Spring may officially start in March but in real estate the spring market starts in February. This is the busiest market of the year and I am excited. After the craziness of the last few years we are finally looking at a more balanced market. Working with buyers has been less stressful over the last few months. It’s fun again!
Spring also means the Parade of Homes is back. Whether you are looking to build new Parade of Homes/Spring Market or get ideas for remodeling your current home, the Parade is a great way to check out builders and current trends. For dates and a list of homes go to https://www.paradeofhomes.org/dates-hours/
New construction – A home you design with finishes that fit your aesthetic. Everything is new, you won’t have to worry about making any cosmetic or structural upgrades for years. Exciting, right? If only the process was that simple but, like with buying an existing home, your real estate agent will guide you through.
It’s important to know that when you buy new construction, the builder will have an agent. Their job is to get the highest price for the homes the builder is selling and to protect their best interests. If you choose to work with the builder’s representative, you will not be getting full representation. You need someone on your side to help with:
Negotiating extras: Want upgraded counters or appliances in that new home? Your agent can help you with all those extra perks, amenities, and upgrades.
Recommending financing: A builder typically will have a “preferred” lender that it will try to steer you to, but your real estate agent can help make sure that you’re getting the mortgage that works best for your situation. You don’t want the builder’s agent pressuring you into using their suggested professional unless it’s right for you.
Overseeing a home inspection:You would think that a new house wouldn’t have issues but it happens. An independent home inspection is a good idea. Your real estate agent can assist with any issues that are found.
The best part is that you won’t be paying for your real estate agent’s commission. As with resale homes, the seller/builder pays this. So why wouldn’t you choose to have someone on your side-it’s free and they will have your best interests at heart.
I have experience working with new construction and would be happy to help you. Is this something you are considering? Call, text or email me with any questions.