Do you know how different it is to buy a new home than to purchase a resale home? Do you know what is standard and what is an upgrade or extra? Is the builder offering any incentives? What are the builder incentives?
You as a buyer NEED to be represented. Would you like to work with the builder’s agent or would you rather have your own agent that is going to look out for just you?
For 10 years I was an agent that would “sit a plat” for a builder. I technically wasn’t the builder’s agent, even though I was on the builder’s team. My title was “project manager” and I was compensated by the builder’s listing agent. I had an arrangement that I would only be representing the buyer in a purchase contract. This was an amazing opportunity for my buyers. I was given unlimited access to the builder and the builder’s subs and attended the builders weekly production meetings. I knew everything that was going on with the builder.
If you walk onto a new construction site here in Bremerton who do you think the agent sitting at the model home works for? Are you going to ask? Do you know what questions to ask to get the most honest answer. If the agent sitting at the model home is the listing agent then they are working for the builder and could at best become your “dual agent” if you were to purchase a property there. If the agent is just sitting the model home open as a favor to the listing agent they “might” be able to be your agent. They are sitting the model home open to prospect for buyers. However, they most likely are under some pressure to write some contracts on the new homes. Do you want an agent that is under pressure from the builder to write new construction contracts to be your agent?
Here are some things that you will want to educate yourself on
- Standard Features vs Upgrades
- Building permit approved or needs to be submitted
- What is a Presale?
- Lot selection and Premium Lot fee
- Color / cabinet / lighting selection process
Having spent 10 years selling new construction in the Puget Sound area and coming from a building background. I can assist you with any questions you may have about purchasing a new home in Bremerton
Don’t let the “site agent” trick you into thinking they can get you a better deal. They can not.