, let us be your guide!
We can help to cover some of your closing cost too! Interested? Call Alla Panteleeva 727-251-4004 or fill out contact form.