Those looking for a new construction home in the Naples area are in for some good news. Right now, many builders are offering generous incentives to ready buyers for move-in-ready homes, with a wide variety of homes available. Opportunity is knocking for those who dream of a brand spanking new Naples home!
The allure of new construction is undeniable. You get to be the first to live in the pristine home—one untouched by grimy hands or muddy shoes. It's full of brand-new appliances and the finishes and treatments that you picked to fit your aesthetic. And you won't have to worry about making any cosmetic or structural upgrades for years.
If you are interested in buying a new construction, the builder's agent will be ready to help you with the process. But make no mistake: You need your own realtor from the start. Even if it seems like plug and play to sign up with the builder's on-site agent, you're going to want someone representing your side of the deal.
What is a builder's agent?
When you buy a new construction, the home's builder is considered the seller, and the agent representing the builder is called the builder's agent. The job of the builder's agent is to get the highest price for the homes the builder is selling so the agent is not going to be as eager to negotiate down.
Why you should hire your own real estate agent?
First of all, your realtor can help you find communities and specific homes that are right for your wants and needs. Further, your realtor will help you get the most value for your money, with the least hassle and frustration.
When buying new construction, here’s what your realtor will help you with that you might miss out on if you stick with the builder’s agent:
Negotiating the extras: Want upgraded counters or appliances in that new home? Your realtor 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. Shopping around is always wise, and 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: Many new construction home buyers are tempted to forgo a home inspection. However, that is not a good idea since the number and severity of new-home defects often rival resale home problems.The builder’s agent is unlikely to push for or offer up an inspection, so it's up to you and your realtor to make it happen.
Everyone wants to walk away from buying a home—whether it be a new construction or not—with peace of mind. Having a realtor in your corner will help facilitate that.